Last night I met Ging at the Metro Arts to see a play that my old mate was in. I’d never been to this venue before and was very impressed by what I found.
Downstairs at the Verve Bar, you can get very decent food at very decent prices. We thought we’d get an appetizer each and the servings were about enough for a main meal. Not bad for a tenner. You can also take your wine or beer upstairs into the main theatre, which is a wonderful thing, in my opinion.
After reading a so-so review of the play in the paper I went in with low expectations. The theatre was small, maybe 60 seats, and the stage was set with all the blokey things that you would expect in a man’s domain – old couch, Sidchrome toolset, beer fridge, lawn mower, keg, old car parts, and a picture of Lady Di (ok, that last one struck me as strange).
The show itself was a riot. It may have been assisted by the couple of beers I had before the show and the couple more I had during, but I laughed almost the whole way through. The all-singing, all-dancing cast of three blokes came out for the first act in tuxes, changed into Hawaiian shirts for the second act and finished in flannel and thongs.
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Some highlights for me were the Sons of Germaine Greer calendar, the Oktoberfest beer carton lederhosen, and the Lord of the Thongs was a masterpiece.
After the show, I caught up with Ryan and Ging caught up with her mate Daynan (sp?), who also wrote the play.
Overall, very impressed and would recommend it to anyone up for a laugh.