My Fair Lady Musical

This musical has always been on my ‘to see’ list as well as my dad’s. We love the film, we have the songs on in the evening sometimes and end up thinking we’re cockney’s! Once I saw this was on in Nottingham I booked it straight away.

I have never been to the Nottingham Theatre Royal before so I was quite excited to explore a new venue. Once we were seated we were instantly taken aback by the greens and golds and the architecture was breathtaking. The atmosphere was great and the production hadn’t even started yet. By this point I was ready for it to start.

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The beginning was a slow start for me. I think it’s important to set the scene but I felt it went on a little too long and I wasn’t sure when it was going to begin. Whilst everyone was on stage I couldn’t help but notice the costume detail. I was really impressed with how accurate the period clothing was – some of it even looked handmade. Now I’m not saying productions don’t get it right but it seemed like the whole musical had a huge budget (like films) and they spent it well.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Nottingham Operatic Society but I was blown away. Vocals, the orchestra, the set and the cast were incredible. It is the smallest production company performance I have ever seen but it is by far one of the best I have seen. I was sat there wishing I was allowed to go on stage and perform with them, it looked like a lot of fun.

Mr Higgins for me stood out the most. The character was portrayed so well and he was very believable – what a fantastic actor and singer. You could really relate back to the original actor Rex Harrison and envision him on stage from this actors performance. To be honest it’s hard to single out the cast members because every single person put their all into their performance.

The southern accents were great. I couldn’t stop giggling at Eliza Doolittle’s little noises and her wining, it was brilliant. At certain points you sympathise with Eliza and other times you’re laughing at how she pronounces ‘how do you dooo’.

If this production comes to Nottingham again please go and see it because you will not be disappointed.

 

Is doing too much damaging my body?

My life is up and down at the moment because of my health. One day I’m fine and the next my joints feel like they might snap or my mind thinks I haven’t slept for days. It definitely is a weird one and I never know how to describe it when someone asks but my problem is I have taken too much on and it’s making me ill.

What do I do each week?

As I’ve mentioned before I am in a theatre group on a Monday evening, I work Monday to Friday 08:30 – 5pm, I’m learning to play the ukulele, I also work for Avon and have many customers across my town, I’ve joined the gym this week (been twice so far) and finally I have to squeeze Michael (boyfriend) into my ridiculous schedule. I rarely have time to see my friends because I dedicate my time elsewhere and never think of myself.

Being bored is a huge thing I try to avoid. I am not one for staying it, it absolutely infuriates me because it’s such a waste of life however how much is too much? Well at the moment I certainly think it’s too much and I’m disappointed with myself that I’ve sacked off reading books and blogging. It’s kind of like you forget what is important to you but going to theatre and the gym makes me forget about the stress at work. These are my places to zone out and be free.

What’s happened?

I am just an idiot that doesn’t plan days very well but I used to be extremely good with this but since working full-time I feel like I’ve flopped on everything. Blogging and reading was always my number one thing when I was working part-time (plus Michael) and I was so excited to keep doing it. Ideas would pop into my head and I would interact more with the blogging community but I just don’t anymore.

My friends haven’t seen me in weeks because I just don’t have the time or if I have a night free, I just want to be alone. My next trip away is next weekend in Wales with the besties so that’ll give me a chance to chill out and rethink what’s right for me.

Do you take to much on? How do you deal with it?

Taking up a new hobby

I already snow myself under with absolutely everything. My blog is a hobby, I am in a theatre group on Monday’s, I read a lot, I Netflix most of the time, I do Avon after work and now I am considering taking up the ukulele. It is rather random but I am currently following one on Shpock and it looks so cute and I need it in my life.

Although I am so predictable. I joined the National Trust so I can go out and explore more and I have used it once since April – what an idiot. I know if I buy this I will attempt to play it probably for the first week and then it’ll gather dust. I am beyond predictable but I absolutely adore music. Do I buy it and just risk it?! To be honest I should just put a schedule together and then I might actually stick to something in my life.

