Recommended Theatre for July 2017

Recommended Theatre for July 2017

This is going to be a short one, because I haven’t had time to schedule it in advance (did I mention I’ve started a new job? Once or twice? Okay…) and I’m writing it on the morning it goes up, which is also the day of my university graduation: my family arrive in an hour, and my room still needs hoovering (vacuuming for North American readers). Apologies for the brevity, but I hope you manage to make it to these shows, because they’re great, and you shouldn’t miss them!

Working at Southwark Playhouse, London. More on this next week, because I saw it just under two weeks ago, and I want to tell you about it in detail, but it’s a fantastic chamber musical, on until the 8th July. Go go go. It’s being marketed on the basis that it was written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and embellished by Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), which is reflected in the show: it is incredibly well written. You can book tickets here.

Jungle Book UK Tour. I kind of have to recommend this, because I’m spending a lot of my time working on it at the moment, but I would recommend it anyway. This adaptation of Kipling’s text is set in the urban jungle and is a circus musical, suitable for the whole family! (We’re suggesting 8+ as a guideline, because it can be quite loud, and Shere Khan could be scary for younger viewers, but we will welcome younger audiences if their parents think they will enjoy it!) You can catch it in Doncaster 12-15th July (book here), Birmingham 19-22nd July (book here) or Bristol 26-28th July (book here) in July (I’ll tell you about future tour dates in future posts, but you can also find the full list of tour dates here).

Rotterdam, Arts Theatre, London. I haven’t seen this yet, but I went to a breakfast discussion on Tuesday at the arts theatre about questions of gender and theatre, and I’m going to go see this play as a result of hearing what the people who made it have to say about it. You should too. It’s won an Olivier, it had a really successful run in NYC, and it’s an important play to be happening right now. It’s only on until the 15th. Go see it. Book here.

That’s all for this week I’m afraid – I need to go clean my room and then go graduate! I’ll be back next week with my thoughts about the theatre I’ve seen this month (which has been amazing!), so stay tuned for that, and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have for July (preferably within reach of London) in the comments!

Emily xxx

P.S. There is a lot of discussion of theatre etiquette going on in the comments of last week’s post – I’d love it if you added your thoughts to the mix.

Photo credit – Richard Davenport c. 2016, Jungle Book

Recommended Theatre for June 2017

Recommended Theatre for June 2017

Happy 1st Birthday to this blog! I started this blog a year ago tomorrow, after I’d finished my second year university exams, and wanted something to occupy my time and document what I was doing in theatre. I can’t believe a whole year has gone by, but I’m hugely grateful for the memories I’ve saved by doing this, about what I did for so many projects, and while interning over the summer, and for how far I’ve come during this year.  I’m looking forwards to writing about what I do in the coming year, and seeing where I’ve ended up by the time it’s rolled by. I’m also very grateful for the support of those of you who read this blog regularly: I really appreciate it.

When this post goes up, I will have finished two of my three final university exams. That’s a scary thought! But an exciting one as well: I’m looking forwards to some really exciting new things, starting very soon after this post goes up. (See last week’s life update!) In the mean time, life goes on, and theatre happens that you probably want to see. Here are my recommendations, in London, Cambridge and elsewhere for the month of June 2017.

In London:

The Barbershop Chronicles is on at the National Theatre until the 22nd June (and then at West Yorkshire Playhouse in July – wait for next month’s recommendations for that!). Produced by Fuel (I was involved in some of the casting preparation while I interned there) this play by Inua Ellams is set in six cities around the world, and considers the relationship between black men and their barbers, and their discussion of the world in barbershops. I cannot wait to see it! You can book tickets here.

Woyzeck is on at the Old Vic until the 24th June, and it looks thrilling and dark. The COld War, politics, and love. And an actor who was in a Star Wars film. What more could you want? You can book tickets here.

