Paul from Catherine Wheels has created a piece in the Guardian Blog today about the White App. Read it here:
Okay - so I thought it was time for another LA update. We have been in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center for 3 weeks now and are having a great time. We are sold out and have had an amazing response to the show. The weather is scorching, yesterday it hit 88 degrees and so finally, with a bit of persuasion, Ian has at last put on his shorts.
We have had a few other first’s while we have been here. We have had our first dog in to watch the show, a gorgeous ‘seeing eye dog’ aptly named Hamlet. Our first security guard who was a giant of man who came with a kindergarten the other day, he towered above them - only in Beverly Hills eh? And this morning we had an earthquake, the biggest for 20 years. We were all fine, though we had different ways of dealing with it. Craig was up and dressed in a flash. Ian and I lay in our beds and waited for it to pass.
The children’s responses to the show have really made us smile. Both Ian and I have had a lot of hugs after the show. One boy was so determined to keep hugging me that he started a Cotton hugging trend until it was just my head sticking out of a dozen small children. I would like to say Hi to Bettyana who came up to me after a show and said “Will you be my best friend?” so just so everyone knows Bettyana and I are bezzies. At another show a little girl got really upset when Wrinkle went back into the tepee for nap time. She kept quietly sobbing and sniffing saying “He’s going to die” over and over again - poor Ian he’s only 66! Then there was the little boy who asked Wrinkle “How did you change the colour of the eggs?” Ian replied “It’s Magic” The little boy looked back at him, waited a moment and then said “No it’s not. You painted them.” And finally to the tiny two year old girl who when i asked what colour her pink top was looked at me like i was an idiot and said “It’s PINK!” and then proceeded to teach me over and again “It’s PINK!”
“She’s got attitude” commented one of the ushers - I found out as she left that she was in fact Scary Spice’s daughter. And on that celebrity vibe we have had a few celebs in this week, Robert Downey Jr. brought his kids, sat on the mats at the front and beamed all the way through. Jennifer Garner brought her kids and said “Thank you so much - it was beautiful.” and we even had some homegrown talent as Henry Ian Cusick popped in as well
More soon from LA.
Okay - so here we are performing White in LA at the Wallis Annenberg Center a brand new beautiful theatre in the heart of Beverly Hills. We have been here just over a week now and are having a great time. We have been made to feel very welcome by everyone and are settling into our LA life.The show has been going really well and we have had some lovely responses and reviews - no celebs so far but we are still hopeful. Kneehigh are playing with Brief Encounter on the main stage and they had Liza Minnelli in seeing them the other day, so we have our work cut out.
We have been sampling the idiosyncratic life of LA. Obviously the car is king over here so it is quite amusing watching peoples faces when you say you have walked anywhere or got the bus. Jogging of course is a different matter and I have even seen a dog with a full set of trainers on. Staying healthy is on another level in LA and a friend Mary who lives over here took us to a vegan, raw, organic cafe the other day called Gratitude. We all ordered from the menu where each item was a state of well being. It was an interesting ordering experience along the lines of “I'm Terrific” “I'm Happy” “I’m Awesome”. When our orders had been taken, our very zen waitress asked us the question of the day "What in your life makes you feel blessed?" - I am still pondering that. In fact looking good even extends to apples as i walked through a farmers market the other day and saw a box labelled "visually distressed” - I’m not sure if that refers to the customers responses or the apples themselves.
The audiences responses have been making us chuckle. Ian had a little girl who showed him her yellow dress and said look I’m wearing purple - which sounds like some weird mind game. We had a show the other day for a group which was made up of twins, triplets and quads. When we did the Twins moment in the show - it got a huge cheer. It was nice to be able to reflect their world. Lastly, a little girl came up to me after the show on sunday, I said "Hi what's your name?" The little girl responded “ I've done a commercial” - only in LA eh? More soon.