Two days later we returned to Kuala Lumpur for the final Black Water/Acis & Galatea in the lovely, historic Chinese Assembly Hall. I think what I loved most about that show was the incredible acoustic. It felt like I could have spun a single note out into the air forever. After 6 performances as Kelly (12 altogether this year), both Julie Sargeant and I agreed that we were more than ready to set that particular story down, given that the telling of it has not yet become any easier. (Perhaps, in fact, it shouldn’t get easier.)
The next day we travelled south to Melaka and piled straight off the bus into 3 hours of rehearsals for a variety gala concert that night which was enormous fun (and dare I say, even more fun backstage, given we were all deliriously tired and therefore slightly hysterical by this point). More company feasting followed, outdoors in the sultry heat of 1am, before a quick walking tour of the river in the centre of town. Sleep? Sleep is for the weak. And the sensible. And the lucky. But not for us.
I was exhausted enough that that might have seemed like normal behaviour.