I'm sitting here re watching The Escape Artist on the iPlayer. I'm a fan of David Tennant, a relatively new fan, I should add. His Dr WHO is my favourite since Tom Baker. Anyway I realised that I hadn't talked about Richard II at the RSC, which I saw as an extra special birthday treat recently.
I got restricted view tickets (all that was left) for one of the early preview nights. I would get restricted view again, much much cheaper and really not much of an issue with view at all.
I love the theatre but I never really 'get round to going' and I'm usually to late to get tickets for the plays I would really like to see.
David Tennant was so very good in Richard II. The long hair was a welcome surprise somehow (I'm more of a romance and comedies fan when it comes to Shakey) I didn't know a lot about the play. Tennant played it with a lovely graceful humour, even during the tragic parts. Richard seemed rather vain, very out of touch with his people and full of a belief that he was perhaps not of this world but somehow I found myself full of sympathy and affection for Richard.
I had a massive coughing fit during one of Tennants long important speeches. I was so embarrassed, it was because of the dry ice you see.
You know you're fanatical when other people recognise it too. I received this Many Cumbers from a dear friend, mounted on card and designed to stand alone, what a fabulous piece of art, all for me.
All things all at once - Tired Pony, Barbican, 14.9.2013
Last week I saw Tired Pony at The Barbican, it's my second time seeing them, though you have to be quick to get tickets ~ what with only tending to do one UK gig per album, so far I've been lucky. We had a nice day, no rush, kinda took our time getting to the venue and so did Gary, since I caught sight of him walking at a brisk pace through the foyer to get to the stage. Just a couple of feet away from me I stood open mouthed and repeated 'there's Gary'. No real fan encounter for me though, no, no. I don't think it's a good idea to have all things all at once.
Anyway, I'm almost into double figures for Snow Patrol gig attendance and I think I have stayed with SP in fan(atical) enthusiasm the longest throughout my fleeting obsessions, so I've started a new series of paintings 'Chocolate' picking out favourite images associated with the music and together a story of the fan experience, somewhere in there.