Saturday, 19 August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe #2


Hello! Welcome to my second and last Edinburgh Fringe post. On my second day I got to see three different things.

Lucy Pearman: Maid of Cabbage
‘Traditionally unmarried maids were sent of to look for the perfect cabbage’
I booked to see this, as it was one of the actors from Prom Kween and i had a slot midday I wanted to fill with something. I really had no idea what to expect, as we followed the tale of the new maid - searching for a cabbage to avoid being fired. There was plenty of audience participation, I must say I am glad Wasn’t directly involved - but it was great seeing unsuspecting people being used, to read, as a horse and of course competing in a cabbage competition. It was totally bonkers and hilarious, its a free show but very popular so get tickets whilst you can. Go and see it if you want to see something completely different.

Quarter Life Crisis
This is another one person play. I was drawn in to watch this as the description might as well have been #millenialproblems. This isn’t a belly laugh type of production, however I did enjoy this relatable play. There was elements of audience participation, compared to Maid of Cabbage a lot less embarrassing in nature. Enjoyable but I’ not sure I’m in a hurry to go and see it again… Just left me a little underwhelmed - but art is subjective and that cannot be helped.


Testosterone
Is the story of Kit a transgender man, recounting the story of his transition and the wider theme of what it actually is to be a man. Whilst exploring an extremely important topic, the use of physical theatre, comedy and song - made what for some is a difficult subject or something that is an alien concept, accessible and understandable. Whether you are male, female and non-binary there is something for everyone to take away from this piece of theatre. The Rhum and Clay theatre company have hit the balance of playful and important perfectly. You have to see this, it is for everyone not just the LGBT+ community.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx 



Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe #1


Hello, for the past week I have had a change of scenery, I have been up in Edinburgh visiting Grace who I've known pretty much for all of time. As you are probably aware it is currently fringe season , so there is lots going on and the city is heaving with people, the atmosphere has been amazing. I'm trying to see as much as possible, but simultaneously trying to be quite chill.

My first day was a day to explore as Monday is generally quieter on the fringe. We did see One free show, the Jolly Boats. Which was hilarious, starting with pirate karaoke - sounds awful but is great. If you are a fan of puns this show is for you. Later on we went to an industry talk at Fringe Central 'How to be an Industry Leader' there wasn't so much a literal how to guide in how to become a Leader, but anyone who puts in enough work can achieve that. The discussion however segued onto the issue of Diversity specifically in British Theatre industry, mainly around race, but also gender. It was interesting to see what these leaders had to say.

Tuesday was our first proper fringe day, we had 3 shows to see which were all a contrast to each other. 


Starting with How To Act, which is being performed throughout the fringe at Summerhall - a beautiful venue which I wish I took a picture of because it was such a nice chill venue especially the courtyard. Onto this great piece of theatre. In summary the premise of this play is set around an acting workshop with a renowned director, with a actor chosen to take part in the workshop. This play had two interesting themes and seemed to lead perfectly on from the debate of the previous evening. The first theme being the West's relationship with different cultures, thinking we have understanding but overall are completely oblivious to the effect we have had on countries such as Nigeria. The other being truth, the difference between your truth, someone else's and the actual truth being unclear. This was such a powerful thought-provoking piece of theatre.


Freshers was performed by Norwich group Six Toes, made up of Theatre Arts Course alumni. This was a new play written by Heather Kelly, who also performed in the play. Its about a group of students arriving at their halls at Birmingham University. This was a highly energetic and engaging piece. 


The final production of the day was Prom Kween, potentially my favourite production of the day - only by a smidgen. Prom Kween followed the story of Matthew, a non-binary kid in his last year at high school in America as he is nominated for Prom Queen against one of the most popular girls in school. This musical is filled with Ru Paul and current affairs references, yes there was a reference to running through wheat fields. This show was packed with laughs and sass - I would happily see this one again.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Norwich Theatre Royal Brochure 76

Hello, the new Norwich Theatre Royal brochure has been out for about a month now and I've had a good opportunity to have a browse through and pick what I think are the best bits!

Most Excited For: Jersey Boys, The Musical

Musical: Miss Saigon

Dance: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Play: Around the World in 80 Days
Scroll down for more detail!

Jersey Boys


I was working front of house when this was last at Norwich Theatre Royal, and I fell in love with the music. Unfortunately it was pretty much sold out for the run, so I couldn't get last minute tickets. I won't make the same mistake twice. I must say however I do find "juke box" musicals hit and miss - so I'm nervously extremely excited for it next June.

Miss Saigon


The cherry on top of the cake in NTR's new season. Pretty much a year today Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit is coming to Norwich. I was so unbelievably gutted when I missed the run on in London's West End, and frankly New York is too expensive and far to go. I'm excited to see who will be in the cast come next August.

