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This year, I was nominated and chosen as a winner for the Olivier Awards’ #BeInspired Award 2018. I had the opportunity to attend the Oliviers to walk the red carpet and collect my award, as well as party with the stars and be treated like a princess for the night with a stay at a five-star hotel. As you can imagine, it really was a once in a lifetime weekend, so I hope you don’t mind me telling you all about it…

Back when my best friend Izzy nominated me for the 2018 #BeInspired awards, we literally had a conversation about how unlikely it was that I would win. We looked back at last year’s winners, mutually agreed that “well… it was worth a try”, and went for a McDonalds. When, a few weeks later, my phone madly started vibrating with calls, texts and WhatsApps from Iz, naturally I assumed that either something terrible had happened, or that she’d just found a particularly good baby goat video on the internet.

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Expectations: 3.5/5
Reality: 3.5/5
Chronic Illness Friendly: 5/5 (Relaxed Performance) – keep scrolling for my chronic illness friendly review!

Like most people of my generation, I grew up listening to Abba’s music: so many of their iconic songs have been ingrained into my childhood and feature prominently across my earliest memories. In fact, one of my first recollections of learning to dance was listening to Abba during modern class in a humble little church hall, wearing a bright orange sequinned leotard and learning to do stag leaps and high kicks to Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!; another involves six year old Pippa kneeling on a stage belting out ‘Thank You For The Music’ whilst, for reasons unbeknownst to me, dressed as an alien. Don’t hate me cos you ain’t me.

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So, I thought I’d throw together a super quick post about what’s going on since I’m still mostly in shock about the whole thing…

A few weeks ago, I found out that I’d been nominated for Official London Theatre’s Be Inspired Awards, part of the prestigious Olivier Awards. My best friend Izzy put me forwards for my ongoing work in accessible and inclusive theatre, and that alone was enough to completely make my year. However, I am *beyond* shocked and humbled to have been chosen as one of the four Be Inspired winners for 2018. My goodness, even whilst typing it now it still feels utterly incomprehensible.

You can watch my segment of the winners’ announcement, filmed at Sheffield Theatres with the help of my fab pal and Media Officer Ellie, below…

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I first met Erin Siobhan Hutching through my work with Scope, and obviously jumped at the opportunity to have a natter about inclusive theatre with her: the following post has been published with the permission of the Scope Stories team and The DH Ensemble. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Going to the theatre is an experience enjoyed and cherished by many families, particularly over Christmas and the New Year. However, like many other recreational activities, theatres and shows often fail to be wholly inclusive of disabled people. Although the accessibility of venues has now begun to increase, the content and suitability of individual productions for those with specific impairments continue to exclude multitudes of disabled people from enjoying these shows for themselves. View Post

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Back when I spontaneously decided that 2017 would be a Year Of The Theatre, I was completely unaware of just how much of a game-changer this decision would turn out to be. If it hadn’t been for a horrible night of insomnia that had me creating a blog just for something to distract myself with, there isn’t a single aspect of my life right now that would be the same. From my first review that’s so hideously bad that I can’t even bring myself to link it, to my most recent review of the Hairspray UK Tour, I’ve loved every single moment of becoming a theatre blogger.

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