Fringe benefits: planning is key

Southsider Nancy Clench is off to the Fringe
Southsider Nancy Clench is off to the Fringe

With thousands of shows in more than 250 venues, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on the planet.

So whether a seasoned Fringe visitor, performer or a newbie to the festival, there is always a fair bit of planning needed to make the most of what’s on and prevent frazzled nerves.

For everything from what’s-on-when to booking tickets, maps and the best way to get to chosen shows, The Fringe Society is there to help visitors plan their trip and get around.

There’s loads of information in the Official Fringe Programme, including maps of all venues, and online at edfringe.com or via the society’s official App for iPhone and Android where tickets can be booked by mobile phone, then picked up at one of their collection points across the city.

The 2014 Daily Guide is a chronological listing of every performance at the Fringe for each day of the festival, and can be a great help when trying to plan the day’s activities.

Click on any of the links online to download full chronological listings for every performance at the Fringe for that day.

Guides are updated nightly and, as additional shows come on sale, they’ll be included inthe listings. Lots of shows won’t admit latecomers, and with a quick turnaround between shows in each venue, they absolutely have to start on time — so make sure you’re there before the start! You can also schedule your shows in the app calendar so you always know where to head next.

Remember Fringe days run from 7am to 7am, so a show listed as 1am on Friday night is actually in the early hours of Saturday. Make sure your tickets are for the right show on the right day.

Why not check out our own ‘queen’ of the south(side), Nancy Clench? This year, Nancy is making an appearance in the capital, using the international festival stage to launch her new show.

Nancy is hoping to repeat her sell-out success of previous shows, including May’s Southside Fringe.

Known for her reputation for “miss-no-one-out” audience participation, Nancy promises more of the same, saying: “After a great run at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival,