April 15th. (Day 1)
Everything fine, say the venues. Just get everyone here from Spain and we’re laughing. After all, it’s not like last year’s blizzards could come back and close the airports. What are the chances of that in such lovely weather?
Just heard on late news that an Icelandic volcano has erupted. How interesting. I always liked geology.
This so-called Mount Eyjafjallajökull has poured an Ash Cloud of Death into the sky and grounded flights all over europe. Not to worry, it can’t go on for a week. they wouldn’t allow it. that would be unthinkable. Saw first swallow today.
Friday 17th. People are thinking the unthinkable. Newspapers are quivering with speculation about a future without air travel, when asparagus would only be available in season.
I’m quivering like an asparagus about the row of cancelled shows, and the possible expense. It’s 5 days before our flights. they’re saying this could go on for a month… Start calling venues.
Theatres very calm about it all. Perhaps they haven’t been watching the same TV as me. Haggard multitudes sleeping in airports all over the world..
At least they get to sleep. Start calling for help. Tito and Ulíses and Jorge very willing to step in. God bless them.
Monday. Company supposed to arrive thursday. Weatherman not encouraging. Airlines demanding the safety rules be rewritten. I just want the endless game of emotional Buckaroo to stop.
Tuesday 20th. AM. Peace at last. Impossible to see now how we can get anyone into the country. At least I know where I am.
PM. Turn on the news after tea. All bans lifted. They changed the rules. Ash is now safe.
21st. Wed. Not only are the bans lifted, but it seems that there aren’t the three-day queues and chaos we were promised.
April 22nd. Everyone arrives safe and sound and punctual, which is quite infuriating for some reason.
May 3rd. The rehearsals and shows defnitely have an extra tang of adrenalin after all the stress. And the audience seem to be feeling it too. And the ash didn’t return to trap everyone here.
All’s well that ends well. One thing’s for sure, ashclouds can’t be the same problem for our shows in May. What are the chances of that?
Sat. May 15th.
Evil Mt. Eyjafjallajökull back in action!! Flights from Spain due in five days for shows in Leatherhead and Tunbridge Wells.
What have Norse Firegods got against flamenco? I always assumed they were on our side.
Here we go again?