A SPRING DAY AND A LIGHTSABER

I have been told the Isle of Wight is gorgeous and that it has the best climate in the UK. 

We took the ferry from Southampton to Isle of Wight two hours earlier than planned, and arrived on a misty, windy and mostly wet island. Because we were incredibly early and because we needed to do some shopping anyway, we headed to the centre of Newport. The traffic was horrific, and it took us ages to get there. Jerney, Arianne and hopped out of the van to get food and water and had coffee afterwards. Meanwhile, the guys were struggling to find a parking spot and ended up in a pub somewhere where they had their breakfast. 

By the time we all got back to the theatre, we were all cold and windswept. The wind was getting stronger, the clouds were getting darker, and I started having visions of the ferries no longer running and us being trapped on the island for the night. So today, when we read a review that started with “On a mild evening in spring…” Jerney and I looked at each other as if to say “we have a different definition of the word mild”. (for the whole review, click here)

The stage at the Medina theatre was approximately twice the size of the stage we had the night before, and the audience were almost in a semi-circle around it. So I had to adjust some of my routines, and mentally prepare for the immense distances I might have to run that night. Another challenge was the position of the quick change area. Because of the almost triangular size of the stage and backstage area, the entrances to the stage were located more at the back, and the sides of the stage (where I usually run off) were nothing more than blind walls. 

Because we had made a couple of mistakes the night before, we had quite an extensive sound check/run through. It is always good to have a proper look at what went wrong as soon as possible; sometimes mistakes set in your brain as if they were the correct thing and if you don’t fix them you keep repeating them over and over again, and getting more and more frustrated. While sound checking, I was also getting used to the enormous distances on stage, going through some of the routines. Sometimes I have to get used to a smaller stage, so that I don’t bump into things or band members when I walk backwards in a dance routine, but this time I had to feel how to cover the whole stage without literally running around. The more I ran through the routines and the distances, the more I stared to enjoy using the whole space. 

It is always lovely to get your fist applause as soon as you come on stage, which happened yesterday. It was a great start of a great show. As for things that went wrong or at least not as planned (because that is how we remember specific shows best): did anyone notice that random chair on the far right of the stage and wonder what it was there for? I didn’t notice it myself until well into the second set, but being all miked up couldn’t say anything to anyone to have it removed. And apparently I really scared Jerney at the beginning of Rubberband Girl, creeping up from behind her, instead of walking towards her from where my quick change area was.

We couldn’t stay on the island, because bass player Bobby has a gig this afternoon, Jerney and keyboard player Louis had a plane to catch and assistant Arianne had a train to catch. So we loaded the van as quickly as possible, including the lightsaber (!) that was given to us by the venue, and rushed back to the ferry. We were actually ahead of schedule, but due to a compulsory stop at a service station (yes, coffee!) and the clocks changing to summertime, it was still 6am before we were home…

Now everyone has gone their own way, and I’m stuck with the question: can I fit the lightsaber into our show??

(photo by Dean Wright)

3 comments

  • Em

    Em

    I just wanted to say what a fantastic show all you guys put on at Medina Theatre. I was so blown away with all the dance routines, music and of course Maaike. I never thought it would be possible for anyone to be able to mimic the great Kate Bush with her completely different style of music and expression. Especially her look and facial expressions, Maaike you have got her down to an art. It was such a great pleasure to watch all of Kates earlier work right up to The Red Shoes, I was singing away and dancing about in my seat to my dads discontent haha!! I only came across Dreaming of Kate tribute band a couple of days just before you were due to perform at Medina, not realising that unfortunately you had only just performed a lot closer to me in East Sussex in Uckfield lol!! Not to worry though we all got tickets to see you and we were all very taken with the performance! Thank you so much for bringing Kate Bush back to the stage again, I can't wait to see you guys perform again in East Sussex, are you hoping to tour again next year?? I'll be there lol!! I wish you all the best of luck for the rest of 2015 Dreaming of Kate Tour. And once again thank you all so much!!

    I just wanted to say what a fantastic show all you guys put on at Medina Theatre. I was so blown away with all the dance routines, music and of course Maaike. I never thought it would be possible for anyone to be able to mimic the great Kate Bush with her completely different style of music and expression. Especially her look and facial expressions, Maaike you have got her down to an art. It was such a great pleasure to watch all of Kates earlier work right up to The Red Shoes, I was singing away and dancing about in my seat to my dads discontent haha!!
    I only came across Dreaming of Kate tribute band a couple of days just before you were due to perform at Medina, not realising that unfortunately you had only just performed a lot closer to me in East Sussex in Uckfield lol!! Not to worry though we all got tickets to see you and we were all very taken with the performance! Thank you so much for bringing Kate Bush back to the stage again, I can't wait to see you guys perform again in East Sussex, are you hoping to tour again next year?? I'll be there lol!! I wish you all the best of luck for the rest of 2015 Dreaming of Kate Tour. And once again thank you all so much!!

  • ianjo4036@sky.com

    ianjo4036@sky.com

    i was lucky enough to attend this show and to be in the front row. great show,great performances from all,a great evening was had. look forward to seeing the show again and happy to recommend this great group to anyone. thankyou for a fab evening.

    i was lucky enough to attend this show and to be in the front row. great show,great performances from all,a great evening was had. look forward to seeing the show again and happy to recommend this great group to anyone. thankyou for a fab evening.

  • Dreaming Of Kate - Kate Bush Tribute

    Dreaming Of Kate - Kate Bush Tribute

    Hi ianjo2046, thanks! We hope to see you again! Hi Em! Keep an eye on our site and on the one of Trading Boundaries in Uckfield; we might come back there... We'll be touring for a while, we already have some dates this autumn, and there's more to come!

    Hi ianjo2046, thanks! We hope to see you again!

    Hi Em! Keep an eye on our site and on the one of Trading Boundaries in Uckfield; we might come back there... We'll be touring for a while, we already have some dates this autumn, and there's more to come!

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