Cambridge has been great! We were in the Master’s garden in Emmanuel College, which is literally a garden at the back of his house. It made it so much more intimate because we were surrounded by college buildings.
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Cambridge has been great! We were in the Master’s garden in Emmanuel College, which is literally a garden at the back of his house. It made it so much more intimate because we were surrounded by college buildings. The stage looked out over the garden, so you could see trees, and there was a kind of a hill so that the audience were on a natural rake. We And then in the distance, you could see the turrets of some of the buildings and so we got that Cambridge feel.
Compared to the big castle or stately home venues, it felt really private, like we had gone off into a corner to do something for a few people who happened to turn up. I think it might have been the smallest we’ve played in terms of ground space for the audience, so it always looked packed! Although saying that, for a couple of performances we had over two hundred people, so busy enough!
The weather was mostly great. There was one day when it rained which is always a weird thing. If it’s raining from the opening line, then you’re grand. You know what you’re facing, and the audience are ready for it. But if it starts raining in the middle of a show it’s really weird because the audience just blatantly ignore you while they’re getting themselves together. And you can’t wait for them when it’s a big plot point; you just think, “Right, they’ll catch up again”!
So far touring has mostly been commutable from London, which I had to admit I have loved; if it’s somewhere commutable, I will do it because for me, personally, waking up in your own bed makes a huge difference. It just gives you that wee sense of normality. It sounds like a very obvious thing to say but on tour, you’ve nothing around you and that displacement can become quite gruelling. But the next leg of the tour is going to be a bit further afield (including Austria), which I’ll hopefully update about later!