In Cambridge:

Wife, based on Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife, is on at the Corpus Playroom 30th May-3rd of June, and – despite being very keen – I’m not going to be able to see it (due to exams and then going to see Julius Caesar in Sheffield). Please go see it for me, and tell me all about it in the comments. You can book tickets here.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is on at the ADC Theatre from the 1st to the 10th June. From what I can tell, it’s a sparkly, fun musical, and that alone is a reason for it to be a great post-exams choice: easy, fun and a great way to unwind after a tense few weeks. I’m hoping to get to see it! You can book tickets here.

The Language Archive, about languages, love and being lost in translation, is on at the Corpus Playroom from 20th-24th June. As a bilingual person, I’m fascinated by this topic and very interested to know what this play has to say. You can book tickets here.

Elsewhere:

An Evening With An Immigrant, which I’ve mentioned before is my favourite production probably ever (of those I’ve personally seen to date). It’s on on 22nd June at The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford upon Avon, and you can book here.

Julius Caesar, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, on from now until 10th June. I’m going to see this with my family as a 21st birthday present, which we booked almost six months ago: that’s how keen I am to see this production… You can book tickets here.

By the time this goes up, I will have seen The Addams Family Musical UK Tour, and I’ll tell you all about it in next week’s post. In June, it will be on at Southend Cliffs Pavilion 30th May-3rd June (book here), Birmingham Hippodrome 6th-10th June (book here), Theatre Royal Bath from 13th-17th June (book here), Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 20th-24th June (book here), and Nottingham Theatre Royal, 27th June-1st July (book here).

That’s all for this week: thank you as always for reading. If you have any good vibes/ well intentioned thoughts/ prayers to a deity of your choice/… that you’d be willing to send my way as I sit my final exam and start my new job, I’d be very grateful! I’ll be back next Friday with my thoughts on what little theatre I made it to this month.

Emily xxx

Recommended Theatre for May 2017

Recommended Theatre for May 2017

It’s the last Friday of April, which makes it time for me to recommend things to see in the month ahead! This past month has been an okay one for me, in theatre terms; I’ve seen a couple of really great things (more on that next week) but I’ve mostly been focusing on dissertations (which were due on 25th April) and revision for my final exams (25th, 26th and 31st May). I’m going to see a few things this month, although I’m still focusing on revision and exams: please go see these productions and tell me about them in the comments, so I can live vicariously through you!

For anyone new to the blog – welcome! I post weekly blogs about theatre, on a Friday at 5pm (UK time), and I hope you stick around for more. I tend to recommend theatre in London, Cambridge and Sheffield, because those are the places I spend the most time, and am most aware of what’s going on. If I know of anything else that is good, elsewhere in the UK, or anywhere in the world, I’ll recommend that too. I’m not sponsored (or even contacted) by any of the productions I include: they’re all simply things that I have seen/am planning to see/would go to see if I could! In this post, I tend to recommend 8-10 things (I think more than that makes the post a bit long…) but obviously there are more amazing things going on in the theatre world! If you follow me on twitter, I tweet about everything I see that looks interesting!

Without further ado, here are the things I’m most interested in in May:

In London:

Consent, at the National Theatre til the 17th May. I haven’t managed to see this (I’m still sort of hoping I’ll make it) but it looks phenomenal. You can book tickets here.

– The Barbershop Chronicles, at the National Theatre from the 30th May. I’ll recommend this again next month, but it does, just, come into May’s recommendations too. It’s by Inua Ellams, and produced by Fuel, both of which are a sign that it’ll be fantastic. You can book tickets here.

The Addams Family Musical, New Wimbledon Theatre, 16th-20th May. This musical, setting the Addams family a few years later than the famous comics/films/TV series, sees Wednesday Addams, now 18, fall in love with a normal boy… The couple try to introduce their families, and chaos ensues. (Not a scenario reserved to the kooky Addams clan!) It opened in Edinburgh this week to fantastic reviews and I’m really excited to be going to see it: it’s a hilarious musical, and a great treat to go see it and escape from revision! It’s on a UK tour, rather than in the West End, so it’s not in central London, but I’m getting there on the tube, so I think that totally counts! You can book tickets here.

In Cambridge:

– Bad Jews at the Corpus Playroom from 2nd to 6th May. This looks entertaining and clever. You can book tickets here.

