4 Unusual Fringe Tips for Companies Heading to Edinburgh

Edinburgh during the Fringe. Photo by Michal Ziembicki.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with dozens of Fringe shows, across six different years. Not only moving goods, but also supporting marketing, and production. This has given me excellent insight into having a successful Fringe, and I thought I’d share four lesser considered bits of advice, to make your run one to remember!

1# – How will you get all your show items to the venue?

Some accommodation can be a long way from the venue. Even if it’s walkable, what happens when you need to move your props, and set, there? Or bring in another box of flyers? Especially as many venues now, such as C, refuse to store companies printed materials during the run.

This is something I can help out with!

2# – What will you do with leftover flyers, and posters?

Hundreds of flyers, preparing to promote!
If you always wanted flyer based wallpaper, the Fringe is your gold mine! Photo by Steve Greer.

Most companies have a few hundred, if not thousand, flyers, or posters, left at the end. Venues charge you if you leave them behind, and you can’t exactly dump thousands of bits of papers with your face on fly, and hope Edinburgh Council don’t notice. Trust me, they do, and will track you down to fine you!

At the end of the Fringe, I can help you locate a free recycling point, and drop your things there, so they can be recycled, and become more flyers next year! Ah, the circle of promotion!

3# – Can you accommodate additional performances?

As well as your own show, you might be invited to take part in Fringe highlight, or ensemble shows. These are wonderful opportunities for publicity, but can be hard to fit in around your own time slot. Especially if you have bulky costumes, or props, that are essential to your performance. I can help move your items quickly from your venue, and then back, all in time for curtain up!

4# – Are you prepared for flashers?

Posters with review flashers attached.
Flashers. I mean, the white paper additions with the stars, you, and your dirty mind! =D Photo by Zoetnet.

This isn’t what it sounds like. Flashers are the little paper reviews people staple onto flyers, and stick to posters, to show a recent review. As the Fringe progresses these become critical to ensuring you stand out from the crowd. They are generally just black text, on white paper, consisting of a quote, stars, and the source. It is easy to make them on a computer, print one sheet out, then get it photocopied loads of times at a printers. Keep in mind you will need to cut them, and staple them on. So ensure you have a guillotine, or a good scalpel & steel ruler, as well as lots of staples! (And more than one stapler if you want a team to work together on it).

I can collect your printed flashers for you, and even design them for you on the move, to give you more time to raise the audience numbers!

Those are just a few ideas I’ve never seen mentioned elsewhere. I hope they help you have a great Fringe. I provide a small van support service in Edinburgh during August, from as little as £15. Give me a call on 07532 827 854, use this form, or email oz@mrtvan.com. Please note that I am not guaranteed to be in Edinburgh every moment, my other Scottish customers need me too! So the more notice you give, the more likely I can be there.

Wishing you all sold out crowds, and five star reviews,

Oz    

 

 

 

Get A Load Of This – June 2017

Another month draws to a close, time to share highlights of the weird & wonderful things I’ve had the pleasure of delivering in June 2017!

A brief rest as we wait to gain access.
Kicking back with actor, Chris Duffy, as we wait to gain access to the venue.

1# Theatre Company Props & Set

The amazingly talented, Fear No Colours Theatre Company, were performing previews of their Edinburgh Fringe plays Penetrator, and, Shopping & F**king. I assisted in moving the set from a University of Glasgow rehearsal space, to the Old Hairdressers in Glasgow city centre.

I was kindly invited to view the plays, as you can tell from the titles, they were very adult! I covered my ears for the bad words, and really enjoyed them, particularly Penetrator, which was very funny. They are performing at the Fringe 3 – 12 August – check them out.

If you are a theatre company who needs help moving set, props, costume, or printed materials around during the Fringe, get in touch!   

Don't Blink!
Don’t Blink!

2# Garden Statue from Auction

This lovely Venus style garden statue was collected from auction on behalf of a client. Unfortunately, as a big Doctor Who fan, it reminded me so much of a Weeping Angel I had to keep myself from blinking for over 200 miles! Luckily, I remembered Mr Bean, and propped open my eyelids with matches.  

Tambourine Van outside Brewdog Aberdeen
The Tambourine Van outside Brewdog Aberdeen.

3# Bar for Brewdog

Brewdog are a special company to me. I’m from Aberdeen, and they started close to the Granite City. I watched their tremendous rise, from seeing their first brewed bottles appearing in bars, to opening their own pubs, to world domination! It was a pleasure to move a small bar for them, from the Dundee branch, up to Aberdeen. Even better, the road was closed, so I was able to get a great picture of the Tambourine Van outside!

The outside of the Chippendale Furniture School.
The outside of the Chippendale Furniture School.

4# Antique Refurbished Table  

Set in old farm buildings, amongst the Edinburgh countryside, the Chippendale International School of Furniture is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit. I was collecting a lovely round table, that the school had produced a new top for. It had to be looked after carefully, to ensure there were no scratches on the newly cut wood. I delivered it to a happy client, delighted to have her old table restored to life with the new top.  

Restored table, with a new top, on the original base.
Restored table, with a new top, on the original base.

 

It is nice of you to take the time to read this blog. I enjoy moving a whole range of items, with a particular speciality for delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student removals, furniture, and as you see from this blog, much, much, more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Have a wicked day,

Oz