Heading North Fringe Festival – Callout

Calling all theatre companies, artists and makers who have committed to be a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024!

We are programming a season of Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024 previews at Shakespeare North Playhouse Studio as part of our exciting new HEADING NORTH FRINGE FESTIVAL.

The HEADING NORTH FRINGE FESTIVAL is a two-week theatre festival in July 2024, showcasing productions preparing to embark on the world-famous theatre festival the following month. You may have taken work up to Edinburgh before or this year might be your first time – it doesn’t matter – complete our online expression of interest, tell us a bit about your production and you could be selected to part of this exciting new festival of Edinburgh previews!

What we are looking for:

  • Work that has made a solid commitment to be part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024. 
  • We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants based in the North of England. 
  • We wish to make the festival as representative as possible and look forward to hearing from those from underrepresented and within protected characteristic groups. 
  • Your work does not need to be a presentation of or respond to the work of Shakespeare, but must share the values of Shakespeare North Playhouse; to be innovative, honest, collaborative, creative, equal, brave and bold.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse HEADING NORTH FRINGE FESTIVAL will take place Tue 2 – Sat 13 Jul 2024.

In preparation for Edinburgh, performances will be programmed in festival style, alongside multiple productions, working within a standard LX and sound set up, and in Fringe Festival conditions – with a swift turnover between shows. Please bear this in mind when submitting.

Fees & information:

  • 70/30 box office split (in favour of the artist) per performance.
  • One Shakespeare North Playhouse technician will support each event.


  • Callout deadline: Fri 8 Mar, 5pm 
  • Programming decisions made by: Sun 31 Mar
  • Festival announcement: April 2024
  • Festival runs: Tue 2 Jul – Sat 13 Jul 2024 

To apply please submit this online form. Closing date for applications is Fri 8 Mar at 5pm.

We look forward to Shakespeare North Playhouse being part of your journey to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024.



Performance Opportunity


Fri 8 Mar, 2024

Box Office Split

70/30 (in favour of artist)

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How to Apply

If having reviewed the description and information about Shakespeare North Playhouse you consider your performance to be a good fit for the Preview Season, please complete the form below

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