Welcome to a poster filled and multipurpose cafe!
Currently the servery of the cafe has a lot of fridge space, a sink, a normal kettle, a large industrial (is that what it’s called) kettle and a coffee machine that we aren’t entirely sure of how it works.
Next to that there are 2 long wooden benches, a 2 very long rectangular tables, a few round tables, a lot of foldable chairs and a high stool for the outdoor-haller. (there are currently no sofas, but there have been and we should bring that back?)
The library is also in the cafe.
During term the Cafe gets used for a whole load of things. Of course as a cafe and waiting space before and during the intervals of shows, as a rehearsal space, a space for (often Imps) workshops, occassionally committee has their meetings there, shows are held there, and very rarily it gets turned into a workshop.
During Fringe the cafe has an alcohol license and they actually utilise the food license that we’ve apparently had since 2018. This in combination with the fact that it is open most of the day during Fringe, means it’s an active social hub where people can meet up, eat, and wait before shows.
Above is what the cafe looked like during Fringe 2011
Next to that they occassionally re-do the floor boards and walls, as is detailed below by whoever wrote the old wiki.
In the spring term in 1987 the ‘Tea Junction’ closed, which had been the resident cafe in Bedlam that had been proposed early in the 1986/87 term.
In 1980 a restaurant called Shakahar was run from the cafe, and it was also called ‘Bedlam Lite Bite’. It was a vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic restaurant set up by a co-operative of about 20 vegetarians and ex-chefs, and was open seven days a week, mornings and evenings. After their first week of operation they were forced to close their doors for two days because of a legal dispute. Because of these issues the financial accounts for the restaurant ran through The Vegetarian and Animal Liberation Society (VAL).
It was shut down by the EUTC committee in their last committee meeting of 1980 (so in December), because they felt they weren’t adequately compensated for the loss of rehearsal space.
Cafe during Bedfest 2020 made 1.7% of what box office made.
The Café is not soundproofed from the auditorium and sound levels need to be strictly controlled whenever a show is on. The price of soundproofing has been looked into but it was decided that it was far too high (2k-4k). An attempt was made on our own in fringe 2004.
The café grills were installed in 1991 by G Sutherland Blacksmiths and they don’t make the café secure more to be a bit of a deterrent and stop company members helping themselves.
Some of the walls in the café are held up by the skirting board which is held on with gaffa tape so don’t remove it unless you’re planning on rebuilding the walls. This is quite a big job and needs to be well planned.
The floor was last sanded and re-varnished for fringe 2008 as were the tables in 2004. The stools were repainted and reupholstered in 2008. New stools were bought fringe 2004 but will probably all have been destroyed as they were cheap.
If you want to clean the floor properly, then we will need to hire in a floor buffer. Either that, or a lot of Nitromores, scrapers, a malfunctioning sander, and every Edinburgh-based bedlamite, as happened in Fringe '08.
The wall to the toilet corridor is made from chipboard. Probably 18mm thick. There was significant water damage visible when the cafe was renovated pre-Fringe in 2008. However, after abatement of the visible mould, the wall was judged to be sound enough to be left in place.
The wall in the servery to the box office is constructed from stone and is safe to bolt into.
The wall to the auditorium is very dodgy. This will be addressed pre-Fringe 2008.
The main sink in the servery is fed from one of the water tanks. Probably the one above dimming. There are stop cocks for the taps located under the sink. Simply turn the tap on and turn the tap until it cuts off. Though obviously be careful as you definitely don’t want to unscrew it to far the wrong way. The stop cock for the handwashing sink is located next to the door to the auditorium about 7’ off the floor.
The cold water supply pipe runs from the kitchen, along the wall of the corridor from the Cafe to the auditorium, through the wall of the Cafe, own the wall next to the auditorium door and down under the floor. It then runs across the floor and enters the servery from the East. It supplies the handwashing sink first, and then feeds into the main sink. An additional line runs down the back of the cabinets to the coffee machine.
The sewage line is handled by standard PVC piping like you’d find anywhere. The coffee machine has a dedicated line that feeds into the PVC piping under the sink.
“The café is 18ft by 16ft and has substantial space for publicity. The walls are covered with posters of previous shows, dating back to the 80s, when EUTC first took over the building. Drinks, meals and snacks are sold all day during the Festival, at prices significantly below the Fringe norm. We also have the opportunity to use the café as an exhibition space for local artists. The café is consistently busy, successful and ever so slightly boho acting as a focal point and meeting place for both performers and audiences.”