Pint of Poetry and a Dram of Drama

Pint of Poetry and a Dram of Drama

Postby Pint_of_Poetry » 26 Oct 2013, 20:13

- The venue
Perfect, the space is very atmospheric, there was enough seating and the room was a good size for our show in terms of how much audience we attract (est. 20).

- The performance area - stage, separate room, open air?
We were in the Banqueting Hall, the performance area is fairly small, but this is perfect for spoken word, we didn’t need a lot of space and we had the right amount.

- The team of staff at the venue - did they assist the shows? Did the show get in the way of the normal business etc?
Staff were fab, really friendly, helpful, helped us find our flyers when we arrived.

- How you advertised your show - Fringe brochure, flyering, posters, word of mouth etc
We only did two one off performances, we had a flyer and we did a lot of flyering directly before each show which was very effective in pulling in audience. We were also in the Fringe Brochure.

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers - solid numbers every show? Did it vary by day? Affected by weather?
We had a good turnout for both shows, the room was almost full (approx. 20?)

- Your show itself - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
We have been performing this show with the same format (different performance pieces) for the last four years. We squeeze in about 6 or 7 spoken word performers into the hour show with a compare knitting the whole thing together. It works well, keeps the show pacey and we got a good audience reaction.

- Buckets - we don't need accounts, but how were the donations to the buckets - bad, good, generous
Buckets were good ... not as generous as in previous years but we covered our printing costs so we were happy.

- Technical set-up at the venue - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
There was a mic set up, although we didn’t need it as the venue is fairly intimate, some performers used it, some didn’t but everything worked fine and we were well provided for.

- Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
As we were only doing two shows, there wasn’t much comms between us, the captains and the venue. The comms from Free Fringe were useful to help us get prepared, although it can be a bit difficult sometimes to keep on top of all of the emails!

- Any other learning points for anyone involved - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
I wouldn’t change anything. As ever this gave us a wonderful opportunity to come to Edinburgh, and experience the festival as performers with a meagre budget. Some of the best performances I saw this year were PBH Free Fringe ones (not ticketed performances), so it’s obviously working!
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