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McQueen Review London Theatre Royal Haymarket

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http://muscle-building-steroids.com/boldenone-acetate-tablets_x2/ Boldenone acetate tablets Lee Alexander McQueen was a man who expressed drama through his work in fashion; indeed one of his collections was aptly named “McQueen’s Theatre of Cruelty.” Therefore when http://kenwoodliquors.com/clenbuterol-and-t3-fat-loss Clenbuterol and t3 fat loss James Phillips took the somewhat daring task of transforming McQueen’s life into a piece of live drama, I was expecting something a bit darker and more grotesque.

Winstrol cycle stack Don’t get me wrong, the show dabbles in the grotesque, but is a traditional end on style of theatre the best way to represent what was happening in one of Britain’s most creative, yet incredibly tortured, minds? I do not think so. Yes, we had a few mannequin like bodies contorting here and there wearing a plethora of greyscale, but is this the best that director http://muscle-building-steroids.com/can-you-buy-steroids-legally-in-china_ip/ Can you buy steroids legally in china John Caird could muster? Perhaps it was, given Phillip’s somewhat text heavy book.

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http://steroidsbesthgh.com/quantitative-blood-test-for-pregnancy-results_cu/ Quantitative blood test for pregnancy results I kind of like the concept; McQueen is pacing his house wrapped up in an internal battle between creativity and giving into the lure of his brown belt (that he eventually used to hang himself) when a strange ghost like figure leads him on an adventure of self-discovery. The problem is that the writing isn’t strong enough to hold its suicidal, “we’re so f*cked up,” mantra. Instead of truly delving into the crux of depression, it produces the grating character of Dahlia who you kind of wish would just cheer up, without any real care as to why she of all people is so tortured. Similarly the texts portrayal of McQueen’s long-time friend and discoverer, Isabell Blow, is laughable and caricatured. Also – can we please ban white pleather and white satin from all theatre thus forth? It is the opposite of “high fashion” and looks rather cheap.

http://kokinetics.com/indications-of-low-testosterone Indications of low testosterone Redeeming feature? One BIG one. Steven Wight. Now HE is find. Contrasting from many of his previous roles, Wight’s McQueen is bold and both scared and fearless. Phew. Wight works his physicality and vocal cadence to truly capture the essence of the late fashion designer but how did he manage to get THAT look in his eye? Absolute wow.

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In some ways I very much enjoyed McQueen but mainly because Wight somehow managed to make me believe in him. However I strongly feel that this was not the right play to run with. I found the book clunky and the traditional presentation an insult to McQueen’s boundless creativity. A few projections, some colour co-ordination, occasional funky lighting, moments of fleeting borrowed rock music and a second of slow-mo.

Someone come back to me with an immersive production with Wight in tow, filled with harpies, grotesque angels of death, omens, sea monsters and an actual catwalk to parade on. THEN we’ll be talking. After all; what would McQueen do?

2/5

McQueen is current running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until the 7th November. Tickets can be found here.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Regents Park Open Air Theatre

 

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As they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try try and try again. Not only does this mantra apply to Milly’s efforts to marry off her brother in laws in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, but also to my attempts at besting the weather to enjoy this outdoor show.

I adore the Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Adore adore. It is both beautiful and adds a level of intimacy and immediacy that indoor theatre doesn’t quite muster. It is adorned with fairy lights, picnics are totally encouraged and the whole stage is surrounded by trees!

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That stage…So before I get to the part where I tell you how much I loved Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and believe me I did love it, I need to talk to you about how incredible the stage and set design can be at this venue. I have been to many shows here that have brought to life many worlds before my eyes, so when I was invited to tour the stage with a group of lovely theatre bloggers, I was in AWE!

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Peter McKintosh is a Open Air regular and it is easy to see why; his set design for Seven Brides captured both the essence of the space and the vibe of the show itself. It was incredible to walk among his work, especially to see the peep hole into the musicians world – a cleverly designed cubby hole peaking through the trees.

We were allowed to explore the set before the show, which made seeing it in action during the performance even more interesting. If you thought that outdoor theatre would be more basic than that of an indoor space, you would be wrong. This baby moves!

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After much anticipation (two rain offs) the show itself did not let down. Rachel Kavanaugh and Alistair David have created a vibrant yet strangely quaint piece of theatre that raises the metaphorical roof of the Open Air. (Yes, an actual roof would also be quite nice for rainy days, but this would somewhat ruin the magic of being exposed to the elements and the smell of fresh air.)

