Last night, I had the opportunity to volunteer with Victoria’s Fringe Festival on their “Survey Crew.” I got to use an iPad provided by Simply Computing, and ask people waiting in line at some of the downtown venues to fill in the Fringe’s survey.
This was a great way to talk to people and learn about what shows are good. For instance, the lineup at Venue 4 for Pretty Monster last night was the longest I’ve seen yet.
The festival atmosphere is also a lot of fun, with plenty of excitement and anticipation. A clown at Venue 4 turned out to be advertising for A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup, a show that has been added since the program was printed, one that I now intend to see having seen her briefly playing outside the venue.
The iPad is also a fun tool with which to engage people. At first, I found it slow to fill in the survey one-on-one as people waited to enter the theatre, but it turned out to be a good conversation starter, since everybody wants to play with a new electronic toy.
I’ll be working with the Survey Crew again today from 11:30-1:30. If you see me, fill in the survey!