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Nick Baxter

Before I watch a play about bums I like to eat a decent pizza. And that’s what we had, eventually when ASK pizza finally brought out our order.
Intercontinental is more of a cross between a documentary and a lecture about people who regularly sh*t themselves. There’s no place to hide, we were straight into a huge image of a sphincter projected onto the backdrop as we hear from a specialist doctor about what an extraordinary job your arse does. We hear personal stories from people who suffer from this awful condition, there are informative sections and all interjected with songs and dancing even a number where the bum doctor shouted things like anal tearing through a loudhailer over a weird electronic dance track. As weird as it sounds it kind of worked and was actually quite entertaining. Best line - "Welcome to Intercontinental airlines - on this flight you will find 28 toilets!". Brilliant, good brave choice Mel.
Drinks after in a student bar round the corner weren’t so successful Were we that annoying when we were students? I doubt it.


This could have gone either way, so luckily it worked out fine. It was about pooh. It was educational and entertaining. Who knew?

Do you think it progressed the cause of people who suffer from incontinence any, though? I wondered what people who do suffer made of it - did it risk belittling or mocking the condition, or did it show that there are ways to talk about it rather than keeping silent?

We discussed afterwards that it was a happy coincidence that the actress had experience of incontinence, but it occured to me on the bus home that she was acting. Doh! All of the stories were gathered from the blog they talked about.

Those pesky students in the pub afterwards were pretty obnoxious. Medical students I reckon. Although if they've got a lifetime ahead of them dealing with people's bottoms then I guess we ought to go easy on them.


Typical Melanie choice - brave, edgy and slightly distasteful. I really enjoyed this - particularly the dancing, signing and amusing vignettes. If you described it to someone they'd say it sounded dreadful and on paper it shouldn't work but, all credit to them for pulling it off.
I actually do think it advanced the cause of people with incontinence. If I had met someone with the condition previously I would've sniggered and told lots of people about it whereas I think I'd be a liittle more sensitive and understanding than I would before.
The students in the pub on Drummond Street were HIDEOUS.


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