I was all set up for a difficult day today. It’s a Monday, not the weekend, and storms have been forecast.
Apart from a bit of rain in the morning, the day was glorious. As for the audience for Shit Socialist, I had 27 in, just shy of capacity. The show was nice again. I’m also illness free whilst all around me people are going down with ‘Fringe flu’.
It all feels a bit suspicious.
To temper this though, it was explained to me that while it is a Monday, today is generally a busy day. I believe it’s a bank holiday of sorts (just in Scotland, I think), and the regular paid shows have their 2-4-1 tickets available.
Ok, so maybe doom is coming after all. Hurray!
Improv Cage Match
A bunch of our American guests were taking part in the Improv Cage Match tonight. Performing as their group, Weisenheimer, they fielded a number of suggestions to create a 20 minute long form collection of scenes.
I felt they did particularly well dealing with the suggestion ‘Acorn Antiques: the musical’. I think it’s fair to say that the genius of Victoria Wood has not made it over to America yet. We ended up with a musical number about an acorn becoming a tree, which is fair enough.
They did great, as did the house team following them. It’s the first time I’ve seen this show, and I would certainly recommend it.
Crime of the Hour
Ending the night, I took part in another show of ‘Crime of the Hour’: the longform we’ve been booked to do with our improv based on the strange aspects to do with true crime.
The last show I did had all of three people in, so to have a dozen or so made a huge difference. The players were made up of me and various CSz Manchester players, along with Nina from America.
The show was a lot of fun, and I did scenes that included me as Jesus owning a bar, who then went on to try and fleece inexperienced sellers at a car boot seller. I also played the role of Napoleon Bonaparte (you could tell that is who I was as I had my hand in my shirt. Classic Bonaparte, ask anyone).
A quiet pint after in the bar, then a lazy Uber home. Will tomorrow be a tough one, or can I keep this streak up?
My show, Shit Socialist, is on 3.15pm, 1-25 Aug, at The Counting House (Attic). Free entry, PWYW.
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