Friday, 24 March 2017

The Paper Thistle

A long awaited review of this January offering from BBC Scotland has finally hit the Deadbeat offices. Snail mail as it was called back in the 90's has been replaced by the 'nae' mail and 'junk' mail of the 2017's.

The problem with email filters is they stop the odd good guy in their good guy, good guy, wank approach to sifting the emails.

As we now know Deadbeat stopped around the same time E.B. Mackay stopped doing the Scotsman. Was this a coincidence many people never asked us.

The answer is unknown.

What I do know is that we are organising a summer bash in August and a Christmas bash in January.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Thick Skin - not required for this review!

Below is a copy of the review you'll find when you click on after the first night last night.

There are performances tonight, tomorrow and Saturday so pop along to Balham and see for yourself.


Feb 9, 2017
THICK SKIN by Caitlin Mcewan
Director: Ellie Gauge Producer: Jospehine Langdon
Presented by Poor Michelle Theatre Company
Theatre N16, Balham
8th-11th February 2017
‘A play that challenges the epidemic of irreverence, in a quietly funny and...
THICK SKIN by Caitlin McEwan
Director: Ellie Gauge Producer: Jospehine Langdon
Presented by Poor Michelle Theatre Company
Theatre N16, Balham
8th-11th February 2017 
‘A play that challenges the epidemic of irreverence, in a quietly funny and understated way.’

From the same company that produced ‘Harry’, Poor Michelle’s latest offering casts it’s net back into the millennial pool of frustration and fear to bring us ‘Thick Skin’.

With a minimal set, four stools and two mic stands, the audience enter to a BeyoncĂ© track, a nice touch considering the company take their name from the 3rd, least well known Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams. The play begins with a stand-up routine about the race of Jess’ previous boyfriend; he was “Asian” she says, covering the mic up as she says the word. From there the audience is taken through a montage of conversations, anecdotes, arguments and songs.

Each character is tackling their own personal problem; Jess is a struggling stand-up comedian who seems to joke almost exclusively at the cost of others, Peter’s making a documentary about his new mixed-race girlfriend Naomi but blurs the lines between facilitating and dominating, and Ollie is feeling old at 25 and hates his job in ‘client service’ (he doesn’t really know what it is either).

One scene stood out, between Ollie and Jess, who strike up a conversation on the night bus home after Jess hears Ollie listening to ‘Thick Skin’ by Sia. After deciding the reason they like her is because she’s an enigma, and basically ‘just a big fringe’. Their conversation evolves into an endearing and comic exchange about their lives. Safe in the knowledge that they’ll probably never see each other again they share some of their secrets and fears.

Public transport plays an important part in the play; the average commuting time to get to work in London is 55 minutes. That’s minimum 5 hours a week, not including all the other times pubic transport is used to get around. God forbid, someone tries to strike up conversation, right? Thick Skin challenges that pre-conception in this small sweet scene. Later in the play Ollie goes on to describe how he stopped taking public transport when people started to stare at him, and flinch when he put his bag down. An important and painful observation about assumption in our society today.

The play as a whole was a bit like a puzzle, being filled in piece by piece, and at the end you can stand back and admire the whole thing. The actors could do with throwing themselves into it a bit more, but I’m sure these are only nerves and minor teething problems, it’s certainly worth a watch. Ultimately, Thick Skin is a play that challenges the epidemic of irreverence, in a quietly funny and understated way.

Get your tickets here –

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Royal Dick VET - Summerhall

How happy was I with the Tempranillo. Smooth, vanilla shit going on and  superb. The interview with Malcolm Ross was conducted in the iron building at the left - I digress, this venue is superb, please use it!

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Last Post - Circus of Hell again!

Its "loose on you" again with a film track showing the band's early promise during the DUM DUM boys phase before going on to the Hell raisers you hear - a full 40 seconds of menacing mayhem!

GO JO! GO JO!............The chant in the TSB races on.........


United State of Saxophony - The Very Thing

At 54 years of age its hard to get excited about "Conventionality" but I have enough of a memory to know the pressures that always exist to adhere to convention. As you all know, we are creatures of habit, we like the conventions we like and we find ourselves at polar opposites to Trump supporters, brexiteers, pro life campaigners, creationists, Fox news supporters and knuckle draggers or dusters. Personally I still support smokers even though I'm 10 years in remission I still like to inhale when I pass anyone smoking a DUMA roll up but please take your Marlboro and do a Monochrome Set and ....oops, lost it again, smile, do a Monochrome Set and smile! Some people like to carry guns, they like to....oops, I was going there again, my point is caller, that I believe the USA should shrink. The 250 million who never voted for TRUMP should create The United States of Saxophonists. It would be like FDR's new DEAL. Build your own Saxophone. They would have to get the metal, so many parts in 250 million Saxophones and possibly even melt down some guns to provide the metal. It would be like Mao Tse Tung and the melting of woks, except that instead of starving the people the USSax would actually stop them killing each other.......


Red to Blue - Strawberry Tarts

Yo DJ Fat Al on the DBVID controls tonight. Strawberry Tarts sing about the polar opposites of the political system in 1983 and all I do is focus on the colour of the tape recording buttons. Was it crass insensitivity, Mushrooms or the priceless anarchic lunacy of childhood, you decide as the 28 seconds unfolds on your late night bus home tonight


NEXT WEEK - Wednesday February 8-11th in London - Beautiful Balham


Thick Skin / Scratch / Harry / Galentines Gala

Wed 08 Feb
A Triple bill from Poor Michelle
Hot on the heels of their 2016 success 'Harry'… 
Before you get excited, it's just the girls. The One Direction lads are still on their 'break', pursuing solo careers, having babies, and starring in upcoming Hollywood Blockbusters (apparently some people are 'too good' for fringe theatres. Whatever). 
  • First thing's first, their NEW SHOW. It's called THICK SKIN.
  • Secondly, a delicious Friday night post show scratch
  • And to top things off, for one night only HARRY IS BACK. And what with it being so close to everyone's favourite romantic/depressing day of the year, we are putting a Poor Michelle spin on proceedings by hosting a GALENTINES GALA full of fun, games, and booze. Lots of booze. 

Weds 8th - Thurs 9th February 9pm THICK SKIN (Preview) 
Fri 10th  7:30pm THICK SKIN, 9pm SCRATCH 
Sat 11th 7:30pm THICK SKIN, 9pm HARRY, 10:30pm GALENTINES GALA 
Tickets: £10 Previews, £12.50 
£16 Gala Ticket (for both shows)
Plus a pay-what-you-want for the Friday scratch and the Galentines Gala! 

The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9HD, United Kingdom
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