On The Thirteenth Day Of Christmas…
Over the twelve days of Christmas
My true love sent to me…
12 Drummers Drumming…22 Pipers Piping…30 Lords a Leaping…36 Ladies Dancing…40 Maids a Milking…42 Swans a Swimming…42 Geese a Laying…40 Golden Rings…36 Calling Birds…30 French Hens…22 Turtle Doves and 12 Partridges in 12 Pear Trees…leading to…a very awkward phone call…
Hello…um…yes it did arrive…um…you do know I live in a one bedroom upstairs flat? Well, it’s getting a bit…crowded…um…yes…yes…we are on a break…
Approximately 2014 years ago…Mary has just given Joseph some unexpected news…
Joseph: Now then, Mary…let me get my head around this…you’re pregnant?
Joseph: Well, we both know I’m not the father…And…you say…you received a message…in a dream…from God
Joseph: And God told you that you would give birth to his son..who will grow up to be the Saviour of Mankind…
Joseph: But God didn’t do the necessary business himself..he sent an angel in his stead…and this Angel of The Lord…Came upon you…
Mary: Yes And after this Angel of The Lord…came upon you…you became pregnant…with the son of God…
Joseph: And after this Angel of The Lord…came upon you…you became pregnant…with the son of God…
Joseph: And Now. To avoid awkward questions from our families. you want me to marry you. As soon as possible?
Joseph: So…you want me to marry you as soon as possible…to avoid potential social awkwardness…as a result of you being impregnated…by an Angel…on behalf of God
Joseph: (shrugs) Yeah, i’ll go along with that
Ipad produced silliness…I’m a better director than actor but this was fun to do 🙂 Whatever you believe, Happy Christmas Morn xxx
To follow up my previous blog https://willdeanford.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/silly-kings-dress-rehearsal-at-cardiff-castle/ the temperature inside the spiegeltent was fine. Outside, the torrential rain and howling wind assailed the structure, part of which looked like this from the inside
filled with an audience that looked like this
And the rain hammered away ferociously on the tent but there was no stopping the silly and spectacular show going on, with a joyously enthusiastic multi-tasking cast, each playing various parts, singing, dancing, rapping, and storytelling their way through a madcap array of tales woven around a semi-traditional framing device about a Princess and Prince who wanted to marry for love (semi traditional because in this little world, the little girl defeats the monster under her bed without help and the Fairies ruled by their mean King in one segment form a Union to defeat him and Llamas dance their tails off).
Fun and silliness and strangeness throughout, enjoyed loads by the audience, see here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.251547651670226.1073741830.127387044086288&type=1
Anyway, the dress rehearsal fought the weather and defeated it and the audience, including me, had to battle the elements too en route to Cardiff Castle but ultimately, the stormy night was easily vanquished by the fun to be had. Tonight the run proper begins. Go get some silly 🙂
Tonight I will be among those watching the dress rehearsal of Silly Kings
Produced by National Theatre Wales, the show runs from 19 Dec 2013- 04 Jan 2014 and you can get booking and price info type stuff if you click this link http://nationaltheatrewales.org/sillykings
Looking at the link wont help you, you have to click on it.
So you have even more to go on when looking for an answer to the question “Why the *^&$££ should I go and see this, eh?” keep reading these words and you will learn that the play has been adapted from the 1981 book of Fairy Tales by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
Below you will find a picture of Mr Jones and below that a pic of the cover of Fairy Tales
Silly Kings is aimed at ‘young children and very silly adults’, so most people I know fall into the targeted demographic! I guess that if nothing else tonight I will discover whether offering the public the chance to see a play in a large ‘spiegeltent’ over the late December to early January period is a good idea temperature wise…
At the Andrew Buchan Bar in Roath, Cardiff…From 7pm, Julie Pritchard presents a night of Winter Themed story and verse for her latest Rhyme and Real Ale event. Real Ale not compulsory…
I will be doing much of what I did at the Bridgend Arts’ Christmas Festival (see blog with megaphone photo below) plus writing a new piece today to read. I like the idea that came to me that a snowflake is ‘Snowman DNA’ so I will try to get that in there somewhere.
The facebook event for the Dojo Christmas video, please join and share 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/events/189270264610343/
Ever so slightly late, but er, Happy Halloween?
As part of my performance at the Bridgend Arts Christmas Festival (see previous blog for Link) I will be parodying the voice and attitude of this gentleman via the following words…
Oh…Santa Claus! Take your claws out of me,,,I hate you and I don’t eat meat…you’re too Christmassy for Morrissey,,,Oh, oh oh oh, sometimes when I sing I say oh oh oh …other times you’ll hear me say no no no, oh, ho ho ho…Oh…Saint Nicholas, the red suit makes you look ridiculous, but don’t take it off or you might end up knickerless, which no one wants to see, Oh…Santa Claus! Take your claws out of me,,,I hate you and I don’t eat meat…I hate you and I don’t eat meat…I hate you…Ho ho ho Santa Claus!