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Laura Pitt-Pulford and Alex Gaumond definitely had the chemistry to pull off playing the overworked and fed up Milly and the rouge like chauvinist, Adam. Together they led the show with energy and zeal which was similarly mirrored in the rest of the cast.

Seven Brides has something of a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs vibe and it is a joy to watch Milly try to tame Adam’s brothers; wonderfully portrayed by James Leece, Sam O’Rouke, Ed White, Leon Cooke, Bob Harms and Adam Rhys-Charles. These guys performed a theatrically delightful transformation from hungry apes to handsome (if I do say so!) gentlemen.

The show is brought to life by Alistair David’s colourful and expertly performed choreography which had the audience stomping and clapping as if they were part of a glorious hoedown.

Yes, the build up was tense, but I had SUCH fun seeing this show. I curse the unfortunate run of bad weather in the past few weeks, but would still urge everyone and anyone to get to the Regents Park Open Air Theatre. If you can’t catch this show (finishing August 29th) then do book to see Lord of the Flies, which won’t be quite as jolly but will be every bit as tantalising.

*****

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Yes this is me on the set pretending I am some kind of bar wench. I regret nothing.

The Time Run London

SO I am all about a bit of time travel! I LOVE Doctor Who and totally dream of being his sassy side kick; solving puzzles, fighting aliens and historical dickheads whilst wearing impossibly fabulous nail polish and floral tea dresses. Yes. I am sure one day the elephant like noise of the impending Tardis will sound and I’ll be off to start my new life in the big blue box, but until that day comes it is nice to get in a little practice – which is where the Time Run comes in hand.

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You may be pleased to hear that there isn’t  any running involved in said Time Run, it is actually a Crystal Maze-esque romp through time and space in order to resolve a Nazi based theft that has lead to ALL KINDS of problems. In order to resolve the issue created by those whom I am sure we can all agree are the biggest historical dicks of them all, myself and a group of equally sassy co-adventurers had to solve some puzzles left in assorted areas of time and space. All with the very helpful assistance of a bot called Babbage.

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SO starting the Time Run means rocking up at a totally unassuming building in the stabbier regions of London. When you get there it kind of seems like you are an extra on the set of EastEnders, except for the fact there is a huge ominous door knocking about.  When your time begins, POOF the door is thrown open and a major fitty from some kind of era gone by quickly ushers you into what looks like a colonial map/ scheming room filled with all kinds of ye-olde looking objects. BOOM you are not in kansas/the estate round the back of London Fields train station any more! You are now in fact in a time portal in which all phones and gadgets and cumbersome objects must be surrendered to the fitty in a suit who will then proceed to prep you for your adventure.

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I do not want to say too much about what actually happens when you begin your hour long adventure to retrieve an ancient sword from Nazi clutches as the real fun is experiencing it first hand. What I will say is that the worlds in which the creative team have created are EXCELLENT. No expense is spared in creating genuinely awesome and realistic sets and it truly feels like you are really in the locations they have designed, rather than a warehouse in London Fields.

My favourite type of theatre is that which is immersive/ promenade because it totally sparks my curiosity. Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily catagorise the Time Run as a performance, the experience certainly ignites ones inner adventurer.  My team mates and I found ourselves totally absorbed in the plot-line created and very invested in solving all the puzzles to reach our end goal.  By our involvement, we WERE the performance. I love that! On a side note, why doesn’t the Doctor have more than one side kick? (Sorry Rory Pond, you don’t count) He would get shit done MUCH quicker with our little squad.

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Unfortunately time was against us. We were SO CLOSE to finding the stolen artefact (NO, NO SPOILERS IT WILL RUIN IT!) but unfortunately we ran out of precious seconds. I don’t feel disappointed; to the contrary I felt a great sense of achievement when our time was up. SURE we didn’t manage to obtain the relic but I did get to time travel with some major huns (Sarah, Che and Sasha.) I may still need some practice before being appointed the Doctor’s side kick, but if he were to offer on the job training I would be totally down with that.

In my opinion the Time Run was fantastic. If you like a little adventure, have a reasonably high IQ and most importantly want to have some fun, I would suggest you assemble a team of 4-5 and GET TRAVELLING. Just watch out for Hitler.

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The Time Run is in residence until 2nd August with the chance of  possible extension. Book tickets here.

Michael Morpurgo on War Horse

I am currently amid trying to script a play set in World War One. For this and many other reasons. Heldol Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse fascinates me on many levels. Whilst it is totally evocative of the era in which it is set, it is also a highly modern piece of theatre.

