Miscellaneous subjects that crossed my mind while listening to a lecture about Chuck Jones’s Hunting Trilogy (1951-53) (which was nevertheless really good).
I am sitting in a lecture about a series of Chuck Jones cartoons, but my thoughts drift off in various directions.
There's my friendship with the person I came with, the T-shirts I have at home, my favourite words, my favourite books, and the schism on London’s high streets between the conflicting denominations of launderettes and laundrettes.
And all the while, the lecturer is following her own sweet way, exploring new meanings in the films, quoting obscure academics and offering a different way of looking at the world.
Are any of us following the script?
Aren’t we all in some kind of pronoun trouble?
Using Powerpoint and stand-up, Pronoun Trouble combines a fact-adjacent lecture about three extraordinary cartoons and a whole ton of other topics that sometimes come to mind.
It was first performed at The Idler Academy at the Port Eliot Festival in July 2017. Here are a couple of photos:
And it had a London premiere at The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar on 4th October 2017.
Audience members took to social media to describe the show as brilliant, hilarious, wonderful, clever, surreal and very, very, very silly.
In 2018 I performed it in London, Cardiff, Farsley, Brighton, Manchester, Turin (with Italian translation), Margate, and at the ALSO, Idler, WOMAD and Green Man Festivals.
You can now buy a download of the show recorded at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff in February 2018 from the awesome people at Go Faster Stripe. Their Club is worth checking out if you like regular episodes of quality quirky comedy.
Contact me if you'd like to book a performance of the 'lecture' and I can send a full offer document as well as technical requirements.There is now a READING LIST PAGE in case you saw the show and wanted to find out more about the books I recommended.
Also, you can purchase a cool and trendy set of badges from the show at my WEBSHOP - just £4 for the set of five!
The programmes on lanyards (to make them look like something from the academic symposium in the world of the show) are in aid of Scene and Heard. It's a mentoring project that brings together the inner city children of Somers Town, London, with volunteer theatre professionals to create original theatre.
More details about their brilliant work is on their website and if you missed getting a programme, send an email to my shop address and I'll get one to you. More than £200 has been raised by audience members so far - thank you!
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