I just got an email from the Daniel Kitson mailing list discussing the new show he'll be taking to Edinburgh this August. It'll be a show that starts at 10am and will be finished by noon. I liked his reasoning for doing this so I'm reposting it below:
"I wanted to put something amazing where you wouldn’t expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful. Something audacious in its scope and scale. Something to make you laugh and cry and wonder before the world even knows you’re awake. Something to stuff your hearts full and send you out, into the day and into the world, wet eyed and open mouthed.
This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.
And, it’ll all be over in time for lunch.
It's in the morning for various reasons. Here they are...
1) I did a couple of previews last year at the wonderful Forest Fringe in the morning and very much enjoyed the happy sleepiness in the room.
2) My longstanding adoration of John Hegley toppled into jealousy a couple of years ago, when I went to see his show and he was finished, by noon, on a lovely day and free to do as he wished. He'd put something wonderful in the world before noon.
3) Being done by noon means i can see, pretty much EVERYTHING, which I'm excited by and eat at normal times, which my arse is delighted about.
4) For years I thought I hated getting up early, but actually, I think I love getting up early if there is something exciting to wake up for. Like christmas or doing it.
5) It'll be like going out for breakfast which is always excellent, because once you've had a treat, right at the start of the day, any subsequent treats are bonus treats.
6) After years of testing you good people with late starts and secret shows and so on. This is, in many ways, the final frontier. The morning. Hiding in plain sight.
7) It frees me up for potential larks at late night gigs, if im not too busy moonwalking round bristo square harvesting sweet tail and healing the sick.
8) You know, something different eh?"