|Your friends need you (or just your cash)
||[Jul. 28th, 2009|08:41 am]
Life on the Fringe
By Phil King
Getting a show up to Edinburgh costs money, a lot of money, often a lot of private money from the person or persons driving the project. Accommodation in Edinburgh is certainly not cheap during the Fringe, nor is travel up and back and the performances themselves aren't cheap to put on. This is why shows right now are trying to raise as much final cash from you, the beloved public.
Quiz nights, karaoke, sponsored tiddlywinks or whatever are vital parts of a show's budget. Friends on Facebook will be being regularly messaged with invitations to events of some kind or another. Your help is desperately required. It's often about as hard to get it though as to make it on a journey round the M25 with an average speed of anything more than walking pace. And who can blame people, there's not much spare cash knocking around right now. We were lucky with our fundraising night as we enlisted the help of stand-up comedian friend to run the night for us, who in turn enlisted the help of other fellow comedians and bands. Being able to pass this responsibility onto someone else's shoulders freed us up to concentrate on the artistic side - an absolute blessing. The reality for smaller productions is that the directors, writers and cast will be responsible for getting in people and their hard-earned pay-cheques.
Maybe there are other options though. We have done what we did last Edinburgh visit and printed a copy of the playtext for sale either after our shows or through our website. This is a relatively easy option for those working with new writing but it doesn't help those who are performing published works. Whatever we have ended up doing though I've always had a quick think in my head totting up the hours spent on it, to work out whether we would have been better simply nipping off into our local pubs and working behind the bar. When you look at it that way it can be considerably better to get everyone out and working than it can be to tin-shake, but that would remove a very good excuse to have some particularly theatrical parties...
"Killing Alan" will be performing at the Underbelly's Big Belly August 6-30 (not 18th) at 16:40. Box Office: Smirnoff Underbelly - 0844 545 8252 / www.underbelly.co.uk, www.roughfiction.com
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