On the 19th June, I turned 20. I know it’s not particularly deemed a big deal of an age, but to me it is. It means I’ve been existing for two decades, I’ve dropped the “teen” in my age and I’m expected to be an adult now. I say expected because while on a technicality I am now an adult, I can’t say I really feel like an adult. I don’t know why that is – perhaps it’s just that the situations in my life kind of still make me feel like I’m 18 or younger? Or maybe it’s just self-denial?
Having just won a Tony Award on Broadway only two days ago, for “best scenic design in a play” – it seemed the perfect time to venture over to Norwich’s Theatre Royal on a Monday evening to witness “The Play That Goes Wrong”.
Rachel Tucker first made a name for herself when she competed as one of the finalists in the BBC TV talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008. However, she is perhaps now better known for painting herself green to play Elphaba in Wicked on the West End and Broadway (for a total of 4 and a half years), alongside some other great theatre roles.
Though last night, she took centre stage at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds as she’s “On The Road” for the first time…
On a sunny Tuesday evening in Ipswich, after a sad news day, a trip to the theatre for Our Man In Havana at the New Wolsey seemed the perfect way to escape the outside world for two and a half hours.
In my world, there’s very few days that aren’t somewhat stagey because I don’t think a day goes by without me listening to a soundtrack, cast recording or theatre performer.
However, this Saturday was a very stagey one! It began with the West End Bake Off, followed by The Girls matinée and ending with the Whisper House evening show. With lots of meeting people in between!
This blog is something that has taken me a lot of time and strength to write, and its a huge step out of my comfort zone but what better time to share this than on Mental Health Awareness Week. Yes, Mental Health exists and it’s time to break the stigma as 1 in 4 are said to have mental health issues; and I’m a 1 in those 4.
Some of you may recall a popular British BBC series of the early 90’s, titled Waiting For God. If you do, you might be pleased to know it has been given a new lease of life as it has been adapted for the stage in its UK tour premiere, which is currently at the New Wolsey theatre, Ipswich.
I while back I did a poll on my Twitter to see if there was any interest in a monthly “What’s Hot” type post. Initially it got a big no, but then by the end of the vote it got a majority yes. Despite a slightly mixed opinion, I thought I’d give it a try to see how the reception goes!
In the “Merry Month of May” I’ll give you a little insight in what I’m excited about in the world of Theatre, Film and beyond. As well as a few suggestions of what to look out for (even if I’m not actually seeing them myself).
This is one new show I had been particularly excited for, although predominantly due to the fact my favourite leading lady Dianne Pilkington was starring; but bias aside, something about Whisper House had me highly intrigued…