One of the things they've asked me to do is to devise a new show through wokshops, script it, rehearse it, and take it to the Edinburgh festival this summer. I've never done this before, so I'm afraid this is rather a selfish blog entry to ask for your help. That's right - yours. It's the least you can do after your recent misbehaviour.
Does anyone have any insider's tips for Dos and Don'ts at the Edinburgh Festival? My brief is to take a group of perhaps 10 Bangladeshi girls aged between 14 and 18, for about a week, in a one-act show maybe 40 mins long.
Here's some of the questions I'm pondering:
- What kinds of shows sell? I know that in Edinburgh you need a USP (often gimmicky) to stand out from the crowd, but I don't really do that kind of work. Would a more serious show about what it's like to be a Muslim teenager in east London get us anywhere, or should i just bite the bullet and do an all-singing all-dancing Bengali extravaganza?
- Where's good to stay, especially for large groups of minors? (That's children, not coal.) It would have to be fairly near the centre.
- Any tips on friendly supportive venues who'd help us with marketing etc? Again, nothing too far-out or low profile. What I don't want is a 9am slot on the outskirts of town and the whole experience to be thoroughly miserable for everyone.
- Any other good contacts you have - friendly press people in particular.
- A good reliable (cheap) firm for printing flyers and posters?