The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has a steadily increasing amount of performances, with last years show count being at 3,548. The Fringe is a jungle, a hotpot of new ideas, but more often than not a large percentage of the shows coming to Edinburgh draw very few audience members, sometimes even none. Unfortunately that is something that most artists have to prepare themselves for at the Edinburgh Fringe. Thick skin is definitely an asset, especially on the long days spent on the Royal Mile being pushed aside by the masses as you desperately try to promote your show. However it’s not only small acts that are struggling to draw audiences, bigger venues are constantly rebranding themselves to attract more sponsors.
The festival is different now than it was 50 years ago, the audiences have changed and thus the shows have also needed to accommodate this new taste as well as attention span. The Fringe can be a lonely, scary and overwhelming place but it is also where like-minded people gather and go through the exact same experience together, which can be a comforting thought in those times when you need to know you’re not the only one.
For more encouragement, try this article in The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2604463/Edinburgh-Fringe-Look-no-audience.html