Fringe of Colour- recruiting writers for paid Edinburgh reviews

At Fringe of Colour, they are passionate about connecting audiences and artists. That is why, as well as showing up for each other during the Edinburgh Fringe via their free ticket scheme (which grants access for people of colour to attend shows by performers of colour for free) they are setting up another scheme. August in Edinburgh provides an excellent opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and intriguing performances made in or travelling to the UK, and writing about them provides the space to reflect beyond the curtain call.

They are recruiting a team of paid writers of colour to create responses to shows by performers of colour during the August Edinburgh festival period.

‘Fringe of Colour Responses’ will be somewhere between a review and a personal essay – they won’t be dealing out stars. They want to give writers the chance to respond to shows that move or challenge them, as they think about the work in the wider context it situates itself within.



  • £50 per essay (approx. 800 words) publishing the articles across August on a made-for-purpose Fringe of Colour website, which will launch before the month.
  • Your essay will be edited professionally and promoted across Fringe of Colour social media platforms.
  • Writers must be passionate about performance art (theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret etc.) and be available to attend shows in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe period (ideally between the 7th – 16th August at the least).
  • Fringe of Colour will cover ticket costs, though the number of free shows attended per writer must be discussed with the team beforehand.
  • To apply, please send a CV and 2 examples of written work with a short cover letter stating why you would be interested in writing responses to shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
  • Please also provide information about when in August you would be available to attend and write about shows (e.g. “I will be in Edinburgh from the 7th – 21st”; “I am unable to attend weekend shows”) and the types of productions you would be interested in writing about (e.g. magic shows, Aboriginal productions, spoken word events, Black Feminist comedy, queer and trans theatre, experimental work, South Korean theatre, etc.).
  • They encourage applications from all levels of writing experience. Writers must identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour.


6th April
Responses to applications: by 30th April

Published on:
2 Mar 2020


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