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I have seen the show twice and am continually amazed at the way in which Marianne Elliott has bought Morpurgo’s text to life with the help of the Australian Handspring Puppets. Surely this must be beyond even what the author could have imagined when he heard his text was to be adapted for the stage 25 years after it was published?

Whilst Morpurgo is certainly the brains behind the story, he is just one of many people that have made the stage show a theatrical success. Therefore I was recently intrigued to read an interview with Morpurgo conducted for the War Horse website. The interview  is an excellent read on the authors thoughts on the show, which also helps me further understand how much he was involved in the final product.

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If you want to read the full article, click here. Below are some of the most interesting facts I have picked out about his relationship to the multi Oliver Award Winning show:

Facts about Michael Morpurgo and my response to his answers.

  • Morpurgo has actually appeared in the show on several occasions. For some reason the thought of the man that made it all possible being onstage in disguise as a farmer amuses me.
  • He used to ride an actual factual horse, although he said he was better at falling off!
  • He used three old war veterans in his village as his main source of research for the show. I find this quite heart warming; their memories will live on in one of the worlds most successful pieces of theatre.
  • His favourite moment in the book and show is the jarringly friendly encounter between a British and a German soldier. This scene is pretty cutting as the reader or audience see interaction between two humans in a desperate situation; the only thing that separates them from one another is their accent and the colour of their uniform. Directorially speaking, the most hard hitting scene in my opinion is when news of a battle is reported back in Devon whilst devastation from the battlefield continues to litter the stage.  For me Elliott’s decision to visually bring images of war to the British aisles, despite the fact it was being fought in France, was representative of the devastation it caused the back home. Yes, the blood may have been shed thousands of miles away, but the pain of the situation was just as real in Albert’s own front garden.

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I was surprised that nobody asked Morpurgo about the film adaptation; I would have been interested to know how he feels his story was best portrayed. Did he also appear as an extra in set?

Video Review of War Horse

You know I am a theatre critic, right? Well here is a video review I recently uploaded in response to the show.

I am not sure I can pinpoint exactly how reading Morpurgo’s thoughts and watching the show are helping me with my own aspiration to write a  World War One drama (mine is actually a musical) but I know that they are somehow. If anything his finished masterpiece is an inspiration and absorbing myself in the aesthetic is food for though.

War Horse is running at the New London Theatre. It is one of the best pieces of drama out there at the moment and I thoroughly recommend you see it.

My Week In Pictures 1st – 7th June 2015

Life, you beauty. This week has been busy but it has by and large been filled with excellent outings with lovely people. Read on if you want to hear of Campari based adventures, magic tricks, sunny walks and a trip to see Bend it like Beckham the musical……

Monday

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I headed to the Landor Theatre in Clapham to see a new musical called The Clock Makers Daughter. Apparently someone from Mcfly was there too that night, but I am not that good at celeb spotting. The show was pretty good but a bit disappointing as a new musical. I had a lovely time chatting with my +1 Emma before and after the show!

Tuesday

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Allllllll of the fun in Tuesday; me, Amelia and Sammi went to the press launch of Impossible at The Hospital Club. Not only was there a plethora of free wine, we also got to see some magic tricks! Ideal!

Sammi was even called up to be a glam magicians assistant! What a babe!

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That evening we all headed off to the Phoenix Theatre to see new musical, Bend it Like Beckham, based on the 00s film of the same name. Okay so press night isn’t for a few weeks but my initial thoughts are…ummm. Well. It’s vibrant, I’ll give it that! It’s kinda dated – there is some awful work with footballs, which is a shame considering the show is about the sport. The Indian / Asian themed scenes are pretty good though!

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Wednesday

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Hail ye, God of pizza! Thank you for bestowing these beauties upon me! Yep, Wednesday lunchtime was pizza fuelled and fab. I regret nothing!

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After work, Amelia and I headed to the pop up Campari bar near our office and had two free cocktails! We were welcomed with a Campari spritzer which was beautifully refreshing. After we had supped that and had a little look at some of their art installations, we headed to the bar for a Negroni! Apparently it is National Negroni week, so it would have been rude not to!

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Thursday

Thursday was El scorchio!!! It was the perfect day to swan down to the London Wonderground and soak up their festival vibe, which is exactly what myself and a group of bloggers did!

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Treading the red carpet, we hung out having a few pimms in the exclusive press night area by the spielgeltent. That evening we saw Scotch and Soda, which was a delight! Review will be up on Official Theatre tomorrow!

