​BLOG: LOST PROPS AND FLAT TYRES

It is quite hard to find someone in London with a car. We were looking for someone to help us out, because two of our props had been left behind at the Jazz Cafe last week, and we obviously need them for our show. We were extremely lucky to find a kind of decent replacement for at least one of the chairs at the White Rock theatre last week, but it is quite unsafe for me to use a different chair than our own for Sat it your Lap. The dance routine is designed on our own chair, and if something goes wrong, I could fall on my head and seriously injure myself.
 
On our way to High Wycombe yesterday (not far from Camden), we still didn’t have the chair, nor anyone to get it for us. I was on the verge of a breakdown and I was glad choreographer Hester called to check up on me. It isn’t very good driving to a show knowing there is a safety issue, and I couldn’t figure out how to change the routine in my head. From experience, I know I think a lot during each show, but I am not always the best judge of what is safe and what not. During shows, I have jumped off a bar on stiletto heels in The Hague, I have fallen off a stage in Belfast, I have given front of house engineers and fellow band members hart headaches and heart attacks by running off stage at unexpected times. In fact, it is quite dangerous for me to perform wireless…
 
Back to the chairs now. The initial idea was to all leave early to pick up the chairs on our way to High Wycombe, but when I saw our load in time I said to Louis: “I suspect what will happen is we drive to the theatre, then Paul is going to have to pick up the chair. And then obviously he will have a flat tyre, or a UFO will land on the motorway, or something like that.” Because these things happen to Dreaming of Kate.
 
After load out at the Swan theatre, Paul took Louis with him to pick up the chairs in Camden while the rest of us set up the stage. It wasn’t long till I heard sound engineer Ben say “Oh great. Look what Paul just sent me.” And he showed me a photo of a tyre that was shredded to pieces… Because these things happen to Dreaming of Kate.
 
Sometimes these comments I make that seem to come true are great. Like that time Jerney and I joked we’d be performing at the Carré Theatre a year later. Which we turned out to do. But less great things seem to come true as well, so I am now banned by the band from predicting how journeys will go, and just to be on the safe side I am no longer allowed near any fuses or updating mobile phones either.
 
Having fixed the tyre with about ten different tools that were all hidden in different compartments, Paul and Louis returned at 35 minutes to show time, after a 60 mile and 3.5 hour journey.
 
The audience at the Swan Theatre was amazing and completely made up for the stress during the day. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten applause when I first come on stage. There were people waving their arms around to join the dance routines, and mouthing the words to each song. Some girls later told me they couldn’t help but sing along at times.
 
After a long drive home and dealing with an unreasonable neighbour over the noise of unloading a van, we could all go home and finally have that well-earned night’s sleep…

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  • Kittenheart

    Kittenheart Desk

    Cut it fine with the tissues yesterday, I don't know whether I laughed or cried more, you guys are just too good. Re. the flat tyre prophecy, Strange Phenomena *will* happen to you if you enter the Realm of Kate! You should have had my day, the least disturbing "coincidence" concerned a newly acquired book of Sylvia Plath's poems which I'd placed on top of my Before The Dawn program. When I picked the poem book up, it slipped out of my hands and fell open at Wuthering Heights. I didn't even know she'd written a poem of that name. Take care!

    Cut it fine with the tissues yesterday, I don't know whether I laughed or cried more, you guys are just too good.
    Re. the flat tyre prophecy, Strange Phenomena *will* happen to you if you enter the Realm of Kate! You should have had my day, the least disturbing "coincidence" concerned a newly acquired book of Sylvia Plath's poems which I'd placed on top of my Before The Dawn program. When I picked the poem book up, it slipped out of my hands and fell open at Wuthering Heights. I didn't even know she'd written a poem of that name. Take care!

  • Dreaming Of Kate - Kate Bush Tribute

    Dreaming Of Kate - Kate Bush Tribute

    "Strange Phenomena *will* happen to you if you enter the Realm of Kate!" Love that comment!

    "Strange Phenomena *will* happen to you if you enter the Realm of Kate!"

    Love that comment!

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