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JamesinLA
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I'm booked to do a street festival. The guy said he will supply a semi circle of chairs around my pitch. Should I use the chairs or lose the chairs? I'm working for a meager retainer and am counting on the tips to make the day worthwhile. What are your thoughts on the chairs question?
Thanks.

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I suppose you have to know your show to make a decision. Do you think the chairs would impede your connection to the audience?

If it were me, I wouldn't use them.
Reasons?

1) It creates a barrier between you and the rest of the audience.

2) The chairs won't stay put. You know that people will move them around and them poof, your circle is gone.

3) EXCEPTION: Disabled patrons who would like to watch your show but can't stand for long periods of time.
Never exclude them. And if you see someone say with crutches who wants to see your show, stop what you're doing to accomodate them.


Perhaps have a couple of chairs handy if you need to offer them to someone. But besides that, I'd skip the chairs.

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I work a lot of Festivals in the UK. Chairs I would go with 1)Punters like to rest,and be entertained, 2)With the front six rows sitting there would be more visibility for the twenty rows standing behind, hence bigger crowds, bigger hats! 3)If the chairs are split with an alleyway up centre you can work the crowd and into the crowd as well. 4)I work like this a lot and by pushing the front row of seats back fifteen feet you can get the kids to sit on the ground up front(So your crowd is staged on three levels) It works OK. Ken.
PS: To enforce a particular effect I have been known to stand on the seat of a chair in the audience to do the rings, I can then be seen all the way over the showground.
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I second Robert, lose the chairs except in certain situations (handicapped etc). You don't want a barrier between you and the audience, plus people are going to be scooting those things around during your show and you already have enough distractions without that kind of noise. Plus, seeing all those chairs reminds me of storytime in grade school Smile
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Jim,

I gave you my $.02 but here's an extra penny.

Chairs would also allow you the opportunity to do paperballs over the head as well.
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