One thing that is preventing me from snapping up the deal is my concerns about my joint hypermobility. My fingers are easily affected by over usage hence why I have always avoided the guitar. I don’t really fancy making it worse as it is coming up to winter and I will be crying like a baby.

I would love some feedback on your experiences with a ukulele please (if you have any). Do you enjoy playing it? When did you start playing it? Have you ever thought about playing it?

Mamma Mia – Novello Theatre

Since watching the film 10 times or more I have wanted to see this musical for the last three years but never had the opportunity. I was in London at the end of June so I thought I would spend one of my days doing my favourite thing by watching a musical. It was hard to choose which one to see because when you visit London (maybe twice a year for me) you have to pick wisely.

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To be honest when I was looking I didn’t like the idea of going to a musical on my own but I did it anyway. I felt a little stupid but who cares I got to see something I’ve always wanted to see.

I was sat in the stalls at the back and had a great view despite it being partially restricted. As soon as the first song began I was hooked because Georgina Castle’s voice is incredible, she’s extremely talented! I felt in my element. I knew majority of the words to the songs and I wanted to be up there on the stage with them all.

My first thought was how on earth are they going to do the scenery?! Will it be too much? Will it look cluttered because replicating the scenes from the film must be pretty tough? Well guess what, they pulled it off! The stage props were perfect, I love the way they’ve made the Greek inspired walls.

I don’t think I have one bad comment to say about the musical. Everything about it was great. It had the right amount of cheese, great spells of laughter, fantastic vocals and the cast can sure bust some moves. I don’t want to forget the musicians, they are also extremely talented and it is a shame we don’t get to see them but hats off to them for their performance too!

My favourite part was all thanks to Tanya and Pepper – oh my they are hilarious together! They really did add that little extra to the show. I also have to compliment Rosie, she’s a cracking character too.

You must go and see this musical if you’re out and about in London. It is at the Novello Theatre with Mammia Mia on the outside so you can’t miss it! You will leave with a smile on your face and the songs will stick in your head for the next few days. I will admit that since I have been writing this I have sung non-stop ABBA songs – oopsie.

We can go dancing, we can go walking….

The Wedding Singer Musical – The Curve

When I first saw that The Wedding Singer Musical was touring, I didn’t know what to think. Will it be as good as the movie? Will they pull the characters off? What songs are they going to sing? So I asked for tickets for Christmas – thanks dad!

My mum and I went on the last showing at The Curve, Leicester on Saturday 18th February and it was sold out. I won’t give too many spoilers away because the cast are still touring around the UK.

At first I can’t say I was enjoying it because I was constantly comparing it to the film as it is one of my favourite films. To be honest the start was quite slow and I had my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t be like this the whole way through. Well it definitely wasn’t!!!

I thought the acting and singing was incredible. The notes were pitch perfect and the songs made you clap along which is what going to a musical is all about. However, I expected a few more solos from Ray Quinn and I was sad he wasn’t singing as much (big fan). One HUGE disappoint for me was George didn’t sing ‘Do you really want to hurt me?’ – WHY NOT?! Why was this not key, everyone knows the scene and I was waiting for it throughout the whole performance.

Now I’d never heard of Cassie Compton but what a beautiful voice, she is very very talented. Her portrayal of Julia was fantastic, very ditsy but it was cute and she researched and observed her character – I could tell. Robbie Hart and Holly were also bloody brilliant. I can’t fault the cast at all, they work so well together.

My two favourite characters were George (of course) played by Samuel Holmes and Grandma Rosie, played by Ruth Madoc. They had a scene together that had me in stitches, it added a great twist to the show! I can’t say too much because this scene was so unexpected and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else.

If this musical is in your area please do go and see it, support these upcoming actors / actresses. Just to pre warn you, you won’t be able to sing along to many of the songs!

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