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella


It took  me until 2017 to see my first Matthew Bourne - The Red Shoes, it was such a BEAUTIFUL piece of dance theatre, I was mesmerised throughout. Cinderella is probably my favourite fairytale and I am excited to see it brought to life in war time London.

Around the World in 80 Days


This is one of those stories you know about, it has been adapted into countless films, tv shows even a board game. I feel this is going to be absolutely ridiculous but in the absolute best way and will be great in January to counter act the post Christmas blues.

Those are my best picks from the new brochure.
Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

*Updated* Top 5 Showtunes

Hello, last time I did this post was back in April 2015 and I have been introduced to so many different musicals since then - it's perfect time to go and have a little round up.

1. Waving Through a Window from Dear Evan Hansen


Is probably the song I have listened to most this year, when Spotify tells me at the end of the year what I have listened to most this will be right here. I feel the concept for Dear Evan Hansen is so so unusual for a musical, I'm not sure I can name many if any that focus around Social Anxiety. Waving Through a Window, is  a super relatable song. We've all been there when we've watched something from a far, but felt we couldn't do it because we would screw it up - yet we have no evidence why that would be the case.

2. King of New York from Newsies


Newsies where have you been all my life? This is a proper broadway/disney musical, I must say I was looking forward to seeing it in the cinema, but I really wasn't sure how much I would like the musical. I love nothing more than a slick AF tap routine - is Tap boner a thing?! Sorry that was a bit crude. So yes I chose this song for the tap, which is a great reason.

3. One Normal Night from The Addams Family


Again I feel this is such a relatable song. Everyone as teenagers have been embarrassed by their family whether its a new boyfriend coming over or just your friends, feeling like you have to brief them. However I don't think any family could be as kooky as the Addams Family. This song is also a great one to belt around the house. 

4. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails from Top Hat


The music from the golden era of movie musicals are just dreamy. Top Hat is my favourite which semi-recently was turned into a stage show, which we can safely say stole my heart when I sat in the auditorium of the Aldwych Theatre. After much debate my favourite song is Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.

5. Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Miserables


I have had an 8 year long love affair with Les Miserables, seeing it for my 4th time a couple of weeks ago, I could literally watch this on a weekly basis, I don't think I would ever get tired off the musical. So my favourite song eh? After serious deliberation I have gone Do You Hear the People Sing. Les Mis does most songs well, but you cannot beat the impact of a company number. Sung near the end of Act 1 and reprised for the End of Act 2. I bloody love it.

I haven't mentioned Hamilton, but that deserves its own list, which I did earlier this year here.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Stagey Scrapbook Update

Hello, I have literally seen so many shows this year already, which for this stagey is DREAMY!! As I've gone along I've kept my tickets, kept show flyers and taken lots of photos with my scrapbook in mind.


The page from the right is from what I can only call Stagey tourism when me and Loren went to visit the Theatre Hamilton will be in and also chilled in the Theatre Cafe. In the corner we also have where I super randomly met Carrie Hope Fletcher in the street, where I stopped for a chat and a selfie. What an absolute babe.

 The caption above says it all really. Amanda is a bloody great actress, but when Abigail's Party came to Norwich Theatre Royal she was just the loveliest person making time for everyone and just being a babe. Also you should follow her on twitter @CHIMPSINSOCKS


I really do recommend making a scrapbook as well as keeping all your bits and bobs in one area, it is so relaxing to do and so nice not to be looking at a screen whether that is computer or a TV screen.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

August Goals

Hello, and welcome to what could become a new monthly segment. This month I really feel there are a few little things I want to do - this is hardly a bucket list. I want to be accountable, so writing things down and putting them up on the internet seemed ideal.


This month I really want to keep track of where my money is going, for specifically than A) I've eaten it (bought food) or B) I'm wearing it (bought clothes). One day I'd really like to move out of the parental home, but for that I need to know where exactly my pennies are going.

I say this all the time, but I really need to start cycling to work, its cheap and it also importantly gets me to work. Exercising and saving money. However this year I've cycled to work once!! If it looks like it is definitely going to be dry on a day. I will get on my lovely bike.

At the start of this year I was so into reading, I even read Jane Eyre. I stopped and now I just seemingly can't restart. I need some good book recommendations, maybe an autobiography or some YA I'm just so stuck right now.

Oh blogging, why are you so hard to do consistently. Full time bloggers I really do take my hat off to you. This month I really would like to at least have one post a week up on here. Whether thats theatre, fashion or political, I will do it. I have a few ideas and hopefully I will be struck by inspiration.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Random Favourites | Summer 17

Hello! Welcome to the random portion of my favourites, which could be called my Media Favourites I guess. Enough of the rambling..