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After the show we carried on the party with more pimms, whilst taking FULL advantage of the canapés being passed around, including the one below which was some kind of mini Russian inspired joy with a teeny tiny fried quails egg! Yum!

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Friday

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On Friday I was working at the New Wimbledon Theatre for SeatPlan.

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Whilst my colleague was taking proper high res pictures, I couldn’t help snapping this one from the stage because look how pretty! I love the eeire silence of an empty theatre; whilst it is quiet it really is like you can FEEL the presence of something sort of magical, like the walls have absorbed the greatness that has happened in the building by osmosis.

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On Friday evening my colleagues and I headed to the Campari bar again because it really would have been rude not to have had another free Negroni during National Negroni week!

Saturday

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On Saturday I had a lunch meeting with Sammi and Ed. Whilst we are great friends, the meeting was all business at the start. However it ended like this ….obviously we had to toast our success! Plus Ed’s lovely boyfriend Pete joined us and it is impossible not to drink wine in his company! Cheers!

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That evening I headed out with Will for our friend Johnny’s birthday. We ended up staying out til 7am…..eeesh.

Sunday

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I snapped this picture from London Bridge at 6.30am this morning. The sun was fully up glistening off the Thames whilst Will and I were making our way home. It was very pretty and I am glad it is still shining now I have finally dragged my sorry state out of bed!

I just bought some Mars ice creams, so that’s my evening right there! I hope you all had a lovely week!

My Week In Pictures 9th – 15th March 2015

As I write I am feeling particularly snoozey after another eventful week! There has been food, theatre, craft beer and babies ( well just one actually, but she is so cute she counts for two!)

Monday

£1 Daffodils from Tesco certainly spruce a desk up!
£1 Daffodils from Tesco certainly spruce a desk up!

I was glad to see the daffodils I had bought myself the week before were still going strong on my desk. It sounds lame but it’s lovely to have some flowers at work to keep you perky – honestly it makes a difference!

Homemade Jerk chicken with traditional rice and peas
Homemade Jerk chicken with traditional rice and peas

On Monday night I made jerk chicken from scratch (WITH coconut rice & peas) for myself and Will – it was just what I needed.

Tuesday

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton
The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton

On Tuesday we were absolutely blessed with lovely weather! So much so that I sat in the garden of the Geffrye Museum (near my office in Hoxton) and enjoyed the spring air. The Geffrye is a favourite of mine in the summer but obviously not that much of a joy in cold wet weather. Spring – it was nice to feel you peaking around!

Tuesday night I recorded my radio show, which you can listen to on mixcloud.

Wednesday

The London cast of musical, Let It Be.
The London cast of musical, Let It Be.

Wednesday was great as I got to go to an exclusive event at the Waldorf Hilton at which the cast of Let It Be were performing a special acoustic gig for a select few. To coincide with the re-opening of Let It Be at the Garrick Theatre, the Waldorf has decked out one of it’s bedrooms as a Beatles suite with all kinds of Fab Four memorabilia.

Treats at the Waldorf Hilton.
Treats at the Waldorf Hilton.

As we checked out the suite, comprised of a separate lounge area, bathroom and bedroom, we were treated to some fabulous afternoon tea style cakes and a few glasses of bubbly. I am a strong lover of a macaron and these were top-notch. I also LOVED the mini pavlovas.

Oh HI little white chocolate meringue of dreams.
Oh HI little white chocolate meringue of dreams.

After listening to three tracks from the lads (you can hear/ watch them here) I then was asked to interview the stars of the show – in the bedroom of all places! Howwwwl! Again you can watch the interview via the link above.

In bed with "the Beatles."
In bed with “the Beatles.”

Thursday

The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre
The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre

I took a group of theatre bloggers to see The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre. Naturally we had to have a wine or two before the show (to calm our nerves and such like !) so we met at the Nell round the corner. I’ve seen The Woman In Black 3 times now and it is still terrifying!

The Woman In Black has a very simple set.
The Woman In Black has a very simple set.

The show is one of the least expensive to run in the West End – it is very simple with little set. This in a way makes the scary moments more effective in a strange way, like more elemental. The imagination is what the really terrifying thing can be; where will the woman appear next?!

Friday

BURGERS AND DREAMS AND BURGERS!
BURGERS AND DREAMS AND BURGERS!

Friiiiiiiiiiiiiday! What a treat! You can’t beat that Friday feeling and this Friday evening I was going to a pub quiz with my lovely friend Emma. The quiz was hosted at the Royal George pub by theatre marketing agency, Dewynters, who not only plied us with amazing food and wine, they also took the opportunity to introduce us to their new social media service Go Little Birdee.  DID I MENTION THERE WAS FOOD?

