A Weekend With The Olivier Awards 2018

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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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2017 Year of the Theatre Wrap-Up

display of theatre programmes and tickets

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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Hairspray the Musical (UK Tour 2017) – Bradford Alhambra Theatre

a hand holding up a blue Hairspray programme in front of red theatre curtains

Expectations: 5/5
Reality: 5/5
Chronic Illness Friendly: 4.9/5

Chronic Illness Friendly Review

Location

Bradford Alhambra Theatre is one of my happy places. I’ve been multiple times in the last few years, and given the city it lives in, you perhaps wouldn’t expect it to be such a gorgeous, gorgeous venue. If you have wobbly legs like me, you should perhaps take into consideration the location of the theatre itself; you’ll find it in the city centre at the bottom of a relatively steep hill with limited car access, meaning it isn’t the easiest place to access by foot, particularly if you have mobility issues.

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Matilda The Musical – Cambridge Theatre, London

Expectations: 5/5
Reality: 5/5
Chronic Illness Friendly: 3/5

Chronic Illness Friendly Review

Location:

The Cambridge Theatre is a beautiful venue, and I found it to be particularly wheelchair accessible. As the Box Office and Foyer Entrance are both step-free, you can pick up your tickets without hassle, and the Front Of House staff were both chatty and attentive as they personally took us around to the wheelchair entrance at the side of the theatre. From here, you can access the bar, a small confectionary kiosk, a programme stand and an accessible toilet without encountering steps.

For those who struggle with noise/sensory overload, do bear in mind that the wheelchair entrance and following waiting area were quite narrow and became quite dense with crowds as people began to arrive before the doors opened and people could take their seats. However, there is a small section of corridor between the wheelchair entrance and this foyer that (inadvertently) served as a quieter area: you may be more comfortable waiting there.

If you have mobility issues but don’t use a wheelchair, be aware that there are steps leading up from the entrance of the theatre to the main foyer. However, by using the wheelchair entrance, you can access the stalls step-free and with minimal walking distance. The distance between the stalls entrance and the accessible toilet is also within about a hundred metres, which is pretty ideal. If you usually go for aisle seats to stretch your legs during the performance, the aisles are used frequently by the cast so… yeah, don’t stick your legs out during this one. Don’t risk breaking a stagey child’s leg and ruining their career before they hit puberty.

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