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Support group for queer performers at Edinburgh Fringe launched

Performer Teddy Lamb, organiser of the Edinburgh Fringe Queer Meet Up Performer Teddy Lamb, organiser of the Edinburgh Fringe Queer Meet Up
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A weekly support group for queer performers, producers, critics and backstage staff has been created for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Edinburgh Fringe Queer Meet Up is the brainchild of performer Teddy Lamb, who said their last experience at the festival, in 2016, had made them feel “isolated”.

“The idea stemmed from my last fringe, where I felt very isolated from my London queer support system, and didn’t know how or where to meet other queer performers to network with and get support from,” they said.

The weekly group has been supported by Underbelly, which is providing its Cow Cafe to the group, free of charge.

It will be held from 4pm to 6.30pm every Monday during the festival beginning on August 6.

Lamb described it as a “weekly drop in group where queer performers, producers, critics, stage crew and audiences can all meet to support each other and network”.

“We can sell our shows, we can ask for advice and we can support the community in a safe, inclusive, wheelchair-accessible space,” Lamb added.

Lamb, whose show Polaris will be staged at Pleasance Below during the festival, told The Stage the arts tended to be thought of as “super inclusive”.

“But the way the fringe is going, means it’s so expensive to be there. And the sort of artists that are there, are there because they can afford it. They are from privileged backgrounds, a world that trans and non-binary performers are unable to get to, as they are less likely to have parental support or go to uni or hold down steady jobs,” Lamb said.

Lamb added: “The fact we are even there in the first place is something to celebrate.”

More information can be found here.