Austria or Maybe Italy

We just got back from a five-day trip to the Olala festival in Lienz Austria. This very particular event, legendary for its wild, final night parties was celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. This is the third or perhaps fourth time we have played there but the scenery still takes your breath away. Nestled in a valley between high Dolomitic peaks the first night features a bus ride to dinner on top of a mountain! After twenty one years of playing the Spurting Man I thought that everything that could happen probably had happened but in a new twist when we picked up our schedule its says.

Fr. 29.7

15:15 Uhr

Hauptlatz

21:15 Uhr

Innichen

This looks normal until you find out Innichen is in Italy!

Avanti XL In Tynemouth

Well we did it! Six shows making eleven performances over two days. Only made possible by outstanding help and support from Jon, Helen, Trevor, Adam and Robyn plus of course the team at the festival. The weekend included a guest appearance by the festival director himself joining in with the crowd scattering ending of our mini finale, thanks Frank. Thanks also to Cloud Nine theatre company for playing in Leak and for joining in with the finale. We are now preparing to do it all again in Stockton. (Last time the fountain machine was in Stockton High Street we crashed into a bus!)

Rastatt

After a challanging drive up from Rastatt, it rained pretty much none stop all the way from Strausberg to Stoke. Reliquary’s very complicated machinery worked perfectly even after 600 miles of shaking and the performers, nourished by Alsace wine and some lovely local dishs, did OK as well thanks to Peter Finegan for some excellent work with rice we left about five kilos on the marketplatz! We enjoyed a vintage, in more ways than one, performance by Leo Bassi and the show Pelat from the exceptional Joan Catala. If only Rastatt was closer!

Unintended Poetry

Ypres City Of Wings

Back from Ypres where we were showcasing Reliquary and Bees! the two outdoor parts of our 6-Impossible Things collaboration with Artizani. The festival went well for us with both pieces warmly recieved. There were 63 companies participating and many bookers and agents. We were well looked after and the festival staff have an impressive ‘can do’ attitude, they even whistled up a scuba diver who could re-fill our air tanks. James took this excellent photo of the audience ‘raining’ around two kilos of rice onto Reliquary from all around the atrium.