Had by art

Had some great shows with City Impro at the Brighton Fringe.

As mentioned, I spent some of the time handing out flyers dressed in an Edwardian “swimsuit”. If you weren’t lucky enough to spot me, here I am (on the right) suitably attired with another City Impro member, Vasek:

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As I pulled on the swimsuit for the first time, I recalled the story told by Patti Smith in Just Kids about her last visit to see Robert Mapplethorpe in hospital before he died:

I stood by his bed and took his hand … Suddenly he looked up and said, ‘Patti, did art get us?’ Perhaps it did but no one could regret that. Only a fool would regret being had by art; or a saint.

We (City Impro) have a show tonight at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. Details here if you want to come along.

Reading: The Incomplete Tim Key, Tim Key

Brighton Fringe Shows

I’m heading to the Brighton Fringe with City Impro this bank holiday weekend. We’re doing two different shows: City Impro By The Sea and Sin City Impro. If you’re in Brighton come along.

You may even get lucky (or, I concede, unlucky) and bump into me handing out the above flyers wearing (weather permitting) an Edwardian swimming costume. Be kind.

 

Reading: Delayed Gratification, Issue 29

 

Going For A Song: ‘By The Sea’

Wendy & Bonnie – By The Sea

I was in Brighton this weekend.

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Brighton is of course by the sea. And this obviously influenced my decision to choose ‘By The Sea’ for this week’s song.  But what I find curious about this song is that when I listen to it, it doesn’t match to my experience of the sea or the seaside. That’s not to say the song fails, on the contrary, it’s why I like it; something of its sound makes me think of /rethink my recent music experience of the seaside and sea.