Once our Saturday show was over and done with, we had all of Sunday to enjoy other shows at the festival fringe. Well, not all day since the previous night’s beach party went on quite late and I ended up sleeping past noon, but we did manage to see a total of five shows.
First we saw a poetry/comedy show Moraletry by Richard Purnell and Gary from Leeds. It was a bit more leaning towards comedy/theatre than performance poetry, and it was great fun – a few more days to go, they’re running until Saturday 24th, 1.40pm at the Banshee Labyrinth.
Next we headed for some stand-up comedy; Lewis Schaffer was a brilliant performer and such a nice person when we had a chat with him after the show, even if he did cross some lines of political correctness in the stand-up. I believe he will be performing twice daily at least for this week, apart from tomorrow, 5pm at the Meadow Bar and 8pm at the Hive. Recommended for those not easily offended by racism and misogyny (he’s being ironic about all that, one must hope.)
We also caught a great music gig on Sunday evening; Lach played fantastic folky, punky music and did some amazing storytelling between his songs. I really, really loved this guy. Still on for this week, 8.30pm daily at the Hive.
After that we wanted to see some magic tricks but were too late for the show, and wandered off into an adjacent room to find Quint Fontana doing comedy slash music. Mike walked out after 5 minutes and never returned, but Dan and I stayed to watch this obnoxious performer pretending to be an alcoholic pop singer from the 80s. We had a good laugh, and as Dan said, it was ‘so bad it was good!’
We finished the day on Magic Faraway Cabaret, where we saw fantastic performers and fell deeper in love with burlesque, although the event host’s bondage harness juxtaposed with an Adidas cap was a bit of a turn-off for me. One of the burlesque dancers turned out to be London-based! Mike and I will certainly try get her to perform at Until the Light Goes Out, and whether she does or not, we’re probably going to take lots of inspiration from what we saw on Sunday night, in terms of performance as well as set design. I can’t make any promises of Mike hosting a night in a bondage harness though, I’m afraid.
P. S. Mike’s version of the story can be read on his blog.