– Love Story at the Corpus Playroom from 9th-13th May. A chamber musical by a BAFTA award winning composer… I’m intrigued and planning to go! You can book tickets here.

– The Merchant of Venice at the ADC Theatre from 16th-20th May. It’s Shakespeare, which is a good start (though I admit it isn’t my favourite of his). The technical aspects of this production sound more complex and impressive than probably anything I’ve seen done in my three years in Cambridge: current plans include 21 tons of water and a self-driving punt… Probably not one to miss! You can book tickets here.

In Sheffield:

Julius Caesar at the Crucible Theatre, on from the 18th May-10th June. I’m going to see this with my family as my 21st birthday present (in early June, unfortunately, so you won’t hear about it until July), that’s how much I want to see this show. I’ve mentioned my dissertation on the role of female actors in contemporary productions of Shakespeare on this blog repeatedly (sidenote. I handed it in this week. It’s officially finished and with the markers. Good vibes/thoughts/prayers are appreciated.) and I’m looking forwards to seeing Zoe Waites playing Cassius, bringing everything I’ve thought and learned about female actors in contemporary Shakespeare to understand it, without having to make notes! You can book tickets here.

Elsewhere:

I’ve mentioned The Addams Family Musical visiting the New Wimbledon theatre in London, but it’s on tour, and it is also going elsewhere… You can book tickets for it in Northampton, 9th-13th May, (at Northampton Royal and Derngate) here, or Canterbury, 23rd-27th May, (at the Canterbury Marlowe) here. (It’s continuing to tour til October, and may end up coming closer to you still: see the full list of venues here, or wait til I recommend them on this blog in the next few months, assuming I like it when I see it!)

Recommended Theatre For April 2017

Recommended Theatre For April 2017

Firstly, I apologise for this being a week late, and for the lack of blog post last week: I was on holiday in the Lake District and didn’t get around to uploading it. I hope that you manage to catch these plays this month anyway! (For any new readers, I will only recommend a few of the productions across the UK I think look most interesting, as I don’t want the post to get too long, but if you’re interested in even more, I tweet about all sorts of things I think look interesting. You can follow me on twitter here.)

Without further ado, here are the plays I think look exciting in the places I can get to, and those I can’t…

London:

Consent at The National Theatre. This looks amazing, and I wish that I could get to it. If you can, please enjoy it for me vicariously. (You can book here.)

– Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Howard Pinter Theatre. I had to pick one thing I could afford to see at the theatre in London while I’m there (yesterday, by the time you read this) and this was what came up as being both interesting-looking and affordable (by the time I was looking there was only one affordable ticket for Consent, and I was going with a friend, so this was a second choice, but given the volume of theatre on in London, I think it’s fair to say that second choice, and chosen is a good sign!). I’ll let you know what I thought of it in my round up of April theatre next month, but if you want to make up your own mind, you can book here.

Both these shows are on til mid-May, so you may well see them recommended here again next month, depending on what else is on.

Cambridge:

There isn’t much going on in Cambridge that caught my eye this month – the students are on vacation, so there isn’t much on in the student theatres (although there is a production of The Full Monty by amateur company the Pied Players on next week – from the 11th to the 15th – which you can book for here if that appeals) and nothing on at the Arts Theatre looks particularly interesting. Hopefully I’ll have more to suggest in Cambridge next month!

Sheffield:

Sheffield Theatres also have a little less on than usual, as the Crucible is hosting the World Snooker Championships from the 15th, but the National Theatre’s Jane Eyre is coming from 18th to 22nd April, and is definitely not one to miss if you’re within reach of Sheffield. You can book here!

Also on in Sheffield is Easy Street Elite’s A Chorus Line, on at Yellow Arches Studios, 10th-13th April. I mentioned Easy Street Theatre company a few months ago, when my younger brother played Jean Valjean in their production of Les Miserables last summer (you can read it here) and I’m looking forwards to seeing this one too! You can book here.

