How much does it cost to be in fringe?
What can we use our Misc on?
Misc is 10% of your total budget and is there as a safety net. It is not to be used without good reason. Occasionally however misc has been used for transportation.
Misc and transportation: Misc can and should be used in transporting large props and set, however not used out of unencessity and should be avoided if possible. If used correctly receipts are required to be accounted for.
How long will we be at fringe?
It is up to the production team to organise the living arrangement for the fringe. However it is usually between one to two weeks (a recommendation being the first two weeks, avoiding the last as it is usually has a lower attendance). The production team must confirm the dates to the cast and crew by if not proposals, most definitely auditions.
What is the level of commitment that is needed?
Whilst fringe is a fantastic and fun commitment, please bear in mind that it is a huge commitment and the process does require 100% involvement from beginning to end; this includes rehearsals but most importantly the whole time at fringe.
Something for the project manager to recite “When you are cast for the Fringe, under Lancaster Offshoots, you accept the role as as an commitment both of time and money. Once then accepted you’re obliged to remain for the remainder of the process.”
How scheduled is fringe?
Whilst we encourage you to see as many shows and get as much out of the experience as possible, please do remember that the show needs to be promoted so there are more people in the audience than there are onstage! This mainly involves promotion on the Edinburgh Royal Mile (or ‘the Mile’ to the regulars!) as well as performing in the show. To give a rough estimate, this involves a commitment of around five hours of ‘work time’ a day, promotion and show included (but this will depend on your PM/Director). There will also be a tech run at the start of fringe which is on top of the five hours a day. The rest of the day and night you are more or less left to your own devices, but at the risk of sounding like your mum please remember to sleep and eat at some point!
Before Fringe there is often an intense rehearsal period in Lancaster to prepare your show and refresh you all. This is often 9-5 and lasts up to 9 days.
What does the Project Manager do?
What does the director do?
The director's role is comparable to that of LUTG term show directors, however as with most of the roles, the nature of taking a performance to Edinburgh can provide greater strain and complexities. For this reason, the role of Project Manager is separated. The director...
What do the Producers do?
The producers' responsibilities include:
Due to the level of work and scale of the Fringe budget, two producers are required to fulfil the tasks. It is recommended that you clearly define who is doing what, though it can be separated in any way. Previous examples have included a financial and creative producer.
What do the Stage Managers do?
What should I do with the finances? - Producers
For most of us poor theatre folk Fringe can be the first time you will be responsible for that much money and handling that much can often be a struggle when the ins and outs of transactions are regular and large.
How do I apply for funding?
For individual funding, most colleges at uni offer a small budget for summer if you are doing something which helps your education. This is definitely worth looking into for indicidually as a cast/crew member.