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I got some ‘new old’ photos from eBay - I don’t know where they’re from but this was taken by photographer Fran Harper.
What do you have on your backstage rider?
‘I didn’t know what a backstage rider was; I thought maybe it was someone who would carry you to the stage… Some nights I did have to be carried - in that case, it would be Rafe [Spall, “Constellations” co-star]. Thank you, Rafe.’
Do you have a pre-show ritual?
‘I have many. I think the ritual for each show changes depending on what you feel you need or what your head needs. For “Constellations”, Rafe and I would sit and gossip for a while - this would make me happy and it soon became quite important for us both, I think. I would have hated not to had that before a show. It quickly became our thing. I miss it now! I think it really helped with this show as it was just the two of us on stage, so knowing and trusting the other person very much was so important. I also try to do a few energy exercises to focus. I like to mediate and do a bit of yoga and stretching. The show was quite physical so this helped to warm me up. It would also calm me and my overanxious brain. I light a candle, brush my teeth, say a prayer and on we go!’
Do you get nervous before a show?
‘Yes, sometimes I do get nervous. Sometimes this is for good reason, ie press night, when it feels like we are throwing ourselves into the arena in front of the lions. But occasionally the nerves can hit me mid-run for no real reason. Nerves and stage fright can be very difficult to overcome and deal with. Rescue remedy helps - I down it by the bottle! It is a strange thing to do, stepping out in front of hundreds of people. You just have to try and get your screaming head out of the way and jump. And once it is over, of course you are desperate to get up and go out there again.”
- Timeout Magazine.
This just caught my ear on TV - I didn’t know about it until now, it’s from 2008 but it’s being shown again.