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Eddie Izzard at the De La Warr Pavilion

A couple of weeks ago we went to watch Eddie Izzard, patron saint of Bexhill, perform on the roof of the DLWP. The whole show was done beneath ‘the bus’ which Mr I sponsored.

The whole gig was in French. I don’t speak French. It was still good. I was very proud of recognising the word ‘Blaireau’ – all those years of following cycling weren’t wasted then.

Some snaps below. Eddie doesn’t feature much as he didn’t go on stage until after dark. He was there the whole time chatting to people but I was too shy to ask for a picture.

You wait ages for a bus…

We went for a walk into Bexhill this evening. There are strange goings on at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Bus on a roof

Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea… by Richard Wilson

There seems to be a bus peeping over the top of the building.

We’ve been looking forward to this coming since it was announced earlier in the year. Kudos to artist Richard Wilson, the Pavilion’s team and principal sponsor Eddie Izzard.

They're just finishing the installation. It 'opens' on the 7th July

They’re just finishing the installation. It ‘opens’ on the 7th July




It's already attracting interest

It’s already attracting interest


The Olympic Torch is due in town on the 17th July

The Olympic Torch is due in town on the 17th July


Some things don't change though

Some things don’t change though


We almost know a song about this

We almost know a song about this

Eddie Izzard

We had a lovely walk along the seashore yesterday evening. As we walked past the De La Warr Pavilion Eddie Izzard was starting a surprise (to us) gig on the roof. That’s not something you see every day. He’s sold out now so bang goes that birthday treat!

The DLWP has some cracking shows.

>Enter SL

>Lyn Gardner has another interesting piece in The Guardian Arts Blog today. She gives a qualified welcome to what she identifies as an emerging trend for comics to be cast in straight roles. Her qualification is that the final judgment must be made on acting ability rather than box office (i.e. Kevin Spacey rather than Madonna). I do think she’s right that the best of them (Lee Evans, Eddie Izzard) bring new perspectives to existing roles.

I wonder where the next batch of new energy to shake up the theatre will come from? Do I see the stars of ‘lifestyle’ TV appearing over the horizon? I must admit that I’m looking forward to Alan Titchmarsh‘s King Lear at The Barbican, but I’m less convinced by the prospect of Jamie Oliver as Titus Andronicus at The Globe (although the pie should be good). How would you cast Davina McCall? (“Into the outer darkness” is not an allowable answer.)

Turning over for the great Green Wing, we caught the last two minutes of Celebrity Big Brother last night – Leo Sayer talking to a wall and a bare arse (he wasn’t talking to a bare arse, it was another shot). Personally I hope that CBB is not catching – I can’t afford the time for another obsession. David Eldridge mounts a defence of the programme here.

The ECG and blood tests came back normal, so it looks like it is an inflamed hypochondrium. Head still muzzy and guts still gnnffty though.

Plumber due tonight…