With 73 shows and 412 performances all around the city from September 10 - 25, Tiger Dublin Fringe is home to brave and bold ideas, non-stop party vibes and an exceptional array of Irish and international talent. With so many brilliant and innovative performances taking place over the course of the festival, we’ve devised a survival guide to get you through the action-packed two weeks!
1. Make a timetable
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, etc. Forward planning is key when it comes to getting your Fringe on! A lot of shows will be taking place on the same day in different venues, requiring you to dash from one theatre to the next, often not with a lot of time to spare. Take an hour and devise a strategy to organise your timetable so you don’t end up forgetting about any show. Here at Fringe HQ, we’d recommend a good old fashioned spreadsheet, organised in order of date. Though this be madness, there’s method in’t!
2. Challenge yourself
The beauty of Fringe resides in the diversity of the line-up. From theatre and dance right through to circus and live art, the festival presents a perfect collision of genres, resulting in a melting pot of unique and interdisciplinary performances. It’s the ideal opportunity to push yourself and expand your theatrical horizons. Devour the programme and take a chance on something you wouldn’t normally go to, or seek out an art form that you’re curious to know more about. Don’t leave it until next year to think outside the box!
3. Hang around after a show and chat to people
We know this may not always be possible if you’re on a mad dash between venues, but where possible, stay back in the venue, have a drink and chat about the show. It’s always good to take a breather and think about what you’ve just seen. This is your festival: meet new people, make new mates and get involved – it’s what Fringing is all about!
4. Don’t forget to eat
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s an essential top tip! Snackin’ is key at Fringe, so make sure to pack a lunch box of some sort to keep you fuelled in the midst of a jam-packed schedule. You may be seeing multiple shows in one day with not a lot of time to stop off for lunch so you’ll thank us when you have some edible treats to snack on! Oh, and coffee – you’ll always need coffee!
5. Unwind in our Festival Club
We’re delighted that this year’s Festival Club will be hosted by Sams Bar, Dawson St. from Sunday – Wednesday during the festival dates. It’s the place to be after a long day of Fringing and it’s the go-to venue to meet our artists, enjoy some post-show pints of Tiger and soak up the Fringetastic atmosphere. See you there!
We asked some of the staff in the office for their ultimate Fringe survival tip and here’s what they had to say:
Kris Nelson, Director: “Believe the hype. If you hear even a whisper of buzz on a show, book the ticket. Word of mouth is tremendous during Fringe and good buzz one day can turn into sold out the next. Get them while they’re hot!”
Aisling O’Brien, FRINGE LAB Coordinator: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
Ruth McGowan, Programming Manager: “Be adventurous! Go and see something that you normally wouldn’t – theatre buffs go see some dance; live art lovers, buy tickets for some stand-up comedy; gig-goers, try some theatre. Discovering hidden gems and trying new things is what Fringe is all about.”
Kate O'Leary, Marketing Manager: "If you’re looking for the best recommendations, get yourself down to the Fringe box offices on Ormond Quay or in Merrion Square. The staff know the festival inside out, and are happy to chat and find the show just for you. (Also, fresh donuts for everyone who passes through the doors!)"