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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.

I’m sitting in a box.

19 Aug

Today we went to go see Nothing is Really Difficult inside The Box by Theatergroep WAK.

Performed in a life-sized wooden box. A show about nothing. Three men full of self mockery and vicarious shame. Male poetry for men and women, without words. Winner of the Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Theatre Production, 2011.

Why? Well, as we were standing looking up at the sign and trying to pick a show, i noticed the name and remember a tweet from Amanda Palmer, saying how much she had enjoyed it.

So, to The Box we hurried!

The Box is a custom built box, situated just outside of George Square, and is… well… a box. From outside all you see is box, and inside all you see is a box! but with a set of staircase-like seating and that glorious woody smell.

We were running a little late, and although the show doesn’t start until you are inside The Box, the actors hang around outside being entertaining and handing out flyers. Wooden flyers.

We filed into the box, took our seats, the lights went out and we waited in the dark. From under the stage appears a light between the wooden slits, and then banging from below and the light moves along the stage. This continues the whole way across, until a corner of the stage lifts up and out pops a lone figure carrying a lantern. The show continues in odd bursts of movement, leaping, dancing, jumping and a hell of a lot of running around. It is, as described, about nothing at all but is mocking and funny and really quite clever.

Wanna go see it? Nothing is Really Difficult on in The Box just outside George Square at 15:30, 17:00 or 18:30 and runs until 26th August 2012.

Thanks Amanda Palmer for this recommendation, it was glorious!

And alla Amanda Palmer i have deemed it #AFPart

Chloe out.

 

p.s. all image (bar the #afpart one) are not my own and if you wanna claim credit just hit me up and i’ll be happy to pop in your name 🙂

 

*update* while looking for more information about this show, i found this article by Sunday’s Child about promoting shows, check it out here.

“Live with a rainbow in your heart” Mephisto Waltz – Derevo

8 Aug

Last night i recieved a little unexpected text from Miss Morven Bell asking if i wanted to go see a show. I dwindled a little, trying to come up with an answer; of course i love the fringe and i love going to see shows but i hadn’t picked out any i wanted to see yet and i hadn’t read up on any! Spontaneousness is not always my forte, i like knowing about what i’m going to see. I’m still not sure if that is good or not.

 

So, i picked Derevo’s Mephisto Waltz.

“This compelling new work by the multi award-winning troupe is a gospel of dance, a personal journey and a declaration of love. Maybe it’s the end of dance theatre, maybe the madness of a world where people still make wars that divide the Gods… You forget that all the feelings of the world, the rains, the sounds, the cities, the birds, the people, and everything … is you. Don’t seek inspiration from what surrounds you. You will find it deep within your heart. And when you live with a rainbow in your heart then you need nothing else. ”

Is what is said on the Fringe page. It sounded interesting and from past experience (i went to see Derevo’s performance of Harlekin two years previously) i was sold.

 

Part of me wishes i had read up on it beforehand so i could understand some of the bizzare imagery being acted out before me, but i’m glad i didn’t. Not knowing everything that was going on was what was beautiful about the show. It was easier to tap into the high-charged emotions and base powers floating through the room.

Even if i had read about the show i still think only Derevo frontman Anton Adasinsky may be the only one who truly knows what it all means. From a black, and quite bleak opening, the show moves into the more surreal, and then further into the even more surreal.

The only thing I was aware of was what the title told me, and that the main plot-line was based around Mephistopheles, the seductive demon from Faust. Also, the music accompanying the physical storytelling and clowning around were extracts from Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltzes. Everything else i had to guess, or not, it didn’t really matter; i was lost in the energy.

 

The acts move through the seasons, exploring them through humanity, through love and nature. The ongoing connection between them all was the personality of Mephistopheles. So, although the scenes were changing his madness was still present.

 

I found this on Derevo’s website. If you have seen the show, or are planning to, have a little read and one memorable scene will become more apparent:

“The Scarecrow stood on the edge of the field. Replacement for his rusty tin-cans was well overdue.

The Wind stole his hat and his coat was ragged.

But joy was always coming in December .

Village children used to make a Snowman right next to the Scarecrow. Right like Snowmen should be: with a tin bucket on his head and a carrot as his nose. The sleeve of the Scarecrow’s coat was then tied to the Snowman’s twig paw and with a happy squeals children were aiming their snowballs at the pair of figures. Maybe children wanted to separate them again.

The Scarecrow was smiling though. Yes, truly. He was smiling.

And then April came on tiptoes and took the Snowman away. Just a twig remained tied to the Scarecrow’s sleeve.

But it’s alright. December will come again. Not quite soon but it will. I can wait.

I can wait.”

 

 

I found this little clip while trawling the web which gives your a glimpse into some of the beautiful movements that the dancers exhibit:

 

 

I’m really glad i went.

I would say it’s not a show for everyone. I loved it. Morven…. well…. not so much.

It’s for those with an appreciation of art, those who don’t need to be following a strict plot line and story and those who don’t need to understand.

 

Wanna go see it?

It’s currently on at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh (Fringe venue 139) from the 7th – 27th August at 20:00

Get your tickets here: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2o12

 

 

Did this review do it for you? Lemme know! Hit me up via twitter @chloehenderson9 or comment on here or email me at chloehen21@aol.com

 

Chloe out.

 

 

p.s. photos are from various sources and are not my own, if you wanna claim credit just let me know.

Coram Boy

14 May

My thoughts from the show Coram boy.

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The awesome Bristol folk I was staying with over New Year awesomely invited me along to the feertre to see Coram Boy, a Bristol Old Vic production performed in the Colston hall. And it was beautiful (well as beautiful as a story about dead babies can be).

At the end of the show every single member of the audience, myself included, sniffled and wiped tears away from their wide eyes and one girl next to me was applauding so hard her ring flew straight off her finger! We were lucky enough to have a seat just a few rows from the front of the stage so we could really see the faces of the cast and it was lovely to see how their faces lit up with pure euphoria, it was lovely to see just how much they had put into their performance.

This drama was re-written by director, Tom…

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