Kate Bush released her fourth album The Dreaming, in 1982, and it featured a track called Houdini. The cover depicted Kate as Bess Houdini, secretly passing Harry a key during a kiss. A 14 year old Paul Kieve, already a fervent fan of Ms Bush, attended a signing session in London, and took the chance to give Kate a book on Houdini.
Some 32 years later, Paul received a surprise call from Kate to invite him to work on her first live show in 35 years. In their first creative meeting, Kate brought the book along – she had always kept it.
The contents of the live show which blends puppetry, spectacle and illusion, openedto rave reviews. Kate Bush has used magic in her previous concerts, working with Simon Drake on her legendary 1979 ‘tour of life’. Her 22 shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon sold out 77,000 tickets in just 15 minutes.
The Independent described ‘Before The Dawn’ as “undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage”