Just thought I’d fill you in with a quick life update! I’ve been quite busy with work lately (as usual!) as well as some more exciting things.
Stage Dooring at the Noël Coward Theatre
First of all, I went to see Dear Evan Hansen for the second time on the 3rd February (exactly 3 weeks from seeing it the first time!) This time, I went with my mum as she had never seen the show. We were sat in the stalls (3 rows back from where me and Lee had sat before) but we felt super special because the guy to the right of us went to drama school with Sam Tutty (the actor who plays Evan) the guys to the left of us were friends with the guitarist in the band and the lady and gent sat behind us worked for Cameron Mackintosh! And then there was us, just sat in between them all 😂 the show was just as incredible the second time around and I can’t wait to see it again in the future!
One thing that was pretty exciting about this trip was that I plucked up the courage to visit stage door! I have never stage doored a show before (I know, pretty much unheard of for a theatre blogger!) I’ve always been too shy in the past, I was going to last time we saw the show but it started absolutely chucking it down as we were leaving the theatre and we thought better of it. This time, however, the weather was good so I bit the bullet and decided to just do it! I met so many members of the cast who were more than happy to stop for a photo and to sign my programme and I can’t wait to stage door more shows from now on!
A Brighton Graduation
The next day, we drove down to Brighton for my younger brother Alex’s graduation! He’s worked incredibly hard over the last 4 years and graduated as part of the class of 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Songwriting! I am super proud of him and can’t wait to see what he achieves in the big wide world! You can hear his own music as well as his band over on Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube and such like.
New Found Determination
A few weeks ago, I went on a solo trip to London for work which was a big achievement for me personally. I’ve never been anywhere completely on my own before, which is the kind of thing that tends to make the anxiety kick in when I think about it. I was absolutely fine though which gave me a little confidence boost and think, actually, I am far more capable to do things than the anxiety allows me to think! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things I want to achieve in life and how I currently feel really stuck. I live in a small town in Devon which is really the kind of place people come to retire. I’ve always known there isn’t much in terms of opportunity here and seeing my brothers both move away in the last 4 years has made me feel even more determined to make something of myself too. Seeing ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ the first time really set off a spark in me again, it made me fall in love with theatre all over again and want to get back into it as well as really push my blogging! I always wanted to move to London to pursue theatre when I was younger but since finishing college and having a bit of a wobble aspiration-wise, that never happened! I now have an apartment (and a fiance!) here, so that plan is no longer on the cards right now, but who knows? Maybe one day in the future, we’ll be in a position to move elsewhere! For now, I’ll continue to work on my blog and see where life takes me…
As well as trying to progress career-wise, I really want to start making the most of my life and seizing every opportunity. So many things have happened recently to both myself and other people in my life that have really made me appreciate the good things so much more. You never know when your time will be up so it’s imperative to make the most of every single day. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your life, start looking into ways to change that, look for a new job, find a new hobby, buy those theatre tickets and book that holiday! You only get one life so make it worthwhile and create some memories. No regrets.