In this blog yesterday, a comedy performer whom I did not name was complaining about the way they had been treated by their director who had just said their show being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe could be directed from London without the director coming up to Edinburgh at all.
I know a few theatre directors and got this response from the highly-experienced and much admired Catherine Arden (who is NOT the director in question). In other words, this is good advice…
I was concerned to read about the performer whose director did not support him or her to bed in the show for the opening week in Edinburgh.
I served two 2-year terms on the Equity Theatre Directors’ Committee and recently attended a conference where this type of thing was discussed and strongly disapproved of. It gives professional directors a bad name and is not good for the industry!
Some suggestions for the performer:
– If both the performer and director are Equity members, Equity can help resolve and give assistance to the performer to make contracts clearer in future.
– There is a Fringe contract the performer might want to look at.
– If the director is an Equity member, the performer can report this poor behaviour to Equity.
– If the performer is an Equity member, then he or she can get further guidance on the matter and learn how to safeguard future dealings.
If neither the performer nor director are Equity members, I recommend the performer goes along to the Equity desk in Edinburgh.
Equity is running workshops at the Edinburgh Fringe which are great for professional development as well as for networking with proper professionals.
Also, Equity says…
If you are a member or student member taking part in any of the Edinburgh Festivals and need advice or support at any point please contact our local office on 0141-248-8472 or email@example.com
The Fringe has its Venues and Companies team for any show or venue taking part in the festival and they may also be able to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Failing all that, your performer can get in touch with me as a director with Fringe experience if she wants a director who will give her the support he or she needs – and deserves! 🙂