Elsewhere:

Edinburgh – The Addams Family Musical UK Tour is opening in Edinburgh, 20th-29th April. This musical was really successful on Broadway, and there are high expectations for the UK Tour: it’s not one to miss, and I’m certainly hoping to catch it (although probably not in Edinburgh, that’s quite far from where I live). You can book here, or browse other venues here (I’ll probably mention them in future blog posts, so you can wait, but if you’d rather book early, you can do that too!).

That’s all for this week – thank you as always for reading: I hope you’ve seen something here that’s caught your eye! If you have any plays you think I’d be interested in seeing, please let me know in the comments – I love hearing recommendations from you all, and I’d also love to hear what you think of any (or all!) of these, if you manage to see them. Apologies again that this was a week late, but I’ll be back next week with a review of theatre I enjoyed in March 2017!

Emily xxx

P.S. I have not been paid/asked/otherwise encouraged by any of these productions to recommend them – they’re simply sincere recommendations of things I thought looked interesting.

My 10 Favourite Plays!

My 10 Favourite Plays!

As many of you will know, I’ve spent the last two and a half years doing an English degree, which I will be finishing in a few months. The watershed of graduation is looming ever closer, and I flit between being so excited to start new opportunities and being terrified of the uncertainty of a basically indefinitely blank canvas ahead of me (until now, everything I’ve started has been a several year, fixed project: five years of school, two years of sixth form, three years of university… while this is the start of “employement until retirement” [I hope!], which is a bit overwhelming at times, but also very exciting). I’m hoping to spend the future contributing to physical plays on real stages, but before I do I thought I’d look over my bookshelves and think about my favourite plays to read. These are not the same as performances I’ve enjoyed of these plays, but specifically plays I’ve enjoyed sitting and reading like novels. Plays are intended for performance, but we publish playtexts, and you get a particular experience reading them, which is different to seeing them performed. I also find I get a particular enjoyment from work I’ve spent time studying, and most of these are plays I’ve studied in an academic context, which I enjoy reading in that light.

Obviously favourite pieces of art change as people change, and I’m sure my favourite plays to read won’t be the same in three years as they are now, but, nearing the end of my degree, these are the plays I most enjoyed reading at the moment.

10. Antigone, Sophocles

I first read a version of this play in my early teens when I read Jean Anouilh’s adaptation, and I then studied it (in translation) for AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies. I returned to it this year for the Tragedy Paper, and it’s still a very powerful piece of writing. I’ve only read it in translation (I don’t have any Ancient Greek unfortunately) but the translations available show how exciting a piece of writing it is. It leaves you with plenty to think about in terms of prioritising personal/family values versus communal/state ideals, problems which are definitely still at work in society today.

9. Blasted, Sarah Kane

This is dark. Really dark. I read it for the Tragedy Paper, and it’s stayed with me: it’s a brilliant piece of writing and a really thought-provoking play, even if its celebrity came to it by its shocking violence and explicit nature. I actually think I would prefer reading this play to seeing it: I can appreciate the function of the shocking elements on paper, while I might find them almost too much onstage (this is the point of course, but I like being able to think about the other powerful aspects of the play while I experience it).

8. Richard II, William Shakespeare

I can’t talk about plays I’ve loved reading in my degree and not talk about Shakespeare: the Cambridge English course has a whole module dedicated to Shakespeare (he’s the only author in the whole course for whom this is true) and the Tragedy Paper requires consideration of Shakespeare’s Tragedies. I’ve most recently read Richard II in this context: while it is now classified as a history play, it was originally billed as The Tragedie of Kinge Richard the Seconde, and it certainly exhibits many aspects of tragedy. It’s a great play and really worth actually sitting and reading. If you really can’t face reading it, the BBC Hollow Crown filmed version is great.

7. Medea, Euripidies

You’ll be surprised to hear that this is another I read for the Tragedy Paper… It’s a striking play and one which has informed most writing which followed it, directly or indirectly. It’s another I’ve only read in translation, if you can read it in Greek that’s incredible and more power to you for it, but the translations available are usually great and it’s a play well worth spending a few hours on.

6. The Real Inspector Hound, Tom Stoppard

On a more cheerful note, I performed in a version of this in sixth form and its a very clever piece of meta-theatrical melodrama which I love reading to this day: it’s ridiculous, but very funny and lighthearted enough to be a counterweight to some of the heavier reading of my course.

