Wednesday, 27 May 2009

ARTY FARTY





Saturday was Dorchester's famous performing arts festival . Cafe C was one of the featured venues for the days proceedings.


Things were not looking good as I fought my way thru the evil smelling crowds to start work at Cafe C. A depressed looking 'poet' was declaiming his tortured verse from the main stage by the town pump , the rabble of disgruntled peasants in front of the stage were looking restive and I feared a lynching.


Incidentally the main stage was almost billed as the Cafe C Stage , but following diva like demands by the arts council and a hissy fit over the sound system(Which Cafe C was going to provide) , Mr C had a tantrum and withdrew his patronage (and sound system) .


Anyway we had a day of being entertained by a string of performers on the stage in Cafe C itself .


First up was a girl with big blond whirly Princess Leah ear hair , and a voice that could strip paint , she bought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'off key' .Had she performed like this 200 years ago , the woman would have been dragged from Cafe C and burnt at the stake in the town square......


This was followed by a very good folk duo .~Then , a couple of acts I missed entirely as I was up to my armpits in salad leaves , steaming paninis and dirty crockery and finished with an excellent classical guitar player , who stoically sat and played his 45 minute set altho all the punters had buggered off to the beach as it was a beautiful hot afternoon .


After all this excitement we had a couple of hours to prep up and prepare Cafe C for the infamous Rubber Duck Nite .


One thing that made me laugh was the young Kitchen assistant John was all agog because he had never seen a drag artiste before.He was peering out of a crack in the kitchen door to get a good look while the act was having a drink before taking to the stage


Picture the scene . Mr C was sitting chatting at a table with a couple of blokes , a couple of middle aged women and a burly man in a sparkly dress , 9 inch stiletto's and a two foot platinum beehive . John studied this tableau studiously for about 5 minutes and then said to me

'Which one is it then ???? '.......honestly , you have to worry about the youth of today !.

The rest of the evening went past in a blur of drizzled salad dressing and piles of washing up , punctuated for me only by the arrival of Frobisher and his entourage as they majestically swept into the Cafe and got torn to shreds by the acid tongued drag act , and a drunken Mr C stumbling about toward the end giggling merrily to himself and falling over the furniture.

Holiday Monday we debated wether it was worth opening the Cafe , and eventually decided we would , which , as it happens was the right decision as it was so busy we managed to completely sell out of food.....

All told it was a tiring but enjoyable weekend , what did you all get up to ???

16 comments:

Scarlet-Blue said...

Poor John, it's an easy mistake to make... he's probably very confused, what with you in the kitchen wearing nothing but a pair of fur trimmed marigolds and a fluffy merkin... how is the poor lad to know what's what?
Sx

HRH Frobisher Devere said...

I couldn't make out whether John was a boy or a girl himself! He should have been on stage.

I saw the new Star Trek movie on Fri. - people have commented how I look remarkably like the Young Captain Kirk! prob. explains the looks I was getting leaving the Cinema!

BEAST said...

Scarlet-Blue said...
Poor John, it's an easy mistake to make... he's probably very confused, what with you in the kitchen wearing nothing but a pair of fur trimmed marigolds and a fluffy merkin... how is the poor lad to know what's what?

Miss Scarlet , You are as bad as Miss MJ , obviously one wouldn't waer fake fur in a kitchen due to the fire risk !

BEAST said...

HRH Frobisher Devere said...
I couldn't make out whether John was a boy or a girl himself! He should have been on stage.

I saw the new Star Trek movie on Fri. - people have commented how I look remarkably like the Young Captain Kirk! prob. explains the looks I was getting leaving the Cinema!

You are a tribute to punishing excercise and clean living Mr Frobisher , its a wonder you are not being studied by teams of scientists

MJ said...

An appearance by the elusive Mr. Frobisher!

*faints*

Scarlet-Blue said...

Do you wear real fur then?
Sx

BEAST said...

MJ said...
An appearance by the elusive Mr. Frobisher!

*faints*
Inform the Vatican immediatley Miss MJ , its a miracle for sure

BEAST said...

Scarlet-Blue said...
Do you wear real fur then?
Only while blogging Miss Scarlet

Gorilla Bananas said...

Did the drag artiste have false boobeedoos? What did he use?

mutleythedog said...

Live music in a venue is always a bit chaotic, I was compelled to go and listen to a band play 'heavy metal hits of the seventies' on Monday. And it only occurred to me half way through that the drum was in drag... sighs..

BEAST said...

Gorilla Bananas said...
Did the drag artiste have false boobeedoos? What did he use?
Do You know I have no idea Mr B , I was busy in the kitchens and didnt see much of the act

BEAST said...

mutleythedog said...
Live music in a venue is always a bit chaotic, I was compelled to go and listen to a band play 'heavy metal hits of the seventies' on Monday. And it only occurred to me half way through that the drum was in drag... sighs..
These drag acts are spreading everywhere Mr M , do you think its the mysterious "Friends of Giles" are infiltrating polite society in readiness to TAKE OVER THE WORLD MWA ha ha ha ha

KAZ said...

What a marvellous way to spend a Bank Holiday.
I'm hoping you found time to imbibe enough alcohol to giggle merrily with Mr C and maybe just try on that pair of cami knickers.

BEAST said...

Sadly Miss Kaz , I seem to live my life as 'designated driver' the eternal sensible person sheperding the drunk , confused or enfeebled to a safe haven.....what an unholy drag (Gedddiiiittttttt!!!!!?????)

Donn Coppens said...

"Which one is it then!?"HAHAHAHA! Oh gawd that was a funny post...the paint stripping voice..what a riot.

You need to set up a recorder and start a Youtubian homage site; les artiste des Cafe C.

eroswings said...

Well, if everyone in the cafe is dressed all sparkly and larger than life, they could all pass as drag queens!

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