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blogger, reviewer & writer. lover of all things entertainment, and if lost please return to the nearest theatre, cinema or set of headphones.

Quarantine Q&A: Young Frankenstein

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that two years ago a bulk of my summer was spent at the Garrick Theatre in London, watching Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein the musical. I had such a great time supporting that show and cast from the very start, I first went to see it in previews in early October 2017, and fell in love with its madcap humor and energy. I saw it for the 20th and final time on its closing performance in August 2018, and it’s a time that taught me a lot and gave me some wonderful memories.

In that time, the cast got to know my face as one of the regulars and were always kind enough to stop and say hello when able. I still love to support them all as much as possible, and keep in touch from time to time – therefore I was thrilled when ensemble members Nathan Elwick and Emily Squibb agreed to answer a few questions in my next Quarantine Q&A!

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The (Lockdown) Last Five Years

If you’re a theatre fan, you’ll probably have heard of the iconic Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years. However, have you heard of The (Lockdown) Last Five Years?

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Pride in the Arts: 10 Ones To Watch

I was determined to regain some mojo at the start of lockdown, and swiftly lost it for a multitude of reasons. However, in a bid to try get inspired again, I thought I would turn my attention to Pride in the Arts.

As many of you will be aware, June is officially Pride month (even though every month should be Pride month!) In 2017, I wrote about My Pride – and therefore Pride is important to me. For I sit somewhere on the flag myself, as do a huge number of my friends and inspirations. Equally, the arts is another thing of huge importance to me. Both the pride and arts seeming go hand-in-hand, therefore I thought I would highlight a few of my favourite Pride friendly Films, TV series and stage shows. If you’re lucky there may even be crossovers!

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Quarantine Q&A: Only Fools and Horses

I’m taking a leap of faith and challenging myself to do more questions and answers/interviews – especially in the midst of all the lockdown mania. I want to encourage my own creativity and confidence, as well as keep the conversation of theatre alive, and get to know a few of my favourite performers a little better with some fun questions.

Therefore, I figured what better place to start than with one of my favourite shows on the West End of the past year, Only Fools and Horses Musical. I was thrilled when three fabulous cast members agreed to join in the fun and get involved with my Quarantine Q&A.

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10 Stagey Dream Casts

For musical theatre fans, ‘dream casting’ is a common occurrence. The premise is simply when people pluck ideas of which actors they would like see play specific roles! Therefore, I thought I would share some of my dream casting ideas.

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5 Underrated Musicals

It’s no secret that I love musicals. I appreciate all shows, and I believe they are all a success in their own way. However, I thought it would be fun to showcase a handful of shows that I feel are slightly underrated and deserve a little bit more love and appreciation.

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Sexton & Fowler: Grounded

I almost added this to my previous blog on Isolation Entertainment, but I thought I would hold out until I had seen the “living room concert” for myself, and write a little piece about it.

It’s no secret that when Sharon Sexton and Rob Fowler say jump, I instinctively say how high? – but this really is a beautiful piece of craftmanship from the duo. The pair decided instead of doing a livestream concert like most, they would turn it into a gradual labour of love that we can press play and repeat on whenever we wish. Therefore, in approximately three weeks they produced GROUNDED – a concert from their living room to yours.

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Isolation Entertainment

The world is in a strange and scary place now, I’m approaching the third week of lockdown here in the UK. Adjusting to my new life of sharing a house with my parents and dog 24/7, working from home, unable to physically socialise, see shows and all the normalities we didn’t realise we took for granted.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom as there are a few means of Isolation Entertainment going on so I thought I’d share some of my favourite things I’ve spotted that have been raising a smile as I spot them.

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Short Films

Short films are wonderful. Though, with masses of TV, film and other leading entertainment forms; they often easily get forgotten about and unfortunately rarely seem to get the platform for the masses to see. Unless you’re a film buff, you may not even be entirely sure on what they are or that they even exist.

If you aren’t aware, short films are fairly self-explanatory. It’s a motion picture that isn’t long enough in running time to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deems a running time of 40 minutes or less as a short film. Therefore, I decided to share a small handful of my favourites. 

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