Episode 7: Jess Brough

Traverse Theatre Company Hosted by Debbie Hannan

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In episode 7 of our podcast series, the Traverse's Co-Artistic Director Designate, Debbie Hannan, speaks to producer, academic and all-round cultural figure, Jess Brough.

Jess is the founder of Fringe of Colour, a ticketing initiative which aims to increase the diversity of audiences at the Fringe, focused on shows featuring performers of Colour, and which in 2020 became an online festival of short films by artists of Colour that ran through August. They speak about how Fringe of Colour began, how they were one of the first companies that went digital to much success, Jess' writing and PhD, and their hopes for the future of the Fringe post pandemic.

Part of The Traverse Podcast series.

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A transcript for this episode can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

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This episode's guest: Jess Brough

Jess Brough is a writer, a psycholinguistics Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh and the founder of Fringe of Colour – a promotional platform, events producer and support network for people of colour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The grassroots project involves a publicly accessible database of shows by Black and Brown performers at the festival and a free ticket scheme that aims to make these shows more accessible to young people of colour across the festival period. In 2019, Jess was the recipient of the Total Theatre Award for Significant Contribution, Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Panel Prize Award and the Creative Edinburgh Independent Award for the work of Fringe of Colour.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 Fringe of Colour presented Fringe of Colour films - an online film festival and discussion series that took place throughout August, showcasing the work of artists and film-makers of colour.

@Jessica_Brough / fringeofcolour.co.uk


  • Sound engineerRichard Bell
  • ComposerPatricia Panther