Performing at C

Who are we?

C venues is the home of one of the biggest theatre and new writing programmes at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Our curated season, encompassing drama, musicals, music, dance, comedy, cabaret, circus and visual and performance art, makes us one of the largest single programmes on the Fringe, with over 200 events taking place in our theatres, foyers and exhibition spaces, created by more than 2,000 participants from more than 150 companies.

What do we do?

As a programmed venue group we look for the brightest and best work to showcase at Edinburgh. Between September and April each year we accept applications from companies and artists from around the world for August’s Festival. Your production or event will need to be self-contained, fully staffed and funded, and ready to bring to the largest arts Festival on the planet.

High profile

C has developed a high profile and a strong brand identity since being founded in 1992. We are committed to vigorously promoting our venues and the works we host.


Recent awards include Scotsman Fringe First, Total Theatre, Musical Theatre, Herald Angel and Carol Tambor awards, and nominations for Edinburgh Comedy, The Stage and other awards including the Richard Pryor award, Spirit of the Fringe, and Three Weeks Editors’ awards. Most shows receive reviews, many receive four and five-star reviews, and nearly all receive media coverage. Following Edinburgh, shows have transferred to London Fringe and West End venues, toured nationally and internationally, and performed at festivals worldwide.

Curated programme

We programme across all artforms with an emphasis on new and dynamic work. We seek to present as broad a variety of works as possible, without compromising on high standards of performance.

Marketing and press

We offer the support of our marketing and press department to all companies and productions performing with us. In addition to our brochure, website, advertising, press pack, season launch and promotions, our experienced marketing and press team are on hand year-round to push sales and profile, to react to developments and to assist and advise visiting companies with press, marketing and promoter liaison.

Performance spaces

The facilities at our central venues include high-specification theatres and studios, bars, cafés and exhibition spaces. Our performance spaces range in size from under 20 to over 220 seats, and offer a variety of formats including end-on, thrust, corner stage, traverse, in-the-round, circus, cabaret and flexible and found spaces. During the four-week Festival our venues will be open and running up to 20 hours in every 24.

Professional technical facilities

Our theatres are equipped to the highest specifications. Facilities include black box spaces, comprehensive lighting rigs, full theatre sound systems, and the advice and support of our experienced technical team.

We're looking for...

We are interested in all kinds of performance, from cabaret, burlesque, circus to dance, musicals, mime, puppetry, poetry, comedy, new writing, physical theatre, devised work and contemporary and classic drama. We’d like to hear from everyone, whether established or up-and-coming theatre, music, dance and opera companies, solo performers, bands, comedians, cabaret acts, and performance and visual artists. While most of the work in our season is ticketed performance, we have some opportunities for pay what you think and free shows.

Would you like to take part?

This website contains more details about us and our venues. If you would like to be part of our next Festival season, please complete an application form and return it to us with supporting material.

Any questions?

To discuss your ideas informally, or if you need more information, call us on +44 (0)131 581 5500 or email us at We’d like to hear from you.