Scrooge the Musical – The Curve

I have always wanted to see Scrooge live at the theatre because it is one of my favourite films and such a fantastic story. When I saw The Curve were having this production as their Christmas musical I instantly booked.

Scrooge is definitely a family treat for all. It was great to be at a musical with such a vast range of ages watching. Most know that Scrooge is about an old stubborn man who absolutely despises Christmas and everyone in the community that wishes to celebrate it. Until one night, Scrooge is visited by his former partner Jacob Marley (played by Karen Mann – fantastic actress) who informs him that he’ll receive three further visits from ghosts.

As soon as the curtain lifted I felt like I had been taken back to the Charles Dickens era and I was bobbing from left to right to the music. I must say the costumes were brilliant, it felt like I was watching the film.

As you’re first introduced to all of the characters you are not quite sure where to look because the stage is so full. I was looking everywhere, I wanted to take it all in and I was facinated by the designs. Trying to take in all of the different people, the costumes and the best scenery I have ever come across within a theatre production. The colours were bright, the detail on the props were outstanding and I was so happy to be there.

Vocally the performance was perfect. For me, I thought Jasper Britton (Ebenezer Scrooge) portrayed his character exceptionally well. Jasper didn’t make me compare his version of Scrooge to any of the previous films which I think is an added bonus. It was also nice to see Eastenders’ Danny-Boy Hatchard back in action and playing such a fun character. His vocals were also top-notch along with that very good cockney accent!

There were a number of hiccups during the show but the cast dealt with it so well. At first I thought the show was going to be cancelled due to a technical issue which was shortly resolved. However, the actors didn’t let what was happening distract them, they continued with their lines and even made jokes when things went wrong – it had a great reaction from the audience! By the way, Jasper Britton and Anton Stephans are a brilliant comedy act – they are perfect on stage together and bring so much presence.

This musical is one everyone will love. I will just say that the bit with the chains and the dead people did terrify me a little bit but it was worth it! Everything just flowed, I loved the choreography by Stephen Mear it was fun and exciting. The orchestra, the designs and much more. There are too many people to mention about their involvement but I would like to say you all made the show so thank you.

Everyone on that stage deserves a huge round of applause!

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An evening with Prezzybox.com

I was lucky enough to be invited to my first ever brand event in Nottingham by Prezzybox. When I received the email to say I had been chosen to attend, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was overwhelmed which may sound a little dumb but it was such a great opportunity and for someone that blogs about something completely different I didn’t ever think I’d stand out.

At first I was a bit put off by going because I have only ever tweeted those that were invited. Some of the bloggers I have previously met once before but I was still nervous about going on my own but thankfully my old lovely school friend Vanessa over at mentalawareness.com was invited as well. We decided to go together so that made us both feel better about attending. I won’t go into the journey we had to get there but I ended up taking endless wrong turnings.

We arrived at Baresca later than expected but what a great atmosphere to walk in to. We were immediately greeted by Rhiannen which was lovely and she handed us little name tags which I thought were adorable. We headed straight to the bar for our free glass of prosecco to celebrate in style.

Jingle mingle light in the box

After having a quick wander around looking at all of the gifts and the little workshops in the booths we decided to take part. I met two new bloggers at the crafting table and they were really chatty – hey Helen, hey Kirsty. Carolyn explained how to make a bow to us but unfortunately we sat down too late as the talk was just about to start. I’m sure it would have been really fun! If only I hadn’t taken the wrong turning, oopsie.

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The talk between Fran and Becky had me engrossed. The whole taking blogging seriously thing is quite new to me as I used to use my blog to vent and talk about struggles in daily life. It has always been a diary to me rather than a hobby until now. The points both of them made, made me realise I am going in the right direction but there’s still a lot more I have to do. I was a little worried about asking a question but I felt a lot better once I had asked.

Last night was a real eye opener and I cannot thank the staff at Prezzybox for including me in the event. I will definitely keep my eye open for future events and now I know what they’re about, I will feel more comfortable attending.

By the way I want ALL of the gifts that were there last night. My favourite was the stormtrooper light, what was yours?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

I was so excited when I opened this on Christmas Day. I’d been walking past it in the shops for weeks but never picked it up to buy and then my parents saved my pennies and got it for me instead as a gift!

Yes it has taken me a while to read but what’s the rush? I never saw any spoilers so I decided to take it camping with me the other weekend. I’ve got to say I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. Although I’m not a fan of the characters names, I mean who on earth would call their child Scorpious?!

You are introduced into the end scene from the final film. I just visualised the film scene and I was laughing at how ridiculous the characters looked for the age they were trying to portray.

I didn’t really know what to expect with this book as it is a screenplay but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was able to visualise the scenes but this may be because I have watched all of the films a thousand times.

The old characters do not seem any different to how they are in the books / films which I liked. The new characters fit in quite well with the old ones. I thought I would struggle to like the newbies because I’m not one for change within a series but this worked well.

There were certain parts I found odd for example, the link back to Cedric Diggory – very strange to choose that character to focus on. I love how we’re tricked into liking Delphi though, you do grow to like her and then you hate her but want to know more about her. That’s great character development in my opinion.

I started to get bored after page 240 because nothing was happening, it didn’t have my attention but I continued reading. I was advised it might be a disappointing read so I carried on and there it hit, the weird climax. For me, the dark storyline is terrible. It is so farfetched and unrealistic – Voldermort is a floaty character, he can’t do what Delphi is claiming he did.

Despite the crappy ending, I would recommend this book to those that are Harry Potter fans. I did read it in a few days which means it must be okay right? I did like the book as I mentioned above but I’m not 100 per cent on it. Just some things didn’t add up and I feel like I’ve been lied to and cheated on.

Let me know your thoughts on this?!