Saw Derren Brown – the master mentalist at the Swansea Grand Theatre tonight. From the word go he had the thousand strong audience in the palm of his hand and kept us all captivated for almost three hours. I would love to be able to write a little about what he did but he’s sworn us all to secrecy. Suffice it to say that fans of his TV show clearly loved every moment of it. Me? A little disappointed; not enough “tricks” for me to de-construct (part of the fun for me is trying to work out how he did it) and not as much tension as I would like to see in a show like this. But great fun for all of that.
Now that I live in the peace and quiet of the Welsh countryside, a journey back to metropolitan England can be quite a shock to the system. Nottingham seems busier than ever – and none the worse for that. It would be great to spend a little more time there and to explore some new things about the city. Fascinating to see lots of “living statue” style buskers on a Saturday – including this fellow who had a huge crowd around him. Now, where can i get my hands on ears like those?
Back in Nottingham at the weekend to meet up with my eldest two, Holly and Jake, for a belated Father’s Day celebration. Holly treated me to a ticket to one of the city’s regular walking tours – “Heroes & Villains” led by David, pictured above. He had some great stories to tell about people of the past from Robin Hood and Lord Byron to Brian Clough and Torvill & Dean. Well worth a go if you find yourself in the city although do allow a little over two hours to take the walk.
I am always looking at news ways to advertise the Creepy Carmarthen Tour. The “new town” (that’s the one built by the Normans rather than the “old” Roman one) is a Heritage Zone and any form of advertising is frowned on by the council official who oversees such thing. It prevents them advertising the Tourist Information Centre properly, among other things, and is clearly daft.
My letter to the council committee chairman asking her to consider the walk as a special case (lie the Bizarre Bath walk, for example) went unanswered so I thought I would do my own guerilla advertising – hence these new posters. I put up two of them today to promote tonight’s planned walk. Probably far too hot for a walking tour tonight but let’s see what happens.
I made my debit performance in Tenby on Friday night, appearing alongside one of the UK’s leading storytellers, Daniel Morden. He had the place literally spellbound with his stories including a marvellous reworking of Cinderella. Phil Okwedy made a great host, although sadly he only had time in a busy evening to tell one story himself. My set – the opening of Strange Tales – went down really well with the audience in a packed Caffe Vista (and well worth a visit if you find yourself in Tenby – the view from the balcony and the bow window overlooking the harbour was sensational). Sadly Phil says the club has come to the end of its launch budget from the Beyond the Border Festival and Arts Council Wales, but he his hoping the club will continue with the next meeting due in September.
As a time-served BBC Radio presenter it’s always strange to be on the “other end” of the microphone as an interviewee rather than the interviewer. Here I am on BBC Radio Wales on Saturday June 7th chatting to Tom Price on his afternoon show about the Creepy Carmarthen tour.
Hear the interview my clicking here to find it on my Spooky Magic Company home page.