22.00 Aug 2-10 Jewellery Quarter Comedy Midland Showcase

22.00 Aug 2-10 Jewellery Quarter Comedy Midland Showcase

Postby jonnygreatrex » 17 Sep 2013, 08:21

- The venue - what sort of venue is it? Pub, Bar, Club, Restaurant... What sort of clientèle normally frequent this venue
A pop up venue for the Fringe made from an disused shop. It started life looking like a student advice centre waiting room, then got turned into a horrendous "tiki bar" by the second weekend. The clientele were gullible drunk people who liked the feel of builders sand between their toes and to sip cheap rum from plastic glasses.

- The performance area - stage, separate room, open air?
A separate room at the back of the venue which seated 30-40ish. It was actually quite a good space to perform, very snug feeling. It needed proper curtains and better lighting, but it worked fine.

- The team of staff at the venue - did they assist the shows? Did the show get in the way of the normal business etc?
NOPE. AND NOPE. The people who owned this venue couldn't have cared less about the Free Fringe.They were nice enough to speak to, but they are business people who make money out of selling booze. We were not allowed any posters up as this might have interfered with selling booze. No we can't turn the music down, we'd sell less booze. I think we battled to have a "Fringe Venue" number sign put up outside. The music during my spot at 10pm drowned out the acts. On one night two acts - this was a compilation show - just walked out seeing how ridiculous the situation was. I was only there until Aug 10, so maybe some of these kinks got ironed out.

- How you advertised your show - Fringe brochure, flyering, posters, word of mouth etc
In the Free Fringe brochure. Then by flyering out front. it is in a great spot with loads of footfall going passed each minute.

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers - solid numbers every show? Did it vary by day? Affected by weather?
12 the lowest on a Tues/weds. Full rooms at weekends.

- Buckets - we don't need accounts, but how were the donations to the buckets - bad, good, generous
Generous enough for a free compilation show of semi-pro acts. Prob about £1.50 per person on average.

- Technical set-up at the venue - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Needs a spot light and the windows to be covered.

- Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Everything got sorted in the end and if it had stayed the way it was in the first week it would have been fine. The tiki bar was ridiculous.

- Any other learning points for anyone involved - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change.
This could be a wicked venue if it was done out to be a cosy snug little bar with fairy lights and a few arty posters on the wall. With a little work the stage space could be really nice as well.
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