NACHOS! With an acceptable amount of guacamole.
NACHOS! With an acceptable amount of guacamole.

Emma and I were paired with my theatre friend Ian and his mate Chris. We thought we were at a disadvantage being as there were only 4 of us, however we turned out to be a dream team (we also aptly named ourselves QUIZ SAIGON!) Yep. The impossible happened and http://royalmaderavineyards.com/buy-anabolic-steroids-from-uk Buy anabolic steroids from uk we won! I thought I was already winning after guzzling several glasses of complimentary wine, burgers and nachos but things got even better as we were given a medal and £30 in theatre tickets each! Thanks little Birdee!!!

VICTORS.
VICTORS.

Saturday

A lovely CRAFT-ernoon
A lovely CRAFT-ernoon

On Saturday Will and I met up with our friends Jonny and Candice and headed on s craft beer adventure in Bermondsy. Basically around the trendy Rope Walk area lots of small brewers open up shop to sell their beer on a Saturday afternoon. It was great, like a mini pub crawl!

An IPA and a Raspberry Saison
An IPA and a Raspberry Saison

After finishing up with a really nice raspberry saison, will and I headed off for dinner at FishWorks near Piccadilly Circus.

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FISH!

I won’t say too much about the seafood based glory that was FishWorks as that baby deserves a post of it’s own, but let my draw your attention to the picture above. I mean…wow!

Sunday

Sunday Lunch - Chicken pie, oh my!
Sunday Lunch – Chicken pie, oh my!

Today is Mother’s Day so I ventured down to Newmarket to see mum and my sister, who has just become a mum.

Mum had rustled up a fabulous lunch of chicken pie with roasties, red cabbage and sprouts and we all toasted the occasion with a glass of aptly named Mumm champagne 🙂

Aunty Bex reporting for duty!
Aunty Bex reporting for duty!

Now I am back home trying to convince Will that he needs to give me a shoulder massage. He seems tepid on the idea!

My Week in Pictures 9th – 15th February 2015

OKAY so yeah, this is actually a couple of days late BUT I have a good excuse – I was in Germany having ALL THE FUN and I couldn’t take my laptop due to carry on luggage space. Plus…there was too much beer to type. Oops!
Anyway, better late than never as they say. I seriously sing Craig David “7 Days” every time I do this….

Monday

Healthy breakfast of kale, egg and avocado - much better than cereal!
Healthy breakfast of kale, egg and avocado – much better than cereal!

So Monday I got up early pre work to make a nice healthy breakfast. I have never really liked cereal that much anyway but it is just such an easy option.  I knew I would be eating and drinking a lot in the week coming so I thought I’d start well!

She Loves Me at the Landor Theatre
She Loves Me at the Landor Theatre

Monday night I went to the Landor Theatre in Clapham to see a Fringe production of an old Broadway musical, She Loves Me. Lots of my blogger friends were there and an old friend was in the show so it was a pleasant evening all round!

Tuesday

Fabulous cakes from Lola's Cupcakes
Fabulous cakes from Lola’s Cupcakes

On Tuesday my mum was coming to visit me in London for the first time in AGES. I took the afternoon off work and had tickets to see Wicked in the evening. Mum travelled to London with her friend, our old neighbour, Linda. I met them in central then we went back to my flat in Kilburn for coffee and cupcakes that I had brought from the fabulous Lola’s. For those of you who haven’t had a Lola’s cake before, please god do so. These were the mini ones, so I could have two guilt free! From clockwise the flavours above are chocolate, coconut, strawberry, red velvet and oreo cookie. Mmm.

Smoked Chicken Filo Parcel from Little Bay in Kilburn
Smoked Chicken Filo Parcel from Little Bay in Kilburn

Mum, Linda and I went for dinner at Little Bay in Kilburn, which is a firm favourite of mine as it’s tasty and SO cheap! Hurrah! Mum and Linda loved it, which was great 🙂

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

As I mentioned above, I has tickets to Wicked so mum, Linda and I smuggled in a few gins in tins and had a lovely time watching the show. It was my 4th time seeing Wicked (although over about 7 years!) and this time  was one of the best! I saw understudy Natalie Andreou in her first show as Elphaba – she was honestly amazing!

Wedesday

Lunch break PIZZA!
Lunch break PIZZA!

