Monday, August 13, 2007

Swift updates and Fringe lunatics

Your humble Devil apologises for his silence over the last few days; a lack of 'net access has combined with a very full rehearsal and drinking schedule. Still, I have caught up with a lot of old friends and am fairly confident that I shall be able to avoid most of them on Wednesday (when I turn 30)...

For those of you who have expressed an interest, the show that I am in—Conor McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower—runs at 6pm every day (except Monday 20th) in the Forrest Cafe. The first night is tomorrow and I am looking forward to performing it finally; the rehearsals have been reasonably intense but I don't think that anything will improve until I have an audience to leech energy from. Anyway, do come along to the show: it is free, and you can't say fairer than that, eh?

I have found myself at the Fringe and, to an extent, wondering why it is that I am actually here; I simply cannot be arsed to watch many shows and, as it happens, almost all of the shows that I want to see clash with Lime Tree...

However, I did wander along and see Tim Fitzhigham's The Man Who Found The Kama Sutra (I reviewed a couple of Tim's shows last year): this was a gentleman called Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton FRGS who was, as Tim enthuses, a man who spoke 40 languages and was one of Britain's greatest explorers and spies; indeed, he was the template for George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman. More importantly, he is Tim Fitzhigham's ultimate personal hero.

Fitzhigham is one of those great English eccentrics; one of those people who enjoys undertaking lunatic stunts; such as travelling 160 miles down the Thames in a paper boat or rowing a bath across the English Channel. He is infectiously enthusiastic most of the time: when recounting the achievements of his hero he is irridescent, his ever-orotund tones and manic eyes emphasising his points.

In short, he was jolly good as usual, and he elaborated on Burton as we had a drink afterwards. Do try to see his show if you can; your money will, at least, be funding his next lunatic idea and people like Fitzhigham should always be encouraged: they add to the gaiety of the nation.

2 comments:

Angus said...

DK, best of luck for your opening night, I will be there at some point.
But you`re missing a trick here, aren`t you? Surely you should be appearing in your own show? I mean you must have more than enough stuff by now to make up a one-hour show.
And it`s not as if the European Commission don`t provide you with much material is it...
Seriously, you really should consider doing something for Fringe 2008-some sort of "Bloody Brussels", "Fuck You, EU!" revue type piss-take of these cunts. Or maybe just a stand-up stint.
Just think how nice that Perrier Award would look next to your Mac...

Angry Steve said...

Fringe lunatics? Ah yes, you are performing in hippy central.

Perhaps I should have bought you a pint in Cloisters to help you on your way...

Give 'em hell.