Ashley Frieze – The Run In

Last blog post before going to Edinburgh, so here’s one last bit of advice. I got this advice from working with the owner of this blog site – Mr Ian Fox. Since I joined The Great Big Comedy Picnic in 2005, there’s always been a “run in CD”. This is a single mix of music…

Ashley Frieze – Everyone’s a Critic

It’s true. You get to Edinburgh thinking you’re a perfectly normal, rational, non-insecure individual, and then all of a sudden there’s a frenzy of reviews and you end up in the corner of a room beating yourself up over something someone said/wrote/felt. Surely it shouldn’t matter? With comedy, of course, the most important reaction is…

Ashley Frieze – This Is Not A Drill

So this is the point in the festival when it would be one week to Fringe Sunday, except it isn’t because there isn’t a Fringe Sunday, or something like that. The point is that we’re now in action stations people. This is not a drill. The Festival is underway. I’m still writing from the vantage…

Ashley Frieze – Look After Yourself

Warning. If you’re doing the Fringe as either a watching person or a doing person (my new terms for it), you’re going to be putting a lot of effort in, and it’s quite demanding on your body. If you don’t look after yourself and deal with your creature comforts, you run the risk of it…

Ashley Frieze – Flyer Me To The Moon

After my piece on flyering, I thought I’d share some flyering stories – where it all went differently to the rosy picture I painted. Here are three simple sorry tales. So I’m stalking this woman… except, I’m not. I’d been trying to give out my last flyer of the day before going to the venue…

Ashley Frieze – The Dirty Dozen

  Today is the first of the 12 days it will take before I’m in Edinburgh with everyone else doing what must never be called “Fringeing”. For some today is the day to travel to Edinburgh to acclimatise. For others, it’s time for last-minute previews, or packing, or publicity, or advertising. For the Fringe office,…

Ashley Frieze – You’ve Gotta Hand It To Them

Flyering, eh? Can’t live with it, can’t live without an audience. There are going to be late teenage or early twenties girls in suspenders, looking cold, probably, handing out flyers with semi-rude pictures of themselves on, because they’re in some sort of student production. This may be amusing and titillating, but ultimately it’s no way for…

Ashley Frieze – A Dry Run

Depending on the show, there’s preparation to be done. I’m involved in a bunch of shows at this year’s Fringe, and the one which requires the most preparation is the show featured in the advertisement here (shown for illustration of the, erm, illustration) and mentioned at the bottom of my blog entries – The Seven…

Ashley Frieze – Flop Sweats

A few things over the last few hours have reminded me about the worst nightmare of the performer – that feeling of it all going wrong. According to the novel I was reading last night, the clammy feeling of unease that you feel when it’s just not working, and shows no sign of every working,…