On 18th June I went to a special one off live show of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a clue at the Royal Festival Hall hosted by Rob Brydon as part of the Meltdown Festival (Thanks to my friend Naomi who let me have her spare ticket).
I am not a particular fan of the show (as Naomi is) but it reminds me of long car journeys with my parents, years ago, when they had control of the radio. I probably wouldn’t have admitted it at the time but this was one of the only radio 4 shows I quite liked.
When we arrived in the auditorium each seat had a kazoo waiting for it’s new owner. These, it was explained, were provided in recognition of the world cup, to show that the Brits have a musical instrument just as noisy and annoying as the vuvuzela (there was an England match that night, which turned out to be quite worth missing).
The Kazoos were used towards the end of the second half of the show. The audience were shown a song title and after being played in by a completely unrelated intro on the piano we then had to play the tunes on our kazoos for the panel to guess the song. We were instructed that if the panel guessed incorrectly the whole audience had to carry on playing the song from the point we had left off when they had buzzed in. After several not so musical interludes and a lot of giggling through kazoos they managed to guess the two songs correctly as the William Tell Overture and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (Although the latter took several attempts and finally a solo performance from one poor soul at the front).
This was the first time I had seen the inside of the Royal Festival Hall. I had not been sure what to expect from such a modern building but I found it rather beautiful. All in all this was a thoroughly enjoyable night.
Below is a little pencil crayon doodle I did of my kazoo.