Warning: this blog post contains period chat.
I have been on hormonal contraception for about 4 years. I’m too selfish to be a mother right now; I just want to go to the theatre as much as possible and you can’t do that with a child. I was on the pill for a year but after hearing other people have such positive experiences using the contraceptive implant, I was a big girl and went to get it. And boy do I regret it.
I didn’t know what to expect when I booked to see Quiz; a play inspired by the real life events behind the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal. But at £15 to sit on stage when I was already in London for Kinky Boots? I was definitely game to see what this Chichester Festival Theatre production had to offer after falling in love with Half A Sixpence last year (one of their previous productions).
Last night was the biggest night of the year when it comes to London Theatre. The Laurence Olivier Awards are presented by the Society of London Theatre, and they’ve been an important night in the theatre calendar for over 40 years. Last year the ceremony moved to the Royal Albert Hall, and I’ve got a few thoughts about this year’s winners that I want to quickly chat about.
I remember when Kinky Boots made its Broadway debut back in 2013. Mainly because I was obsessed with American Idiot (I’ve still not seen it, but they’re touring later in the year. Definitely going to have to go) prior to this and one of the cast members was cast as Charlie Price. Oh Stark Sands, 16 year old Sophie loved you so much. But despite having seen Killian Donnely in The Commitments in 2014 and loving him in it, I just didn’t get the same excitement for him to play the role when it transferred to the West End. It was probably due to the ticket price, I’m going to be honest. Well in February I noticed a sale on the Adelphi Theatre website and managed to get second row stalls tickets for £20 (which are currently bookable for other dates at closer to £70 – ouch). Now I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to see Kinky Boots this time, and gave myself a midweek two show day in my Easter break.
I remember the announcement of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie hitting the West End. Whilst I hadn’t heard much about it’s Sheffield try out (other than it being a sell out), I knew I was going to have to see it at some point. When I popped to London one casual Wednesday afternoon a couple of weeks ago to go to the Bat Out Of Hell Press Launch, I entered a ton of Today Tix lotteries (use my code CMXVT to get £10 off your first order) which I unfortunately didn’t win. However, for entering the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie lottery that day, I was entitled to £29.50 tickets in a seat which often goes for almost three times that amount. A real steal! I took the opportunity to see the show that has everybody falling in love from a fantastic seat, rather than my usual view from the upper circle.
If you read my 2018 goals, you may recall that I said I’d be going cruelty free with my beauty products. Throughout the first few months of the year it’s been a real learning curve, especially as a lot of my favourite products have come from brands that are not cruelty free and I’m quickly running low on my stash. This post is all about the problems that I have faced since going cruelty free, and hopefully this will help you out if you have been toying with the idea too.