Diagnoses are short, snappy and thoughtful descriptions of shows we see, talks we hear, and conversations we have. The purpose of Diagnoses is to give everyone in the world access to a show they might not have seen or might not be able to see.

For those who have seen the shows, Diagnoses aim to give the opportunity for them to add their own unique perspective. All sorts of people write Diagnoses, from artists, health care workers and researchers, to writers (professional and not), people who are used to seeing performance and those who are not. We have been keen to include writing from people with direct and lived experience of illness and disability. 

For artists, Diagnoses aim to make the content their work accessible to audiences. We don't use words like "it was great" or "it was horrible" but instead look to "it was about..." "the show helped me think more about...." so that audiences everywhere can join the conversation.

Prognoses identify and interrogate the broader themes of a festival, linking to relevant diagnoses from our Diagnoses archive and offering new perspectives on broader issues and trends. Each Prognosis is written by a Sick of the Fringe writer and focuses on a particular theme or aspect of their experience. Prognoses offer wider-ranging analysis than the diagnoses, but are still committed to the core purpose of The Sick of the Fringe – offering new ways of writing about art and performance that illuminates the links between the strategies and concerns of artists, scientists and medical professionals.

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Our Diagnosers are NOT required to have traditional writing skills or specific qualifications. We hope that the whole process - of watching shows, reflecting on shows and writing about them helps us and our audiences link the arts with social issues, and see new futures and new possibilities. 

If you're interested in becoming one of our national writers and/or want to be notified when we're visiting a town near you, let us know here →