Theatre Roundup, March 2018

Monthly Blog Round Up, March 2018 | Essential Twenty

I’ve decided that it’s about time I give a round up of my month, because I don’t do too many life lately posts. Here I can share my favourite things that have happened throughout the month, and share which shows I’ve managed to get to (especially as it can take a little while for me to get around to reviewing them fully). Just a little update at the end of each month to talk about my life, and indulge in what’s going on around me right now, and what’s coming up in April.

In March, I managed to get to the theatre five times which I think is a record for me. I fell in love with the magic of Pippin but was underwhelmed by Eugenius‘ closing night performance. I made it to see the show all about everyone’s favourite 16 year old Yorkshire drag queen, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and I got to see Jason Gardiner in drag in Ruthless! The Musical. I experienced my first ever improv comedy show in the form of Murder She Didn’t Write, and I even went to my very first big press launch as a blogger. This was for Bat Out Of Hell which opens at the Dominion Theatre this week. It was a whirlwind theatre month!

Next month I have another busy theatre month, with four shows already booked in. I’ll finally be seeing Kinky Boots which I’ve wanted to see since Stark Sands was announced as Charlie on Broadway 5 years ago, and I’ll be at the previews for Quiz‘s West End premiere. I’ll also be seeing Strictly Ballroom The Musical (which I should’ve seen at the weekend, but it was rescheduled due to cast scheduling conflicts) and finally seeing Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre on closing night. My final theatre dates for the diary are a local production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and taking a trip to Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to see Spring Awakening. We’ve got a busy month coming up on Essential Twenty.

Monthly Blog Round Up, March 2018 | Essential Twenty

Other exciting blog bits that happened includes visiting the Origins store in Cambridge for an evening with other local bloggers, learning all about Origins’ most recent launches, and I got a couple of fun West End press night invites. One was for Ruthless which I couldn’t attend, but had already seen the show in previews, and the other is for a show way off in the future so I don’t want to spill too much just yet. I also got invited to attend An Evening With Jason Robert Brown as a member of the press. He wrote the score for The Last 5 Years which is one of the most heartbreaking shows that has never played in major commercial theatre (although Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan starred in the film which is a pretty decent version), and I’ve not been so excited to attend a concert in a long time. Who even thinks to include this little blogger as part of their invite list? I’m so thankful!

I haven’t been the best blogger in March, but I’m feeling very inspired right now, and I have a week and a half off work to catch up on photos, and enough content ideas to see me through the next three months. I’ve been working a lot on trains and in The Theatre Cafe which has really helped me as I don’t get distracted. There’s nothing to play with, nothing to tidy, and nothing to eat (unless I want to give up a very hard to find seat in London cafes) which means I sit at my laptop and actually work. Plus, I feel like if I have my laptop out in public and I’m not working people will judge me for being lazy. I’m going to be making it my aim to spend at least a couple of hours every fortnight working somewhere without home comforts to distract me!

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