Sunday, 22 July 2018

Wicked!

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!! Guys, I went to see Wicked last week, and it was absolutely amazing. Honestly, I don't think I can find the right words to describe it, but of course I plan to try.

I went to see it at Leeds Grand Theatre, which is a beautiful venue, and the staff were incredibly lovely and helpful. Me and my friend missed our train and were very nearly late, but the lovely staff member got us to our seats pretty quickly and assured us that we had missed mere seconds of the show.
For anyone who doesn't know what it is, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. I won't go into details of the plot of anything because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might want to go and see it, but I have to say that the whole story was completely amazing and not at all what I expected going in to it.
The songs were absolutely amazing, and Amy Ross who was playing Elphaba was phenomenal. It was really warm in the theatre, but I still had chills and goosebumps as she was singing. The most notable song was Defying Gravity, which even if you haven't seen the show you might have heard elsewhere. It might be a controversial opinion, but I honestly think I preferred Amy Ross' version to that of Idina Menzel.
At the interval once again the staff were lovely, even if me and my friend were a bit of a pain at the bar because we couldn't decide what we wanted. The bar was a bit expensive, but not as bad as I expected compared to other places that I've been.

The second half of the show was just as amazing as the first, and I left feeling absolutely amazing. The ending was absolutely wonderful, and I must say I absolutely loved Fiyero.
I definitely plan to see more musical theatre in future, in fact I very much want to see Jersey Boys which is also playing at the theatre in the near future, but the one I'm most excited to see is Full Monty which I believe is playing there in March 2019.
Obviously tickets to the theatre aren't the cheapest thing in the world so sadly I doubt I'll be able to see all of the shows I want to see, but it's definitely something I want to treat myself to (or get as a birthday gift) more often in the future, and I highly recommend it to anyone else.

(Thank you to Leeds Grand Theatre for allowing me to use their photographs in this post)

Friday, 20 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - 1 Week to Go!

Holy crap, I can't believe it's only a week now until London Film and Comic Con. There have been more announcements, but once again sadly the only one I'm interested in is a Sunday only, so to any of you that get to meet Matt Smith, know that I am incredibly jealous.

So, I'm sure you must be wondering whether I'm once again going to tell you how little I've done on my cosplay, which based on the past couple of posts would be a pretty fair assumption. But you would wrong, I've finally made some progress with it.

My skirt is finally finished, although I ended up not using my friends sewing machine. I did it by hand, which is all well and good, but I stabbed myself under my fingernail by accident and it really bloody hurt. Seriously, I was worried about bloodstains on the skirt the amount of times I stabbed myself. Or course sewing with a can of cider may not have been my best move.
I didn't use the fabric pens in the end, they would have taken forever and I probably wouldn't managed to get even coverage. I found some washing machine dye in aqua green, which has turned out to be the perfect colour.
Rather than trying to colour match fabric paint to colour in white tights, I also got some white leggings and dyed them alongside the hoodie. So rather than painting white leggings with coloured stripes, I painted coloured leggings with white stripes, which was much easier colour-wise. But you'll have to wait to see those since the paint is still wet.

I used some pink string for the stitches on the hoodie, and tied 2 pink shoelaces together to make the cord for the neck of the hoodie. The string was slightly lighter than the shoelaces though so I used a pink sharpie to colour it in so that they look better.

So my hoodie is done and the leggings are almost finished, my skirt is finished, I've done my hair bits just got to get them sorted for putting in my hair. Which means that now the main things to sort out are the hair and make up. Vanellope has side fringe bits down at the front, so I need to either get myself a fringe, or find a way to pin my hair in such a way that it looks kind of like one.

Hopefully in the next few days the schedule for the comic con will be released, at which point we can start to plan the day, looking when our group has photoshoots. Plus we can see when the free talks are, which are always a good source of entertainment, not to mention great if you need a sit down.

With one week to go you don't have much more time to enter the contest to win the Kaylee bear, so take the chance to enter now. You've got to be in it to win it.


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Blog Tour: To Snare a Witch - Review

To Snare a Witch by Jay Raven

No one dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England's most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from and influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn't understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity - leaving them both staring into the face of true evil...
After reading To Snare a Witch I wasn't 100% sure whether or not I was happy or disappointed. That sounds rather negative, but that's not how I mean it. The premise of the book was actually interesting, and I did enjoy reading it, but because it is only 77 pages long, I felt like I didn't have enough time with the characters.

When I read a book the thing that generally catches me isn't the wonderful writing or complicated plots, it is the characters that I fall in love with. So even though this book was well written and had a great plot, I would have preferred it to be longer so that I could fall in love with Elizabeth and her beau more before the dark turns begin.

That being said I did enjoy reading it, I love history and horror so I suppose I count as the target audience for this book, and I do think there is potential for a follow up to it based on where the story ends, which I would read since it would allow me to spend more time with the people in the book, and also enjoy an extension to the story.

My favourite thing about the book though is actually the chapter titles, which might sound a little bit silly, but they are all lines from various rhymes that you learn as a child. I don't know why, but I found these little childlike titles juxtaposed with the dark content to be quite enchanting.

Overall a good little read, I would just have preferred a little more build up to the events of the story.

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.