BLOG: DANGEROUS STAGE

We've had a couple of weeks "off". Not really though, because we always have a gazillion things to take care of to keep Dreaming of Kate moving forward. But we can say this was our holiday for the year.

I needed the time off to take care of some things, like putting my house in Holland up for sale. I have travelled back and forth to Liverpool for three years for this project while I had an office job to support me financially. Between rehearsals in Liverpool, rehearsals in Haarlem, working out and my job in finance, I didn't have much time for things like reading the news, doing gardening or finishing DIY projects, so the house desperately needed tidying, fixing and cleaning. After ten days of hard word, my house now looks amazing; it's almost a shame to sell it!

I came back to Liverpool on Wednesday; the day before our show at the Colosseum in Watford. I hadn't had much sleep and flying always seems to be more exhausting than you think, so I had a pretty quiet day. Unfortunately, when I got home in Liverpool there was no hot water in my house and the plumber couldn't make it in time to fix it that day. I arranged to have a shower at Paul's the next morning and could only hope it would be fixed when I got home from our show, because after two hours of intense dancing, sweating and rolling around on dirty stage floors, I am usually quite desparate for a shower before going to bed.

The journey to the theatre went quite well, without any unexpected delays (for a change). The Colosseum has quite a high stage, and to get all the gear on the stage, they built part of the stage as a lift. Very convenient, for getting guitar amps on stage. For dancing, however, I was a bit afraid it wouldn't be ideal.

I urged everyone to clear the stage ASAP to find out more about the impact of the lift. It was worse than I could have imagined. Some of the metal edges and some of the screws were sticking out so much they could potentially seriously damage my foot. The solution they offered (taping beer mats upside down over the worst parts) only made it worse; not only were the screws sticking out too much to be covered by just a beermat, the anti-slip quality of the rubber is a very bad thing for dancing and could cause tripping and twisted ankles. I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and already planning to give half the stage to Jerney, when they decided to see if they could fix the stage to a decent standard, or at least one that I could work with. 

After an hour and a half of drilling, hammering and gaffa taping (by three in house engineers), we had a stage I could work with. In house engineer Lewis put some white tape over the bits that were still the worst (but no longer dangerous), and I was happy we could do the whole show.

The show went quite well, despite a little black out on my part in Running up that Hill, and the fact I nearly lost my balance after the spinning around in the intro of Wow. The audience were lovely and kind. Photographer Barry from Bread and Shutter (this guy is amazing!) has made some great live shots too. It's always good to have photos of a show that went well, and this was definately a good show.

After the four hour drive home and the unloading of the van, I got home to a house with a lovely warm shower! I would say this day was a classic case of "All's well that ends well".

3 comments

  • Steph Baker

    Steph Baker Merseyside

    Oh you poor thing. that floor looks really dangerous. Just goes to show we the public havn't got a clue as to what difficulties, each venue presents. That looks far worse than Epsteins slopey floor. Enjoy rest of your tour. See you at Epstein in April (getting tickets after Xmas)

    Oh you poor thing. that floor looks really dangerous. Just goes to show we the public havn't got a clue as to what difficulties, each venue presents. That looks far worse than Epsteins slopey floor. Enjoy rest of your tour. See you at Epstein in April (getting tickets after Xmas)

  • Alex

    Alex watford collisseum

    Marvellous gig , really enjoyed . Such great singing and dancing , and the band all great musicians. Was cool to meet you all after the gig and have a nice photo taken with you. Was nice to have a chat with you and forgive my poor attempt of speaking Dutch. Will tell everyone what a good show , and good luck with the rest of tour. Highly Recommended ....... Alex , Hertfordshire.

    Marvellous gig , really enjoyed . Such great singing and dancing , and the band all great musicians. Was cool to meet you all after the gig and have a nice photo taken with you. Was nice to have a chat with you and forgive my poor attempt of speaking Dutch. Will tell everyone what a good show , and good luck with the rest of tour. Highly Recommended ....... Alex , Hertfordshire.

  • Anja Gout

    Anja Gout Zoetermeer, Netherlands

    Wow, what a story! Can't imagine what a disaster it would be if you hurt your feet! And how nice you are going to live in the UK. We will 'miss' you here in NL but as long as you still perform here every now and than, I won't complain. I wish you all the best. I love your show, you are amazing! See you in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, in January 2015, for the 3rd time :)

    Wow, what a story! Can't imagine what a disaster it would be if you hurt your feet! And how nice you are going to live in the UK. We will 'miss' you here in NL but as long as you still perform here every now and than, I won't complain. I wish you all the best. I love your show, you are amazing! See you in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, in January 2015, for the 3rd time smile

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