|Le Tigre Bleu, Group Show @ 4.30|
So, with time against him, and after two (good-hearted) warnings from fellow buskers, Mielniczek did the unthinkable (at least, to the uninitiated, I imagine such a thing would be unthinkable). He told his audience to wait. He'd be back. Yes. He told the gathered crowd, who had not paid to see him, who were sitting in the cold spitty rain, and from whom he was expecting/hoping to get money as long as they stayed there, to wait. Just let me do this little thing, over there, and I'll be back.
Now, no offense to the other great acts that have been on show this week, but what followed was four or five minutes of the cleverest performance art I've ever seen at the Busker's Festival. And what's more, it may have all been impromptu.
And then it was over. He was back as promised, to the waiting crowd. And the spinning plates.
|Peter Mielniczek dashes between crowds and stages, much to the |
amusement of his fellow buskers including mat Ricardo (grey suit) and boy
still without tape on his face Sam Wills (laughing in the tent doorway)
|Shirtless Peter Mielniczek claims both crowds!|
I have to confess, I didn't warm to Peter Mielniczek (during the week). But I loved his routine today. I don't know if it was orchestrated or impromptu. Either way, it was damn good theatre!
|Mielniczek returns to a "tunnel" built by|
kids in the waiting crowd.
|...and the plate spinning resumes|
|Precocious James wowed the crowd and rendered|
even the busker speechless