Number 18 | Go to a new city …

And that city was … WOLVERHAMPTON.

What a lovely city it is!

I mean, it’s pretty much the same as every other city centre (or town centre … It’s a town, right, not a city?)  It was bloody noisy, though.

Staying with a friend in what was known colloquially as ‘The Murder Hotel’ (we only found this out the morning after), I was woken up in the early hours of the morning by what I assumed were deliveries to the hotel but sounded very much like gunshots. Bearing in mind we were on a street with a couple of bars and it was hot enough to sleep with both the windows open, there had already been a lot of noise and general merriment coming from the streets. Gunshots were not a completely random thing to think you’ve heard. It turned out to be – or at least, I hope it turned out to be, I never looked out of the window – a van doing deliveries to the hotels along our street, slamming doors and breaking boxes.

Other than that brief near-death experience was over, the rest of it was plain sailing. The bits I saw on the drive in and out were quite nice but I had to write about something new, so Wolverhampton was my choice.

(Oh, and the picture below is from a play I was in while I was there. It was written by some kids and featured the military leader of Saturn – whose planet is at war with Earth – asking a human to steal attack plans from the Earth army base. As you do).

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Number 17 | Go and ask some questions …

I’ve never been to a Q&A before. For anything. So after seeing ‘My Country’ for the second time and unintentionally discovering that there was a post-show discussion, I dragged my friend Rob along to it. We sat on the front row, looking very keen and listened to the questions from other people in the audience.

Bearing in mind the topic of the play, the questions all had a political spin to them. I didn’t have anything to ask, I was just curious to see how one of these discussions operated. All the cast were there, apart from Adam Ewan (who had played the South West) and so my only questions would really have been, “where did the South West f**k off to, and why isn’t he here?”

(Adam Ewan has since answered this on Twitter with the fantastic reply, “apple blockage at the cider press. When duty calls and all that …”)

There’s not much else to say about this to be honest. It was definitely a new experience, which was all I wanted it to be!

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