Gearing up for fun on the Fringe

At the start of August 1992, Linford Christie was winning Olympic Gold, Snap’s ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ topped the charts and a young charity teamed up with an up-and-coming Edinburgh Fringe venue.

Fast forward to 2016 and we’re in the final week of preparations for Waverley Care’s 25th year working with what has become the Fringe’s biggest venue, the Pleasance.

To celebrate this unique relationship, which has raised over £375,000 for Waverley Care, we’ve got lots of opportunities for you to get in on the act and make the 2016 Fringe our most successful ever.

If you’re interested in volunteering, we’re looking for enthusiastic people to shake buckets in the Pleasance Courtyard. Our bucket shakers, and the Tartan Ribbon have become synonymous with the Pleasance and volunteering for a shift is a great way to soak up the festival atmosphere. If you are into comedy or theatre, we also have some passes to get bucket shakers into free shows. Email fringe@waverleycare.org.uk to find out how to get involved.

You can also support our work by heading along to some of the shows on the Pleasance bill. On Tuesday 16 August, our Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit returns for another top night of comedy and, throughout the Fringe, we’ll be benefiting from text donations at Eurobeat, the irreverent, sequin-soaked tribute to Eurovision.

Away from the Pleasance, Off the Kerb has assembled a great line up of comedians for our annual Comedy Gala on Saturday 20 August, and our friends at Austentatious are presenting another fabulous night of Crosstentatious on Wednesday 10 August.

With all of this going on, 2016 is shaping up to be another fantastic Fringe for Waverley Care. If you find yourself heading along to the Pleasance to catch a show, or just to enjoy some al fresco drinks, be sure to come and say hello to our volunteers, and please donate if you can.