Do Not Adjust Your Stage

Do Not Adjust Your Stage

Postby nickoram » 26 Nov 2011, 21:08

- The venue - what sort of venue is it? Pub, Bar, Club, Restaurant... What sort of clientèle normally frequent this venue
It's a fairly dark but sort of cool Irish bar. Lots of people (especially students) have heard of it, because it is open really late in the night time. It's very central to the fringe action, but also very very hidden, down a fairly dodgy alley!

- The performance area - stage, separate room, open air?
There's a small stage in the corner of the main bar area.

- The team of staff at the venue - did they assist the shows? Did the show get in the way of the normal business etc?
Really nice and really friendly. Got on well with all of them and they were supportive of the fringe.

- How you advertised your show - Fringe brochure, flyering, posters, word of mouth etc
We had lots of flyers and posters. We werent in the Fringe Program. Word of mouth seemed to work very well, and lots of people came to see the show multiple times. It is well worth having a small map or clear directions on your flyer as the venue is quite hidden. Some other shows seemed to have limited audience numbers, but possibly didnt put the same effort in terms of flyering.

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers - solid numbers every show? Did it vary by day? Affected by weather?
Audience numbers were very good - solid every day, at least 20 going up to 60/70+. There was lots of standing room and even with 20 people it feels full. It did seem to vary and Fridays/Saturdays were busiest.

- Your show itself - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
It worked very well for us. The space is quite dark, small and unusual. Because our show was improvised, it was fun to be able to explore the space!

- Buckets - we don't need accounts, but how were the donations to the buckets - bad, good, generous
Medium! I think the least we made per night was £20 and the most was £100.

- Technical set-up at the venue - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Techinical setup is very basic but this didnt affect us. Very basic lighting and you can't have music at the same time as mic's. Wouldnt work for a tech-heavy show.

- Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Didnt have a huge amount of communication, I think mainly because we started mid-way through the fringe.

- Any other learning points for anyone involved - what worked, what didn't work, what needs to change
Main problem is that it's hard to find. I think possibly the free fringe programme and online could give directions to the venue. Also, could we have signs pointing to the venue on the poster board by the alleyway that leads to the venue?
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