Posts Tagged ‘paul the apostle’

Ok, here it is. My story of the tentmaker tour…its gonna be big, published and sold to waterstones with booksignings and security. Not just a pretentious title that screams…celeb autobiography, I’m thinking a posing picture of me next to a tent….there’s a storm but my face screams ‘vogue cover model’ as despite the wind and rain, my hair still looks magnificent!!

Then! An Action shot to show off my superhuman skill of oozing energy none stop!! How about…

hmm…perhaps not that one…yeah, I’ll try find something a little less, well sleepy.

Then, I’m thinking something that draws people in, something that gets people’s attention… ‘during the tentmaker tour, Cath got pregnant!‘…hmm – but something thats not a big phat lie.

How about Paul the apostle, myself and the storyteller got in a fight…or in one venue we forgot the connectors that held the set together!! (yeah, like we’d ever do that…..)

OR how about ten things I learnt from a show about ‘the tentmaker’ Yes…I’ll do that.

1. Never trust a satsuma (Perhaps not the most relevant of points)

2. Always remember your set

3. Never trust a satsuma (I know I’ve said it before but its important)

4. Bring deodrant, anti persperent and any other ‘rant’ or ‘roll on’, as on stage for an hour with bright lights can get quite sweaty.

5. Eat less lasagne before the tour (as on tour you’ll have plenty!)

6. When driving a diesel van…don’t fill it with unleaded petrol (not that I did this mind, what you take me? An idiot!?…..awkward pause)

7. Take a camel on tour…suprisignly the more you strain your voice, the less voice you have left…I know, who would have thought? But still, if I had to do it again I’d hijack a camel for access to water…I’ll drink him dry and give him the hump.

8. Warn audience of disturbing images….one time I lifted my shirt up; perhaps advance warning for the more queezy of audience members would have been good.

9. Adlibbing is fun…but be prepared to be heckled by pantomime fanatics!

10. Last but most certainly not least…Paul the Apostle is a man of incredible faith, but a man noneoftheless. A man who has changed the way I see the Gospel and the new testament. A man who inspires me and challenges me, that if only I was half as souled out as he was for God’s message…how much more God could work through my life.

End Rant.

Then

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Ok, I maybe on tour but maybe the tent bit is a little misleading. I don’t go and perform a show then build a campfire outside the venue and tell scary passages of scripture whilst shining a torch in my face. (And besides, that only happened once and when the police arrived they were very understanding). No, not whatsoever. I don’t hike from venue to venue, I have not got a mallet in my pocket and my tent erecting skills are ropey at best…heck, I don’t even have a compass, and if I did – what use is it to me? It doesn’t tell me how far it is to the next McDonalds and it doesn’t pull funny faces.

No, but you probably would have guessed by now, the tent bit of the title refers to my recent one man show; ‘the tentmaker’…and the ‘me made part’, being that I wrote it. Having said this, I most certainly can not take all the credit…a lot of hard work has been grafted by others, who’s help has been essential.

 

Name: Mr Steve Stickley

Tent Job: Director

Age: Classified information (I would not like to be beaten with rods)

Special skill: Great wit and Has surname ‘Stickley’ which provided great amusement with a set of cane sticks. 

Other notes: Steve came up with the ingenious idea of using a set of cane sticks to represent every scenario…who structured me and challenged me to write and be as good as I can be. Without this guy, the tentmaker would not have gone from page to stage!

 

Name: Paul Lewzey

Tent Job: Co techie; visuals

Age: 22, although has lived the life of ten 22 year olds!

Special skill: Can kill a boar from a mile away using only his upper lip

Other notes: Enjoys a pint of assum tea (I like to say assum as the americans say… ‘awesome!!’ I know, how wild is that!?) and can pretty much to anything he puts his mind to.

Paul Lewzey has got a knack (along with other techies at ignite) to make concepts in a creative persons head a reality. Everything I have thrown at him, he has taken as an opportunity to achieve and sees it as good experience for the CV. Bar some incredible art done by someone who for this moment in time shall remain nameless, Paul designed all the visuals; which are a big part of the show. This man is most certainly a pint of ‘assum!!’

 

Name: Steve Gardiner

Tent Job: Techie; audio

Age: A recent 34!

Special Skill: The man who makes Glenwood tick over. (In Colossians Paul talks about God ‘Only in him can all existence keep existing…although I don’t for a minute compare him to God; Steve, only with him can Glenwood and Going Public keep Going Public and Glenwood-ing!) On the road or in the office, a west country boy at heart very much appreciated for all he does.

Other notes: Give him a saw, a vice and some sticky back plastic and he can fix anything! (Last tuesday he made me a state of the art pair of night vision goggles using only bluetac…ok maybe he didn’t, but I bet he could if he wanted to!)

 

Name: Benny K

Tent Job: Music man

Special Skill: Looking good every minute of every day, oh and he’s bit of a dab hand at music too.

Other notes: Benny K (if anyone wants to know what K stands for…let me know, 10 or more requests and I’ll let you know!) is an incredible musciain (did I spell musciain right?) and he provided the music sound tracks for the show…again, an absolute beast for whom I am very grateful.

So, here’s a little shoutout as without these guys, the tentmaker won’t be currently touring. This along with the constant love and support from my dear Catherine, close friends and family, admin expertise of Ami Tatt, Figo Connector finder Gareth Knowles, Publicity design of David Potter esq and GP bosses Ali and Paul have been invaluable.

Anyway; three down and 6 more to go…this week we set sail over the borders to the Gentiles! Tonight Hereford, tomorrow night – Devon.

See you on the other side;

A gassing hairy welshman.