Hello Mr and Mrs Divingtons,
This is my final blog post on this blog EVER. I always vowed to myself that this would only run for the time that the project was live for, and that it would, where possible, only deal with things that the project threw up. I have deviated slightly at times, when things have been too important not to tell you about or simply pissed me off so much I had to blurt it out somewhere, but it is time for me to get a new blog as it feels like this little one should be left as an archive of the 7 Day Drunk project, so it can house all its wonderful stories, stupid occurrences, good and bad reviews and scientific data.
So its time to say goodbye. Its time to hang up the white pointed shoulder costume, put the pink glitter helmet on the shelf, throw away the excess silly string and lemons and never get a girl drunk on stage again! I have a huge coldsore since Saturdays final show at Mayfest in Bristol and my body feels heavy with both sorrow and joy and I know that its because times are changing and my body is aclimatising after a year of obsession. I felt the same for Sex Idiot. Its like saying goodbye to an old, slightly annoying, very heavy friend that you have to carry everywhere you go.
So some stats before we go…
I have done 62 shows
(Ipswich, Cambridge, Norwich, Latitude, London, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Bath, Dublin, St Albans, Chichester, Manchester, Warwick, Lincoln, Sheffield, Colchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff)
With 61 drink through girls and 1 drink through boy (St Albans ladies are way more reserved than anywhere else in the UK!)
Been seen by over 3000 audience members
Consumed 35 Litres of Smirnoff Vodka (29 for the tour and 6 for the drinking experiment)
Driven 2752 miles (in Justine Topanga O’Nassis, my trusty black steed)
We have seen…
- 1 girl falling off her chair.
- 1 girl biting my leg so hard she drew blood.
- 1 girl falling asleep ontage.
- 1 famous girl raving (Juliette Lewis)
- 1 girl losing her laptop (me)
We smashed 84 breakaway bottles
We have had…
1 x 5 star review
12 x 4 star reviews
6 x 3 star reviews
2 x 2 star reviews
0 x 1 star reviews (thank god)
10,979 unique user blog visits from 77 countries (thankyou google analytics)
PHEW! It has been a rollarcoaster of a year, personally and work wise, and reading back over the pages of this blog I can remember the times past, the moods I have been in, the people I have encountered and the lessons I have learnt.
This show could not have been made without some very helpful and special people: Dr Frances Finnigan, Dr Scott Vrecko, Dr Tony Burch, Dr Sophie Scott, Professor Nick Davies, Nick Vass and Ignore This.. films, Nina Steiger, Steve Lock and the team at Soho Theatre, Kate Madden and the team at The Junction, Jago Peachey, Alexander6, David Curtis Ring, Cathy Ennis, Christa Holka, All the guys who drank with me on camera on Day 7 (you know who you are!!) Jackson’s Lane, Stacy Makishi, Contact Theatre, Sheila Ghelani and Azusa Ono, Arts Council England, Anthony Roberts, Steve Forster and the Escalator East to Edinburgh team, Hannah Kerr, Natalie Clarke, Rachel Porter, Cat Harrison and Shonagh Manson and The Jerwood Charitable Foundation PLUS all the venues that programmed the work!!
Goodbye 7 Day Drunk! I will start a new blog soon and link you guys to it. Otherwise this archive will remain here for the rest of time, feel free to browse its pages to see how this work came into fruition. I am starting a new project plus some exciting things for BAC and for Christmas.
You can get hold of me on firstname.lastname@example.org should you need to.
Thanks for coming, thanks for drinking, thanks for raving. Its been amazing.