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19 July 2018

My Theatrical Experiences

When I was in high school, I really wanted to study drama for my GCSEs. Only not enough other people wanted to, so they couldn't fill a class and the option was removed and I did a double in Business Studies, which was 100% common sense and 0% creativity. And I just shelved any hopes of being involved in acting in any way after that until I was in my twenties.

After reading Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt, I'm sharing some of my favourite theatrical experiences for the blog tour. This book is honestly SO lovely and so passionate that it has me smiling just writing the title, and I'd recommend it to everyone.

My Favourite Theatre Experiences

It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I first went to the theatre, but I absolutely love it and try to go as often as I can afford now. I usually go with my bestie if we can get cheap tickets or if it's RSC, and I go to the ballet with my mum.

The First Time

My first time in the theatre was when the RSC toured the UK and came to Newcastle Theatre Royal, I was lucky enough to get some £5 tickets for The Taming of the Shrew and BOOM I was in love. We had amazing seats in the grand circle, felt 100% out of place in our nicest jeans and tops, and had an excellent time. It was laugh-out-loud funny and brought my favourite Shakespeare play to life.

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

The Weirdest Time

Earlier this year I managed to nab some cheap tickets for Cirque Berserk at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House and oh man. If you can get to see it as they tour the UK then do! I was absolutely blown away by the strength and skill, the whole audience was completely engaged, and there were moments that I couldn't watch because I was on the edge of my seat (looking at you, knife throwing). It was the most exhilarating theatre experience of my life.

Cirque Berserk

The Most Anticipated Time

I finally got to see Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London this year. A weekend in London with my bestie, lots of power-walking, and seeing Actual Magic on stage through opera glasses from way up high at the very back of gods. And wow. I still can't believe that I saw it. I am so in love with it and want so badly to go again, although maybe not in the restricted view seats. The atmosphere was electric.

Opera glasses at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

The Next Time

Next up for me is Northern Ballet's Three Musketeers in October this year with my mum and RSC's Romeo and Juliet in February next year with my bestie, both at Newcastle Theatre Royal. As usual, I'll be taking my trusty theatre bag along with me, this Book Spine Clutch from Karina's Bags which I  had custom made four years ago.

Book spine clutch bag by Karina's Bags

What's your favourite theatre experience?

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Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one.

But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret.

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  1. Loved hearing about your theatre experiences. I'd love to go to the theatre more but living in Ireland it's way more difficult!

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. I like the theatre but definitely do go often enough. Was Cirque Berserk similar to Cirque De Soliel? I'm sure you'll have a blast at the RSC Romeo & Juliet :) I wouldn't say I have a favourite experience as yet. But I did enjoyed King Lear at the RSC. The actors enunciated so much you could see the spit on the floor 😂 x

  3. I have not seen plays but musicals at the theatre and what a blast! the lion king was amazing! I'd love to see a ballet!

  4. I'm with you on live theatre, it really is an unrivalled experience. I was lucky to study English & Drama at uni and we used to get student price tickets for everything. Halcyon days! The show that I always remember was Ian McKellan in Bent. It was absolutely riveting. Great post, and thank you for bringing back some fond memories xx

    Lisa |

  5. Ahh, some great experiences there! Theatrical definitely sounds like something that would suit me, given my adoration of the theatre!!

  6. This post is a shining example of passion. :)

    I love the theatre and last went a few years ago, where I watched Wicked being performed in London. Everything from the actors, to the costume, set, lighting and incredible singing has me forever singing its praises. :) x

  7. I just got to see The Addams Family Musical last month and it was so much fun. I've also seen the RSC, but in Stratford and in 2011. We got to see Macbeth and Cardenio - they really brought Shakespeare to life. We were all on the edge of our seats! I'm so jealous that you got to see Cursed Child - I hope I have that opportunity to some day! :)

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