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Espionage Fringe Venue 185   Bar WiFi Air Conditioned
4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate). 0131 4777 007
Age Restrictions: 12+ to 9pm, then 18+ only
A Free Festival shows venue since 2008, Espionage is an established venue right in the heart of the Fringe and old town, and the very first large multi-room free venue. Espionage is located just off of the Royal mile next to the Underbelly, with entrances on Victoria Street and the Cowgate. Busy all day and all night, with shows followed by the Free Festival night club until 5am every night
Types of Performances possible at Espionage
Comedy Theatre Events and Tours Music Musicals and Opera Nightclubs Cabaret Spoken Word 
An established Fringe Hub, Espionage is always busy with it's central location just off of the Royal mile, and five floors of performance spaces, bars and late night nightclub.

Ifont>n it's first year Espionage was recognised as one of the Fringe's best new venues by The List magazine, and it was also home to the first free show to be nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and constantly attracts a high level of performer using it's diverse spaces, and premier location. 

esp1.jpg (46585 bytes)There are three separate performance spaces on separate floor, and a 4th space that is suitable as a meeting place for tours. On the ground floor (which is also the top floor) is a lounge bar, beneath this on 'level -1' is a relaxing bar which doubles as the main information point for shows. On 'level -2' is the first main performance space Kasbar, then on '-3' is performance space Pravda, and '-4' performance space Mata Hari; by this performance space is the entrance from Cowgate and the Mata Hari is disabled accessible (though there is no disabled toilet).

The venue is open daily from midday to 5am, with shows being performed from midday to around 1am, and after this is the free Festival nightclub, with free entry until 5am. All performance spaces benefit from a continuous supply of background music fed through each rooms sound system that can be used for music between shows, and the venue is fully air-conditioned. There is also a full refurbishment taking place by new owners at the venue before Fringe 2016.

Performance Space: Kasbar

Kasbar is a sumptuously decorated Moroccan themed room, with low 'cave' style ceilings and ideally atmospheric for performances.

Stage - A corner stage area on the flat, with audience on two sides. Around 6ft x 10ft maximum stage space. No wingspace. 

Seating - Capacity is 100 including standing round the bar, with seating for 45. This has been used each year for shows that sold out and good site lines can be achieved with audiences of up to 100 including standing room. 

Lighting - 1xFixed Par Can to Flood light the stage. Additional Lighting can be supplied by companies and fixed as required.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer (2xXLR Mic, 4xphono/Jack and USB inputs ), MP3 player connection, 2xMicrophones and 2xmic stands, house music system for music between shows. 

Audio Visual - No AV equipment is available, and the shape of the rooms means this space is not really suitable for shows with AV requirements.

Storage - There is storage space at the venue for props and equipment, stored in a shared room with other groups, and a locked  office which valuable items can be stored in.

Bar - The bar in the room can be open or closed, or even used in performances (such as the show 'Shakers' where the production took place in and around the bar and whole room.

Performance Space: Pravda

Pravda is a Russian themed room, with low ceilings and arches, with a larger area suited to bigger comedy shows, music, cabaret or theatre pieces. 

Stage - A large stage area on the flat, with audience in front on the same level or slightly raised to the right. The standard stage area is 12ft x 6ft, and this can be made deeper by removing some rows of chairs.

There is a large backstage area (which can be accessed from stage or via the bar, and also a separate performers area for entrances through the audience, which is linked to the backstage area)  

Seating - Capacity is 100 with 80 people seated. 

Lighting - 1xFixed Par Can to Flood light the stage. Additional Lighting can be supplied by companies and fixed as required. Disco lighting is fitted and programmed, and this can also be used.

Sound - The room is supplied with a 6 channel mixer (2xXLR Mic, 4xphono/Jack), 2xCD Players, MP3 Player connection, 1xDVD player, 2xMicrophones and 2xmic stands, house music system for music between shows. 

Audio Visual - There is no screens in the room, but this room lends itself to shows than bring their own screens/projectors.

Storage - There is storage space at the venue for props and equipment, stored in a shared room with other groups, and a locked  office which valuable items can be stored in.

Bar - There is no bar in performance space, but one is available on the same level in the area where audience wait for the next show. 

Performance Space: Mata Hari

accessible.gif (3336 bytes)Mata Hari  is another atmospheric space, with a spy/James Bond/Mata Hari theme - more low ceilings and arches - it is on the lowest level of the venue near the Cowgate entrance. This room can be accessed with no stairs and is fully accessible to wheelchairs from the Cowgate entrance. However there are no disabled toilet facilities in this venue. 

Stage - The stage area is on the flat, traverse style, with rows of seating on three sides. The standard stage area is 10ft x 5ft, and this can be made deeper by removing some chairs.  The DJ booth can be used as a small backstage area. 

Seating - Capacity is 75 with 55 people seated - more people can view the from the two arched entrances if desired (one entrances is usually curtained off). We have managed over 130 people in to see a show in this room - though that was a bit tight!. 

Lighting - 1xFixed Par Can to Flood light the stage. Additional Lighting can be supplied by companies and fixed as required. Disco lighting is fitted and programmed, and this can also be used.

Sound - The room is supplied with a 6 channel mixer (2xXLR Mic, 4xphono/Jack), 2xCD Players, MP3 Player connection, 2xMicrophones and 2xmic stands, house music system for music between shows. 

Audio Visual - There is a DVD AV system installed, with a three 42" plasma screens, one on each side wall, and also one on the rear wall.

Storage - There is storage space at the venue for props and equipment, stored in a shared room with other groups, and a locked  office which valuable items can be stored in.

Bar - There is no bar in performance space, but one is available on the same level in the area where audience wait for the next show. 

 

Espionage Images:

Mata Hari - Looking at stage Mata Hari - View from stage
Mata Hari - Show using LCD Screen Pravda - Looking at Stage
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Pravda - Sketch Show Pravda - Act on Stage
Kasbar - looking at corner stage Kasbar - Act on Stage

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Kasbar Kasbar
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Kasbar - Alan Carr pops in Advertising on Victoria Street
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Outside the Main Entrance Over 250 people queuing up to get in to a show in Mata Hari
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Cowgate Entrance Yes, we have a blimp to advertise shows too...

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