Arts By The Sea Bournemouth

The last weekend of shows this year were in Bournemouth at Arts By The Sea. We played our Hydromania show over two nights. The audience was estimated at eight thousand each night and although size isn’t everything it’s an impressive turn out by any standards. The World Beaters opened the show for us and we all felt that they did an amazing job with Mark high on a balcony on the Town Hall encouraging the audience in a call and response then the rest of the team joining in from within the audience quite a special moment! We are planning more of this unique and strange large scale show for 2018 watch the diary for details.WB Balcony

Pitching Full Circle

I will be pitching Full Circle as part of Xtrax shorts at Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth this weekend. Here are the essential bits of my five minute talk.

 

  • Full Circle is a mischievous, experimental entertainment for an audience of between 50 and 300.
  • It has no text or technical requirement
  • The style of the performance deadpan comedy.
  • There is a paid opportunity for a local performer.

 

The main thing to say is that like all new shows, and this applies particularly to outdoor work where the environment can be so chaotic, it really needs bookings, Fingers crossed it tickles the fancy of the assembled great and good.

On The Case

I was packing the flight case in which The Spurting Man show, props and costumes etc. has travelled the world for twenty odd years when it struck me how many performers must have similar cases packed with similar tat. When sending this stuff by freight I have to fill in the value and its always a tough call, as the real value, what its worth on E.bay, would be about £50 (mainly for the case) but the value to me on the gig is huge, I mean how could I replace a plastic water spurting crown at short notice its not exactly a B&Q item! Here are three such other cases from a recent dressing room. Traps cases from  SticklebackPlasticus,  MC Fois and Avanti.

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The Britannia Music Hall

I visited the Panopticon otherwise known as The Britannia Music Hall in Glasgow last week. It is in what might best be described as ‘atmospheric decay’. I loved the playbills and that one can walk on stage to experience how it must have felt performing there. During my visit some of the staff were in the back cracking jokes one of which had them it fits of laughter. This sound, uncontrolled laughter, must have echoed round this building over many years perhaps even Bob Hartley ‘King of the Corn Beef Tin’ stormed it! (See below) News just in – Bob Hartley apparently danced on a corn beef tin and the difficulty of this was where the comedy came from – genius! Being the king of something does rather imply that there were other corn beef tin dancers to be king of imagine that.

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Drippers & Clickers

Here is a short video of the little remote control electronic clickers Dave Southall made for the Full Circle show. These neat little devices, still in the prototype phase, note the LX tape, create a ticking (Clock/Dripping) sound that accompanies the performance. They have been much commented on and are surprisingly effective even in the great outdoors. More Dave stuff Here.