Quakers at the Edinburgh Fringe

During the Fringe, the Quaker Meeting House becomes Venue 40. Our venue is in the heart of the historic city centre, and our events run throughout the Fringe. The Quaker Festival Committee and Venue 40 staff endeavour to provide a friendly and welcoming venue for our visiting companies, audiences and tearoom customers.
     We hope you will find a broad and varied programme brought by some popular returning companies as well as by some new and young ones too. They bring you a plethora of issues - historical, political, social, personal - portrayed through drama, music, discussion and graphic art.
     Our values of equality, peace, integrity and simplicity influence our theatre programme selection and the way we run the venue. To help us with this we ask you to consider filling in this questionnaire.
     Local Quakers welcome all who join them in their silence-based Meetings for Worship which take place in our top floor meeting room. These are held daily:

  • Monday to Saturday, at 11.00 am. for about 30 minutes;
  • Sundays at 9:30 am for about ¾ hour and at 11 am for about 1 hour.

Venue 40 is looking for volunteers!

During the festival we run a theatre with a 65-seat raked auditorium in which there are a number of different shows during the day. The profits we raise (through the theatre programme and a share of the cafe income) go to charity, either for Quaker work, both of the local meeting and nationally, and our nominated charities. Volunteer staff may work either as Front of House staff, or on the Box Office, and help in other ways to ensure that the venue runs smoothly for the benefit of companies, audiences and Friends alike.

Please find out more in the Volunteer application form.