So what to write about this week….hmmm…thinking, thinking…
I know…Dressing Room Feng Shui!!! But more about that later.
Today we are all enjoying a day off at home. Leaving France we say ‘Au revoir’ until next time and thanks once again for twelve great shows. We really seem to be hitting the spot in France these days – so much so that the French tour dates for 2015 are going on sale almost immediately. So with the taste of excellent French bread still on our lips, we get to enjoy a couple of days' down time before the UK leg of the tour begins.
Guildford is the first port of call tomorrow. We’ve been playing in Guildford almost as long as we’ve been playing in the UK. The Guildford Civic Hall was a regular stop on our tours, but of course now we play in the almost brand new ‘G Live’ building which stands on the same ground that the Civic once did before they demolished it. Sales for this UK tour are great again, so we’re looking forward to some good shows and to seeing our very loyal UK audience.
So, Dressing Room Feng Shui – what is it? I hear you ask. Let me explain…. When we arrive at venues, we are allocated dressing rooms to use for the day. As we are travelling overnight between shows on our tour buses, we have to use the venue facilities for everything - bathrooms, showers, seated areas, etc. – literally as our home for the day. Now, to say that backstage venue facilities vary a lot would be a gross understatement! They range from the ‘sparse’ – maybe a plastic school chair and a table of some sort, to the opulent – sofas, bar fridges, mood lighting, hotel style bathrooms and even tasteful art on the walls. Sometimes, the more challenging spaces that we get to inhabit need a bit of help in the design department, and this is where Dressing Room Feng Shui comes in. Some of us often rearrange furniture to create a more pleasant atmosphere in which to spend our day. Often sourcing (stealing…Ed.) furniture, lamps, plants and artwork from other rooms in the building, we can create an environment for ourselves that is far more comfortable than what we are faced with on arrival. Dressing Room Feng Shui steps in to make life on the road so much more pleasant. Here’s a typical before and after shot of a dressing room in Bordeaux on arrival, and then what was possible by just exercising our Feng Shui muscles a little!
And to finish, here is my very excellent, no alterations required dressing room in Le Liberte, Rennes.