August 19, 2008
BUNS BAKED: too many for us successful comediennes to be counting. (give or take 277)
CHARITY DVD’S FILMED: 1
SELL OUT SHOWS: Most
BATMAN DRESSES BOUGHT: 1
BOOK FESTIVAL TALKS ATTENDED: 1. (Yes I am multi faceted person. Also I am clever, honest)
FOUR AM BEDTIMES: 1
Hello, Rosie Wilkinson here from Domestic Goddi at the Edinburgh festival. The last week of our Edinburgh run. Is there an outside world? Is it not the norm for people to wander the streets in period costumes giving out leaflets?
Is everything in life not judged on a one to five star review system? I have decided to use the one to five star rating for all elements of my life.
Last night’s bath: **** plus a pick of the fringe nomination.
I give Helen a luke warm *** for her role as ‘my friend’ just because I am feeling a bit sadistic. No other reason. Tomorrow I may give her a whopping ***** WOW imagine! OOOh the power. Maybe if she brought me breakfast in bed, that would push her into the five star catagory.
I am going to give the weather a ruinous * lone star.
London I give no stars to as I have forgotten what it’s like there.
Oh dear herein lies maddness or madness lies. Madness I give **stars because it’s a bit unnerving, in a bad way.
OOH we filmed a few sketches for an Oxfam Unwrapped DVD yesterday which was great fun. Charity really is comedy gold!
We had a good night out last night at a special tribute ‘Late and Live’, the baptism of fire for many comedians. It is a very robust atmosphere of drunken lairiness. One comedian was verbally abused by the audience and then carried off stage, one had an encore and one act was interrupted by another act who was drunk. Most entertaining.
Good news! We have a new visitor, Helen’s cousin, the lovely Leah Wong. She is such a great person to have around. She has just arrived and was totally unphased when faced with a bowl of over cooked, reheated pasta. I think her sparkle will reignite our appetite for the festival. Though tonight I am staying in!
August 11, 2008
Dodging rain showers it was great to see so much fun being had across the Meadows, all the performers tents seemed packed and wandering through with my Producer Associate, Tom Atkins, we were musing on what it takes to get noticed on the Fringe. With thousands of people milling around, and hundreds of companies with leaflets, a few obvious things still seem to be missing in terms of preparation.
Earlier in the day I’d spotted a representative of one of our companies looking relatively insignificant on the High Street, in his own clothes, with a few leaflets and badges. He was competing with the likes of JET SET GO resplendent in their sirline uniforms with matching luggage parading down the High Street completely in character and engaging with the audience. On the Meadows there was a really strong presence from Precarious with THE FACTORY playing at Zoo Southside – everyone had posters on placards above their heads, they were strategically spread around the grass, you couldn’t miss them, and they talked to us. They inspired us with their show. I’ve booked my ticket. On the other hand there were lines of people silently holding leaflets hoping we might want one. Spot the potential audience member, come up, chat to us, we’re there to be interested – otherwise we’d flee the Meadows in an instant.
August 6, 2008
Now that most of our main ticketed shows are open, there’s a chance to get the rest of the programme underway. This morning we held the first of 37 open classes starting with the Head of Musical Theatre at LIPA, Nick Phillips offering a vocal masterclass. This afternoon Richard Jordan discusses producing. We also welcomed the Army in Scotland with a gentle morality/coming of age tale of a young lad leaving home in Orkney to follow a dream of competing in the Piping competition in Glasgow. Read more