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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Queen of Bradgate, Leicester

Last night was my first visit to the Queen of Bradgate pub / restaurant in Leicester. My friend and I were looking for somewhere to eat that had cocktails available which this place has – added bonus. As soon as you walk in you are mesmerised by the decor and want to buy everything that’s hanging up on the wall…well I did anyway.

Everybody loves a happy hour don’t they? I tucked into two cocktails (2-4-1) but I can’t remember what they were called but they tasted incredible, it had Collins in the name so look out for that! For my main course I had the Chicken Fillet Burger with the most delicious fries but I was torn between the Wild Mushroom Risotto and the Marinated Chicken so the only way to decide was to eenie meanie, miney mo it. The Chicken Burger won of course and I live life with no regrets because it was exceptionally tasty.

Chicken Fillet Burger and Fries

I had another round of 2-4-1 cocktails before 8pm (cheap date alert) but this time I decided to try something completely different. The French Martini sounded really nice and I loved the art on top of the drink. I think they used a raspberry sauce to draw the pattern and I’d happily have it again. Happy tipsy customer.

Then came dessert! I wasn’t overly mad with the choices on the menu but I went with my favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding. It was a really nice pudding and I know you’ll probably think well it looks a little dry with no custard or ice cream – where is it? I’m not a huge ice cream fan to be honest so I would have preferred to have custard as an option. This wasn’t available so I opted for no ice cream, it was still really enjoyable and very very sticky.
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I would happily visit the Queen of Bradgate again because their menu offers something for everyone and it’s not badly priced either. The atmosphere was great and like I said above the decor is to die for. It’s very well put together and doesn’t look like they’ve purchased everything from a car boot. P.S. I want the stag head light that was on the wall near our table, it was stunning!

Leicester’s Memory Walk

As you are aware I signed up to participate in this years Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of my great nan. The walk took place last Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. According to the email the walk was a total of 7km but I feel it was further!

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Mum, grandma, auntie & me

Abbey Park had such a great atmosphere and I was glad to be there with everyone. Whilst walking around I came across lots of people and I couldn’t help but read their little signs on their backs. I was walking behind this young boy and his sign was in memory of his ‘grammar’ and the message was absolutely beautiful. I am sure his grammar would have been proud of him last Sunday.

I loved the route for the walk because we explored different parts of Leicester that I hadn’t seen before and it wasn’t too strenuous. It was all planned so that everyone could participate whether that was young children, the elderly, disabled people and parents with pushchairs! It was great. My only critique was the lack of signage to let you know how far you’d walked. I would have liked to have seen when I’d reached half way etc.

Despite the short distance I was really suffering with my Joint Hypermobility. My hips were extremely sore and felt like they were on fire. At one point I thought I would have to have a long break but I ignored the pain and carried on walking! I’m pleased I was able to carry on as I was doing for a family member and I didn’t want to let myself down.

It melts your heart because you don’t realise how many people have been affected by this terrible disease but taking part in an event like this really opens up your eyes. I would love to speak to anyone that has taken part in these events before or maybe you have a family member suffering? It’d be nice to meet some new people.

Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society

I try and take part in charity events whenever I can but my auntie sent me a message asking if I wanted to take part in the Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society and of course I said yes. This charity is quite close to my heart because my great nan has suffered with this disease for majority of my life. Anita Simms a 92 year old war survivor, she is my German nan and a lady I admire.

Although she’s been pretty poorly for a long time and hasn’t got a clue who I am anymore she still has her sense of humour. It is heartbreaking to see her like she is as many of you will probably know if you’ve been in a similar situation but she can still crack one or two jokes sometimes.

I would do anything to give my nan her memory back so that’s why I’m raising money for this wonderful charity so they can help others with treatment.

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My nan and me (December 2016)

Also I have to say that Emmerdale was pretty inspiring with their storyline with Ashley Thomas. I was gripped, emotional and could relate to it all especially when I’ve seen those living with my nan acting similar. Watching that whole storyline really made me want to do something for the charity and now I am doing it!

I am not asking for sponsors but it would be lovely if you would not for me but for all of those that have suffered and are suffering and will suffer.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mw225665