Wicked UK Tour – Leeds Grand Theatre

amy ross as elphaba, wearing all black and standing looking up at stage right with hands together

Expectations: 5/5

Reality: 5/5

Chronic illness friendly: 4/5

Let me begin this review by admitting a huge bias: you’d be hard pushed to find me saying a bad word about Wicked. It was younger Pippa’s obsession, resulting in it being the first West End show I ever saw, and the one that’s consistently stayed my favourite all these years later. There’s something utterly magical about Wicked, and this production at Leeds Grand Theatre certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Stages At Sea Musical Theatre Cruise By Floating Festivals

poster advert reading 'throwback at sea' on the left, and 'stages at sea' on the right, with an image of a cruise ship

The UK musical theatre scene is truly leading the pack at the moment. We have a thriving West End, wonderful UK tours, heightened interest in community and inclusive theatre, and now… a musical theatre cruise. Yes, you did hear that right.

Later this year, Floating Festivals are premiering two cruises onboard Royal Caribbean’s luxurious Navigator of the Seas – Throwback: a party-fuelled three-night cruise celebrating all things 80s, and Stages: a four-night immersive cruise experience with musical theatre appreciation at its’ core. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.  

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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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