Quakers at the Edinburgh Fringe

Welcome to the Quaker Meeting House, Fringe Venue 40. Quakers from South East Scotland and beyond have run Venue 40 as part of our community involvement since 1989, providing food for the mind, body and spirit. All profits from the theatre go to charity.


We will not be operating as a venue for live performances in 2021 due to ongoing uncertainty about what Covid-19 restrictions may still be in place. The Fringe was cancelled for the first time in 2020, and although it is likely that some events will take place this year, it is thought that the prospects for small, indoor, seated venues are not good. As the Meeting House would soon have to start committing significant funds towards expenses such as seating hire and licences, the Festival Committee felt that it would be unwise to press ahead.

It is hoped, however, that the Meeting House will still be a part of whatever festivities do happen, and the Committee is working on some ideas that will make the most of the building’s enviable location just off the Royal Mile. Sadly we won’t be needing to recruit our usual teams of volunteers from all over the country and beyond, and we’d like to send our good wishes to all our regulars (volunteers, performers and audience members) and say that we hope to see you next year. In the meantime, this website gives a flavour of how Venue 40 was in 2019, and how we hope it will be in 2022, when the Fringe will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2022 – it should be quite a party!

Contact: Festival Committee, via Sue Proudlove & Tony Wilkes, Meeting House Managers, office@equaker.org.uk