Michael’s written a little blog that explains why his mind may have been elsewhere in rehearsals:
My name is Michael Humphrey and I’m an acaholic. I love singing, and I really love singing songs with my friends without instruments. I’ve managed my addiction for more than a decade now without my career or my family suffering, but at the moment I’m on a knife-edge of anxiety.
The one thing that I can rely on to ‘keep me off the singing’ for a couple of hours is a football match. And even though I’ve only got free telly, at the moment there’s more footy on BBC1 and ITV than there are dooos and daaas in an In the Smoke concert. Problem is that we’ve only gone and scheduled a flipping brilliant concert (think 1966 if you’re English, think 2014 if – like me – you are not) on a big football night. So here is my guide to multi-tasking football and cutting edge a cappella.
- 4:00pm – LEAVE WORK – feign some kind of acute illness and travel to London Bridge by any means necessary
- 4:30pm – Ensconce yourself in one of the myriad pubs to watch what will probably be a belter of a game (my prediction is Germany v France)
- 7:00pm – Skip the dull post-match analysis to go and find a kebab-esque meal equivalent
- 7:30pm – Make your way to the Greenwood Theatre, with your ticket in hand (that you may have already bought from a group member at a cut price)
- 8:00pm – Watch a brilliant first half of an a cappella show
- 9:00pm – Watch a brilliant second half of an a cappella show, so scintillating you won’t even check your phone to find out how Brazil/Chile and Colombia/Uruguay are doing
- 9:45pm – Stand up clapping at the end of the brilliant a cappella show and make your way back to the pub you were in to watch the second half…
…SAVE ME A SEAT!
Friday 4 July 2014, 8-10pm (bar open from 7.30pm and during the interval)
Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston St, London SE1 3RA
Tickets £10 (£5 concession or FREE for under-16s and school pupils)