Yes, Edinburgh ended a while ago, but it was still a pretty cool experience worth posting about.
“XY” went really well. We were at the Pleasance That in the Pleasance Courtyard complex. Crowds were good and despite a rocky first preview (the previous company managed to erase all our tech queues!), everything turned out great. Here’s a shout out to the trusty people at Papercut Theatre for putting on an excellent show!
I got a really nice review on BroadwayWorld.com. Since my little play only ran one week (as part of a rotating bill of 4 short plays), it was a bit tough to get it seen by many reviewers, nonetheless a nice notice was a pleasant surprise. And who knew BroadwayWorld reviewed shows that were not on Broadway?
The show began with the strongest offering, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by German Munoz, an interesting tale of the relationship between a disabled person and the partner they discover to be a “devotee” – someone who is particularly attracted to those with disabilities. The two people in the relationship just happened to both be female, but with the concept in mind, this was written simply as a relationship, rather than specifically a lesbian relationship, allowing the show to successfully present interesting female characters and an LGBT relationship without objectification. – BroadwayWorld.com
It was very fun being a punter as well as a participant at the Fringe. I got a shiny little Pleasance pass because I was a company member of “XY” so I got to see Pleasance productions for free (granted they weren’t sold out). How cool is that? Plus since the writing work was done, I could also relax. Sort of.
For my future self, here is a reminder list about what to do if I ever take a play to Edinburgh:
- Taking a straight play to Edinburgh (outside of the Traverse at least) is not the best idea. You’re competing with a lot of really quirky/different/musical/comic/performance/dancy material. Unless your play distinguishes itself, a lot, it’s even harder to stand out.
- Your poster needs to sell the show. In about 0.35 seconds.
- It’s very, very expensive.
Anyway, I doubt my future self will heed these warnings and will gladly jump at another chance of having one of my plays on at the Fringe.