Musical Theatre Must-See List 2019

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New year, new idealistic musical theatre plans…

I haven’t done a post like this before, but after sharing quite a scrappy note of my must-see list on my Instagram stories and seeing people’s curiosity (which made my heart warm: you lot are my FAVES), I decided to share my 2019 must-see musicals list here as well. Everything’s linked by the title, and I hope you find some potential new favourites on there for yourselves too.

I’ll tell you right now that there’s no chance I’m going to see everything on this list, but I’m sure as heck giving it a good go. I’ve known for a while that 2019 was going to be a Good Theatre Year for me, with so many of my all-time favourites heading out on tour and some much-anticipated musicals transferring to the West End. So, if you too are one of the lucky souls living in Yorkshire surrounded by incredible regional theatre, you can find my top picks below. And keep scrolling for some West End highlights (and deals and discounts!) too…  View Post

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Tips for Independent Living alongside Chronic Illness [AD]

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In May 2018 I moved into my own flat, and it’s safe to say it’s fast become my little happy place. Although I’m chronically ill, I was very fortunate to be in a position where I could live on my own if I wanted to… and I knew that doing so was the best thing for me. As with everything there are pros and cons, but I’m finishing up my 2018 knowing that I absolutely made the right choice by making the decision to live independently.

There’s no doubt in my mind that there are others out there who’d like to live this way too, but feel overwhelmed at the thought. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by people who read my blog is how I manage independent living alongside my condition, and today I hope to share a little about beginning that process. I already have another post planned about the specific mobility aids and adjustments I use on a day-to-day basis, and so today I’m sharing five introductory tips to ease you into independent living… View Post

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Dirty Dancing On Stage at York Grand Opera House

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Image Credits: Alistair Muir

Expectations: 3/5

Reality: 2/5

Chronic illness-friendly: 2/5

I’ve had such a good run with musicals this year that I was long overdue a not-so-spectacular one. I had really high hopes for Dirty Dancing, having purposefully avoided watching the movie so that I could see it on stage first. And, whilst it did have its moments, I have to say that we did leave the theatre feeling rather underwhelmed.

Set in the summer of 1963, protagonist Baby embarks on a family holiday as the innocent youngest daughter and leaves as an enlightened woman who’s learned a thing or two about romance… namely due to the presence of hunky dance instructor Johnny. The Dirty Dancing film is considered iconic and holds sentimental value for so many people, but how did it measure up on stage? View Post

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Books You Need In Your Life, July- September 2018

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Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham (Walker YA)

“They say that sarcasm is the lowest form of humour but for me, sarcasm is a sanity-saver. If I wasn’t able to make fun of my situation I think my heart would crack in two from the tragedy of it all”.

If you managed to read the title of this book without automatically singing along to the tune of it in your head, I applaud you.

Siobhan Curham’s latest novel follows the narrative of two young people in remarkably different circumstances, and the story of how their hidden similarities come to reveal themselves. It’s a gorgeous story of friendship, but from each viewpoint, some hefty real-world issues are tackled head on. First we have Stevie, quietly living in poverty and singlehandedly caring for her mum, who’s suffering from debilitating depression and facing unjust cuts to her disability benefits. Then we have refugee Hafiz, still emotionally recovering from fleeing the war in Syria and trying to find his feet in the UK, all the while not knowing whether his family and friends are even still alive. View Post

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