(the last post of Alex's 2007 official CBC Winnipeg Fringe blog)
Could this be the end? - The last post? It's Saturday, the day of our final performance in Winnipeg. We're into the second half of our tour now, and about to wrap up things, and wrap things up, and sail up to Saskatchewan for smaller climes. Winnipeg has been great to us. We had our largest crowd of the tour (2:30 on a Thursday!) and some of our most welcoming, engaged and amused audients.
Today, I will flyer, though, like it's the beginning of the festival. The Fringe is swarming with new spectators who have come out for the final weekend. In some ways, they are hard to sway: they have read the reviews and they are not open to suggestions. The hard-core Fringers who have been out all week are not in the mood to be flyered.
Yesterday, I was looking around Market Square for folks who were looking to make decisions, when I came across a middle-aged couple, each peering quizzically at a separate program. The perfect people to approach! "We're all booked", she said. I waved my extended flyer incredulously between the two open programs and mumbled something about Saturday at Six, but she shook her head, resolutely, in time to my flyer's oscillations. "We're...all...booked." I don't know who was ruder, she or I. He never looked up from his programme.
I'm determined to have a good crowd today, despite being up against such sellouts as "Giant Invisible Robot", "Jesus in Montana", "Maxim and Cosmo", "Bye, Bye Bombay", and The Simpson’s Movie. Last week it was Harry Potter. Oy!
Right, gotta chop flyers. If I don't write again, I'd like to thank the Fringe admin, the volunteers, the performers, CBC Manitoba, and of course the *audience* for making this a great Fringe! This is really the best of the big festivals on the circuit, as far as I'm concerned. And if I can be, I'll be back next year (with something quite different again)...!