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Feb 12, 2007 at 04:56 o\clock

Fringe Theatre My Story and Comment

For me it was many years ago when Wellington Fringe was in its infancy.

My partner of that time Lynella was performing a monologue called Duty written by Alan Williamson at Bats Theatre.

 

Funding for Fringe events just was not around at that time so late nights were spent in town pasting up posters pre the Phantom and Sticky Fingers era.

Every free space was covered with A4 black and white posters.

 

Publicity stunts where the order of the day .

We carried a coffin through the market after tipping off the newspapers to get publicity for one of our productions

 

Family was used to carry out production tasks on Theatre night

 

My daughter aged 13 was our lighting person who got the train into town after school to get to the 6 pm show

 

One evening towards the end of the season when energy was starting to flag we had finished the play and was clearing the stage when my daughter Rebecca strode on to the stage

 

She looked out at the empty seats and then to our complete surprise she performed the whole twenty-minute play word perfect

 

Yes this was my most memorable moment

 

Next year I am starting a Fringe off the Fringe Festival with a “back to the roots flavor”

Any starters out there??

 

Hello Joshua

 “What is your most memorable Fringe moment”?

 

For me it was many years ago when Wellington Fringe was in its infancy.

My partner of that time Lynella was performing a monologue called Duty written by Alan Williamson at Bats Theatre.

 

Funding for Fringe events just was not around at that time so late nights were spent in town pasting up posters pre the Phantom and Sticky Fingers era.

Every free space was covered with A4 black and white posters.

 

Publicity stunts were the order of the day .

We carried a coffin through the market after tipping off the newspapers to get publicity for one of our productions

 

Family was used to carry out production tasks on Theatre night

 

My daughter aged 13 was our lighting person who got the train into town after school to get to the 6 pm show

 

One evening towards the end of the season when energy was starting to flag we had finished the play and was clearing the stage when my daughter Rebecca strode on to the stage

 

She looked out at the empty seats and then to our complete surprise she performed the whole twenty-minute play word perfect

 

Yes this was my most memorable moment

 

Next year I am starting a Fringe off the Fringe Festival with a “back to the roots flavor”

Any starters out there??

 

Comments for this entry:

  1. quoteHarvey wrote at Feb 16, 2007 at 03:17 o\clock:Hi Neil. Great to catch-up with you at the reading the other night. Like the idea of the coffin stunt--I can think of one or two organisations who might find such a stunt an appropriate advertisment for their own activities.

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