He explores dynamics, pitch and pacing with Charles Dance and meets Vincent Franklin (‘The Thick of It’s’ infuriating spin doctor Stewart Pearson on screen, but a speechwriter in real life) to learn about ‘the ladder of abstraction’ that all great speeches clamber up and down. He also considers bad speeches, from Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘Quiet Man’ farce to a couple of YouTubed best man disasters.
And there are good anecdotes too: Earl Spencer recalls a none-too-subtle attempt to vet the contents of his speech at his sister’s funeral at a rehearsal the day before. Fuelled by his usual curiousity about the nuances of human communication, Armitage is engaging company throughout; we’d recommend lending him your ears…
Café Del Marsh
A cosy little cafe/bar in Waterloo that's open from morning until late.
Venue says: “The best beer garden in Waterloo! Why not pop by after an autumnal walk along the Thames? It's one of the best kept secrets in Southbank.”