It’s been at least five minutes since I posted anything Daniel Kitson-related so here’s a few bits and bobs to feed your bellies with.
Firstly I had a marvellous time at Daniel’s mid-January Late Nights at the Black Box in Melbourne. Given that the shows were clearly labelled as works-in-progress it would be unfair to write a review as such. Were I to do so, Kitson would be perfectly within his rights to come over to my veggie patch and mark me out of ten for my tomatoes and leeks. That said it was a lovely and quietly anarchic night with more of a late night radio show feel than a comedy gig. As well as a run through of a Roald Dahl-esque children’s story about retired ninjas we were also treated to a couple of songs by the Lucksmiths’ Marty Donald which was a nice bonus. A pleasure as always.
Meanwhile, good news for people in England and Scotland as Mr Kitson has released details for an upcoming tour of the remarkable 66a Church Road - A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases. The show first appeared at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival and has just done the rounds here in Australia to much acclaim. You can read my review of a Melbourne performance here or just go and see it and then read it later… either or. Just announced UK dates are:
Tron Theatre, Glasgow: April 28 - May 1
Gala Theatre, Durham: May 4
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool: May 6-8
Playhouse, Norwich: May 10-11
The M.A.C, Birmingham: May 17-18
Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick: May 19-21
Crucible Studio, Sheffield: May 22-23
Pavillion Theatre, Brighton: May 24-25
Junction, Cambridge: May 26-27
Tobacco Factory, Bristol: May 28-29
New Players Theatre, London: June 1-13
Tickets cost “as near to £12 as I could get them” and some shows are already on sale – check the link for the venue closest to your (ahem) ‘hood to see. Go see. You won’t regret it.
Finally, good news for anyone who didn’t see Daniel’s acclaimed Edinburgh 2009 show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church – he’ll be touring it in America, Australia and the UK from late 2010. More details to follow later in the year… but at least it means he's coming back.
For more Kitson-related Custardry, including Edinburgh Festival dates click here.