March 13, 2013 Leave a comment
Due to, what I’m assuming was, the sudden onset of wintry weather, Magical Animals was pretty sparse last night. In fact the whole of the usually bustling Sandbar was deader than the proverbial dead bird. There were 10 acts in attendance and one audience member. That’s enough people to go ahead, but it certainly doesn’t count as an official gig. The night was quickly christened “The Magical Animals Workshop” and it proceeded very much with a workshoppy vibe.
Because it felt so low key, I decided to just go on and be weird when it was my turn to perform. This involved some grunting into the microphone, the world’s worst and most confusing impression and, what I’m going to call, anti-delivery. I didn’t go down particularly well, but this just made me enjoy being more awkward and stilted even more. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to be completely intentionally bad and I made sure that I made the most of it.
Anyway, the material I had prepared was a “play” and a short story. The play was a re-written version of Tony & Kim Have an Argument; something I dropped from last month’s M.A. (Gig 97) because I realised that despite the fact that I liked it, there was nothing funny in it. I worked out that what I liked was the utter stupidness of the argument, so I just played this up in the new version.
The short story was called Harry Harrison and was just something that I wrote off the top of my head. I don’t really know what it’s about because it’s not really about anything. I don’t think that, technically, it’s actually a story.
Under the circumstances, I don’t know what I learned about either piece, but I’ll give it a go. I think Tony & Kim might have something in it, especially if I actually, you know, tried to perform it. Harry Harrison doesn’t really work in its current form, but I think there are some good ideas in it that might be teased out into a different form.
And that’s that.