15:00 2012: An Improv Odyssey

15:00 2012: An Improv Odyssey

Postby Chris Smowton » 24 Oct 2012, 08:27

Going by the guide post's structure:

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

The venue is a bar / small club. I've no idea what sort of people usually go there as everyone present was there for the show.

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

The bar is shaped like a horseshoe, with the performance down one end of the shoe. Whilst hundreds can fit in the bar, only about 50 can see the stage. The performance space is very small -- about 2x2 metres. Enough to house about 2-3 people, but a problem for our cast of 8. There's no off-stage area, so we used the front row for that purpose. There is a small stage (about 20cm tall), but we removed it because it creaks very loudly when walked upon.

- 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 helpful, including allowing us to store our flyers and kit there which was very useful because it meant we had a central storage area.

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

Flyering on the mile, fringe guide. Some market research before each show revealed 99% of people came due to flyering.

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

Lows of 30 (Tuesday), highs of around 100 (Saturday). The 100 was actually a problem, as the horseshoe shape means half that group was round the corner, and being unable to see the stage this group settled in for a drink instead, creating quite a lot of noise round the corner from the show.

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

Good -- average around £1.50/person.

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

Lighting: just room ambient.
Sound: there was a mixer and mic, but as a group performance we didn't use it. We weren't clear what was available in advance so brought our own audio kit; we found consumer-grade speakers could fill the room nicely.
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