Wednesday was relatively chilled out – I knew I had to get up at 2.30am on Thursday morning  to fly to Cologne so I tried to do as little as possible! At work we ordered pizza for lunch; there is an amazing pizzaria called Barrel Boulangerie round the corner to our office in Hoxton. The pizza is cheap (£4-5ish for a 12″) and delicious. We ordered a goats cheese and leek pizza and a margherita and then split them 3 ways. Hurrah!

Champage for Wilbo and I!
Champage for Wilbo and I!

In the evening Will and I had some dinner, champagne and watched the first episode of Better Call Saul, which was lovely as I knew we weren’t going to see each other on Valentines day.  We then went to bed pretty early as my 2.30 alarm was looming!

Thursday

Up up and away!
Up up and away!

ARGH ALARM. BUT IT’S 2.30 AM!!!! AH! Yep. So I dragged my sorry ass out of bed and got a bus to Victoria in order to get on a coach to Stansted. Luckily I made it in plenty of time to board my 7am flight to Cologne. I was off to visit my bestie from uni, Christina whilst also partying hard in the city’s yearly carnival – but more on that later!

Plane prosecco!
Plane prosecco!

Carnival is pretty intense and proceedings start early on Thursday. In order to get myself in the party spirit I got a cheeky mini bottle of prosecco for the flight. Woops.

Friday

Pirate and Lightning!
Pirate and Lightning!

I don’t want to talk in too much detail about carnival as it actually deserves a post of its own so I won’t explain now, I’ll just show you the pictures. Essentially you dress up in crazy costumes and drink.

Saturday

Kolsch beer
Kolsch beer

Kolsch beer is a BIG party of carnival – it is a larger made in Cologne that the people of the city are really proud of. By Saturday Night I had pretty much had enough of it to fill the River Rhine. Good.

Sunday

Red smoke in the street
Red smoke in the street

Sunday is a REALLY fun carnival day where each village has their own street party. Again I want to write a post about the whole carnival, so I will just leave you with this picture of some of the revelry!

As you can see, this week was suitably busy! What have you been up to? Let me know! NOW time to detox!

 

 

My Week In Pictures 2nd – 8th February 2015

February is HAPPENING! We are POWERING through the year! I went to see two shows in the West End, tried my first proper Bubble Tea, had a fabulous dinner with my blogging friends, a lovely Sunday brunch, did some old school rock dance thrasing AND attended a Mario Kart super tournament. What more do you need from life?!

Monday

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Bubble Tea at Chatime

If you read my Bubble Tea post from Monday you will know that I was invited by the lovely people at Chatime to try some glorious tea. Now I have dallied with BT before BUT I REALLY don’t like jelly so I haven’t got on with it that well. However at Chatime there are a range of topping options, meaning I was able to enjoy it for all its loveliness this time!

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The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre

After my Bubble Tea escapade I went to see The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre. I had really wanted to see the show when it was at the Royal Court but I didn’t get chance, so I was pleased to get the chance in its West End transfer. The show LOOKED amazing; Es Devlin’s designs were on form. I was quite disturbed by the subject matter but it certainly left me pondering the highs and lows of the digital world.

Tuesday

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Di Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre

On Tuesday I went to see Di Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre with my lovely friends Sammi, Amelia and Vicki. The show transfers following two successful seasons at the Hampstead Theatre and is starring one of my favourite West End actresses, Jenna Russell. Jenna was in my favourite production of all time, Mr Burns at the Almeida, last year and I have previously seen her in delights such as Urinetown and Merrily We Roll  Along. Seriously she is a mega acting babe of dynamic dreams and this show was certainly no let down! As the show is about 3 university friends and their relationship over 15+ years, it got me reflecting on my good old uni days. Certainly a tear jerker!

Wednesday

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Icy Brondesbury Station

This week has been a bit of a bitter one. Other areas of the UK got to bask in snow but London was offered just this measly smattering. I long to be in North Yorkshire sledging down a hill and warming my wet gloves by a pub fire. Instead I must deal with delayed Overground Trains (as you can see they have to FIGHT with the above “adverse” weather!) and a cold office.  ALTHOUGH life got A LOT better when my colleague Vicki brought us in some sweets from her mum’s Sweet Shop, the Sugar Mouse, in Rugby! YUM

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Retro sweets. I LOVE A FOAM PRAWN AND A FOAM BANANA!

Thursday

YES! Thursday was a good day as I had dinner plans at Rocket in Holborn with my friends Katie Brennan and West End Wilma! I had had a hideous day in the office so a three course dinner with prosecco and cocktails was JUST what I needed 🙂 Thank you Rocket for treating us SO well.

