July 23, 2008

And So It Begins...

Today was my first day back at the Underbelly for the year, and I was privileged enough, within my first five minutes in the office, to overhear this snippet of a phone conversation between the venue director and an act:

"No, no, no, no, no. You can perform a simulated sex act onstage — not a real one."

To which nobody, of course, batted an eyelid. Ah, the Fringe.

Speaking of which, no show reviews this year, I've decided, unless I feel particularly wowed/moved/disgusted. I will instead be reporting on Fringe and venue gossip as I see fit — like the fact that the Fringe Office is in the throes of moving to a new ticketing system called Liquid Box Office, and, in the software's inevitable teething stage, has been unable to actually print any of the 150,000 pre-sales they've taken. Oops.

Grauniad has the official story; in the meantime, my advice to anyone travelling to Edinburgh and wanting to buy tickets in advance is to hit up edcomfest.com: here you can buy for shows at any of the big four venues (Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Assembly Rooms), on a tried and tested ticketing platform; once the Fringe officially starts, though, the Fringe office should (barring a major disaster) be up and running smoothly.

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