5. Dr Faustus (A Text), Christopher Marlowe

I studied this in A-Level English, and then again every year during my degree. There are two versions of the play (the “A” and “B” texts) and I personally prefer the earlier version, the A text, which doesn’t include a few scenes which I don’t think add much, and contains less censored lines which I think are better than the later versions, although obviously this isn’t a universally agreed idea. I’ve never actually seen a version of it I thought was good (please, for the love of all that is holy, avoid the Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor film, which is truly awful) but I love reading it: it’s beautifully constructed and written and very clever.

4. The Seagull, Anton Chekhov

I first discovered this in A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies, and returned to it for the Tragedy Paper. It’s not cheerful (the combination “Chekhov” and “Tragedy Paper” might have hinted that) but it’s striking, haunting and beautiful. Spend some time reading this one slowly, because it’s much more subtle than some of the others listed here.

3. The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution, Caryl Churchill

This is one of the texts I’m focusing on in my dissertation on Churchill and her use of children. It’s a brilliant piece of writing, which discusses the Algerian War of Independence and child abuse and it’s incredibly thought provoking. I will be posting my dissertation about it on this blog in a few months, so you can read more about what I think of it then, but if you have some time to read it, I can’t recommend it enough: it’s short, so won’t take you very long, and it’s time well spent.

2. Seven Jewish Children, Caryl Churchill

This was the text that prompted my dissertation, and I can’t begin to discuss it in just a few lines here. It’s available online here, and will take you about 10 minutes to read, and months to think about and understand.

1. Othello, William Shakespeare

This is my all-time favourite play, to read, to see performed, to think about when I’m daydreaming… It’s phenomenally powerful, insightful, and exciting. I produced a gender-swapped version of it at the ADC Theatre in May 2015, and I’ve studied it for the Tragedy Paper this year, and I still can’t get enough of it. If you haven’t read or seen it, you’re missing out, and you should go read it now. Seriously. Now.

If you’ve enjoyed this, please let me know in the comments, and please let me know if you’d be interested in something similar for favourite productions of plays, or favourite filmed versions of plays. I’m also considering doing something like this specifically for female playwrights: despite being someone who makes an effort to read work by female authors and playwrights, when thinking about work I’ve enjoyed studying so much of it is by male authors that I can’t honestly construct this list with more female playwrights, because I haven’t been able to study more of their works. I’d love to know if that’s something you’d enjoy. Also, if you’re interested in reading about some of my favourite books in various genres you can find them on my fairly regularly updated Reading Recommendations Page.

Thanks as always for reading, and for all your support of this blog. Please like the post if you enjoyed it, and follow the blog if you haven’t already to be updated when I write new posts! I’ll be back next Friday with recommendations for live theatre in April 2017.

Emily xxx

Recommended Theatre For March 2017

Recommended Theatre For March 2017

It’s already March! This year is flying by – we’re already 1/6 of the way through it, and it barely feels like it started… I have less two weeks left of formal teaching for my degree and I’ll have finished my exams in three months time! Crazy. Without further ado, here are a selection of plays that I think look exciting in the month ahead. I’m planning to go see a few of these, and would love to hear from anyone who sees any of the others with your thoughts! (Living vicariously and all that… :P)

In London:

My Country, at the National Theatre. A new play about Brexit based on interviews with people around the country. It’s playing at the National Dorfman Theatre from now til the 28th March, and then going on tour around the UK (so watch out for it in my ‘Other’ recs in the next few months!). You can book tickets here.

Twelfth Night, at the National Theatre, starring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia. You can read what I thought of it here, and book tickets here.

– An Evening With An Immigrant (which if you read these posts regularly you’ll know I recommend every time it’s on: it is just that good) is on at Stratford Circus Arts Centre 16-18 March. You can book tickets here. It’s also on at Tara Arts 24-25th March, which you can book for here.

In Cambridge:

– Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone is on at the Cambridge Arts Theatre 14-18 March. Stay tuned to hear what I think of it, and/or book a ticket here.

