Edinburgh Fringe 2010: Guide to survival and reproduction
Baba Brinkman’s top tips on how to survive and reproduce this August
This article is from 2010.
Evolution is all about survival and reproduction, but in the natural world (as at the Fringe) you sometimes have to sacrifice one for the other. Here are Baba Brinkman’s five top tips for surviving and reproducing on the Fringe
1: To survive, avoid socialising. Meeting people is the best way to catch a disease, drinking will strain your voice box, and staying up late will leave you tired and unpresentable for your shows. To reproduce, stay out until dawn every night without exception – you never know who you might meet and what might come of it.
2: To survive, be inconspicuous. Attracting attention is usually synonymous with attracting hostility and criticism. To reproduce, draw attention to yourself by any means necessary. Disclaimer: this tip is not an endorsement of law breaking (like you need an endorsement).
3: To survive, be thankful for whatever crowds you happen to get – full houses turn bad much more quickly than empty ones and giving away free tickets makes you look desperate. To reproduce, give away comps prolifically and get your front of house people to walk-in friends and friends of friends. Empty seats are a total waste of space.
4: To survive, spend a significant part of your day dealing with emails and admin – face it, you need to get your life in order anyway. To reproduce, put everything unrelated to the Fringe on hold, because the festival only lasts for 1.9 million seconds whether you squander them or use them well.
5: To survive, don’t worry about the outcome, just have a great time and try to experience as much as you can before it’s over. To reproduce, same.
The Rap Guide to Human Nature, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–30 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 3.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9). Previews 4–6 Aug, £6.50; The Rap Guide to Evolution, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 20–30 Aug (not 23), 12.30pm, £9.50–£11 (£8–£9.50).