Went to see this thing the other night as part of the btown fringe festival, called Big Mouth. I didn’t really know what to expect, cos I was going with my dads gf and she just said it was about speech and the power of persuasive language so I was up for it as anything to do with language is right up my street. There were 4 micro phones set up on the stage so I thought there was gunna be lots of different speakers, but then one guy came on and started going into famous political speeches made in history. It was so surreal,it wasn’t like he was imitating them it was as if he was them, as stupid as that sounds. But he portrayed the tone of their voice, their expressions and mannerisms so well! The 4 microphones were for when he finished one speech and then went to another one as he was changing persona. He transitioned into the next persona by playing clips that were reflective of that era and sometimes bursting into song, which added to the surrealism of it but he did have a surprisingly good baritone. Often I didn’t know who the speaker was or about the situation, but it kind of didn’t matter as you were just swept away with his ability to hold the attention of the whole theatre, so even the people at the back probably had the hair on the back of their necks standing on end. He didn’t pick the obvious ones either, MLK, Hitler, MX, well he touched on them obvs as theyare some of the most powerful. It seemed like he focused on the speakers who had a very unique approach to getting their message across. He did a lot of Belgian speakers as I think that’s his native land, which was interesting as I got to know a lot about their history and such. A nice ending was made when he took the piss out of Bush and basically conveyed him as the massive tool he is. So glad I got to go, I love anything to do with appreciating language and speech. If someone is a passionate public speaker I could listen to them all day.
Haha and getting the night bus home just made the day. Two drunk guys got on for like 2 mins talking really loudly in just nonsense drunken slur, then they were like ‘right lets goo this our stop bruv’ went downstairs, came back a min later ‘shit man I swear that was our stop’ then proceeded to have another hilarious convo about their nans amongst other things so everyone else could not help but hear then nearly missed their stop so rung the bell about a million times ‘ding that shit ding that shit bruv!’ finally got off pronouncing to everyone ‘soory for the inconvenience everybaddy!’ haha cool middle aged artsy people who I think went to big mouth too, were laughing about them all the way back to lewes, and mimicking their voices ‘ding that shit mofo’ which just made it more hilarious. Ahh the night bus never fails to entertain.