Paradise Green is a not-for-profit organisation (a company limited by guarantee) founded in 1997 specifically to run venues at the Edinburgh Fringe.
We ran Greyfriars Kirk House from 1995 to 2006 (at which point the building stopped running as a Fringe venue due to projected redevelopment). Paradise Green was established in early 1997 to provide a formal framework for the continued success of Greyfriars Kirk House and allow for expansion to other venues. We added Augustine's, now called Paradise in Augustines, in 1998, which houses the Sanctuary and Studio performance spaces and has since become a lively, popular and successful venue with a reputation for award-winning theatre and musicals.
We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2007 by adding The Vault, a new single space theatre, known as Paradise in The Vault during the Fringe. This is a permanent venture billed as the “smallest purpose built theatre” in Edinburgh and, under the name The Vault, it is available for hire for events at any time of the year.
In 2008, we added to Paradise in the Vault a second space, The Annexe, just across the passageway from the Vault itself. It is a similar size to the Vault's space, and shares the Vault's box office, snack bar and toilets. This is a more typical Fringe venue, constructed anew each year.
In 2013 we ran a third venue, Paradise in the Kirkhouse, in the Grassmarket Community Project on Candlemaker Row, but we are not running this venue at present.
In 2015 we started a new project to provide Technical Services to Venue 40 (Quaker's Meeting House). This saw us provide our skilled and friendly technicians to both rig & de-rig the venue and be on site each day of the festival to assist directly with their companies. We look forward to continuing and developing this relationship, and would welcome discussion with other venues regarding providing a similar service.
Our staff and management team come from a range of backgrounds. They are united by a shared love of theatre and the performing arts, and offer a wealth of experience and expertise in every aspect of small-scale professional and non-professional theatre. Many of the team have full- or part-time jobs in the creative industries.