Ballet and unexpected surprises.

I’m not a girly girl (at all), make-up, shopping and fashion are not my idea of fun in any shape or form. But put me in a theatre with ballet and I suddenly become ‘a girl’

I can’t really explain it, I never did ballet as a child or even saw one. I enjoy the gracefulness of it all and the story-telling without words only music and movement.

Last month I went to see Giselle, a new one for me. It was beautiful, and some of the music I recognised, which was surprising not knowing this ballet. It’s a very romantic, love story and didn’t seem as long as other ballet’s I have seen, however they do say time flies when you’re having fun.

Then we noticed Matthew Bourne was touring with his production of ‘The Red Shoes’ later in the year and this was one that we couldn’t miss. Matthew Bourne’s choreography is spectacular, quirky and always worth watching. His ‘Swan Lake’ with an all male cast is amazing. The morning the tickets went on sale we were on the phone and booked them immediately.

A few days later we noticed an advert on another theatre in Liverpool.

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Again we booked and got front row seats for opening night.

It’s was the craziest busy day and with a bus that never turned up we nearly didn’t make it at all, but I’m glad we did. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen, not just ballet but in general. It was superbly danced and acted. It was funny and sad (yes we laughed loudly). It is a walk-through of the pieces that have shaped his career and his life. Of artists that have impacted him through music or dance.

It wasn’t the longest ballet, each ‘act’ was around 40 minutes and we had two intervals but it was one of the best I’ve seen.

At the end as everyone was preparing to leave an announcement was made that a short question and answer session would follow with Matthew Bourne himself. That alone was worth the money we paid. He was a genuine, down-to-earth person. He refuses to be called Sir, even though he was knighted in 2016.

He explained how and why he’d put these pieces together and answered several audience questions about where his ideas came from, his inspiration and idols. He even gave some hints about his future plans and it would appear that we will be seeing more Matthew Bourne productions later this year and next, and thankfully they all seem to come through Liverpool.

So the future is looking good ……

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The A-Z of me

  1. A – Age – 44
  2. B – Biggest fear – something happening to my son
  3. C – Current time – 10.48
  4. D – Drink you last had – Tea
  5. E – Easiest person to talk to – It was Phil, and possibly still is, as I talk to him everyday.
  6. F – Favourite song – I don’t really have one, I’m not a huge music person, I listen to the radio and enjoy a variety of songs, but never know who the artist is.
  7. G – Ghosts, are they real ? I do believe in ghosts, but not in a spooky sense.
  8. H – Hometown – Liverpool is my hometown, where I was born and bred.
  9. I – In love with – Oscar
  10. J – Jealous of – I’m not jealous of people generally as the richest people are often the ones with the least. Someone always has more than you, but someone always has less,so enjoy what you have and not what you wish you had.
  11. K – Killed someone – not that I’m aware, but my cooking can be a bit hit or miss !
  12. L – Last time you cried – I’m always crying, everything sets me off.
  13. M – Middle name – Louise
  14. N – Number of siblings – 3 blood siblings but many more non-blood siblings.
  15. O – One wish – For peace around the world and all children to live without fear.
  16. P – Person you last called – Home, to tell them the brake light wasn’t working on their car.
  17. Q – Question you’re always asked – ‘whose picking me up from school?’
  18. R – Reason to smile – My nutty family
  19. S – Song you last sang – Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison – it was on the radio whilst I was writing this.
  20. T – Time you woke up – 6.55 a.m.
  21. U – Underwear you’re wearing – Bridget Jones underwear, sod pretty, I’d rather be comfortable.
  22.  V – Vacation destination – nothing planned as yet, once again it’s finance based so probably not abroad. If we win the lottery then it would be India, Italy or Canada depending on the time of year.
  23. W – Worst habit – overthinking, and worrying about things that might never happen.
  24. X – X-rays – I can’t remember having any myself although I’ve been with both my brother and son when they’ve had them.
  25. Y – Your favourite food – I’m not overly fussy but love spicy tasty food, I don’t like plain, bland food especially mashed potato.
  26. Z – Zodiac sign – Sagittarius

So that’s me summed up in 26 easy steps. What about you ?

