Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
I’ve been looking forward to this for months and I was not disappointed.
This was part 1 of the 50-Song Memoir (part 2 tomorrow – yay!), consisting of the first 25 songs, no encore. Presiding genius Stephin Merritt sat in his own intricate set (see picture) made up like his own childhood room , with toys etc. and a selection of instruments to hand. Beyond that were 6 musicians, who together delivered pretty good adaptations of the sometimes intricate arrangements on the record.
They were aided by a selection of videos designed to accompany the songs. Merritt dominated proceedings, of course. He did this largely by sitting still and using expressive body language (in a low-key way – he is an eye-roll ninja) and droll between song asides.
I absolutely loved it. Can’t wait for part 2 tomorrow.
Mixed! A surprising amount of laughter – to me anyway; it’s seldom laugh-out-loud funny to me. During the interval, found that I was sitting 2 seats down from @ralph of this parish, which was nice.
It made me think..
The Kings is a lovely venue, ideal for this sort of performance. And what a treasure Merritt is.