Filed under: Career Arc | Tags: actor, adult, Arthur Smith, comedy, darren hoskins, design, Feargus, funny, humor, humour, jokes, language, life, new old friends, pick & mix, poster, punchlines, puns, rita trump, rondo, Sam Youde, sketch, sketchy at best, theatre, tongue twisters, writing, zahra barri
Check out the awesome line-up for next month’s Pick & Mix. It’s gonna be SO good. There are a couple of acts still deciding, including our favourite street magician. Well excited. Here’s the poster. Click here for tickets.
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Allow me to tell you about The Happy Couple; it’s the next full-length show from New Old Friends. I’m about half-way through writing it and I’m pretty excited about where it is at. Lots of gags in there. It centres around two people, MAN and WOMAN, imaginative names huh? They’re a couple, a happy couple, and they don’t cheat on each other, beat each other, leave each other, kill each other, they love each other. That is the challenge I’ve set myself and its pretty difficult to drive a narrative without any conflict, I mean they bicker obviously, but 90 minutes watching two people bicker isn’t really going to cut the mustard is it? I’m no Beckett, by the way. Although our first show, Mate, was described under the headline “Better than Beckett” by Bath Life magazine once. We were so embarrassed by the claim we never actually used it on any publicity settling for the slightly more believable “full of witty one-liners you’ll be using for weeks.” Sorry I’ve gone all self aggrandising haven’t I? I’m supposed to be telling you about The Happy Couple. I wrote a while ago that it previews at The Rondo, Bath June 22nd. I lied. It previews at The Rondo, Bath Fri June 24th, tickets £5 from 01225 463362 or www.bathboxoffice.org.uk/7484
Tickets are only a fiver because it will still be in the work-in-progress stage. We’ll have it as polished as we can but realistically it’ll be scruffy around the edges. I can confirm that all the usual N.O.F. tropes are in there, we have daft wordplay, daft songs, daft slapstick, daft conversations, daft characters, daft dancing and some truly wonderful ‘groaners’. A groaner is a gag that is so bad it makes you groan, bad but you love them. We do. It wasn’t until I read over The Happy Couple that I realised I had a recognizable style, but there is a clear line through all the work I’ve produced. I originally wanted to be a very clever Radio 4 style wit, but I’m happy to have settled in to a purveyor of a slightly naughty blend of whimsy and wordplay. The first song of The Happy Couple contains one of my all-time favourite joke rhymes I’ve ever written; Mum I know you’re listening, that bit about the drug taking, is entirely fictitious, I’ve no way of knowing that heroin is delicious. You have to work a bit to make it scan, but Heather performs it with brilliant aplomb, in fact she absolutely nails the entire song and that alone is worth the measly £5 admission.
In other news, our second Pick & Mix is looking to be a real stunner, line up announced very soon. More info and booking details for that here. We loved the last one, and all of you who came seemed to too, so hopefully this time around will be like the Peugot and go from strength to strength. It’s June 4th at 8pm still at The Rondo, Bath. Be great to see you there. In fact if you contact my on twitter @thisactorslife with a topic you would like to see rendered in comic sketch form we will oblige you.
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Good morning blogosphere, and you too Twittersphere. The lady wife and I met some delightful photographers yesterday to chat about our impending nuptials (the eagle eyed among you may have noticed I called her the lady wife and then spoke of upcoming nuptials, I’m not a bigamist just eager) the happy snappers were lovely. But they are really cheap, like 25% cheaper than anyone else AND they do more. Rather than being cause for celebration it has worried us. Why so cheap? We wonder are they too young? Have the rushed into this? Do they really understand the importance of a marriage? Can they handle this? Is she pregnant?
The writing is going well, although my confidence took a knock when the other half of New Old Friends read the script and the first thing she said was “There are lots of good gags, but I don’t get the story.” Bugger. But one of those gags for you now:
Oh and Gee
You mean OMG
Yeah, its an acronym of Oh My God.
Oh, I thought it was a retro-slang amalgam of Oh, as in oh golly, and Gee as in gee whiz.
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Because I’m on the other side of world “hoo hoo!”
Yes, I am in Australia. Specifically Melbourne, at the International Comedy Festival. It’s a bit cool innit? I’ve been put in a plane for 22 hours and given a swanky room in a city centre hotel (very nice) and on top of all that I’m getting paid to be funny. I just have to be funny now. Today is the day of our first show in the dotMaze, which is a HUGE installation in Federation Square, a public space which is slap-bang in the middle of Melbourne. It looks amazing and is already creating quite a stir. Its my first time with the company (dotComedy) and I’m very excited to get to work later on today.
I realise there are no jokes in this little entry, but its pretty informative and I did sing to you at the start.
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Please help with this, retweet it, digg it, facebook it, do whatever you do but please help me promote this great little charity auction on behalf of The Rondo theatre. A great little venue in Bath that has been really supportve of New Old Friends and numerous other aspiring companies but receives no Arts Council funding. The proceeds of the auction go toward its outreach work (youth theatres, tea concerts for the elderly, adult acting classes and a writers’ forum).
It really is a good cause and what’s more it looks like it will be a great night. Tickets are selling quickly and we don’t want you to miss out on this entertaining and valuable event. Canapés will be provided by the highly acclaimed, One Beaufort restaurant, with comedy auctioneering provided by Pavel Douglas of the Natural Theatre Company.
Tickets to the event cost you only £15. Included in the price of the ticket you will receive £10 in “Rondo Bucks” to spend on the auction and £5 of bar tokens to use at the bar.
Donations already confirmed by partners include:
- Thermae Bath Spa
- The Roman Baths
- Tickets to Bath Rugby
- Afternoon Tea for Two on board the Royal Crescent Hotel’s award-winning luxury river-launch
- Performance day, and schools workshop with The Natural Theatre Company
- A sneak-preview tour of the newly refurbished Holburne Museum
- A Feast of Larkhall (locally sourced gourmet ingredients to make up a dinner party for you and your friends)
For tickets, please send a cheque (payable to The Rondo Trust) to:
The Rondo Theatre
St. Saviours Road
BATH BA1 6RT
Or, you can pop your cheque and booking form into this envelope, and drop it into The Rondo (you can pick up our new season’s brochure while you’re there!) when you pass by! If you have any questions about the event please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com and we look forward to seeing you on the 11th!
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Hello everyone, thought you might want to read this interview in this week’s Venue.
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Could you please tell me which of the two very similar designs you prefer? More or less reviews/quotations.