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Archive for January 25th, 2020

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Perth Fringe 2020 – Shows two and three

It’s now 35°C outside and I’ve taken refuge in Perth’s nicely air-conditioned public library.

Other locations where I frequent in such temperatures include the cinema; and lengthy strolls around the cold sections in supermarkets, mostly just to browse.

Two shows in and audience numbers have been picking up ever so slightly. I had 25 for Thursday and 29 in last night. It would be nice to sell the venue out at least once during the run, but it might not happen.

I’ve already made sufficient funds in ticket sales to cover my accommodation. And by the end of my run in Perth, I may have even made enough to cover the cost of my return flight. This has to be one of the most cost-effective way of travelling the world.

And the plus side of quieter than expected sales means that I’m now in absolutely no danger of getting into trouble with the Australian tax authorities.

All three shows so far have been good fun. One thing of note though is that I have been getting more questions from the audience about the questions in the quiz than ever before. And this may very well be the difference between a UK pub quiz and an Aussie trivia night. An Aussie trivia night lasts for an entire night due to the sheer volume of questions about the questions.

Before Thursday’s performance, I was met with the potential disaster of the bar in the venue closing ten minutes before the show was due to begin. Apparently, there’d been a cock-up with the closing times. I could feel the tension as I arrived on stage and it took a little while for them to warm up. But they did, particularly so when I mocked them for not being able to get a drink and said it was my idea for to close the bar.

In other news, I tried my hardest to get tickets for My Chemical Romance’s UK shows yesterday as soon as they went on sale. But alas, it was all for nothing.

Not being able to get tickets for something is a particularly bitter blow when you have plenty of your own tickets that haven’t sold. MCR sell-out two dates in a 40,000 capacity stadium in a matter of minutes and I can’t even sell-out a 70-seater room. It’s enough to turn anyone Emo. But on the plus side, it means I don’t have to go anywhere near Milton Keynes.

The band are actually playing in Auckland when I’m over in NZ and tickets are available. Admittedly, it is on the day that I’m due to fly home. I may just have to look into rescheduling.