I should have probably just copied and pasted my opening paragraph about seeing John Henry Falle's "The Story Beast",
as we have also been following Richard Soames since their Beta Males days, and more recently through "Farce Noir"
and "Marriage" to name just a few shows. We were therefore delighted to receive an unsolicited old-fashioned video
case a couple of months ago from Richard explaining the concept of the show.
So, we duly entered the Buttercup Underbelly venue to be greeted by Richard operating a film camera. The idea of
the show was to make a film in an hour, based on audience suggestions and with a lot of audience members given
film roles (I was vitally a key grip whilst my fellow DarkChatter attending was the Gaffer).
The reasoning behind the filming is that in his youth Richard Soames and his brother, Jamie, had made a lot of home movies (mainly re-making famous films that had slightly higher budgets) and many of the high points of this show are seeing some of that footage, most of which was embarrassingly awful. (Think "Sweding" from that great Michel Gondry film "Be Kind Rewind"). As they grew older the brothers had also grown apart so this was Richard's attempt to re-create some of those lost moments.
I loved it. It is silly, Richard has a great rapport with the audience and it is surprisingly moving. The ending is fantastic but the only way you will find out what it is is to go. So go. You will laugh, you may even cry. Just like in a good film!
Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie is at Underbelly, Bristo Square until August 27th
Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302) 15.55