Our show in Leeds really stands out for me. The day started pretty angsty – I don’t know if you’ve ever tried driving a motorhome through a very busy Swan Street in Leeds? It’s not fun. But as soon as I saw the sign for the City Varieties Music Hall I was excited…
City Varieties Music Hall was where ‘The Good Old Days’ used to be filmed.
So many legends have walked that stage, such as Charlie Chaplin, Houdini, and my favourites…
Morecambe and Wise.
Actually my great grandad used to be a vaudeville style performer and was on the bill once with Houdini. He was in a duo called “The Two McCrans.” Perhaps he performed at City Varieties…
I’ll never forget walking into the auditorium. The stage and the seating was so intimate and small but still so grand.
Arriving that day and walking through the quiet and empty auditorium, through the corridors and on and off stage, it was as if you could hear the loud vaudeville laughter from audiences decades ago. It was haunting.
Backstage was tiny. Of course our dressing room was on the top floor so lugging the keyboard, drums and cases of microphones up several narrow staircases was a workout. But our dressing room, wow. I don’t think it had been refurbished since the 50’s – and I loved that. It was like we’d gone back in time.
Before the show me and Marco made sure to do our warm ups.
The stage was tiny, it was a very cosy gig. I walked on stage and as I sat down at my keyboard the first person I saw was my mum in the box right infront of me. She was with her cousin which was a lovely surprise.
The audience at Leeds was so warm and welcoming. I got the giggles when I saw a young lady in the crowd get the giggles over one of the punchlines in my lyrics. We both giggled for a while. I think I loved this performance so much because I felt like we’d finally honed our set and that the Collabro crowd were really starting to get to know us. To top it off, as we walked off stage H tripped over one his drums as the stage was so tight. His drums went ‘ba-dum-tss’ as they fell over.
It was a 2 show day at Leeds.
There was a lot of waiting around in-between the matinee and the evening, but we managed to kill time…
After the evening show it was back to the Passion Wagon for us. Our home that night was a busy car park in the rowdy nightlife of Leeds. Well if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
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