Teching

Going down to Tech-ing Town

It’s a little after 3:30 in the morning and I’ve just arrived back in the apartment. Good night out? Not quite- instead it was a four hour technical rehearsal. To be honest a rehearsal starting at 11pm and running until 3am isn’t the best idea in the world and it’s all the more unappealing when you’ve spent the day postering the city but this is the Fringe and needs must.

 

Postering is one of the necessary evils of the Fringe every year with hundreds of shows competing to get their posters up in limited space in the shops, bars and cafés of the city. Despite the fear instilled by seeing a box of posters, the job itself wasn’t all too bad. For one it was nice to get out of the apartment for a couple of hours and walk around in the sun (there was actually really nice weather for once) and also it’s a nice way to see some of the other shows that are coming to the Fringe as well. Perhaps inspired by the Olympics a healthy competitive edge was introduced into the postering and despite the fact that nobody was ultimately declared the winner the premise did elicit some gymnastic posturing to reach the best spots around the city with people clambering on each other’s shoulders and balancing precariously on every surface imaginable. After a morning of postering the city was near plastered with posters for Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I Am and although we didn’t quite have as many posters up as The Ladyboys of Bangkok (it seems that every surface in Edinburgh is plastered with their faces) it was still a pretty good morning’s work.

 

To be honest I’m not all that sure what happened in the afternoon as I went for a nap ahead of the tech rehearsal but I’m sure it was lovely and productive. Tech rehearsals are for the most part incredibly dull unless you love all things electrical so I won’t bore you with the details but for all you electrodorks out there, the colour of the LED lights are Red 56, Green 62 and Blue 231. On a side note I’m not a big fan of LED lights. Although it was tough to keep the energy levels up, in fact around 1am they dipped to the extent that Rob actually fell asleep on stage, we got through it all and the lights are programmed and ready for the dress rehearsal in a couple of days. In fact seeing the stage for the first time properly has really added a level excitement to the house (although the red wine we’re drinking at 4am may be adding to that). Anyway I guess it’s time for bed ahead of another day of rehearsals tomorrow!

David
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