Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Mr Kitson's Here and Now

Daniel Kitson once admitted that finding out details about his shows required you to keep one ear to the wind at all times. So for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to his lovely rambling mail-outs and in the interests of saving your ears from possible tropical airborne infections and/or frostbite depending which hemisphere you’re in, here (in a circular and highly non-linear sense) is some of what young Danny Dan-Dan is up to this northern summer.

First up he and his good mate Gavin Osborn will be performing Stories for a Starlit Sky at the Latitude Festival in Southwold in Suffolk (15 - 18 July 2010). Whilst there is an official comedy stage at Latitude, they’ll be on at midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Waterfront Stage with a different story every night. They’re warming up with a preview at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, telling all three stories back to back (“with intervals between for wees and snacks”) this Sunday 11 July from 2pm and will be finished just in time for the World Cup Final. Tickets are a mere five squids and are available now through the Tobacco Factory website and box office.

Ever one with irons in fires and fingers in pies (especially fingers in pies) Daniel will then be gearing up for his new theatrical story It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later which he’ll be performing at the
Edinburgh Fringe at the toast-buttering and tea pouring time of 10am from the 10th to the 29th of August 2010.

Says Daniel of It’s Always Right Now…I wanted to put something amazing where you wouldn’t expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful. Something audacious in its scope and scale. Something to make you laugh and cry and wonder before the world even knows you’re awake. Something to stuff your hearts full and send you out, into the day and into the world, wet eyed and open mouthed. This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves; very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two. And, it’ll all be over in time for lunch.” Lovely.

Edinburgh performances of It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later will take place at the Traverse Theatre but previews and works-in-progress of the show are already underway across the UK and will run through July. They include:

The Invisible Dot, Camden: July 7, 8, 12-14 at 10.30pm. Tickets are just £2 (though the shows “will literally be me reading out the stuff that I’ve written that day and talking through ideas for possible staging and plot development. There is every chance it could be exactly as good as that sounds.”)

The Hob, Forest Hill - July 10, 24-25, 31 and August 1 at 2pm. Tickets are £2, email Emma at the Hob via

Battersea Arts Centre - July 20- 23 at 6pm and July 27-30 at 10pm and July 31 at 11pm. Tickets available through the Arts Centre website and are ‘pay what you can’ (says Daniel “I would recommend paying £2 and certainly no more than a £5. The show should be, hopefully, pretty much in place by the second week, whereas I can make no such promises about the first week.”)

And if that’s not enough, to bring us back to the beginning Daniel will also deliver “quite messy previews of the show” whilst he’s at the Latitude Festival. See him on July 16th at 11am and the next day at 12.40 in the Theatre Arena.

So there you go you lucky European peoples and timely visitors. I suspect that’s more than enough Kitson for anyone’s Wellingtons and once again I greatly encourage you to go and fill your boots. For those reading jealously in Australia (me) Daniel’s acclaimed Edinburgh 2009 show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church should be hitting these shores sometime later this year or early 2011. In the meantime, you can find more Kitson-related Custardy here.

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