Not only did I get a hug off Catherine Russell. When I asked her to sign my hoodie just under the logo she said “So you want me to sign your tit?” My jaw has already hit the floor bearing in mind. Then she utters “ooh it’s my lucky day”.
Clearly it’s my lucky day. I got upgraded on my flight to business class, then my hotel room got upgraded for no apparent reason to a deluxe room, and then saw not only Catherine Russell on What the Butler Saw, but also Jemma Redgrave in the audience. What a time to be alive. (the only downside is that the stage door was absolute madness, not at all helped by the fact that Jemma and Catherine came out together, so I couldn’t get anywhere near but still…)
If people are going to bitch about Holby please for the love of fucks DON’T put Catherine’s name(twitter tag) in the post! She doesn’t deserve to be yelled at or told how annoyed you are with the Berena storyline. She has been good/kind enough to respond to our tweets and to tweet things like keep the faith so that people will feel more at ease. Also the woman is in the middle of doing two shows a day, travelling and signing/taking pics with people in the audience she doesn’t deserve to be bombarded with complaints and people questioning her and the show.
I know y'all can’t take photos in the theatre, but please feel free to memorize the whole thing and then write a 12 paragraph blog post describing it in minute detail, for those of us who cannot attend. Go ahead and tag me while you’re at it…..😘
All I can think of is Jemma trying to see WTBS without being seen and then she laughs at the first joke of the show and every Berena fangirl hears it. No longer can she keep herself from being seen. She’s been exposed! Meanwhile Catherine is onstage hears the laugh and just thinks “Oh no poor Jemma.(she knows the fangirls have heard this)” She then realizes that that’s why half the audience has been looking anywhere else but the stage. Meanwhile Berena fangirls in the audience are experiencing whiplash because they are trying to locate Jemma AND enjoy Catherine in a negligee at the same time.
A few photos from Leicester… (well technically the top one of @girlonabridge and I was taken in Belfast, but y'know. Aeroplane and all that.)
We had a fab get together with the lovely @tea-and-procrastination - our hotel was literally stumbling distance from the Curve - seriously folks, for those who need and haven’t booked yet, look at the Ramada Encore. It was also cheaper than either Premier Inn or Travel Lodge when I booked in Jan.
The play is gleefully disgraceful, it’s a DELIGHT. Catherine is right when she says it take a shot at everyone. And imo, because of that, you can laugh at all the jokes. (Including the ones aimed at lesbians.)
I personally recommend going in NOT having read the play. (And Catherine thinks I made the right call on that.) you can see a play once you’ve read it as many times as you like - but you can only see it with fresh eyes once. (And I say this as the queen of spoilers for general drama.)
It’s a pressurehead of steam that builds and blows up, builds more and blows up more… utterly, truly hilarious. And Catherine is fabulous - to no one’s surprise 😜 I don’t know why they’re billing it as Rufus Hound particularly, because it really is an ensemble show.
The place to meet Catherine is at the lift to their dressing rooms, which is found on the cafe side (use the cafe entrance if going in) beyond the toilets, on your left.
Meeting Catherine was glorious. She was in a bit of a rush - partly to get on the road back to London, mainly to get a smoke in first, so she begged that we chat outside so she could do so. She seemed genuinely - delightedly - shocked that @girlonabridge and I had come from NI. She recognised my face! I made a comment about “I tweet you fairly regularly…” “…I know, I recognise your face…” “…but my wife is more restrained. This is my wife.” (Indicating M.) “Hello wife!” I shit you not. Catherine would tell Dad jokes, I am Certain.
We talked about the links between acting and law, and she gave me advice on how to deal with nerves pre performing (which I doubt I’ll ever forget!) and about her cats, and generally about the show and how fabulous it was. She was very taken with the adjective “gleeful”.
In short (because I was supposed to leave for uni ten minutes ago and I haven’t got out of bed yet) - she’s a DARLING.
She didn’t look at the scarf then and there because she was smoking, but promised she was looking forward to opening it when she got home - and her tweet that it was “amazing” is still making me grin.
As for the play, we continued erupting into giggles for about two hours that night, and again on Sunday.
We also ensured hysteria on Sunday morning by playing Fanfic Reviews (the Fanfic version of Book Reviews, which is the fun variant of Consequences paper game) in the Costa near the train station. 10/10 would recommend.
Had such an amazing night watching What The Butler Saw- Catherine was absolutely incredible on stage, she looked drop-dead gorgeous 24/7 so I missed most of the play because I was just watching her facial expressions and body posture 😍❤
Then I met her afterwards, and she said that she didn’t do signatures for tattoo purposes which I found funny, then while she signed my postcard (pics 2+3) I explained to her that I was writing about her and the Berena storyline and it’s representation for the LGBT+ community for my media coursework (her reaction was the first picture 😂). Then I sneakily asked her for a picture because I had some weird surge of courage (pic 2!) I was still shaking after though!
So all in all an amazing evening- well worth my 2 hour drive from Yorkshire and the cost for a hotel room 😂❤
Let me tell y’all about the time I flew to The UK to see Catherine Russell in WTBS (Holby storyline spoilers at the end, it’s not that shocking though).
So, I flew from The Netherlands to The UK, which, thank god, is not that far. First time flying alone and I usually let other people figure out all the stuff of where to go and what time and yadayada but I did it and I’m proud of myself.
I sat front row, right by the door where Catherine went behind most of the time. And I could hear her cough behind that door, almost everytime she went back there. The show was great, I didn’t get all of the jokes, sometimes because Catherine was on stage and y’know she distracted me from the storyline and sometimes I just didn’t know a word.
After the show there was a Q&A with the director and some of the actors and Catherine was on that panel to. I made a sound recording of it which I’ll try to get up here this week.
After that we waited for Catherine, and god she is the most lovely celebrity I have ever met in my life. She wanted to go out for a smoke but was kind enough to take pictures with us in front of that screen thingy.
Outside she signed our books and she stayed for a long time and talked about getting older in the media, doing theatre and tv, her hair and cutting it and then being grey and when she gets back to Holby she’ll be asked to colour it again. And more.
HOLBY SPOILERS NEXT So she talked about getting time of off Holby to do this and I asked “But why will Serena go away?” Thinking she will never answer that question. But she said that they wrote this incredibly sad storyline with Elinor dying and with Jasmine so that she could get time off and that it will get worse and Serena will need to take a break. So that confirms what we expected, especially after that spring trailer.
I went to WTBS again on thursday, cause I didn’t see the point in flying to just go once. I took a picture with her again.