18:20 -- Berlin Expat Comedy Fun Show

18:20 -- Berlin Expat Comedy Fun Show

Postby psalamone » 09 Nov 2013, 12:07

THE VENUE
is in a great location: at the confluence of flows of people walking along Cowgate and coming down the hill from the Royal Mile. The club itself has a very lively atmosphere: great bar/cafe/pizza service upstairs (though they seem overwhelmed during a rush) and well-differentiated performance area downstairs. A great place to have a show overall.

THE PERFORMANCE AREA (room 2)
See below notes on the technical setup. The room itself is great, and the new curtains (not present in 2012 when we first did the show) helped with the noise bleed from the other show, although there was still some. We had some problems with chairs -- didn't seem there were enough for both rooms on heavy days. We like the little stage area and the swings to either side of it, and the size of the room was perfect for our show. Sometimes the temperature in the showroom made it difficult -- it was freezing a couple days, and sweaty hot some others. The backstage area was often freezing (air conditioners not turned off?) and there was often water dripping from the ceiling.

THE STAFF AT THE VENUE
Seemed a bit overworked, but always did their best to help us out when needed. They were good enough to help clean the performance area before and after, and they also came to see our show!

WE ADVERTISED OUR SHOW
We had a listing in the PBH guide, a did a lot of flyering the hour leading up to the gig in the 2-block radius around the venue. We had four performers and we all pitched in. We also did exit-flyering at the two previous shows at our venue, as well as whenever one of us got a guest spot elsewhere.

AUDIENCE NUMBERS
Averaged around 20-35, with up to 50+ on heavy days like Saturdays. A couple low turnouts (one or two early-week nights of about 12 people) but always enough to do the show.

BUCKETS
With four people it was very easy to get someone up by the exit to collect at the end of the show. One thing we found early on is that the noise of coppers and coins dropping into the bucket was very loud (our bucket was metal -- maybe something plastic next year? Or a box?) and could disturb the neighboring show if they'd not let out yet. To solve this we always padded the bucket with a jumper at the bottom.

TECHNICAL SET-UP AT THE VENUE
We were very dissappointed that room 2 didn't have the great light display it had in 2012! There were also a few nights early in the run where the mic would cut out because of a shoddy cable, but this was remedied by week 1's end. There were often problems connecting our iPods to the desk -- something was wrong either with our devices or the cable, but it was oftimes unpredictable. Other shows didn't seem to have this problem though so it might have been our iPods. The BIG ISSUE though was the background black curtain onstage-- there were SEVERAL shows we did where it would spontaneously fall down. A better solution should be found for next year.

ADMIN & COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FREE FRINGE, CAPTAINS & VENUES
Aside the aforementioned microphone snafu -- which was remedied soon anyways -- no complaints!
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