 

L is for …

Liverpool, my hometown, it’s a big city with lots of history and the most museums/galleries outside of London. It is a city filled with culture and heritage and the Liverpool waterfront is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Liverpool has two cathedrals at either end of Hope street, both are beautiful architectural buildings and very different, well worth a visit.

Liverpool is a famous music city and is the world capital of pop, with more number ones than any other city.

It is home to many sports, including two premiership football teams, horse-racing, rugby, golf, plus lots more.

It’s an easily accessible city as the main train line, coach station and bus station are right in the centre and easy walking distance to many places.

Liverpool is a very family-friendly city and most galleries and museums have free activities/things to do for kids.

There are many theatres and comedy clubs with something for everyone.

It also has coastline and very clean sandy beaches, it is full of parks and green areas too.

And not to be left out, a trip on the famous ‘ferry across the Mersey’

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The ‘dazzle ship’ ferry looking across to Birkenhead.

I love my city, come and explore and you will love it too.

 

Light Night Liverpool 2016

Finally one of my favourite nights has arrived ! I love Light Night, I love museums,galleries and all the fun performances around the streets.We only managed to get a brochure the day before so didn’t have time to study it as we normally would, so a quick glance and marking a couple of things that popped out and off we went.

This year it was just three of us, myself, Oscar, and my mum. We arrived at Liverpool central station at 4.30pm and straight onto Bold street. We had already decided to head up towards the Hope street quarter and the cathedral.

Our first stop was at FACT where we saw a beautiful sensory exhibition featuring electronic music and bass with stunning visuals by Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa. They also had a STAR LAB minecraft space and planets interactive game, which  Oscar enjoyed.

Next we walked up past the ‘bombed out church’ St Luke’s to LJMU Aldham Robarts library. There was a lot going on here, first Oscar had his head scanned by a 3D printer and transformed into a miniature. We made faces and played at the ‘selfie’ station. Then we had another head scan and played with morphing and the science behind forensic research. Then had a go at laser cutting patterns. An amazing experience, finished off with a drama performance by Physical Fest who ‘kidnapped’ my child as part of the act. He loved it.

Starting to get hungry we wandered on to Hope street but all the cafe/restaurants were busy,busy,busy. I’m glad they were, we found the most wonderful place to eat by accident. Hearing music we wandered into Blackburne house, an old school that is now a college and spa. In the basement they have a cafe, only open monday to friday but it serves the most amazing food. I had spanish chicken with herby couscous and marinated beetroot salad, my mum had nut roast with coleslaw and lentil salad. Oscar had eaten earlier so had a slice of victoria sponge (his favourite) which he declared the best ever. In the cafe they had a band playing Russian Jewish folk music which was beautiful, they were very talented musicians.

From here we started to head towards the cathedral but spotted the Light Night bus so hopped on and headed to the Baltic triangle.

This is a place we’ve never visited before due to it being a little further out of the centre, but I’m glad we made the effort. Here we started getting very creative with an art session, making things from everyday household objects cutting, sticking and glueing. Always fun. We watched an African band and one amazing drummer.

Now it was starting to get late, so we jumped back on the bus and made our way back to the cathedral. In the darkness we noticed some strange lights and shapes so decided to investigate. This was LIPA lab, a hatchery with an experimental Liver bird breeding programme, an interactive puppet, live performance and light show. Great fun. Around the corner was another lab with a working giant heart, operated by placing your finger inside a monitor and making it beat in time with your own pulse. Strange and fun. Here you could also ‘play’ with electricity to change the intensity and colour of the lights. This was one all the kids loved doing. Disco time.

As it was getting near to 11pm the decision was made to head for home, we were all weary but had smiles on our faces. It was a great fun evening. Family time, creative, fun and free. Lots more to see in the year and looking forward to Light Night 2017

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All the events coming up in 2016