Imagination Workshop is a meeting of minds for immersive and interactive theatre, a colourful and classy 5-star hub, new for Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
In it, there’s a diverse range of programming, 11 acts which are booked to appear throughout August and are billed to appeal to the widest range of ages from mid-morning to late night.
Whether you want to see a show, meet people for a meal or drinks, or pick up tickets for a show elsewhere on the Fringe, this is one venue not to miss…
And with the kind of environment that’s hugely attractive both inside and out, Imagination Workshop is a fabulous place:
* it lives in The Principal Edinburgh George Street;
* it’s in the heart of the New Town, within easy reach of other major venues;
* there’s disabled access throughout the venue;
* the area around is easily accessed and comfortable, with parking nearby and easy transport links;
* all performance spaces have plenty of seats – and no sticky carpets!
* shows are all in one place, where you can relax and unwind in a top hotel, stopping off for breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as watching a show, and stepping out to see more of the Fringe too.
Imagination Workshop has been created by Interactive Theatre International, successful theatre producers since 1997.
ITI is back for its 12th consecutive Edinburgh Fringe with three shows – all of them previous winners of 5-star reviews at the Fringe and around the world.
* Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, the world’s longest-running, most successful tribute to the BBC’s iconic TV series, where audiences become part of the irresistible action, now back for its 12th, and biggest, Fringe yet.
* Confetti & Chaos, the bonkers wedding reception gone wildly wrong returns for its 5th Fringe with a feast of secrets that spill out as family members bust in, bust up and bust a move.
* Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience, the show that opened last September and has been pulling lovely jubbly laughs and reviews ever since. Find out why in this first Fringe appearance where audiences join the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.
* and a further 11 independent acts spotted during travels to Fringe Festivals around the world.
ITI’s fourth show at this year’s Fringe, Pamela’s Palace, is running at a separate venue: having opened in Edinburgh last year, the Pams have been winning 5-stars for their do’s in London, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It’s an ‘outstanding comic creation’ (The Scotsman).
Who - a new model
ITI and Imagination Workshop pride themselves on being ethical producers who stand up to bullies and play fair with artists, audiences, venues and staff.
As employers, their staff - including casuals - are paid above par and their performers are paid above industry standard.
And as a Fringe hub, they don’t rip off artists: the hub is run on ticket sales only; artists just pay a minimal room hire and Fringe registration.
It’s also a family affair: four members in two generations now work in ITI / Imagination Workshop – all will be at Fringe 2019 (supported by other staff of course!):
* company founder and Artistic Director, and original Sybil Faulty, Alison Pollard-Mansergh
* business development manager & IW hub director, Jared Harford (second eldest son)
* tech and stage management, Regan Pollard (middle son)
* graphic design, Siobhan Pollard-Mansergh (second youngest child and only daughter)
They join ITI’s extended family of 87 staff and performers split between the UK and Australia, who tour the world with the company’s shows – a company that’s grown from an original cast of three, to this globetrotting, crowd-pleasing, one-of-a-kind success story.