Summer is always a great time for TV, I haven't gone for any light options here, but these are all GREAT dramas.

The Handmaid's Tale
You must have been living under a rock if you haven't heard about The Handmaid's Tale. UK people its on channel 4. Its based on the 1984 Margaret Atwood, dystopian novel of the same name. It stars Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes. This is a great drama, totally chilling considering you have Donald Trump and the DUP propping up the UK government. Its an important watch, go and watch it right now!

How to Get Away with Murder
I chatted about this show last year, I have only just discovered season 2 is on Netflix and I really need to get cracking. I love any crime/law drama. It stars Viola Davis and is just so freaking good. Intense sometimes slightly unbelievable. Its one of my favourite shows.

Orange is the New Black
Is it me? or does the gap between OITNB seasons, grow and grow. I wasn't sure how they could top  the last series, which had such a powerful and horrifically sad ending when Poussey Washington. I'm not sure they topped it, but I'd certainly say they matched it.

Also on the topic of Netflix, how bloody good does the Stranger Things trailer look?!

Music
When he sees me - Waitress
I have for sure mentioned Waitress the musical before, because it is great and you need to listen to it right now. When He Sees Me is my fave song at the moment on the soundtrack, its punchy and funny, plus its beautifully written. On the soundtrack it is sung my Kimiko Glenn (from OITNB) and boy can she sing, her comic timing is ace.

Pride Classics
Oh My God there are some absolute bangers on this playlist , the first three songs are Vogue, It's Raining Men and Born This Way. Highly highly recommend. And perfect to listen to as this post goes up as it's Norwich Pride today!

Social Media
Megan Ellaby

(image from pagesbymegan.com)

I really have Megan to thank for me being more creative/having a little bit more fun with style this year. She wears colour- COLOUR! What is this you ask, basically its not wearing monochrome outfits. I would have never have bought a bright red jacket, if I hadn't been inspired by her. How she styles items is quirky, but also effortlessly cool.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fashion Favourites | Summer 17

Hello! As usual a lot of time has passed since my last favourites post. It's been a funny old summer, but here's what I have been loving regardless

Fashion - looking below I am very much into my trends this summer.
Gingham
Let me introduce to you, my most worn item this Summer the Gingham Dress, I am obsessed with it, and will wear it multiple times in a week - and when it is in the wash, I have no clue what to wear. I also think this will transition nicely into winter, with tights, boots and a nice burgundy cardi.

Red

Red is everywhere, literally pops and splashes of it everywhere. You can see my beloved red loafers in my gingham picture. And also this Red denim jacket which as a new edition to my wardrobe this month. Love it.

Slogan t-shirts

I have always loved a good slogan, but slogan t-shirts have exploded left, right and (you guessed it) centre. This one has to be my favourite, it just simply states Girls Rule and has a lovely rose on it. I like tucking it into a denim skirt or into a tailored trouser.

Statement earrings

If you want to add an easy bit of drama to any outfit, statement earrings are just the way to go. There are so many cray cray earrings out there, I am sure you can find the ones for you, from a large gold hoop to the fluffiest of pom pom.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Funny Girl | Theatre Review

It's not often I have the urge to run to stage door to tell the cast just how bloody great a show was. Funny Girl was one of those shows.

Let's cut to the chase. Natasha Barnes gave the absolute best theatrical performance I have ever seen. The Stage were not kidding about when they said she would be a name to look out for when she understudied Sheridan Smith in London, and begruntled audience members were on their feet at the end - as we were at Norwich Theatre Royal.
The sound to her voice was astonishing, it was so powerful and beautiful, after singing Don't Rain on my Parade at the close of Act 1 the only thing stopping me jumping to my feet, was how horrifically British I am. Natasha's performance was both emotional and her comic timing incredibly effortless. Natasha Barnes is a force to be reckoned with.
This production as a whole was super slick. Funny Girl gave rural Norwich a taste of the glamour and bizarreness of the Ziegfeld Follies. They had chorus girls, in an army number, on pointe and tap dancing.
This will be one of the best shows you see all year. Whilst Funny Girl is set in the 1920's the show is still relevant to today's audiences, as well as offering escapism by the bucket, Fanny Brice looked like she wasn't going to get anywhere in show business, as she didn't have the long show girl legs or the typical beauty of the time. If you put your all into something, and make it your own, you can and will be successful in what you want to be.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Addams Family | Theatre Review

(the post which I have delayed posting because of blogging fatigue hahah)
Seeing the Addams Family musical on Saturday was indeed a spontaneous decision on Friday morning and involved a 200 mile round trip to Southend-On-Sea. So was it worth it?

