We got the following tweet yesterday:
It got us thinking about those crucial first few days of the Fringe, and here's what we came up with:
- Make sure you spend as much time in your venue as they allow. Make sure you have a tech script with all cues clearly annotated, and do a cue-to-cue run with your tech. Have all your SFX ready to go on a thumb drive and/or CD.
- Practice any tricky changes, and don't forget about audience entry/exit movement.
- Do a test run of your typical fringe day so you have an idea of how long it takes to get from your digs to the Mile, from the Mile to your venue and how you'll transport your flyers and props. Your venue may not have much space to store your stuff, so think about what you'll do after each show.
- Get your posters out. Many people pay a distributor, but if you've opted to save some cash and do it yourself, make sure you're postering in approved locations. Ask politely if you can put your poster/leave some flyers in a cafe, remembering they've already been asked this 100 times today.
- Do a big shop of fridge/pantry essentials.
- Leave a moment to breathe. Have a drink with your roomies, think about your goals for the month, appreciate the beautiful city of Edinburgh and start getting excited!