A Weekend With The Olivier Awards 2018

full length image of girl in pink formal dress stood on red carpet in front of olivier awards photo board

In April 2018, I had the unreal experiences of being an Olivier Awards #BeInspired Award winner. My best friend and I attended the ceremony, walked the red carpet and collected my award, then partied with the stars and were treated like princesses for the night with a stay at a five-star hotel. It really was a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m SO excited to tell 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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Mamma Mia UK Tour (Relaxed Performance) – Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

on stage image of three girls sat on a doorstep looking at an open diary

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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Discussing Inclusive Theatre with Erin Siobhan Hutching of The DH Ensemble

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!

On stage photo of two women stood up with one hand raised in the air: one woman looks confident and the other more uncertain

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.

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