Producer Claire here. I realise that I was meant to update the blog more often but failed in my duties so here, at the end, I am trying to make amens.
What a run!
This is basically a thank you post as it is the end of the run. I am going to go through each bit individually so it gets the attention it deserves and you can understand just how much effort goes into each and every show on the Fringe. I also apologise if I miss anyone out. Don't worry though, cause you are also thanked!
Anthony Nolan Trust
Just a wee bit to thank the ANT (I must admit I do like the sound of that) for not discriminating and trying to make the world a better place in the fight against blood cancers. We hope we can help you make a difference with out small contribution in the grand scheme of things and we would urge you all to get behind this brilliant and wonderful charity.
Our outstanding venue operators, from the technicians to the box office staff to the press officers, you have helped tremendously. You are the most supportive venue I have ever worked with, no matter in what aspect and your staff are lovely to boot! Every single step of the way you have been there for us and I sure hope that we will work together again soon! For anyone looking for a venue for the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, look no further (providing the apocalypse hasn't come)!
Julie Walters and Sir Ian McKellen
Your financial help has helped a small group put on a great performance. We are entirely grateful that you do things like this and help the next generation.
But it is their job I hear you cry! Ah, but as a reviewer myself (I mainly do comedy and musicals so this venture into 'proper' theatre has now given me a another genre to add to my list for next year…maybe not) I know what it is like traipse the city everyday by yourself, eat lunch by yourself, wait in queues by yourself, be disheartened by awful shows by yourself, be amazed by other shows by yourself. With the perks of seeing so many shows for free, loneliness can warp any sense of judgement and so can the run of shows in a day. Therefore I thank the reviewers for keeping level heads throughout the day, remember that every show should be judged regardless of mood or the slightly too hot atmosphere in the theatre. (I'll put all the reviews up in their entirety.)
Who is this wondrous lady. Sofia is assistant director/producer/all round amazing egg. While auditions were being held, she was there helping. When the show was in rehearsal, she was there helping. In general, she was there helping. I have never met her (being based in Glasgow/Edinburgh while they were down in London didn't help) but Calum sings her praises so much I wonder whether we should write a hymn devoted to her. Maybe that is next year's production...
Oooo, another unknown name. You know all the pictures, posters, flyers and advertisements? He designed them all and designed them all within the shortest time span ever. He is a talent that any company should thank their lucky stars for having. (He is also a wonderful friend with a really good band called Steady State Regime for some mid-blog plugging).
Your story inspired Calum. He wanted to do something to help. I hope we made you proud.
The Fleming Family
The wonderful people who manned the door, collected ticket stubs, shook the collections boxes. How can we ever thank you enough? You have supported Calum in every single possible way imaginable and then some more! You are his family and I will leave to up to him to give you a massively gushy tribute, mainly because I can seriously not thank you enough. There are no words for what you have done and what you continue to do. Thank you.
They are brilliant, wonderful and charming people who have worked so hard on getting every little thing right for every performance. A cast who spent every day on the battlefield of the Royal Mile fighting for the attention of the Fringe going audience and it is thanks to this that we were fortunate to have good numbers over our two week run. In a year where we were fighting against not only the bigger names but also the Olympics, it is a phenomenal feat to get over the average audience sizes (last year it was about 6/7). They are brilliant actors now and can only get better with experience. All of them, I am sure of it, will go far and for that I wish them the very best. First however, thank you for the show.
The wonderful Calum Fleming
How are you so good at everything? This is an honest question. You hold down a job, go to uni, write a play, direct a play, sort out all the finances and still have the time and energy for a social life. You spent your whole time running around, changing things, flyering right down until the last second before the show, being far more organised than I ever thought possible. As with your family, your thanks are harder to type so I hope everyone knows what I mean when I leave it as just this. Thank you for being a brilliant director, a brilliant co-worker and an even better friend.
Everyone who came
Thank you for supporting the smaller theatre on the Fringe. You have made our run successful and it is you who have helped us collect a lot of money for the ANT (still love it). Thanks for helping us spread the word. Just thanks.