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Eight Steps Q&A: James Rowland

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner James Rowland offers some tips on how to get the most from the Edinburgh Festival, in eight steps…

1: Beyond posters and reviews, how do you suggest people pick shows to see at this year’s Fringe?
Absolutely word of mouth. If someone you like recommends you something, chances are you’ll like that too.

2: What tips have you got for people trying to see as many shows as possible in one day – how can you power through?
Make time for meals, it’s impossible to take in a show if you’re hungry. And plan your routes, so you never have to cross the entire city in fifteen minutes.

3: When people are reaching peak Fringe, what tips do you have for chilling out during the Festival?
There are so many things to do, Edinburgh’s a big city and the Fringe is only a part of it, so go for a walk. If you’re stuck for inspiration as to where to go, just imagine if there was a massive hill in the middle of the city to walk up.

4: What things do you think should be on every Fringe-goers Edinburgh Festival bucket list?
The aforementioned Arthur’s Seat, watching shows in Summerhall and also watching something weird and terrible in a basement because you happened to be walking past.

5: Beyond the flyer, what tips have you got for performers trying to get people into their shows?
Focus on making your show as good as possible. You can’t force people into your room, but the better your show is, the more people will want to come.

6: The Fringe can be great for finding a new audience. What tips would you have for staying connected with that new audience beyond Edinburgh?
Hahaha, I’m probably not the right person to answer this one! I dunno, give them your home address? Start a mailing list? Twitter? I should probably think about this.

7: Performing at the Fringe is partly about building a network. What tips have you got for people looking to make connections in the industry?
Make good work and be nice… Don’t be shy about telling people you like their shows and, if you see something you like, invite them to yours.

8: How would you recommend performers stay healthy during all the Fringe madness?
Ah, you don’t have to go to bed early or avoid chips or not drink, just make sure you’re not being a prick to yourself, and if you’re feeling low, talk to someone as soon as you can.

James Rowland performed his ‘Songs Of Friendship Trilogy’ at Summerhall at Edinburgh Festival 2019.