Pay what you think performances

Please note that information on this page applies to our in-person programme in Edinburgh.

At selected venues, and in our digital programme, we offer audiences and performers pay what you think: an initiative to support artists and audiences alike. Participants wanting to be part of the world’s greatest arts festival can perform in the heart of Edinburgh without breaking the bank.

Buy tickets in advance to guarantee admission – or pay what you think at the performance

Patrons wishing to secure admission are able to buy tickets in advance. However, unticketed entry is possible if space is available. Audiences who have not bought a ticket are invited to give an appropriate donation at the end of the performance.

Performance spaces and facilities

Basic stage lighting and stage sound systems are provided. Most spaces are open to the public, who may come and go during the performance, and there may be some background noise from around the venue. Dependent on the space and performance time zone you are offered, the content of your show may need to be suitable for a general-access public area. Should you require enhanced technical facilities or noise separation from public areas, this may be possible to arrange for an additional cost. Please note that due to the temporary nature of the venue, space for changing and storage of costumes, sets and props is limited. If your technical needs are more complex or you need quiet or a blackout for your show, you may wish to consider one of our studio theatre performance spaces in our main programme.


Our hire fee for the performance space is 40% of percentage of ticket sales and audience donations, with a minimum guaranteed amount payable to us in advance. The standard Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society programme registration fee applies and is payable to the Fringe Society through us.

To take part

Go to our performers’ application and downloads page to download information or apply online here (please select pay-what-you-think options).