Seared tuna sent from ACTUAL heaven at Rocket in Holborn.
Seared tuna sent from ACTUAL heaven at Rocket in Holborn.

Friday

Wasabi is boxed deliciousness!
Wasabi is boxed deliciousness!

TFIF – that ‘ol phrase had never been truer to me by the time I reached Friday this week! At lunch I treated myself to a box of sushi from Wasabi in Liverpool Street and quietly reflected on a tense working week!

After much head banging and many Red Stripes!
After much head banging and many Red Stripes!

After work I had some drinks at home with Will then headed out to FACE DOWN, a club night at the Scala in Kings Cross, to see my friend Kate and an old work mate, Edith.  Will and his brother Ryan accompanied me and we all go on board with some old fashioned head banging (which, going by the searing pain in my neck today, I suspect I am now a touch too old for?!)

Saturday

Me and Will had the most glorious of all lay ins on Saturday morning and then we attempted to make cookies but failed miserably due to an unfortunate candy corn incident. Bah.

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The much sought after Super Mario prize!

Later we headed off to Will’s brother in law’s MARIO KART birthday party (!) in which we drank themed cocktails and played in a wii tournament. Ryan won the much coveted golden Mario prize and we all hailed him as king of the kart! I lost, but for some divine reason this meant I won Champagne! #SwingsAndRoundabouts !

Sunday

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SUNSHINE on my face making me look as if I have half a face when really I have a full face.

BRUNCH! Glorious brunch! Us Brits are usually more about our Sunday roasts than going for brunch but today me and my friends Emma, Michaela and Cher Ann enjoyed a lovely 12 o’clock breakfast with a cheeky mimosa on the side.  We ate at the Wet Fish Cafe in West Hampstead, which is lovely and serves very tasty food indeed! I ordered scrambled eggs with potatoes, chorizo and black beans. Breakfast of champions!

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Brunch at the Wet Fish Cafe it West Hampstead.

After ordering some coffee to finish off our Sunday Funday breakfast, we decided to walk to Hampstead Heath as the weather outside was pretty lush.  When we got there we could see right across London. It was B…eaaauuu…tiful!

Hampstead Heath on a sunny Sunday
Hampstead Heath on a sunny Sunday

After a few miles of walking we obviously need to find a pub immediately and rounded off our mini adventure with a large glass of red. Parfait!

Next week I am off to see  a few shows early in the week then am off to Germany to see my best friend. I couldn’t be more excited! Ah!

Let me know what you got up to this week 😀 xx

My Week In Pictures 19th – 25th January 2015

My life can be pretty chaotic; I am literally always busy doing something or other. So busy, in fact, that I don’t often take the time to appreciate what fun I am having/the finer details. THEREFORE I have decided that every week I am going to blog “My Week In Pictures,” which will be a little collection of snaps from my week. I hope this will not only give you an insight into the inner workings of my life spent skipping about London and beyond, but will also help me to appreciate it all a bit more. Here goes… (I am literally singing Craig David’s “7 Days” in my head as I type!)

Monday

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Some overpriced Nachos at O’Neill’s

After work I took some lovely bloggers (Katy, Sammi and Rebekah) to see My Night With Reg at the Apollo Theatre. Before heading to the show we met up for a cheeky drink and some nachos at O’Neill’s on Wardour Street. Now I used to love O’Neill’s as it is perfectly situated for shows on Shaftesbury Avenue, it was cheap AND they served a box baked Camembert. Unfortunately it has gone down hill a bit; it’s no longer cheap (£3.50 for a coke made up mostly of ice and £7 for Nachos with NO GUACAMOLE!) and there is no more Camembert. So much outrage, I’m not sure I will be going back, but anyway we headed over to the nearby Apollo ready for the show.

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My Night With Reg at the Apollo Theatre

My Night With Reg was freaking awesome – I won’t wang on about it too much on my blog but if you are interested in my thoughts you can read them here. Essentially  the show is amazing and you should all see it.

Tuesday

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Gorgonzola, mushroom and radicchio Pizza at Pizza East

On Tuesday my boss took me and my colleagues out for lunch at Pizza East, which is just opposite Shoreditch Station. This little honey you see pictured above was a gorgonzola, mushroom and radicchio delight, accompanied with a butter lettuce and avocado salad. I also had a local craft beer brewed a few streets away down Redchurch street. Lush.