– Cambridge University Amateur Dramatics Club are putting on How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 15-25th March at the ADC Theatre. I saw How to Succeed in Business on Broadway in 2011, with Daniel Radcliffe in it, and it was hilarious: I have high hopes for this production. If you want to book, you can do so here.

Elsewhere:

– An Evening With An Immigrant, which I’ve recommended in the London section of the blog is also touring to Newcastle (7-8th March, book here), Hexham (9th March, book here), Derby (11th March, book here), Coventry (13-14th March, book here), Poole (15th March, book here), Peterborough (22nd March, book here), Margate (23rd March, book here). I hope one of those is near enough to you that you can get to it: it really is a phenomenal piece.

– Racheal Ofori’s Portrait is on at Northern Stage, Newcastle 14-15th March (book here) and at Wolverhampton Arena 16th March (book here). If either of these places are within reach for you I wholeheartedly recommend this, and I’d love to hear what you thought of it!

Those are my top recommendations: I hope you’ve found something that’s caught your eye! Of course, there are hundreds of other, fantastic things on in these places and elsewhere: I’d love to hear your recommendations, both for me and for other readers, in the comments!

I’ve realised, after a couple of months of doing them, that writing my ‘Recommended Theatre for the month’ blogs on the first Friday of the Month, and my ‘Theatre I enjoyed during the month’ on the last Friday of the month is a little impractical; you miss a few days of a month on either side, so as of now, I’m exchanging them: my recommendations for April will come out on the final Friday of March, what I enjoyed in March will be the first Friday of April and so on. I hope that will work well!

That’s all for this week, thank you as always for reading, liking, commenting and following the blog: I really appreciate your support! I’ll be back on Friday with a review of Sex With Strangers at Hampstead Theatre, which I saw last Friday, too late for it to make it into my February Theatre I Enjoyed (and the prompt for the schedule change). See you then!

Emily xxx

P.S. If you like the theatre I recommend, you might want to follow me on Twitter, where I retweet anything I think looks interesting, including some plays which don’t end up making it into this post, to keep it a readable length!

Recommended Theatre in February 2017 and The Mystery Blogger Award

Recommended Theatre in February 2017 and The Mystery Blogger Award

I’m hoping to manage to see more theatre in February than I saw last month: recording a CD and a large concert on top of my normal extra-curricular activities and my university workload (which with four months until my finals is building up quite significantly!) didn’t leave me with much leisure time to go to the theatre! Some of the things I’ve seen that I think look fantastic and I’m really interested in seeing include:

In London:

  • Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, with Tamsin Greig playing Malvolia, is probably the single thing I’m most looking forwards to this month; I have tickets to see it on the 18th, and I am incredibly excited! It’s on 15th February – 17th April, so if you miss it this month, you have a few more opportunities to go. (I’ll tell you what I thought of it in my review of February’s theatre at the end of the month.) You can book tickets here.
  • The National are putting on some more Shakespeare: Macbeth, on 6-20th February (book tickets here) and Romeo and Juliet, on 11-24th February (book tickets here).
  • The Young Vic are putting on See Me Now, on 11th February – 4th March: a production created and performed by sex workers, which sounds fascinating (see more here). Unfortunately it’s already sold out, but if you’re going to see it I’d love to hear all about it!

There is also always plenty on in the West End that has been there forever and/or will be there for a while (or that, like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Hamilton is sold out and has been for years…) that I don’t include in these posts, not because they aren’t valuable theatre, or because I think what I’m recommending is better, but because it feels a bit odd to say “Hey you should check out Les Mis in the West End specifically in February 2017″.

In Cambridge:

  • I’m going to see A Hot Gay Time Machine tonight, which looks fantastic, and closes tomorrow, but it’s been sold out for a while, so I won’t rub it in to those who wanted to get tickets and haven’t been able to by giving you a booking link…
  • The ADC are staging London Road next week (7-11 February) at 7.45pm which looks interesting (book here) and Unravelling the Ribbon at 11pm on the same dates: all profits are going to charity, so this is definitely one you should book for (do so here).

