Wednesday, February 10, 2010
On the launchpad...
Well, the last time I was about to start touring this show I was saddled with doubts about whether or not I'd even be able to get to the venues, let alone do the show. It's nice not to have that doubt preying on my mind.
I did the last preview at the Leamington Assembly last night. It wasn't as pleasing as the show in Canterbury but it went well. I felt slightly disconnected at the start of the show and wasn't quite delivering it all as I should. It was okay... but not as good as I want it to be. I got into the groove though and then kicked myself up the arse in the interval and made sure the second half was tight. It made a difference. I have no idea where the complacency had crept in from... but I'll consider it a lesson learned.
With apologies for this being relatively prosaic as far as blog posts go... here's the list of dates:
Feb 11: Preston. (SOLD OUT)
Feb 12: Sheffield. City Hall
Feb 13: Nottingham. Royal Concert Hall
Feb 14: Reading. Hexagon (SOLD OUT)
Feb 15: Edinburgh. Festival Theatre
Feb 16: Bradford. St Georges Hall
Feb 17: Oxford. New Theatre
Feb 18: Derby. Assembly Rooms
Feb 19: York. Grand Opera House (SOLD OUT)
Feb 20: London - Hammersmith Apollo (SOLD OUT)
Feb 24: Folkestone. Leas Cliff Halls
Feb 25: Southend. Cliffs Pavilion
Feb 26: Bournemouth. Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
Feb 27: Cambridge. Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
Feb 28: Tunbridge Wells (SOLD OUT)
March 3: Portsmouth. Guildhall
March 4: Plymouth. Pavilions
March 5: Bedford. Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
March 6: High Wycombe. The Swan Theatre (SOLD OUT)
March 7: Newcastle. Theatre Royal (SOLD OUT)
March 10: Cheltenham. Town Hall
March 11: Cardiff. St. David's Hall (SOLD OUT)
March 12: Birmingham. Alexandra (SOLD OUT)
March 13: Salford. The Lowry Centre.
March 14: Brighton. Theatre Royal
March 17: Bolton. Albert Halls
March 18: Stoke On Trent. Victoria Hall.
March 19: Coventry. Warwick Arts Centre (SOLD OUT)
March 20: Liverpool. The Empire
March 21: Blackburn
March 24: Aberdeen. Music Hall
March 25: Glasgow. Kings Theatre
March 26: Dorking. Dorking Halls
March 27: Belfast. Waterfront Hall
March 28: Basingstoke. The Anvil (SOLD OUT)
March 30: Leicester. De Montfort Hall
March 31: Llandudno. Venue Cymru.
Box Office phone numbers and links are all here.
I've had a few people asking me if I'm taking time off the radio show during the tour. I could have done if I'd wanted but I love my Sunday mornings and want to keep doing them as much as is possible. So there'll be some late night drives with me sleeping in the passenger seat and I think the end result is that I'll only have to miss one show towards the end of March. Tune in to Absolute Radio on Sunday mornings (or get the podcast) if you want to hear an exhausted man dribbling. Or not dribbling if I have enough coffee.
Hope to see some of you over the next few weeks.