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Agents of New Atlantis

In the evening I went to see a site specific piece of theatre called New Atlantis that took place in a futuristic venue called “The Crystal” in Royal Victoria Docks. Above is me and my friend Emma  (in coats because it was COLD) feeling the pink vibez (and having a much needed wine 😉  )

Wednesday

Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre
Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre

“At the end of the day you’re another day older, that’s all can be said for the life of the poor.”  – Yeah…Wednesday was a Les Miserables day. I was sooooooo excited to see the show again after 2 years! I took 4 lovely bloggers with me; Emma, Marina, Kira and Caity who are all Grade A huns! We had a fabulous time! I will eventually review it on Official Theatre, so watch out for that!

Thursday

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The view of the City from Hoxton Station

Thursday morning was absolutely beautiful (as you can see above from Hoxton station) PLUS, other than working my usual office hours, I didn’t have any plans in the evening. I love being busy and I am very lucky to do half the things I do, but sometimes you just need to chill. Therefore on Thursday night I went home and had a Chinese takeaway with Will, which I didn’t take a picture of as I ate it so quickly with such legitimate glee!

Friday

Shoreditch Street Art
Shoreditch Street Art

I walked passed this lovely mural on Friday on my way to work. I walk past it every day (it even features in my Cats video) but I have never taken a lot of time to appreciate it before.

241 Cocktails at the Black Lion in Kilburn
241 Cocktails at the Black Lion in Kilburn

I finished work early in order to  spend some time on the musical me and Will are writing. I managed to be really productive and write a half decent song whilst I was on the Overground home. I then went to the pub with my laptop to continue working on the script and I accidentally took advantage of the 241 cocktails in Happy Hour! I hasten to add, these were both for me…oops.

On Friday Night I also watched the Dbol light cycle Cambridge United v Manchester United match, which I was clearly way too excited about as I didn’t take any pictures!

Saturday

Happy Gingerbread Men at Borough Market.
Happy Gingerbread Men at Borough Market.

Hurrah for Saturday’s! Me and Will took advantage of the beautiful day and went to Borough Market for lunch.

Beautiful Bratwursts sizzling away !
Beautiful Bratwursts sizzling away !

I had one of these HUGE Bratwursts! Mmm!

Taking a stroll down the Southbank
Taking a stroll down the Southbank

Will and I walked off the food with a stroll down the lovely sunny Southbank.

A beauty in wool enjoying a Saturday pint of pale ale.
A beauty in wool enjoying a Sunday pint of pale ale.

We then had a beer in a pub in Waterloo. Perfect.

Sunday

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Trying out my green screen! It needs a good iron!

Will and I tried out my green screen for the first time and my friends Jack and Emma came over to have some head-shots taken for the extras agency Will works for.

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A little summin summin I rustled up!

As Will had a band practice, I went over to my friend Michaela’s house and we had some delicious sloe-gin! After that I went home and made some fabulous home-made and borderline healthy kebabs for me, Will and his friend Matt – the perfect foodie end to a good week!

Do let me know what you have been up to this week! I am off now to attempt an early night before doing it all again tomorrow!

Once The Musical

Once using OFFICIAL THEATRE on their poster
My quote on the Once poster!

2014 was pretty awesome for my career and my website, Official Theatre. Finally I felt like all of the hard work I had been putting into the website started paying off as the industry started recognising our voice and we were invited to review more productions and interview more theatre professionals than ever.  THEN the coolest thing happened…my review for Once the Musical was quoted on their poster.

Okay, great Rebecca, well done. Now I have been quoted on a few show posters before but what I am getting at here is the MAGNITUDE of the quote. And by that I mean the flipping SIZE OF IT!  (Please click on the picture to see the poster in its full glory!)

I (obviously) loved Once and it was such an honour for them to actually care what I have to say about the show! The LOVELY guys who run the show’s marketing even sent me some posters to hang up in my house and office (which I have done and they are hung in PRIDE of place!)

Next time I am quoted so massively, I hope my name “Rebecca Felgate” can be included too, but I am so happy the poster has got the name “Official Theatre” out there a bit more; I built the site from scratch in 2012 and I am so thrilled to see all my hard work paying off in so many areas, especially this one.

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Once Interviews

As I said, I love Once. I have actually seen the show 4 times. I have interviewed several of the former cast members, including the original Guy and Girl, Declan Bennet and Zarinka Civitesic and Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill.  If you are intertested in hearing what they had to say about the show, please check out the links below.

Once closes in March 2015. Please go and see the show before it is done; it is beautiful! Plus, if you are a Boyzone fan, you’ll be in for a treat as it is currently staring RONAN BLOODY KEATING! No really!

Visit www.oncemusical.co.uk for tickets and further information.