19:35 - Big in Dubai!

19:35 - Big in Dubai!

Postby rayaddison » 21 Aug 2013, 12:06

The venue - what sort of venue is it? Pub, Bar, Club, Restaurant... What sort of clientèle normally frequent this venue

The venue is a fairly large gay nightclub in Edinburgh's 'pink triangle'.

- The performance area - stage, separate room, open air?

This is a separate room with its own bar. Sadly that bar was not open during our showtime, which is a shame as lots of the punters could have done with a stiff drink after seeing the show. Many requested to buy a drink but we had to disappoint them. There is no stage but two handy posts were good for hanging a black sheet on. We had wireless mics from the venue as well so all in all it was great.

- The team of staff at the venue - did they assist the shows? Did the show get in the way of the normal business etc?

Very friendly. Management was good. Let us put our posters up in the reception area, bar and on the glass door entrance. Also we left our flyers on the reception.

- How you advertised your show - Fringe brochure, flyering, posters, word of mouth etc

We were listed in the pbh brochure and paid to go in the festival brochure as well. We put posters up in the nearby bars and cafes and flyered for two hours outside our venue before the gig. That area gets a lot of footfall so it is ideal.

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers - solid numbers every show? Did it vary by day? Affected by weather?

You can seat around 32 people in the venue and we were completely full 6 out of the 8 days that we were there. The other we days we had well over 20. Its a good location.

- Your show itself - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change

Although the club had a dj booth - we couldn't operate it so had no warm up music before the show started or between the acts. Take a techie.

- Buckets - we don't need accounts, but how were the donations to the buckets - bad, good, generous

We did not collect buckets as we are all based outside of the UK.

- Technical set-up at the venue - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change

Occasional battery death on the mic but we had a back up. Lights had to be bought before the show from B&Q - a couple of standard lamps angled with those big metal clip thingies.

- Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change

All smooth. Great venue captain. PBH is always prompt to reply.

- Any other learning points for anyone involved - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change

Only complaint! One of the staff kept walking in throughout the show to go to a storage area. He didn't do it subtly and it was a distraction for the audience.
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