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how to build your fringe show 101

11th and 12th of August 2023
The LAB, Dublin

Ever dreamt of creating your own fringe show? Ever wondered where to begin? 

This intensive workshop will show you the do’s and don’ts of making a show from scratch, and how to get it put on! 


We will cover everything from the seedling of an idea, right up to the venue booking, the dreaded funding applications, the promotion, and how to get those pesky bums on seats. 

This is ideal for actors who want to make and produce their own work. No writing or devising experience necessary. We will work with YOUR strengths on how to create YOUR own unique show. 


Not an actor? No worries! It’s also for writers/directors/devisers who want to see their projects on the stage. 


Led by LipZinc’s award-winning artistic director Tzarini Meyler, and producer extraordinaire, Ana Canals, this workshop is not to be missed. With our experience at fringe festivals both here and abroad, let us demystify the myths, fears, joys, and pitfalls of this exciting world. So start your idea this August, 11th & 12th. And maybe next summer your show could be heading to Edinburgh Fringe?  


€100 (you can pay in installements if you wish, just get in touch!)


How to apply

Please send an email to with your CV and a couple lines of why you would like to take part in this workshop. This is just so we can get to know you a bit better and get a sense of what background everyone is coming from, so we can tailor the workshop accordingly. Places are very limited so book now to avoid disappointment. 




Day 1 - Friday 11th Aug

10am - 1pm: Getting started. We’re jumping right in folks! This morning session will cover how to begin developing your brand new fringe-ready show. With practical techniques, you will immediately get your ideas flowing, and begin the process of creating! 


1pm - 2pm: Lunch


2pm - 5:45pm: Getting your show produced. Here we will cover the practicalities of making your ideas work for the fringe. We will cover everything from festival applications to funding, booking venues to budgets. 

Day 2 - Saturday 12th Aug

10am - 1pm: Marketing your show. Here we will show you how to think not only as a creative but as a potential audience member. From synopsis to social media, pitches to posters - we will get you practicing your elevator pitch in no time, ready for the Royal Mile!


1pm - 2pm: Lunch


2pm - 4:00pm: Creating. With all you have learned, now it’s time to get cracking on your show. Use the space to explore movement, characters, and theme, in a supportive environment facilitated by director Tzarini. She will give you practical techniques to push the boundaries of your idea. 

4pm - 5.45pm: Sharing. Present a 5 minute work in progress of your show in a relaxed and supportive space. Everyone will have a chance to show what they’ve been working on, and get feedback from each other.

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