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Created in 2007 DarkChat began as an idea for some friends to share their experiences of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with each other on a nightly basis, discussing the shows they had seen that day.
Fast forward and this has evolved into an online review site with the discussions provided to the wider world as well as our slightly inebriated friends.
We also enjoy the DarkChat Awards at the end of each Fringe Festival. It's not quite a Perrier Award (but then what is nowadays?) but we enjoy debating who should receive them and if we can make someone feel a little bit warmer about their show then why not!!
The programme has landed
So this year's programme has landed on the doormat looking pristine (although as we all know that won't last for long once it has seen some vigorous thumbing!) The spreadsheet has already been started and our first show is already on it. Now the diificult part begins as we try and fill in the gaps around show one with some other must-see shows, look for our favourites, decide whether to take a chance on something strange, work out how long it takes to walk right across Edinburgh (it can't be that long right?) and deciding if one person watching a dozen shows in one day is a sensible idea.
Bring it on!
The Fringe First
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe and DarkChat's own 10th Anniversary we've invited a selection of people connected to the festival to provide their memories of their first festival. Take a look at our first batch of memories here.
2017 - A year of anniversaries
As most of you will know 2017 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, however it is also a landmark year for DarkChat as we celebrate 10 years together reviewing shows at the Fringe.
In June 2007 8 of us got together (4 regular Fringe goers and 4 other theatre-loving friends) and decided to visit that years Fringe and get together each night reviewing shows we had all seen that day initially just for each other. Using the intials of our names the acronym 'DarkChat' was born. From those humble beginnings we have now seen over 500 shows as a collective, spawned a website (hello) and hundreds of online reviews that have been read the world over.
This year DARKCHAT will consist of the Cox and Baldwin families ('Dack' of the original DarkChat). The latter now accompanied by Dylan & Harri, who whilst still only 8 will be enjoying their 4th festival. They will arrive with their full reviewing equipment ready to add to their own review area on this site. So if anyone wants to be reviewed by 8 year old identical twins let us know here.
Once the Fringe is over we'll also be hosting our annual DarkChat Awards to see which show can follow Manual Cinema's "Ada/Ava" and take home the coveted Best Show award.
To see the full list of our 2016 winners click here.
Who are DarkChat?
Drawn from across the UK DarkChat include a broad spectrum of people of all ages, backgrounds and sexes. We include writers, directors, performers, students and fans of many genres.
To find out more about the individuals click here or for some more in-depth analysis have a look at some of the DarkChatters Q&As.