Tales From A Park Bench explodes into action

August 5, 2009

 

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OVER 200 people crammed the pop-up gallery last night to witness a range of bizarre, touching, energetic, warm, funny but always compelling tales from the park bench. 

YOU CAN LOOK AT WHAT THE LONDONIST SAID HERE : http://londonist.com/2009/08/in_pictures_tales_from_a_park_bench.php

By 6pm the room was buzzing and the first performer (rather than sitter), Walthamstow MC Chocolate Blonde, took to the bench to deliver her very funny (and catchy) instant classics ‘Dick On My Forehead’ and ‘You Get Me’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu_vh3VuBX8&feature=channel)

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Things took a surreal turn when a slender passer-by, Ellie, stripped down to practise some yoga moves. “I chose the tree pose as it seemed to connect to the wood of the bench and the paper,” she said afterwards (clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nvYv9ulheI&feature=channel)

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Other participants showed off their diverse talents to an always warm-hearted crowd: a civil servant named Jenny hung upside down like a bat whilst fully rotating her tongue:

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Aa 50 year old persuaded everyone to sing Happy Birthday to her (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZTufQj-8EE&feature=channel)

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Softly-spoken Diana delivered a Russian ballad, glass of wine in hand:

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French tourist Claudine (left) sat on the bench ‘suffering constipation’:

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Yohai Fellah lay flat, covering himself in his jacket, as performed the haunting Israeli song, ‘The Flower In My Garden’ (clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i9vxv5QNIM&feature=channel)

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 One of the most popular performers was the poet Gabriel Alozie, with ‘Black History Month’:

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 Dave Miller, frontman of cult indie band How To Cure Dyslexia, aided by his violinist, got us all singing along (clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X67oNwit3QY&feature=channel)

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But it was the evening’s juxtaposition that  made it work. Local Debbie left everyone spellbound with her show tunes –

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– and was followed by the artist Primavera Boman, whose mother’s bench I had written about, and who previewed a short documentary about her incredible family history, aided by a portable DVD player.

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Victoria covered ‘Better Man’ by James Morrison:

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Jenni, an advertising exec, belted out the classics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ww3HBhPdb8&feature=channel)

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…whilst Jim Morrison wannabe Chris warmed the bench for an hour with some vintage Babyshambles…

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The whole affair was being filmed for Community Eye TV

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‘Can I get down now?’

AND SOME OTHER PICS

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2 Responses to “Tales From A Park Bench explodes into action”

  1. Vincent Says:

    Thanks for the photos.

    I loved the energy yesterday, it was a fabulous night.

    When is the next similar thing?

    for the closure, On Friday around 7pm I will be on the bench with a surprise ( a preview of my new performance )
    spread the word, and don’t prepare yourself as it’s not possible to imagine what you’ll see…

  2. stephenemms Says:

    thanks thanks, yes it closes sunday but come along on friday…


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