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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Higham 1 Cardboard Pastoral with Daniel earlier this year :)

with Daniel Lehan out in the wilds of Kent Spring 2012
very lucky we were with the weather

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Will Hames at Spoonful of Poison

My new friend Will who I met at Spoonful of Poison has sent me a poem for my blog. What an honour! Thank you Will. It's delightful. In fact, it's two poems.

Nice, silly poems Will - are you a fan of Spike Milligan by any chance?



Although you are entitled to your special point of view

I think you're a hermaphrodite. You know what YOU can do!


I could eat an elephant on toast, for just a snack

I could climb an oak tree with both hands behind my back

I could whistle "Dixie" while I drink a glass of milk

I could comb a coconut until it's smooth as silk

I could spell "chrysanthemum" without a calculator

I could build a house from two short planks and a potater

I could do most anything, and I could show you how

I could tell the truth, but I cannot be arsed right now.

Spoonful of Poison

Thank you Paul Wady, for this photograph. You are a very kind man.

Running against Female Foeticide!

As part of our World News Vision performance at the Stag's Head at Vis the Spoon's Spoonful of Poison, this is Joanna McCormick and me, photographed by Paul Wady. The wonderful Frog Morris was also there and performed and I was delighted to meet Will Hames, who read a very nice poem before I so rudely left in the middle ...

Sunday, 5 August 2012


Yesternight went to The Nursery to see Imprology, especially because it featured my wonderful friend Julie Mullen, who improvised remarkably with the rest of the team.

The Nursery is in a railway arch near to London Bridge and if you can find it (not easy) it's a great venue, although the trains thunder overhead like a storm, interrupting the songs and speeches.

My friend Kevin was there and played guitar and some musical accompaniment to the sound songs and improvised pieces. He also joined in to be one half of a brother and sister on a bus, who had forgotten to buy any dinner. The audience provided the situations. I particularly enjoyed the piece the group created for 'The Lost Goose', my suggestion for a fairytale.

'Sunday Lunch' or 'The Possessed Chicken' was also an interesting one, as was 'The End of the World' as a Russian musical. I liked the fact that the director of Imprology, Remy, got stuck in with the group rather than standing on the side. He helped link the pieces for the audience and had fun treating the audience a bit 'badly' which I think helped morale and confidence among the players.
Julie did a remarkable job as a pig in love in a theatrical story of her life. She's so funny! I would be happy to go to see another Imprology night some time. Remy's work is quite challenging and he stirs his group to really interesting performances, usually very surreal.