(spoiler yes)

I have been excited ever since I heard rumours of the Addams Family having a UK production. It has some absolute belters of tunes in there.
I felt the casting director got the casting for each role spot on, there wasn't one actor not perfect for their role. I loved Cameron Blakely as Gomez, who was definitely my favourite character.
To an extent I was there to see Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday Addams. This role was made for her. Carrie absolute powerhouse of a voice nailed Pulled. An intimidating voice to sing opposite to, but Oliver Ormson playing Lucas Beinkie was so good, I couldn't imagine anyone else playing that role.
The choreography covered so many different styles from the twist to the tango, which the strong and sleek ensemble of ancestors in their lavish costumes really nailed embellishing the show.
Whilst I really liked the show, which had unexpected twists and turns, once they had started a twist you could see how it was going to end up; however I don't think this show is 100% about narrative, so really isn't a huge issue.

If you want to get a taster of the show or some backstage insights I do recommend you watch Carrie's 'Watch me Wednesday' vlogs - showing early rehearsals to following her around on tour. It is an amazing insight into the hidden world of theatre.

If you are a fan of the original Addams Family or you just love a good musical I highly recommend you see this production if you can!

Thanks for popping by!
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Topshop Sale Picks!

Its sale time, there's a lot of interesting pieces in the sales - you know the things which turn up in the sales for approximately the last 10 years. I have sieved through it all  and here are the best bits!

Velvet Midi Slip Dress

Cross Stitch Jamie Jeans

Gingham Embroidered Shirt

Blossom Print Jumpsuit

Velvet Duster Coat
Fisherman Knit Jumper

Floral Cigarette Trousers

Polka Dot Blouse
Quilted Crossbody Bag

Velvet T-shirt
Pullover Jumper

Eastern Blossom Dress

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

10 Things I want to do this Summer 2017


1. Get my face painted
2. Edinburgh Fringe
3. Relax in a pub garden all afternoon
4. Beach trip - specifically Sheringham, maybe a new beach I haven't been to.
5. Picnic in the park
6. Visit a new place in England
7. Bike ride
8. Afternoon Tea
9. Westend double show day
10. Read more - May was a lacklustre month for reading!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The General Election 2017

So its the eve of the General Election, this is your reminder to vote!


WHEN?
Polling Stations are open TOMORROW 8th June from 7am - 10pm here is handy article about voting in the UK.

WHY?
In summary, decisions made by Parliament effect every aspect of your everyday life especially with Brexit looming closer and closer. I wrote another post in way more detail why you should vote, here.

WHO?
Well that's up to you. But personally I want a Prime Minister who is compassionate who isn't in the 'Political Game' for their own gains, who genuinely wants to improve the society we live in. Who sticks to their convictions. Who is a strong leader. For me that person isn't Theresa May.

Immediately however you are voting for your MP, I want to keep my MP. To find out how the MP for your area has been voting in Parliament on issues which are most important to you, you can look at They Work For You.

I love the country I live in, and I would like to have a future which looks brighter than it is currently.


Here are some articles which I have found interesting to read on the lead up to this election.
1. Theresa May must resign over 'Security Failures' SECURITY
2. UK Police Numbers Have Been Cut POLICE
3. UK Schools taking desperate measures as funding crisis hits EDUCATION
4. How Pro- Gay is Theresa May? LGBT RIGHTS
5. May says se will hold free vote on Fox Hunting if re-elected FOX HUNTING
6. The Tory Attack ad misrepresents Corbyn FAKE NEWS
7. Theresa May's 'enough is enough' is making the threat of extremism worse NATIONAL       SECURITY
8. Labour to pledge additional £37 billion of funding for the NHS NHS
9. Theresa May refuses to rule out further disability benefits cuts DISABILITY
10. Theresa May urged not to suppress report into funding of Jihadi groups SECURITY

Be informed make a smart, selfless decision.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Exploring Paris

Paris, where do I start. Paris is somewhere I've always wanted to go, for forever. We only scratched the surface, and I am itching to go back already.

I feel if you're trying to 'do' Paris, you have start at the Eiffel Tower and then work your way east along the Seine. Although we headed back West to see the Arch de Triomphe as the weather was way better than it was meant to be!

gazing out onto Paris


from the very top


information

these clouds certainly didn't suggest a relatively sunny day was in store for us


always in need of a good selfie

...walks along the Seine, laughing in the rain...

Our next stop was Musee D'Orsay, trust the stagey to find the Theatre


some art

some more art

next stop the Lourve


the reality of trying to see the Mona Lisa with one's own eyes

then you get a shoddy picture 👌

Winged Victory of Samothrace

and the Arc De Triomphe


And thats it for my time in Paris, I am more than aware there was way more to see, I can always go again though!

Thanks for popping by,
xxx