PRESTON TRINGE GUIDANCE NOTES
What is the Preston Tringe?
The Preston Tringe is an exciting mix of drama, comedy, dance, music and more performed in venues across Preston.
The festival has been set-up for performers who would like the opportunity to perform at a fringe festival but can't afford to do so at events like Edinburgh, or alternatively for people who would like the opportunity to preview an Edinburgh Fringe show on their way up to Edinburgh.
The festival is an open-access events open to all. To facilitate this, we aim to keep the participation costs as low as we can.
Please check our websites for list of venues. The venues will be on our website either on the day the applications open or very shortly afterwards.
Preston Tringe Festival - http://prestontringe.com/venues.html
The festival will run from Friday 21st to Sunday 31st July.
The festival has four deadlines for applications:
Early Bird Deadline 1 - 28th January
Early Bird Deadline 2 - 28th February
Early Bird Deadline 3 - 28th March
Final Deadline - 26th April
• Entry fees into each festivals is £30 (we are looking to offer a discount for participating in both) , plus whatever venue hire arrangement you come to with your venue.
• The act will keep 100% of the box office, unless they have made a box office split arrangement with the venue.
What the Festival organisers do:
• Run the festival web-site
• Provide acts with press lists
• Publish the Festival programme
• Distribute the programme to our mailing lists, local residents and selected local and City publicity outlets
• Distribute posters and programmes publicizing the festival around Preston (but not individual events)
• Liaise with local media outlets to promote the festival (but not individual acts)
• Provide volunteers to run the box office
• Where necessary provide technicians (although we advise you to bring your own technicians where possible)
• Offer advanced ticket sales through are box offices
How to Apply & Plan your Show
Step 1: Applying for the show
Complete your application form, letting us know you preferred venue and slots. We can't guarantee that we can give you your first choice, so it is also sensible to have a second and third choice. Please note that we have three deadlines for the festival, so the earlier you complete your application form, the more likely you are to get your first choice.
When filling in your application form, please be aware of the following:
• To be included in the programme we require a blurb (no more than 45 words – if it is over it will be cut) and a picture that should be sent with your application. This will be included on the website and programme and will help to market your show. If you do not have a photo of your act at the time of applying, please inform us and we’ll arrange a separate date for this to be received by.
• Please note that some of our venues only allow entrance to people over 18.
• The festivals are run by volunteers who will provide box office on the night of your event and basic technical assistance.
• If you require a technician to operate sound/lighting/other during your show, we suggest you bring along a technician who knows your show. If you are unable to do this, we may be able to provide a technician with suitable skills and knowledge.
Step 2: Confirming your show
We'll offer you a slot at the festival. Once we have offered you a slot, if your happy you can confirm it, once this is done, we're all good to go.
Step 3: Keep an eye out for our events
This could be step 2, but before and after you've applied, keep an eye out for our events, we plan to run a number of events leading up to the festival. Some events our meant to be fun, while other are aimed to help with your application and production.
Step 4: Ensure you fill in your additional forms
Your venues may wish for you to complete some extra forms (e.g. risk assessment), ensure that these are done by the required deadline.
Step 5: Market your show
Prepare your marketing material. Once you have applied we'll sending you a marketing pack, with recommended places for distributing posters and flyers etc, the best press contacts etc. Read through this and attempt to do as much marketing as you can. Fringe festival audiences can vary hugely (rumour has it that the average in Edinburgh is 8!), however those acts that market their shows the most, tend to get the best audience.
Some tips to start thinking about now are:
• Place posters in local shops and supply organisers with posters to be placed at your venue.
• Hand out flyers in the City Centre and local events (check whether these require a license).
• Leave flyers in local shops
• As we said earlier, we'll provide press contacts, so think about your press releases
• Think about your presence of Facebook and Twitter
• Look into website listing sites, e.g. Ents 24, Skiddle etc.
• Join our Facebook group and follow us on twitter and invite others to join
• Word of mouth is the best marketing tool,so promote your show by telling people about it.
Like all fringe festivals, Tringe audiences can vary greatly. The average audience at the Preston Tringe Festival has been 15, and varied from 0-75. Acts that marketed their shows best achieved the best audiences.
Step 6: During the Festival
During the festival we do ask a few things of you:
• Please make sure all cast and team members are aware of your slot as there is limited time to set up and clear away after a show.
• All performers will be expected to leave the room in the condition it was found at the start of their slot
• Please note there is limited storage at all venues.
• Have a lot of fun!