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Old 04-11-11, 01:43 PM   #5
StrictlyNikki
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We've done this one a couple of times now. The first was when it was for acts to try out new work and they'd give you pitches, cover your costs, feed you, put you up somewhere pretty and give you constructive feedback, a nice idea if you want to work on something away from your own back yard. This was nice but didn't lead anywhere. The second time it was as a showcase with the competition you mentioned. We however didn't know the format was changed. no-one said so went with a new show to try it out and found out that everyone else was doing well worn in, slick lovely shows, that was tough! It can't have done our Dutch rep much good and we haven't had any work from that either! So....

There are 2 catagories in the competition, pro's & non pro's. The prize money and festival bookings you get out of it depend on the catagory you fall into. It is a nice festival to do. If you haven't got any paid work that weekend I'd say go and do it. You get looked after really well, the dormitory sleeping isn't as bad as that title suggests, in fact the place is very peaceful and beautiful. The down sides for us were that it didn't lead to anything else for us and that the pitches weren't rotated. If your allocated pitch was one in a less busy area, you'd be in that same pitch for all 3 shows on both days. That sucked. You can't hat because it's not that kind of festival and yet it doesn't quite seem a big enough festival to guarantee it will lead to much else. We met some lovely people. Had a nice time and did makes some useful contacts through the other performers. We were there the same year as the Daredevil Chicken Club, their act was one they'd been performing for some years so they may have a different result to tell you about.

Hope that helps,

Nikki
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