Sir Michael Palin
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Lateral on the Michael Palin – Live on Stage tour. They had taken the time and trouble to put together an eye-catching stage design and to create a new show around me, but we were all under pressure with a minimum of time to put it all together. If it had not been for their experience and professionalism in staging, cueing and lighting, together with an inspired choice of on-stage host in Adam Spencer, I doubt we could have made it to first night so quickly and effectively.
Their secret is to have honed a team which works together well and has the confidence to accommodate all the last-minute changes and improvisations which keep a show like mine fresh every night. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and I never felt any inhibition in voicing ideas. There was always someone available to talk to, and indeed many of the best ideas came from Lateral themselves.
It is a special skill to fit a show around two people who have never worked together before and to give that show richness and real production value on a tight schedule. I certainly had doubts and worries about the scope of what we were trying to do. Now, after a most successful tour, I’d be happy to do the shows all over again.
Lateral are an extremely efficient, well-drilled and dependable unit who really look after their artists.