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:

Anonymous 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.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

Over at the ASI, they are posting some of the winning entries of the Young Writers on Liberty. One does not want to put such keen minds off,...