Friday, 16 August 2013
Edfringe reviews - the difference they make
This year the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are having a brilliant Edinburgh, and their show Socks In Space is probably their best yet. Audiences are loving it and we've had a good few sellouts with more still to come.
But to be honest we've not had as many sellouts as we've had in the past, and I think there's a big reason why. Nobody knows about us.
We've had the listings, the posters and of course the flyering (my god there's been a lot of flyering), but the big difference between Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and previous years is the reviews. We've had two reviews, which is our fewest ever.
And the major importance of a review, especially in The Scotsman, is that it tells people how good this year's show is. Last year's 5 star review in the Edinburgh Evening News certainly saved our show from the Olympics ticket drought that killed so many other shows (we are, by the way, selling twice as well as we did that year, as is everybody else. Ooh them Olympics were a bad bad thing for the Fringe).
And by this time last year we'd had 5 star reviews from the Evening News, Fringe Review, Broadway Baby and A Younger Theatre as well as 4 star reviews from one4review, The Public Reviews, Broadway Baby again (we had 2 shows on last year remember), Giggle Beats and Edinburgh Spotlight. All of which helps put those bums on those seats.
So, like a tree falling in the forest, our show keeps knocking them dead every night, and the only reviews that are reaching the outside world (apart from a lovely 5 star from York Mix and 4 star from Edinburgh Spotlight, for which many thanks) are the kind words on Twitter (Goggle them, they're out there).
Any reviewers who'd like to make an appearance on our 2014 flyers still have the chance to see us for 9 more shows. We're missing you, try not to miss us.
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre In Space, 10.15pm July 31st - Aug 25th at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2013.