2045. Silky: Indoor Fireworks

2045. Silky: Indoor Fireworks

Postby Silky » 31 Oct 2017, 17:04

Second year at Sneaky Petes. A gem of a venue. Seating for c45, in rows of folding chairs and some long benches. Space for standing room to take it up to 70, but more readily policed and comfortable with 50 in. Still eminently playable with 20, though! Good lines of sight, and a great PA and lighting set-up, though any lighting cues you'd need to bring someone along to do, as the staff (who are BRILLIANT) are normally working alone and change from shift to shift. The stage doesn't have disabled access, thought the venue does (one small step if memory serves) and there's no changing area or storage space for gear, so if you're a prop heavy act, it might not be the best venue if you don't want the daily grind of schlepping in and out with all your gear.

- The venue - Sneaky Pete's is a small nightclub on Cowgate, along a row of club venues, close to the Cowgate entrance to Underbelly.

- The performance area - Good stage, fairly high with good sightlines, but no backstage at all.

- The team of staff at the venue - Staff were great. Helpful as you could hope for.

- How you advertised your show - Glen, the Flyer Whisperer! Flyers, a few posters, word of mouth. Also did a lot of other gigs esp. ones nearby, close to the start time of my show.

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers. Averaged just under 40 per day. Over 830 people over the run.

- Your show itself - Comedy, musical improv, making it all about the audience every show, and every show different from the last.

- Buckets - Averaged over £4.20 per head. Get a great bucket speech, and don't be afraid to ask for more.

- Technical set-up at the venue - The technical set-up is brilliant. The onstage mixing desk allowed me to plug sound into the main venue PA (which included onstage monitors that allow you to perfect the mix/levels). Lighting a little more complicated, but I didn't have any cues, so no worries.

- Admin & Communication process - Great communication, with Nick and the rest of his staff.

- Any other learning points for anyone involved - NO storage at the venue. Needs a regular top-up of Wee Blue Books. Cowgate is excellent for flyering, but be discriminating and you'll do better, as arseholes in shows take focus from what you're doing. Don't just blindly hand out flyers: take time, curate your audience and let them know you're a professional with a professional show and attitude.

Happy to be contacted if you've any further questions.

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