• 2015,  musicals,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    I believe

    On Saturday I wrote about our attempts to go see Dirty Dancing in December. 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…

  • 2014,  advocacy,  awareness,  complaints,  creative,  disablism,  musicals,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny Part Three

    It’s not really appropriate to call this post Hate Isn’t Funny part three because I don’t think it was really about hate just about clueless people not thinking things through properly.  But the two posts I wrote on the same subject in February were about hate and I called them Hate isn’t Funny so it feels right to use that title for this and continue the series even if it probably isn’t the best title for this particular anecdote. /end nonsensical ramble about blog titles. Back in February I went to see Omid Djalili and his show was quite ableist and frankly in a couple of places full of hate. …

  • 2014,  advocacy,  blogging,  comedy,  language,  the r word,  theatre,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny, part two

    To recap: On Wednesday I went to see Omid Djalili do a warm up gig.  I really wish I hadn’t because not only did he used the R word in one of his jokes he also did another which was the most horrendously ableist joke I’ve ever heard.  On Friday I posted a blog about that – Hate Isn’t Funny. This is the last I’m going to say on the matter. That blog post got a lot of attention on twitter and facebook (and in comments here).  It’s also had the most hits of any of my posts on this blog in a very long time (I’ve not seen the…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  theatre,  trains,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re a Book Blogger When…

    …You choose books over alcohol So. I’ve been invited to the theatre on Friday night by my lovely friend Angela. She’s organising the tickets and I’m in charge of figuring out the train. And really, the train times kinda suck. The best way I can figure it out gets us there an hour and a half before. There is another train that gets in an hour before but I’m thinking it’ll take probably twenty minutes to get to the theatre walking/powerchairing and if we do end up doing that it’ll be after having an argument with some idiotic taxi driver which’ll you know take a while. Plus I’ll want a…

  • 101 in 1001,  sailing,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 75…

    > Go on a random day out …has been completed! I wasn’t really sure what would constitute a random day out and was thinking about ticking that one off after my day out in London yesterday (went to the Tate Modern with Mum) which is something we were talking about on the train home.  My mum reckoned as that was planned it shouldn’t count and she suggested the day before was a better one as it was more spur of the moment.  I wasn’t convinced it counted as a “day out”as it was very in and out darting around different places.  So then I suggested that maybe what I should…

  • photos,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >Showstoppers!

    >I am so behind on writing about things I’ve been doing that this is going to be a very quick catch up. Shows what I have seen lately Leicester Comedy Festival on Tour.  I particularly liked Pippa Evans although all the comedians were good.  I love going to big name shows but the ones where there are a few people are great too.  Especially as the comedy club at uni was how I got into live comedy originally and it reminds me of that. This video is of Pippa Evans (AKA Loretta Maine) singing I’m Fine.  Totally cracks me up. Dara O’Briain.  Love love love love his live show.  It’s the second…

  • theatre,  Uncategorized

    >Shivering in antici………………………………….PATION!

    >I’m going to see Rocky Horror tonight! Will try to find my camera to take some pictures as I’m sort of dressing up for it but yay I’m very excited.  This is the 3rd time I’ve been to see it which should give you some idea of how much I love that show.  I think everyone I’m going with has seen the show before too so that should make it even better.  Christopher Biggins is the narrator I think.  Hopefully he’ll actually be in it because last time it should have been Michael Aspel but we ended up with the understudy and we booed him every time he came on.…

  • comedy,  friends,  theatre,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >The Hairy Bikers Big Night Out (AKA After 10 Days, Emma Goes Out!)

    >The Hairy Bikers last night was sooo much fun!  Absolutely hilarious.  My friend was going to drive but then my Dad offered as his car has 4 wheel drive which was cool as it meant we could have a few drinks. The arts centre has two very cool dedicated wheelchair spaces at the back which me and my friend have dubbed the Royal Box and they can put you in the front row – the seats are fold down and they reserve you two to make a wheelchair space as a chair is bigger than one of the seats.  But they don’t put two seat numbers on the tickets.  I…

  • friends,  musicals,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >We Will Rock You

    >I went to Birmingham to see We Will Rock You for a second time yesterday. This time I met up with two of my other uni friends – ones I hadn’t seen since June 2006! It really was much too long but thankfully it wasn’t arkward as it can be with old friends after a long break. I really am very lucky that I have several very good friends I can go months or years without seeing and then have it be as if no time at all has passed. We’ve agreed not to leave it so long this time and will probably meet up for a days shopping in…

  • comedy,  friends,  General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  lion king,  swimming,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >Amazing Day

    >I’m having an amazing day… and it’s not over yet! Yesterday there was much discussion between me and a few others and many e-mails sent about going to see various different things at the theatre. The end result being that it was decided that me and Sam would book tickets to go and see Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in Oxford in May. We’d also decided we’d go see a show in London and after much e-mailing settled on the Lion King. And when I looked up the dates online I saw that Dara O’Briain who is a rocking comedian is coming to Oxford. Ben and Geri wanted to…