Mixtape Update!

Just a brief post today – it’s the last day of Selwyn College Choir’s tour of Ireland, and I’ve been busy with things which aren’t producing, as I recommended doing in Monday’s post! It’s not often I take my own good advice, but I’ve had a wonderful week.

Mixtape is going great – design, press release etc are sorted, and finding an op is almost sorted (I have a couple of potential people, just negotiating details) and we’re pleased with the progress.

Not much more to report on the Mixtape front (if you missed the last updates, you can find them here and here) but it’s going really well and you should definitely come along if you’re in Edinburgh (details here).

In terms of my other ongoing project, The Marlowe Showcase, I’ve had a few more applications in, which is wonderful. 

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week too, and I’ll see you here on Monday for some more thoughts about Creativity.

Emily xxx

Mixtape: Update!

In my last post about Mixtape, I let you all know how excited I am about this project and having you along from the beginning of the project to follow what I get up to! We are moving along now, so here is a brief update of what I’ve now done, and what’s next.


I’ve designed the basic budget, which includes working out the cost of the various publicity items (posters, flyers and badges) and props which are the basic budget issues, and the extended budget, which includes potential sponsorship by the record label with whom Sophie has dome some vocals for a new album. We want to use this for extra forms of publicity (Facebook promotion and Twitter promotion in particular).

Press Release:

I’m in the process of drafting the press release, which we will get out as soon as possible once I’ve written it.


I should receive the publicity design within a few days of writing this post, so I will hopefully have received and approved it by the time you read this, and will be ordering it not long after that.


The last big thing I need to get done asap is finding an op for the tech in the show. This will hopefully be someone who is in Edinburgh at the time anyway, and who is free to help out for an hour around lunchtime on the show days, in return for gratitude and seeing a great show. (If you are a person like this, you can contact me here, by the way.)

Once all this is done, more or less at the same time as this post goes live, I hope, the big preparation steps will be done, and there will be smaller things to get done – I’ll keep you posted on those too!

Let me know if you have any questions about producing a small free-fringe show for Edinburgh in the comments below, and feel free to like the post if you enjoyed it and/or follow the blog if you’re interested in more.

Monday’s post will be slightly different to some of my other advice posts; I watched an interesting video about the concept of “making it” (video linked in the post) and hoped that my thoughts about it might be helpful to people as well!

Emily xxx

Mixtape (Edinburgh Show): Initial Planning

I’m incredibly excited to blog about this project, because it’s the first project that I’ve started after I began this blog, so you will be able to get updates for the whole project from beginning (well, where I started getting involved) to end.

Sophie Grant, who graduated from Cambridge a few years ago, and is currently a freelance musician in London contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I’d be available to produce her Edinburgh show, Mixtape, which she describes as:

“A cross between a live gig and a lunchtime music club, Mixtape takes a different theme every day and explores it through covers of popular music. Join multi-instrumentalist Sophie Grant and guests for an uplifting and unique experience for all.”

She had contacted a student who she had known while in Cambridge, who wasn’t available, but he had produced Tribes, which I’d assistant produced, and he suggested Sophie get in touch with me, which she did. We discussed options, because, due to my internship with Fuel Theatre, I wouldn’t be able to go to Edinburgh with her, which isn’t ideal, but in the end, we agreed that most of what she needed doing I could do before the run itself, and I’d be available by email/phone on the few days before the show and on the opening day to help with last minute organisation and problem solving.

We then met up, a few days before the Newnham June Event, to get me up to date on what she’d already done in terms of preparation, and what she felt still needed doing, so that I could work out a timeline/to do list for between now and August. She had in fact done quite a lot – the venue was fixed and the show is in the free fringe programme, and she’d already got some funding from the Cambridge Footlights.

What still needs doing is drafting the budget, organising the publicity campaign (getting posters and flyers designed and printed and press releases sent out), getting a technical operator and generally managing any hitches in the run up process. Stay tuned for my next update, which will let you know how these processes are going! (And if you’re in Edinburgh, you should definitely go to the show, because I already know it’s going to be awesome and we’ve still got a lot to do for it!) If you want more frequent updates still, you can also follow the show’s twitter page, which Sophie and I will be posting on!

Emily xxx

P.S. Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any of my other posts, and if you, like Sophie, are looking for a producer for a show you want to get on the stage you can always get in touch with me here!