Thoughts From Day Seven - Daytime Fringing
One longtime Fringer told me that he would prefer having a 2 pm time showtime instead of 10 pm because there is less competition (fewer shows) during the afternoon and also because the Winnipeg Fringe has been around for a long time (32 years), it has an older audience, many of which go home around 10 to get a good night’s sleep. He did qualify it by saying some shows (like comedies and improv) do well in a late time slot, but many shows have trouble bringing in late night crowds. He even told me that the 7 pm time slot isn’t as lucrative as it once was because most of the additional bring your own venues run only evening shows.
The big crowd on Bannatyne near Main Street yesterday afternoon around 1:40 pm was not for a Fringe show, but people who had to evacuate the McKim building when the fire alarm went off. That building is home to venues 8 and 9 and resulted in the 1:45 performance of Pull Yourself Together being cancelled and the 2 pm performance of The Beauty and the Lonely Beast starting late.
It was great to see several kids at the King’s Head Pub last night to see One Man Star Wars Trilogy. Normally, kids aren’t allowed into a bar, but Star Wars is so iconic and I’m glad that parents and kids are able to share that experience.
Tonight at midnight, Fringe performers come together for their annual cabaret at the MTC Warehouse. It’s a fun show where performers try out new material and it’s also a fundraiser for the festival.
Be sure to catch our team of reviewers discussing their favourite Fringe show tonight between 8 and 9 pm on 101.5 FM or umfm.com.
Quote of the Day
“I stopped taking my meds because I couldn’t remember to take them on my own.“
From The ADHD Project (Venue 7).