My Festival: Simon Munnery, comedian
I really enjoyed Martin Mor’s, show, A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day (Stand II, 8.10pm). It’s got some lovely material in it. Lucy Porter’s show People Person (Stand I, 5.15pm), is good too.
I really enjoyed Martin Mor’s, show, A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day (Stand II, 8.10pm). It’s got some lovely material in it. Lucy Porter’s show People Person (Stand I, 5.15pm), is good too. It’s just her, really, talking about people. And last night I had the pleasure of watching Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh! It’s the Greatest Show on Legs (Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 9pm). Martin Soan, one of the legs, always makes the most amazing props, and there were some hilarious scenes: one where he did ventriloquism as a Muslim lady, and then another one where he came on and did ventriloquism with some tins of Stella made into a puppet. The raucous energy of those old men really impressed me.
The Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery (until 27 October) is great. I did a one-off “response” to it the other week. I got some of his poems and rearranged them randomly while singing them through a looper. I dunno if that counts as a response, but it’s over now – it’s in the past. I also did a recreation of one of his films, Carrier Strike. The original features lots of little toy planes and an ironing board as the aircraft carrier. I made some toy planes out of paper but then at the last minute decided not to use them and just filmed an ironing board with nothing on it, and said, “That’s the Royal Navy for you”. Cos, famously, we’ve got carriers but no planes. That one didn’t get much of a laugh until I explained it.
Every day I eat at The Square, a sort of deli-cafe just up the road from The Stand (17 North St Andrew Street). They feed me. I have their soup or sometimes their dish of the day if I’m feeling a bit mad. Their lentil and bacon soup is to die for. And it’s not just lentil and bacon – there’s carrots too. They don’t even mention that. That’s how good it is. I’ve had a few curries from Zest, too (15 North St Andrew Street) and they’re pretty good as well.
I haven’t seen much theatre, but I did go to see a children’s show which was really good: The Road That Wasn’t There (Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, noon). It’s by a New Zealand company called Trick of the Light. It’s about a road that wasn’t there. It just disappeared. The road. To be honest, I didn’t see it, but my wife did and she said it was brilliant. She took the children. I haven’t seen anything, to be honest. I’ve just been eating soup. But my wife loved it and the kids loved it so that’ll do for me.
Simon Munnery: Fylm Makker is at Stand I until tomorrow
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