Watching live performances of anything is always so special. If you know me, even a little bit, you’ll know that dance is such a part of me, that going to see a live dance performance is my idea of a real treat!
I had noticed recently though that apart from school trips (yes – my job is the best!) I’d not been to see anything live for a long time. I think I had justified it away that it was too expensive and that while we were saving for a house we couldn’t be so excessive as to spend upwards of £60 on a ticket to the theatre.
In reality though, if we grab a bottle of wine, or buy a new top, or a really good cut of meat for dinner, just because; then all those little things soon add up to £60. Isn’t it better to spend money on something that offers you real fulfilment?
So, I made a pact with myself to look out for stuff I really wanted to see – and buy a ticket! For no other reason than that it makes me really happy.
The other day Harvey and I schlepped over to Milton Keynes to see Matthew Bourne’s new production of ‘The Red Shoes’ – it was superb! We had fantastic seats and both of us gasped in awe and jabbed each other in the ribs over and over as if to say “did you see that?!”. The choreography and dancing is just incredible but it’s the sets and lighting that really blew us away.
Apart from watching the show, watching the people is another favourite past time of mine at the theatre. Looking at people’s posture and feet often are a dead giveaway for past ballet dancers and enthusiasts, and watching little girls proudly wearing their best sparkly party dresses always brings joy to my heart.
This was the first of three planned visits for the spring and it served as a fantastic beginning of my pact to myself.
The next two?
1. ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ – The Royal Albert hall screens films with fantastic soundtracks like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Gladiator’ only to take the soundtracks out. The one we’re going to see is ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ We’ve got amazing seats and we’re both so excited, we’ll make a date out of it – dinner and drinks on the town before watching Harry Potter, sounds like a dream to me!
2. ‘An American In Paris’ – the first ballet I ever took Harvey to was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. I absolutely adore his choreography and Alice in Wonderland has been no exception. I follow him on Instagram and noticed that he had been in New York choreographing a musical. It’s now finished it’s run on Broadway and is coming to the West End! It’ll be Harvey’s first musical – fingers crossed he’ll love it too!
I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground for more nights at the theatre! I’m booked up until May now so I’m a happy camper!
– C XxX