In 2017, the International and Fringe Festivals celebrate seventy years of welcoming performances from across the globe. St Mark’s also reaches its own landmark, celebrating
thirty-five years as a regular Fringe venue. This year, between Thursday 3 August and Saturday 26 August, we will host some sixty performances of twenty-two shows in our church.
Our full programme is included in this edition of Waymark. As you’ll see, we have up to six performances a day. Please take a moment to peruse the programme. We guarantee there is
something for you whether your musical taste is romantic, classical, popular, new compositions, Renaissance song, Scottish piping, experimenting with percussion - or theatre
with the third instalment of the comedy smash-hit, The Gin Chronicles. It’s all waiting for you at St Mark’s this year, from the beloved Richard Michael to a late-night screening of the
1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari complete with live musical accompaniment.
During the three and a half weeks of the Fringe, St Mark’s is a vibrant, joyous place, welcoming several thousand visitors from all over the world. Most are, naturally, here for a show -
our building’s acoustics are particularly praised - however, others, seeing our open door, simply take the opportunity to have a look around our magnificent church. Often we have
tourists introducing themselves from other Unitarian congregations. Consequently, it would be wonderful to have as many of St Mark’s congregation as possible on site during August. For that reason, I am now seeking volunteers to look after our box office.
Many of last year’s volunteers have already said they want to help again, but I’d love even more of you to take up the opportunity of joining us. Shifts last for around four hours, although if you wish to volunteer for longer, that would be most welcomed. This year, shifts will be available from 09.30 to 23.00. You can do as many, or as few, shifts as you wish.
You can also do shifts alone or with a companion. In return for volunteering, I’m pleased to announce you will receive two free tickets for any show (subject to availability) for
every shift you work!
As a volunteer, you will never be alone on a shift. At least one other member of staff, one experienced in running the church as an arts venue, will be in the building at all times. The work is never pressurised or physically strenuous. On the contrary, as a volunteer of many years standing, I can personally assure you that while staff must be professional, committed
and courteous throughout, we always remember the bottom line: this is a festival! By being a St Mark’s volunteer, we’ll make sure you enjoy being part of the biggest arts festival on
If you become a volunteer you will:
See the Festival Fringe from a different perspective
Represent our Unitarian community and beautiful city of Edinburgh to visitors
Provide cover that might otherwise have to be paid for, thereby you enhance St Mark’s income
Please do get in touch with me if you would like to discuss being a volunteer. It would be great to have you on the team!