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All the Fringe that's fit to print


All the Fringe that's fit to print

This group is for tellers who have performed, will perform, are considering performing or attending or are willing to help tellers who attend or perform at fringe festivals. We can post openings, information or offer or ask for help.

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Comment by Rivka Willick on February 21, 2011 at 2:22pm
@ John.  First time fringe performers often, if not usually, have trouble bringing in an audience.  Are you known in the area?  What sort of PR did you do before and during the fringe.  There is a lot of competition.  Some of the most successful Fringe Artists speak about rough beginings, not breaking even for 2 or 3 years.  One fringe festival I was at had great success with Alice in Wonderland performed and aimed at kids.  It was one of the highest grossing shows.  Sometimes very edgy shows are failures, sometimes classic shows are huge hits.  I remember a flamico dancer and a play about experiencing Star Wars as a child as being sold out shows.  I'm working on a 2002 show and I'm thinking of screaming storyteller instead of hiding it.  I heard that one critic trashed every show that her husband's company didn't repersent--I don't know if its true, but the Fringe really is the wild west of performance venues.  If you do the same type show and just drop 'storyteller' and have success, please let us know. 
Comment by Christi U. on February 21, 2011 at 1:50pm
@ John: What kind of vocabulary would you use instead? Your brainstorming may help the rest of us in our Marketing. I find that adults forget that they like storytelling and think it's only for children. If I could have another way to explain what I do, it may help.
Comment by John David Hickey on February 21, 2011 at 1:04pm

I brought my storytelling show to the Montreal Fringe Festival back in 2004, but unfortunatley, the show failed to bring in enough people to break even! I think where we failed was using the word "storytelling" in our advertising, which may have pegged us as not being edgy enough. If I attempt to do the Fringe Festival again, I may avoid the word "storytelling" entirely and try to come up with something similar, but more provocative.


Comment by Chloe (Midnight Storytellers) on November 23, 2010 at 3:16pm
Here in the UK I'm being nudged to do Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It's the Big One. With Big Costs! - I'd guess at least GB£5,000 probably more for venue hire, promos, accommodation. Not like the 2 student productions I took part in at the start of 1980s which were done on the proverbial shoestring. Another big problem is not having a 'street team' - that's a bunch of mates who run round Edinburgh EVERY DAY pasting your posters over the posters that were pasted over yours the day before. I don't think I could do all the peripheral activity and still perform a pro quality show. Any thoughts?! :)
Comment by Rivka Willick on September 8, 2010 at 12:54pm
There is no one size fits all answer to your questions. Different fringes have different financial structures. Some require a up front fee and a portion of the take, other require just a set fee and you make money on the box office. There are some that pay you nothing but give you a platform and exposure. Most fringes that I know of do not hire performers - you become your own premoter. Many successful fringers have worked at it for a few years, you need to build your audience and see what works.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on July 27, 2010 at 4:13pm
This is somewhat like Dustin's question about "breaking" into fringes. It looks as if you pay upfront & then receive a portion (or all?) of the gate. Since, as Tim E. has pointed out, storytelling may be a hard sell in North America, please say more about the kind of upfront costs to expect, are performers on their own for housing, also p.r. costs as I've seen people give out items to promote their performance, & the way it pays off or winds up costing.

I've some programs that might work, but can't afford to make this an overall business expense.
Comment by Angelina Fisher on November 10, 2009 at 7:54pm
Hello Folks! Read my blog Proverbial Paradise.
I'm brand new on here and need some direction.
Stay well friends...
Comment by Silverchin on March 19, 2009 at 9:49am
Just joined. Sounds really coooooollll -donchno. Anyway - just a brief personal plug. I'm presented 2 performance lectures - "Soviet Folklore, Socialist Realism, and the Workers' Paradise" and "With Your Abundance of Wealthe and Treasure: Stories from the Silk Road" at the recent World History Association of Texas here in Austin. Amazing what you can do at learned society conferences. Am planning one on "Stories at the End of Life" for Psychology/Sociology conference in 2010. Wow. Loads of really intersting people to meet and great ideas - e.g., stories of merchants during the Hanseatic League. Just think of all the ideas and creative opportunities.
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 7:00pm
Hello Everyone;

Please check your freindship request and either accept them or reject them. But please don't let them sit idle. If one hundred people do that, if keeps others from making new friends. Just go to your friends tabs, the little silloettes at the top right of your page, under your name and click it. I expect if you haven't found it by now... you may have many pending new friends.

Just a tip.
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on July 27, 2008 at 8:10pm
Hello Fringes

One page marketing promo sheets, I have some... putting up some more...

Look at these pictures and bio kits I have put on my ftp site. If you want to see them

go to my website (don't forget the "p")

scroll down looking in the left margin for "Media Link" click it and you will be asked for a username (aslancustomer) and a password (Buck2008)

You should be able to see every picture, poster, document on my FTP site, without any hassle at all. Check it out.

If you cannot see the page, click on the "page" button and select "open ftp site in Windows Explorer"

I have no idea what you might have to do if you own a MAC.

I am feeling much better thank all of you who have been writing and sending up prayers. I am grateful for your friendships and love.


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