Wheelchair Accessible Sightseeing By Boat With City Cruises York [AD]

pippa sat on bench onboard boat that's out on the river, one hand on the rails and looking behind her. pippa is wearing a light pink denim jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.

[AD – Gifted Experience] Many thanks to City Cruises for having us aboard your York sightseeing tour! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Head to their website find out more about the tours and book your tickets!

I’ve lived in York for coming up to eight years now, and throughout that entire time I’ve had my eye on City Cruises. Every time I’m in the city centre and spot the jolly red boats cruising up and down the river, I push them higher up my mental bucket list… and I’m so glad to have finally been able to experience one of them for myself.

See, this is the thing. You may know that I live with a debilitating chronic illness, and when I’m out and about I generally use a wheelchair. Unfortunately, this means that I don’t always get to explore new places as much as I’d like to, and I can often end up feeling a little excluded from popular tourist experiences. Not this time, though. City Cruises had my back.

View Post

York’s Park Bench Theatre Presents First Love by Samuel Beckett

actor chris hannon in long tan coat and black hat, sat on park bench with legs together and head tilted to side
Image Credits: Northedge Photography

Expectations: 3/5

Reality: 4/5

Chronic Illness-Friendly: 5/5

[AD – Press Invite. Many thanks to York Theatre Royal and Engine House Theatre for the complimentary tickets. It’s so important to support local theatres at this time so I’d also like to make clear that I will be making an online donation following the performance. You can do the same here!]

To say it’s been a theatre-less few months would be an understatement. Like many people, I’ve been sorely missing live theatre and watching on with despair as the industry we adore struggles to survive these challenging times. However, if stagey people are anything, they’re creative. They do what they can to find innovative solutions to seemingly impossible barriers, and Engine House Theatre’s Park Bench Theatre initiative is a prime example of this.

From August through to September, Park Bench Theatre will be sharing three unique productions: a play based on Samuel Beckett’s First Love (under Under Matt Aston’s direction), the premiere of the original Every Time A Bell Rings, and a further premiere of Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The small team of creatives will be staging each of these productions outdoors, within the gorgeous scenery of York’s Rowntree Park, inviting audiences to once more indulge in the arts in a safer, socially distanced way.

View Post

Blood Brothers UK Tour – Grand Opera House York

on stage group image of full cast, mrs johnstone kneeling on floor between bodies of two brothers with cast stood behind her
Image Credits: Blood Brothers UK (Press)

[GIFTED] Press tickets #gifted by Grand Opera House York in exchange for review. You can catch Blood Brothers at Grand Opera House York until Saturday 2nd November, before it continues on to other venues around the UK. If you enjoy this post, you may like my other chronic illness-friendly reviews too!

Expectations: 4/5

Reality: 5/5

Chronic Illness-Friendly: 2/5

Blood Brothers has always had a place in my heart. From playing various roles myself and critically analysing the production for my GCSE drama exam, to appreciating the show on a much deeper level as I’ve aged and matured as an audience member, I firmly believe that Willy Russell’s musical is one of the all-time greats. As a production, it is utterly incomparable to any other show I’ve seen.

The performance begins with a glimpse into the devastating final scene, two bodies being mournfully covered up and carried away by policemen, before the onlooking Narrator sombrely addresses the audience and takes us right back to the beginning of the story: the story of a mother, Mrs Johnstone, coerced into giving one of her twin sons away to Mrs Lyons, the childless housewife who employs her as a cleaner.

View Post