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Michael Pope is Gay for Pay

25 Aug

Last night we went to see the wonderful Michael Pope in Michael Pope is Gay for Pay at The Phoenix.

 

After seeing him open up for Amanda Palmer at The Evening With concert previously, i did have expectations, and they were well met. In terms of content i had no idea what to expect, previously The Evening With gig had an age limit of 14 whereas Pope’s gig was 18… so more than a little of his show was left out and all i had to go on was a deep raspy voice (a voice i want a recording of, to play down the phone at odd times of the night to my friends! A question i should have asked, do you ever put on that voice when people call you up on the phone?).

 

(Michael Pope at An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmersee previous post)

 

This show is classed as comedy in the Fringe book, and although it is funny (hell, it pulls you through all states of emotional bewilderment), the classification of spoken word or storytelling would seem more appropriate. Storytelling via spoken word on stage is an odd art and an interesting one, and a lot of the time hard to pull off and grasp the attention of your audience, but for a whole 55 minutes the little Phoenix audience was gripped and enthralled by the tales of Pope’s peculiar life.

I wont give too much away about the content of the show itself, because i want you to go see it! There are only two performances left, so get off your arses and run down to the Phoenix now!

Let him take you through “the theatre of the imagination.”

Seriously! Wanna go? Head down to The Phoenix on Broughton Street in Edinburgh, just before 10:45 (leaving time to grab yrself a drink), sit down on the comfy chairs and await your glorious fate (oh and it’s free! so really you have no excuse not to go).

 

Show website. oh and follow it on twitter @popeisgay4pay and follow him on twitter @popecinema

 

“Fringe fairy dust was falling on me” ★★★★ – Fringe Guru <— I love this little quote about the show, ’tis very true.

 

Thank you Michael Pope for a wonderful 55minutes and for being lovely enough to not only recognise me but have a nice little chat outside after the show, oh and liking my art 🙂

Chloe out.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer at The Queen’s Hall on 12.8.2012

13 Aug

Last night i went to the totally and utterly wonderful An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer.

 

It was so good that after the show had finished and i was sitting on my bus, i couldn’t stop smiling…. so much so, people started to look at me funny.

 

 

First on stage was Andrew O’Neill. A wonderfully funny man. I forgot to take pictures of him. I know. Useless. But he was on early and i wan’t quite with it at that point…. or i was distracted… or something. Anyway, go see his show! And you can find out what he looks like for yourself Andrew O’Neill is Easily Distracted

 

Next up was Michael Pope.

Who i had heard little bits about, mainly from the twitterings of Amanda Palmer giving the both live in The Cloud Club. All i really new was “he’s that film guy” so it was interesting to see what he was about on stage.

He did seem a little nervous, but completely made up for it by being really funny and playing with poor unsuspecting audience members on stage.

I’ll plug his show too Michael Pope is Gay for Pay mostly because i really want to go and see it too!

These photos are for Michael Pope’s mother:

(although this shot is darkened, i love it, it’s quite ghostly)

 

 

 

And without further ado……………… AMANDA PALMER AND NEIL GAIMAN!

 

Yay!

 

They opened with such a beautiful version of Makin’ Whoopee and if i can find (or if you know where one is) a filming of it i will re-post.

 

Every Amanda Palmer show i’ve been to has been glorious but it was interesting having it formatted with both Palmer and Gaiman. In all honesty i went for the Amanda Palmerness, i assumed it would be a “i went for the Amanda Palmer and stayed for the Neil Gaiman” kinda thing but they both work so brilliantly together, through songs and stories and poetry and even their little quips and marital banter on stage!

I’m really glad they brought the show over to Edinburgh and i feel really lucky to have seen it.

 

Anyway, enough of my loved up rambles, enjoy some pretty pictures:

Mikelanglo doing some great whistling…. oh….. go see his show too: Mikelanglo The Balkan Elvis

Ooo i found this little film of Amanda  reading her poem Broken Heart Stew while Neil plays Bloom on the ipad (filmed by Skerrylight on youtube):

 

 

I’m so glad she played Coin-Operated Boy 🙂 it’s my favourite Dresden Dolls song, and here is a film i found of it (filmed by ubernell on youtube):

 

This is the very talented Lady Rizo, who beautifully sang Gaiman’s I Google You (a song i really love, mostly the lyrics. Was just about to say go and google them and giggled at the irony, but yeah go google them!) and guess what, you can go see her show too: Lady Rizo

Here is another wee film i found of Amanda performing The Bed Song. I don’t think i’ve blogged about this song yet, but i must at some point, it’s very sad and very beautiful and one of few songs that has made me cry in a public space the first time i heard it, and sitting there in the darkened rows of seats i did feel huge warm tears sliding down my face (filmed by queenshalledinburgh on youtube):

 

There is something about this photo^ that i really love. It deserves a wonderful witty caption… but i ain’t so good at them! COMPETITION! So, best caption you can come up with, hit me up…. and you could win a signed print of the image with your caption penned in! Either leave a comment on this post of tweet me @chloehenderson9 or email me at chloehen21@aol.com and i’ll pick a winner by the end of this month!

 

Here is my little film of Amanda playing Map of Tasmania:

 

 

 

 

And like the awesomest awesome people that they are Neil and Amanda hung around after the show for a signing 🙂 This is the reason i find myself wandering into the realms of Palmer/Gaiman fangirl, they care about us!

Yeah, this picture is of Amanda eating a twix…. which she gave me a piece of 🙂 something about that makes me really happy 🙂

oh and i gave her art………… this art:

i think she liked it 🙂

i hope she liked it 🙂

i want to make and give her something more awesome at the house party… so Amanda if you read this be excited!

Anyhoo, the concert was awesome, the artists were awesome, the crowd was awesome, life is awesome!

Chloe out.