Elsewhere:

  • Fuel’s An Evening With An Immigrant is on at State Theatre Centre of WA in Perth, WA on the 24th and 25th February: if you’re an Australian reader this is your chance! It’s a fantastic play, and you can book tickets here.
  • Fuel also have Fiction by David Rosenberg and Glen Neath touring to a couple of venues in the UK: Wolverhampton Arena Theatre on the 9th (book here), Media Factory in Preston on the 11th (book here), Northern Stage in Newcastle on the 14th (the perfect Valentine’s evening!) and 15th. If any of those are near you, don’t miss it!

Realistically, I’m only going to manage to make it to plays in London or Cambridge, but if you are able to see any of these for me and tell me about them, either in a comment here or on twitter (@emilybaycroft) I’d be very grateful! (Incidentally, twitter is a good place to see more recommendations from me, as I retweet anything I see which looks interesting!)


On another, exciting note, I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Aubrey Leaman at If Mermaids Wore Suspenders. Her blog is full of exciting things about books and literature, which as an English student I find really exciting, so if you’re interested you can go explore her blog at the link above.

She said that this award is “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.  Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” This is so generous a description to be applied to me that I can say little more than: wow! Thank you so much, I’m incredibly honoured that my writing is being enjoyed that much. Thank you also to all my readers, whose support is invaluable to me.

The rules for the award, as created by Okoto Enigma, are as follows:

1)  Display the award logo on your blog.
award2)  Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3)  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
4)  Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
5)  Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
6)  Share the link to your best post.

1-3: Tick

Three things about myself

I blog almost exclusively about theatre and my professional aspirations, as they relate to that, with only intermittent mentions of my personal life, so here are three things about me which you may not know:

  • I speak fluent French, as well as English. My mother is French, and my parents spoke French at home while I was growing up (in Sheffield) so I grew up fully bilingual.
  • I have two younger brothers
  • I’m 5 feet 4 inches tall, which puts me at the global average for women, but rather below the national average in the UK (something my younger brothers, both of whom are almost six feet tall frequently remind me of)

Answer 5 questions from the nominee

  • If you could have a conversation with any fictional character, who would it be and why? I would want to have a conversation with Albus Dumbledore, because he holds the answer to my biggest question about the Harry Potter universe: if he duelled Grindlewald while Grindlewald had an unbeatable wand and described that conflict as “I won the duel, I won the wand”… How?? Although I also have a lot of questions for Celia Bowen of The Night Circus and would be keen to talk to a lot of characters from my bookshelves.
  • If you were to become a famous musician or singer, what kind of music would you be famous for? I can’t imagine myself as a famous solo singer, but I do a lot of choral singing, so maybe I will one day sing with a famous choir?
  • If you were to become a famous author, what kind of books would you be famous for? Some kind of fiction. Probably long, complicated fiction where the interesting things are how people relate to one another, rather than the plot… But that’s not especially popular fiction, so much as the fiction I like… Maybe I wouldn’t make a particularly good famous author either!
  • Would you rather have someone constantly narrating your life like a voiceover or be constantly followed around by theme music? Theme music. No question. A voiceover would be frustrating, theme music would be great!
  • If it became an option for people to move to another planet, would you move there? Why or why not? Not. I’m quite a homebody, and having watched my parents live in different countries and on different continents to their immediate families, I wouldn’t want to move quite as far as a different planet!

 

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That’s all for this week! Thank you as always for reading, and for your support of my writing: I really appreciate it! I hope you enjoyed this post, please like it if you did, and leave me a comment with your thoughts, particularly if you go see any of these plays: I’d love to hear what you think of them! I’d also love to know if you’re interested in hearing more personal things on this blog, or if you prefer the theatre focused writing. I’ll be back next Friday to tell you all about how Cigarettes and Chocolate went, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Emily xxx

P.S. I got tickets for Hamilton in London in February 2018! Booking things that far in advance feels mad: I have no idea what I will be doing in February 2018, but I will be going to the theatre! I’m still thinking about what I want to see in February of this year, but I already know about February next year… I hope anyone in the UK who was trying to get tickets succeeded!