Saturday 5 January 2013
View South East Asia in a larger map TANDOIDS Current Location: Chumphon, Thailand. Mike’s Weight Loss since Departure 8 Months ago: 10.7 kilos. Judy’s Weight Loss since Departure 8 Months ago: Not saying, but going the right way. Shortest Day’s Ride between Separate Overnight Stops: 1.7 km. THE UNCOUPLING The recent performance of the play “The Uncoupling” is the best yet by the highly acclaimed duo known as 2xtandem. This was street theatre at its very best, as the pair showed once again they are not too old to work when the chips are down. Their audience of bus drivers, ticket sellers, hangers-on and passengers watched enthralled as they uncoupled in public in a few short but action filled minutes. THE BACK STORY The play assumes a degree of background knowledge by the audience, and for those who are unfamiliar with this work it’s perhaps necessary to explain the following. The story begins on a tropical island where the couple have spent Christmas and New Year with family and friends. As the others return home or resume their travels, the principal characters – Mike the Captain and Judy the Stoker – resolve to leave the island too. But their efforts are hampered by a lack of seaborne transport prepared to carry them and their tandem bicycle to the imaginary mainland port of Chumphon, a passage which would save them 250 km of riding through dull and uninspiring countryside. They are forced to return the way they came to the island – on board a car ferry heading in the opposite direction to the way they wish to travel. As they set off, Judy the Stoker is struck down with a sore throat, phlemy chest and various other aches and pains. STREET THEATRE Cut now to the street theatre, and we join the couple once they have disembarked. They have found a bus driver prepared to take them and their tandem part of the way, which is just as well as by now Judy the Stoker is unable to speak and is living in a world of her own.