Richard Dawkins Does Not Exist. And We Can Prove It

Richard Dawkins Does Not Exist. And We Can Prove It

Postby Charlotte Young » 14 Sep 2011, 20:44

The venue - what sort of venue is it? Pub, Bar, Club, Restaurant... What sort of clientèle normally frequent this venue
Pub with regular clientele, plus tourists and festival goers. Well known place. Many people turn up knowing there is a comedy show on, regardless of who or what it is.

The performance area - stage, separate room, open air?
Stage in separate room with bar

The team of staff at the venue - did they assist the shows? Did the show get in the way of the normal business etc?
Staff were brilliant. Went out of their way to help with shows when needed and did a lot of crowd control for us. All lovely, friendly and helpful people, particularly Alex the manager

How you advertised your show - Fringe brochure, flyering, posters, word of mouth etc
Fringe brochure (free and paid), flyering, lots of previews, word of mouth, Twitter, Facebook, emailing. Some people saw a rudimentary version of the show last year and came back to see us again.

How your shows went in terms of audience numbers - solid numbers every show? Did it vary by day? Affected by weather?
We were full to capacity every single day (we did a full run, minus 2 days off) and each day we unfortunately had to turn people away. Some days we turned away as many as the venue could hold.

Your show itself - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
The show generally went down well – it had quite a specific audience, and was sold on a gimmick – even people not well versed in maths or who Richard Dawkins is seems to appreciate it. There are some parts that need ironing out or rewriting, but otherwise we're fairly happy.

Buckets - we don't need accounts, but how were the donations to the buckets - bad, good, generous
Very, very generous. We averaged around £130 a day, the lowest being £94 and the highest being £216!

Technical set-up at the venue - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Was hot at times, but opening the back door between shows minimised this, as did the many fans provided. Otherwise, fine. We had a very basic set-up anyway.

Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change!
No problems to report, except for the mass emailing on topics that did not involve us. I don't mean invitations to open spots, etc. but what seemed to be three people having a conversation across everyones' inboxes. That is what the forums are for!

Any other learning points for anyone involved - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
We are extremely grateful to Peter for programming us in Canons Gait. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect venue for our show. We are also eternally grateful to the very supportive and patient staff, as above.
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