One of my pet peeves about myself is that I always fall in love with things after the hype has died down. Whether it be films (I didn’t get into The Lord of the Rings until like 3 years ago), clothes, books or theatre shows I’m also a bit late to the party. This means that there are whole host of shows that I haven’t seen because my little musical heart wasn’t ready yet.
This week I want to talk about theatre that is created in order to create social change, open up discourses on subjects that have previously been hidden and giving an opportunity for those who are voiceless the room to speak.
On Tuesday lunchtime the 2019 Olivier Award nominations were announced! As one of the most important dates in the theatre calendar, the Olivier’s are a preetttyyyy big deal, so I wanted to share my Olivier Award Nomination reaction!
Running from the 21st to the 23 March, Botox or Bust is a madcap and hilarious tale of Madeline Green who is being dragged kicking and screaming into middle age. Written by Lisa Gaye Write, Botox or Bust is directed by Laura Ward and features a cast of ten wonderful women!
Ian McKellen, the legend of British acting, and acting in general, has hit the road in celebration of hid 80th birthday (say what)! In Ian McKellen On Stage the show biz veteran regales tales of his long and lustrous career. I was lucky enough to be one of the audience members at his stop at The Bridge Theatre.
Welcome to my first review of not only 2019 but of my new series, My Stagey Year! I knew nothing about Aspects of Love before seeing it, I knew it was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber but that was about it. In hindsight perhaps it would have been good to have read a synopsis before entering the performance space as it may have saved me some of the confusion that I felt for the majority of the first act. That being said, Aspects of Love is probably one of the most confusing, boring and far fetched musical I have ever seen.
I have a confession to make. I haven’t seen and have no desire to see Mary Poppins Returns. Is that bad? Aren’t I meant to be chomping at the bit to see the classic story come to life once again? I’m definitely the prime audience for it, grew up with the OG movie, love musical theatre and am a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda, but just can’t bring myself to spend the money on it.
Do you know one thing that really gets my goat? When people/organisations say that Arts Education isn’t needed in our schools. BOULDERDASH! Recently an OFSTED inspector declared that having arts subjects (drama, music, art etc) taught in schools was giving students unrealistic expectations about having a career in the arts.
2019 has just begun which means it’s time to set some New Year resolutions!
I’m not normally one for resolutions, mainly because I never keep them up (oops), but this year I’m determined to stick to it, and diving further into all things theatre!
Merry Christmas theatre lovers! 2018 is almost over (shock!) and it’s about this time everyone starts to reflect on the past year. So I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share my top five shows of 2018!