I was going to write about it but then I had another story to share (this story) and I needed to mention in passing the Dirty Dancing disaster. And I ended up writing so much that it took over the entry.
So we tried and failed to go see Dirty Dancing. And then there was much discussion about whether we would try and go see it somewhere else. It had already been to Milton Keynes so that was out. It’s still to go to Birmingham Hippodrome however. But some of the group point blank couldn’t afford to pay for train all the way to Birmingham and a theatre ticket. And others weren’t bothered about going particularly if it involved the trek into Birmingham (just about an hour and ten minutes from Oxford, roughly two hours from here by the time you’ve waited the twenty ish minutes it usually is between the trains). Looked like this wasn’t going to happen.
“Arse.” thinks I.
Disappointing but not much I could do.
Then I went to Birmingham and met up with my friend Rachel. We’ve been friends since my first year at uni and used to meet up regularly. It had been about three years since we last saw each other. One of the things we’ve done there before is go to the theatre. And Dirty Dancing is one of her favourite films.
“Hmmm… I wonder.” I thought as I remembered that fact while sat on the train..
And after discussion whilst wandering The Bullring and emails once we were back in our respective homes a plan was born. Eventually the “Get Emma to Dirty Dancing” plan was back on in a very different form.
So I found myself phoning Birmingham Hippodrome.
It took a while to negotiate their various press this for whatever and 2 for that menus and then I found myself on hold.
The hold music was the soundtrack to Shrek the Musical. I went to see that in Oxford in November otherwise I’d have suggested Rach and I try for that as well as Dirty Dancing.
I love singing along to music. And I was really excited about the possibility that I really would not only go but actually see Dirty Dancing this time – the Hippodrome has two lifts so broken lifts shouldn’t be a problem there. So I wasn’t really paying too much attention but I was enjoying the Shrek soundtrack as it’s one one I own and sort of vaguely quietly singing/humming along without really thinking about it. “I believe! I! Believe!” and the like.
Then the call answered and I stopped before they heard. Tickets booked and an email winging it’s way to Rachel then on with my day.
Until I remembered that at CAB it always used to be the case (and may still be but I haven’t done phone advice in several years since they changed the system and it became a specific skill) that when we put the phone on hold the person on the other end couldn’t hear us but we could still hear them.
Yes. That might not have been my finest moment.
I’ve decided to not care and just focus on the “yay! going to see Dirty Dancing.”
But it’s not a mistake I’ll be repeating.
(and for the record the many times since then I’ve had various songs from Shrek blasting out via YouTube and sung along were not mistakes. Even though my upstairs neighbour is probably now well aware of the fact that I’m a believer).