Well, my Adelaide season kicked off in fine style last night with a show that really seemed to take off.
It actually started before the show even kicked off, when a clearly inebriated local man stumbled through the fence that separates the backstage area of the Speigeltent from Wakefield Rd. “G’day” he said full of mock confidence “How’s it goin?”
“Good” I replied, then asked if he was meant to be backstage, to which he replied “Oh yeah. I helped em built the Spiegeltent”
“Really?” I queried.
“Yeah” he reiterated “I’m with the fucken Belgians”.
He then proceeded to try to convince me he had just been taking down the AC/DC show, and that it had taken him 36 hours to do it, that it had taken him less time to build the tent, that there wasn’t a single nail in the tent, and that he did it all two days ago.
He was eventually asked to leave the backstage area, but I opened the show by telling his story, and suggested we should sell t shirts that say “I’m with the fucken Belgians”. This received a massive cheer, and egged on as I am by massive cheers, I decided that I would indeed get some shirts printed up that say “I’m with the fucken Belgians” and will spend the rest of the Fringe selling them for a local charity.
I then asked the audience for an appropriate charity, and a woman yelled out “Novita Children’s Services” – an Adelaide organisation that provides services and research for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.
I should point out that while all this was happening there was a man called Chris on stage as well. I had spotted Chris in an Ed Hardy cap and fancy sunglasses when I took to the stage, and asked what he did for a living. He told me he was a tyre fitter and bricklayer, and I immediately brought him on stage to ask the audience whether they thought he looked like a bricklayer.
They didn’t think so, but he retorted that he normally has his shirt off on site. Of course a woman then yelled “get your shirt off”, which was followed by another massive cheer. You know how I feel about massive cheers, so I challenged Chris to do a little strip tease for us, using fans that some audience members were waving to cool themselves, with the promise of a beer at the end of it.
My lovely sound tech Siiri managed to find some stripper music, I got my camera ready, and Chris did indeed do a fandance:
After I took the photo, Chris suggested I send it to his mum. So I did. I sent her an MMS of the photo.
It was then suggested that I should put the photo of Chris on the front of the t shirts that I sell for charity. More massive cheers. So… I then decided that I would print up a whole lot of t shirts with the above photo of Chris, and the words “I’m With The Fucken Belgians”. It was also suggested that the colour scheme should be the Belgian colours of red, black and yellow, and since Chris took to the stage with a beer, there should also be beer involved. A man in the front row also suggested the shirts should be pink. I’m not sure about that one.
I then called Chris’ mum Ruth to see what she thought of the photo. Sadly Ruth told me she couldn’t quite work out how to get photos on her phone, but she did say that she was on her way to the Fringe herself and would be arriving at 8.30pm. Since my show was due to finish at 8, I said that I would take the audience out into the park and serenade her when she arrived. More massive cheers.
The show finished up (not before Frank Woodley took to the stage and showed off his nipples) and at 8.30 I stood atop a beer keg in the Rundle St Gardens and lead a choir of about a hundred people in a rendition of “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt” as Ruth arrived.
I arrived backstage to receive a note from an audience member called Jordan, to say her husband is a designer and would whip up a t shirt design for me overnight. I emailed her husband Ian with the photo, and just this morning he sent this back to me:
Now all I have to do is get the shirts printed. For those of you in Adelaide, I have been told they may not be ready til Tuesday. If that’s the case – I will sell the shirts out the front of the Speigeltent before my show (around 6.30pm) every night from Tuesday onwards to raise money for Novita Children’s Services. If you’re not in Adelaide and would like a shirt, drop me a note at the end of this blog, and if there’s enough interest I’ll find a way to sell them over the internet.
So there you go, one night down in Adelaide and another seven to go. I will keep you updated on all of it right here. For now though – it looks like a half naked brickie doing a fandance will benefit some kids that really need some help, and a drunken interloper will spawn a range of t shirts.