Feedback for August 2014’s Twisted

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We asked and you replied!

Around 25% of the attendees at the first ever Twisted were kind enough to give us a few moments of their time to give formal feedback. We’ve put the answers together with comments from the organisers. We have included all the responses, good and bad, in the interest of being a responsible organiser who listens to both praise and criticism. 

How did we do overall?

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What did people like about the event?

  • The different range/styles of performance.
  • Shibari demonstrations were very beautiful to watch. Blueberry fizz. Recipe please!!!
  • Nice and friendly atmosphere, great performers, well settled stage, drinks.
  • Duration was perfect after a long day at the QMU alt & burlesque fair (not too long, not too short!). Could happily have stayed longer if there had been seating provided. Refreshments perfect. Venue nice and intimate, and the artwork made for a great setting. All acts were fabulous.
  •  Extraordinary, and very different artists in a wonderfully atmospheric setting.
  •  variety of different approaches to shibari and delicious soft drinks 😉
  •  The performers
  •  The performances were stunning, it was a fantastic night
  •  variety of performances. exhibition space.
  •  Most who attended were ‘ropeys’ and appreciated how much skill was on display. The numbers attending was ‘about right’ for the venue – another ten would be about the maximum.

We were delighted to hear that people thought the performances were excellent and that the setting was right. We were aware of not allowing the space to be over-filled hence the limit on tickets being set at 40. We were sold out on the night. The issues with seating came up with a few people and is something we’ll have a think about how to get around it. The blueberry fizz is a Twisted secret 😉

What things could have been better?

  • Lack of seating and slight aspect of the one and only toilet making the performers uncomfortable.
  • Lack of seating
  • Seating would have been nice.
     
  • A bit too small space and toilet.
  • The venue was a little claustrophobic, but that’s my issue to deal with, not yours.
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    I found the venue a bit claustrophobic, however that is my issue,not the fault of organisers/the venue itself. It did work rather well for the performance itself however, not too crowded, but intimate
 
We were aware of trying to strike the balance between a small space and one that felt too small. We hope we mostly got it right, but the gallery space that we use can be dramatically different depending on what exhibit is on and how the artist has chosen to decorate the space. For this exhibition the artist had gone for a deliberately dark space which was sparsely lit.
 
There are not currently any seats at the venue for use during an event like this. It is something we will have a think about moving into the future.
 
  •  I know that the use of the tongue clip in the third demonstration was consensual and negotiated beforehand, but within the overall scene, which was beautiful, caring and trusting, it jarred a little, and seemed a bit gratuitously cruel. Maybe it’s just because we are newbies to the scene
 Others on the night commented on how the same act was further heightened in intensity during this section. Everyone will take something a little different away from the acts and the Twisted team will interfere as minimally as possible in the content of acts. We only need to make sure the acts are a) safe and b) legal.
 
  • would have enjoyed an alcoholic beverage
Twisted has taken a conscious decision not to serve alcoholic beverages on this occasion as we do not have the appropriate licences. As we were providing all beverages free of charge we decided to make interesting soft drinks instead of alcoholic ones which kept the ticket price low. We are open to changing this policy in future.
 
  • A good set of mats would add to the professionalism and safety of the artists – interlocking mats approx. 2 foot square can be highly effective and easy to transport

Yes, the mats on the night were a good deal more mobile than they had been on a different floor surface during practice! We like to think it added to the dynamism of the opening act :p

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We also received some very helpful general feedback:

  • With regards to question 15 (the one about recommending the event to a colleague)the answer of 6 is an aggregate of zero, for “No way would I recommend it for my mother-in-law!!!”, through 1 or 2 for SOME of my work colleagues, to 10 for people that I’ve met at the Munch! Some cushions on the floor would have been nice. I’ll be bringing one to the workshop.
  • Looking forward to more, but I hope it doesn’t become a victim of its own success by having to move to larger premises and admit more people, which would potentially lead to more noise / latecomers. I hope the ‘no alcohol’ ruling remains in place as well, at least before and during the performances. A friendly, chatty glass of wine afterwards would be a different matter, but I do think alcohol being served before or during could be problematic.
  • I understand there will be limited venue options for an event of this kind, some of the scoring reflects the fact that in case of an emergency we were recommended to use the stairs to exit, that we were sitting on the floor and of course sitting on the floor will always be a dusty experience with people walking in and out. I avoided using the toilet facilities as aware performers were changing etc. I have been unable to provide or think of a suitable alternative to the current venue so apologise if this feedback does not appear to be constructive and I very much enjoyed myself and the venue would not detract from me recommending this event to others who appreciate rope.

And a couple I would like to deal with separately:

  • Some random thoughts from a rope newbie: Would any / all of the artists be up for a question / answer session? Would any of the artists be up for passing on a few tips? In these days of supposed sexual equality why do we never see women suspending men? Any scope for suspending an audience member (needs to be thought through: known / trusted person etc) Thanks for what must have been a considerable effort in putting the event on – will make every effort to support any future events

Firstly a Q&A session could be introduced if there was interest, however Twisted will also be running at the same time as in depth workshops which would deal with most of the relevant “how to” of rope. With regard to the sexual equality the show was opened with an act of a female tying a male including partial suspension. Care was taken to make sure that there was not just one orientation or dynamic displayed. There would be no scope at all for suspending an audience member as this would be far too risky and unpredictable.

  • Unfortunately my partner found the temperature in the venue overwhelming and we had to step out before the start of proceedings.

We spotted you on the night but didn’t catch you before you left. As soon as we got your feedback through a process of deduction we figured out who you were and sent a full refund to you via Eventbrite. Please get in touch if you didn’t get it!

 
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3 thoughts on “Feedback for August 2014’s Twisted

    SkinnyRedhead said:
    August 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Great work!
    I am happy to read such good feedback. It gives lots of ideas and will definitely help to improve future events.

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