Hi, I’ve decided to do a blog every day for advent (well at least try to). These blogs are going to be about various things, some about mental health but also some about other topics. I haven’t planned them yet, so they may be (most definitely will be) rough around the edges. Some may contain trigger warnings; I will say this before the start of the post.
Day 9- Shows I’ve seen in 2017
Over the past year I have been lucky enough to see quite a few shows, the majority of my student loan went on It. It was my new year resolution to see as many as possible. I’ll try and do them in order but I’m not sure I can remember.
The first show I saw this year was RENT. I saw this in February whilst I was still living in Liverpool with my sister. I didn’t know much about it so I didn’t know what to expect. But I was not disappointed at all.
It shows the lives of a group of friends, who are all different types of artists trying to make it New York city. But not being very successful doing so.
It contains very little spoken dialogue, so is more of a rock opera that it is a musical.
Their lives are not very happy, within this musical there are muggings, evictions, and death. But it ends being a heart-warming show.
Within the cast I saw, they had Layton Williams as Angel. He was absolutely phenomenal. And he can dance in higher heels than I could ever imagine even walking in.
I really did enjoy this show, however, the theatre itself had strange acoustics and was quite hard to hear in.
But I would definitely recommend.
The Adams Family Musical
The Adams Family musical is a “kooky” version of traditional family musical. It was definitely a feel-good show. Although in a way it followed the predictability of an average love story, it was definitely not your normal version of a love story.
The cast consisted of Les Dennis playing a hilarious and loveable Uncle Fester, Samantha Womack as the “don’t mess with me” Morticia, and Carrie Hope Fletcher as the strong and independent, but love-struck Wednesday.
The show was loveable and filled with so much talent. It was the perfect family show.
Avenue Q is the opposite to the musical above, it is definitely not a family show. I have seen this musical three times now and it never gets old.
It’s hilarious, but also heart-warming.
It is effectively the naughty muppets. The main character is a puppet called Princeton, he is desperately trying to find the meaning to life, and has just started his new life on Avenue Q. Its rude, funny, and lovely.
Yet every time it does add to my existential crisis, mainly because I feel like I relate to that puppet quite a lot.
The only thing I will say is be careful who you go with. If you think you can bare sitting with your nan during a puppet sex scene, then go for it, bring her along!
The Jungle Book (kids)
Whereas the other shows I’ve mentioned have either been professional casts- touring or west end, this show wasn’t. This was put on in our local theatre by local youth group. There is nothing cuter than seeing a bunch of 9 year olds singing Jungle Book songs.
Support local theatre!!
Girl from the north country
This musical is something like I have never seen before. It follows the story of the local guesthouse in Minnesota 1934. Elizabeth is played by Shirley Henderson, she is slowly suffering in the grips of Dementia, she has a adopted daughter who is pregnant and no one knows who the father is, and a husband who is cheating on her and is the owner of the guesthouse.
The musical is based around and includes Bob Dylan’s music. The way in which they incorporate the songs is amazing, the actors play most of the instruments alongside the band.
The cast includes Shirley Henderson, Sheila Atim, Bronagh Gallagher and Ciaran Hinds, plus many more.
Although it has completed its run at the old Vic theatre, it has now moved to the west end.
I really recommend going to see this.
I had my heart-broken into a thousand pieces, it’s just beautiful.
The play that goes wrong
This is an immersive theatre experience; from the minute you enter you are part of it.
I saw this in the afternoon of the day I went to see Girl from the north country, and it is just hilarious. Even though I’m not into slapstick that much, this is just brilliant.
I don’t want to say much about this as I don’t want to give it away.
Just think of your dad doing amateur dramatics.
The last show I have seen of this year is Hamilton. This is having its own post, so I’ll tell you about that later.
Love Abbie xx