20:45 The Improlympians (Fantoosh)

20:45 The Improlympians (Fantoosh)

Postby theimprolympians » 08 Mar 2014, 15:48

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

Our room, Fantoosh, was on the top floor of a multi level bar/club, there was some ambient noise from outside but nothing that spoiled performances. Black cloth was hung on the windows, some of which at least was from the venue. There did not seem to be any general footfall at that time to judge the sort of clientele. There were c. 40 chairs, leaving plenty of space still for standing or for performance.

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

It is simply a room where chairs were brought in, and it worked quite well. People moving chairs during the show sometimes made more noise than they might have expected. There is no backstage area, but with chairs centred to give walkways either side gave some pseudo-offstage room on the wings. The performance area was quite large even with 40 chairs in the room.

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

The staff at the venue were very helpful and friendly. The show brought in business rather than getting in the way. From talking to staff they were a little disgruntled that another performer had asked them for a free drink, but otherwise enjoyed all the shows and people they met.

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

Flyering in and around the venue, posters in the venue, we were not in the Edfringe brochure printed version, though will do that in future years.

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

Our shows were reasonably well attended with weekends filling out, otherwise a decent number of people to play to. Weather did not seem to have a significant effect.

- Your show itself - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Our show was an improvised play, there were some people who returned again and again and we were generally pleased with the performances.

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


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

There was a veritable plethora of plug sockets in the room so were any shows to need a dozen+ double plug sockets it would work here. The lights could be dimmed but there were no spot lights, but this was fine for our show.

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

Communication worked quite well, one of us stayed to help with Fantoosh get out after the venue captain got it contact, I believe there was a microphone missing from the venue.

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

When groups leave after the first week or two weeks, if they removed their promotional materials from the venue that would be beneficial.
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