I went to the Meet the Press event a couple of days ago. This involves queuing up with other performers in order to meet the press and reviewers directly and have a chat about the show. It wasn't at all as intimidating as I thought it would be, and was encouraging to find out that most of them had already heard of us and were planning on coming along. The event was also helped along by free beer from Deuchars IPA, however I'm a massive lightweight and by the time I got to speaking to the last reviewer I was making a fool of myself and talking about our show like I was Oliver Reed in the 1970s.
Major developments in our marketing plan have included.....wait for it.....BUYING A SANDWICH BOARD. That's right, give me a phd in marketing and advertising, I've made a sandwich board. I can't explain how happy this makes me. Even when I'm not flyering I can walk around the Royal Mile wearing my sandwich board, knowing that the show is getting advertised somehow. It makes me feel good.
Shows have been going well, and almost sold out every performance which is great news. We had a tough suggestion a couple of days ago - 'Inside a Mixing Bowl', which was hard to make a musical about, it's quite hard to act as a raisin, but other than that I'm really happy with the show. Yesterday was my favourite, we got given 'Circus' as a suggestion so I got to introduce my various rubbish party tricks into the show like juggling chairs and balancing a broom on my foot. It was really fun and the cast are in high spirits.
Outside of flyering and performing I'm finding I'm having to spend most of the time in non-fringe places, which seems the opposite to everyone else. I'd usually be drinking late at The Pleasance Courtyard or C Venues but this year I'm being drawn to places like Pizza Express, Vue Cinemas and even dare I say it....shopping malls. I think it's part of my long term plan to preserve my own sanity.
Although saying that I woke up yesterday thinking I was 17 years old and about to do an A-Level maths exam. It took me about 15 minutes to work out I was 32 and about to do an improvised musical.