It was another “Mess Around” double-header tonight, with shows at 8 and 10pm, so I’ll give you the 8 o’clock wrap up first.
The audience joy started before the show even began, as I arrived backstage to find a gift. It was a cake, baked in the shape of a fire engine, with the slogan “Go You Big Red Fire Engine”.
I took it on stage with, and proceeded to explain the significance of the phrase “Go You Big Red Fire Engine” with the help of a man in the front row from Wanstead called Louie Collard (I think it was Louie. I swear my memory is really starting to fade) If you haven’t seen me do this routine, it involves turning a hapless stranger into a James Brown-esque rock star, and tonight he looked like this:
Much hilarity ensued, and I then explained how one night many years ago the “rock star” in question yelled the phrase “Go You Big Red Fire Engine” and since then it has become my mantra.In fact, I am now toying with the idea of resurrecting it for next year’s show, “Go You Big Red Fire Engine 3”.
I then turned my attention back to the cake, and brought down the lovely Alison and Rosie, the people responsible for the amazing creation:
Alison had actually suggested via twitter that perhaps we could auction off the cake, and donate the proceeds to a charity. The charity she suggested came from a meeting with an audience member after the show last night by the name of Reghan.
Reghan works for Great Ormond St Hospital, and recently completed the Great Northern Run to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Last night I suggested in my blog that we could help her out, so tonight I gave away slices of cake to people willing to make a donation on their way out of the show. I am yet to count the cash, but I can tell you it weighed down my bag on the way home. I’ll let you know how much we raised, as well as how much we collected last night for Play Association Hammersmith.
That’s all I have to report from the first show, apart from the fact that I took a slice of cake backstage and it was excellent.While eating it another gift arrived from some people who were in the second show, and it demonstrated the difference between an 8 and a 10pm show. But I’ll leave that for the next blog.
To be continued…