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I can't believe I have finally been able to see Harry Potter And The Cursed Child!!!
I'll be honest, I'm not really a theatre person. It's not that I dislike the medium, I've just never really explored it.
I had already read the script, which I purchased on first day of release and ended up staying up until stupid o'clock in the morning to finish it. I loved it. I loved the new characters. And I loved how it didn't feel identical to the Harry Potter books of past. There was a slightly different feel, which I think was necessary because we're not dealing with Harry as such, it's his son.
But while I could vision it as a film, I was struggling to see how they'd achieve some of the scenes on the wooden stage in front of a live audience. It's quite a long production as well. It's split into two parts and each of those two parts has its own interval. I needn't have worried. I had a blast.
The cast are superb. It must be so hard to step into the well worn shoes of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, but the actors do so and do it well. They embody the characters and make them believable but aren't afraid to add their own interpreted twists. You also notice a distinct change in the air as well loved (and hated) Potter characters appear on stage and the audience reacts. It's such a communal thing.
The special effcts make you audibly gasp at times. It's not the biggest stage in the world but they make do with what little area they have and the cosiness and grandeur of the theatre render it the perfect venue for the show.
Would definitely go again!
If you're anywhere near the show I would also recommend checking out the House Of MinaLima around the corner, which houses props designed by the team responsible for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.
Read my review of MinaLima HERE
File under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, review, theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue
If you've seen any of the behind-the-scenes footage for the Harry Potter films, you'll know that the creative team worked their backsides off trying to create a believable wizarding world. Everything you see in terms of newspapers, cereal boxes, the letters from Hogwarts all had to be designed and made. And some of the people responsible have opened the coolest Harry Potter shop, right around the corner from Shaftsbury Avenue where the Cursed Child play is being performed.
Read my review of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child HERE
It spans across three or four floors and displays the Hogwarts textbooks, Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes, Quick Quotes Quills, wanted posters for the Death Eaters – there is such a wonderful array of objects to gaze at. Up close you can marvel at the detail that went into all the props and there are staff on hand to answer any of your burning questions.
The ground floor also serves as a shop for you to discover everything Potter.
Find it at: 26 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DE
File under: House Of MinaLima, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, merchandise, shop, film design
I was recommended this book by the team at Penguin. You tell them what books you like and they suggest what other ones you should try. I am now recommending it to others.
The thing I really like about The Joy Luck Club is that it's really a collection of short stories. They're all being told by women that know each other and sometimes they get linked within the tales, but they are all beautiful standalone pieces.
Four Chinese women make their way to America and face the battle of intergrating into a Western society but still maintaining Eastern culture and values and trying to avoid being smothered by tradition. They raise four daughters, who also struggle with identity issues. How much of them is American and how much of them is Chinese? The mother-daughter relationships become strained as the new and old come head-to-head. Eventually they come to each realise in their own way that they are who they choose to be.
8/10. Would read this again.
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This is only the second time I've seen Good Charlotte perform despite liking their music for around 15 years. They're one of those bands that I wish I'd experienced earlier in smaller more intimate venues. Good Charlotte have been going for an unbelievable 22 years, yet they still remain as dedicated to their fans as ever. Tonight it's a sold out gig and tickets are like gold dust. I myself very nearly didn't get one.
It's worth going to see them just to witness the crowd going absolutely crazy for them. Everyone knows every line of every song. At times they even drown the band out with their enthusiastic singing.
There are no fancy pyrotechnics. Good Charlotte don't need any of that gimmicky nonsense when they've got a wonderful live set that they've honed to perfection. They know their loyal fans have come simply for a night of good music and they don't disappoint; their playlist takes you through all their albums and no hit single is left out.
Would definitely recommend you see them when they next hit your town or city.
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