Saturday, 26 March 2016

I've Got My Ticket... Kinky Boots - The Musical

This March my dad booked a day off from his work, and as my mum and I have Wednesday’s away from our jobs anyway I set myself the little mission of searching for a production to see then. 


It was only just last month that we had been to London for a show outing, however why miss the opportunity of going again a few weeks later?  


With thanks to another prime theatre deal popping up in my email inbox for £20 tickets to watch Kinky Boots: The Musical, which features songs written by “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” superstar Cyndi Lauper, the submit button was soon clicked to book three seats for a matinee performance.

 Show Name: Kinky Boots – The Musical
Venue: Adelphi Theatre, London

Performance Dates: 22nd August 2015 – 24th September 2016  
Starring: Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry, Amy Lennox, Jamie Baughan, Amy Ross, Michael Hobbs
Musical Director: Peter White

Brief Information:
The story behind this original moving picture that is being put out at the Adelphi Theatre tells of how a shoe factory is not far from going bust and something drastic needs to happen in order to prevent this.

Charlie Price is the son of the company’s previous owner and soon he is met with the reality that the business is heading right down the gutter. That is, until he unexpectedly finds a friend in Lola and her drag queen pals.

Giving his employees just two-weeks notice, Charlie is informed that it is possible to save his father’s livelihood if he can find their niche market. Soon this young man has a brainwave with the aim of manufacturing boots that will support the weight of a man, who cross-dresses. When Lola gets wind of the plans, she has one simple request “Make them red!”. So just imagine her look of horror when she is handed a pair in burgundy!

Having found their target audience, discovering things in common that they weren’t aware of, Lola, also known as Simon, and Charlie have one last chance, with a three-week deadline to hold a catwalk presentation with footwear that take the fashion world by storm.

My Opinion:  
Although I hadn’t seen the 2005 released film the introductory song “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World” quickly told me that we hadn’t made a wasted journey. Never before have I witnessed a stage act that has contained glamour, jollity and such beneficial advise all together – and pulled it off!

What did you like?  
The mixture of tip-top comedy and emotional scenes, all which put across the clear message that “Nobody is better than your true inner self”.

What would you change?
Maybe involving the classic Cyndi Lauper hit?

My star rating out of five:


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Friday, 11 March 2016

Fortunate Finds... 712 More Things To Write About Journal

Recently I posted on my social media about the 712 More Things to Write About Journal. 

In December a friend kindly wrapped a copy up for me as a Christmas present and just by getting a glimpse at some of the writing prompts inside I was very enthusiastic about using my imagination to pair each idea with my words.

Even if you normally tend to just use a pen for scribbling out a shopping list or to-do tasks, this publication really will make anyone think hard, then go onto build at least one or two sentences.

There is no rush to fill up the 336 pages available – each piece is meant to be enjoyable!

As well as getting creative, many people have found this title actually quite therapeutic, including myself. I believe that this is because there is no pressure of needing to have A+ grammar and that you get the full say on what is inked onto the almost blank sheets of paper.

On a typical week I visit my own book on a singular basis, normally on an evening, just before settling down for dinner. Flicking to a random page is how I tackle which feature to select, and whilst being a bit of challenge, it is repeatedly fun.

It would be impolite of me to end this topic here, so these are a couple of my finished samples:

You've fallen in love with a member of the opposite political party.
Write the breakup scene.

It was time to close this romantic case by hitting him with today's newspaper across the face.
In black and white I could clearly see, this wretched MP had been cheating on me.
Now that I am back in charge, I have given him one week to get out of the garage.
He may no longer be mine, but at least I get to keep every dime.
Pity the young ones.
5 days of school every week is a drain,
where in this place making friends can be a pain.
Obeying to rules and doing chores,   
also tend to become a bore.
Growing up can be tough as a teen,
who watch the scariest films to cause a scream.
Most struggle to keep their rooms neat,
as much as they can't maintain a healthy physique.

‘712 More Things to Write About’ by The San Francisco Writers Grotto is available to buy here:
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