13:30 Rory and Tim: Time to Stand Up

13:30 Rory and Tim: Time to Stand Up

Postby Rory OKeeffe » 17 Jan 2014, 12:08

- The venue - Whistlebinkies is a good venue; great, central location, with two entrances. It's used for band performances at the weekends sometimes. Locals drink there as well as Fringe punters looking for a show.

- The performance area -
There's a stage which is usually used for bands at the back. Most of the music stuff is to the side on the day, though, and there's a good space for comedy. There's maybe 30 seats (potential to add more at the back if it fills up) and plenty room to stand. A heavy curtain separates the stage from the main bar. As othes have mentioned, there's occasionally noise bleed but this is not much of a problem, particularly for a lunch time show.

- The team of staff at the venue -
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. They often helped co ordinate the music and lights to signal the start of the show, and were very helpful in providing us with water etc. Occasionally they got involved with the fun, such as helping us light a cake for when my Mum was in the audience and it was her birthday.

- How you advertised your show - We were listed in the Free Fringe brochure, but took the decision not to be listed in the main programme. As we already had our sketch show listed in there, we figured the two shows would feed into each other. In hindsight, the main programme might have been a good idea as occasionally we didn't have flyers for the Whistlebinkies show over at the Dram House. When we did manage to plug our stand up at the end of the sketch show, it seemed to help with numbers.

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers -

Some good days, particularly at weekends. Mostly managed to fill the seats; some days were very low when we focusing on flyering hard for an important day (reviewers, industry etc) for the sketch show later that day.

- Your show itself -

It was an hour bill split between myself, Tim, and one special guest each day. This format worked well, although sometimes the combination provided quite an eclectic mix of styles.When doing an hour bill, it's quite common that people will drop out last minute as well, so it's good to have some back up guests to call upon. Mostly, we were okay on this front and were pleased with some of the names we managed to attract.

- Buckets -

Varied, but was what we were expecting, as our main bid for real bucket money was from the sketch show.

- Technical set-up at the venue -

Everything was good, apart from one day when the lighting state had been left over from the band the night before and switched between red and green throughout Tim's opening set but we managed to fix this.

- Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) -

Good, we worked well with Gary Colman on after us with the bucket takings/crowd control/extra stools etc.
Rory OKeeffe
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