Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Twelfth Night at the Salisbury Playhouse

It has been a few months since I have been to the Salisbury Playhouse with Phil, it's actually one of our favourite things to do as a Date Night and now we are going twice in the space of two weeks! 

I want to start off by saying Twelfth Night was well and truly incredible. Quite honestly it is not something I would have picked to go too myself but Phil and I thought it would be so good to try something different and I am beyond glad we did. Phil and I did not really have any expectations, I had previously heard good things about Twelfth Night but this well and truly exceeded expectations.

[Photo Credit: Salisbury Playhouse

When we walked in, the atmosphere was incredible, they were already playing Jazz music and one of the actresses was about to sing while others were asking some of the audience to dance on stage with them. I must say I was very relieved when they didn't ask me, not quite my thing! However, it was a really nice touch and it really set the scene going into the performance!

Phil and I both loved that it was a modern setting, while the still wore clothes from slightly older time, I did find it more relatable and easy to follow.

Since it is so relatable, it would appeal to practically everyone and anyone, those who absolutely love Shakespeare and newcomers like us, it's been a good 10 years since either of us has looked at Shakespeare but it was so good to see. On that note, it would be great to inject some life into Shakespeare for those studying it in English at School, as we all know it can sometimes get a bit tiresome.

[Photo Credit: Salisbury Playhouse

The storyline really got me, I actually knew nothing beforehand but I easily followed it, it is basically a massive love triangle, Viola is in love with Orsino (the Count) who is in love with Olivia who falls in love with Viola dressed as a man trying to get to Olivia for Orsino! God it? Good, let's continue!

There is a brilliant plot twist that truly stole the show for me as I do love a happy ending! You'll have to watch it to find out!

However Malvolio stole the show for Phil with his rendition of Royals, which I will agree was amazing, and his scene of being tricked into wearing yellow stockings.

Maria - Victoria Blunt
Malvolio - Peter Dukes
Olivia - Aruhan Galieva
Viola - Rebecca Lee
Antonia - Emma McDonald
Feste - Offne Okegbe
Sir Toby Belch - Lauryn Redding
Orsino - Jamie Satterthwaite
Aguecheek - Mike Slader
Sebastian - Stuart Wilde

[Photo Credit: Salisbury Playhouse

The Actors and Actresses performing from the Watermill Theatre are so incredibly talented at what they do, I highly recommend seeing a performance if they are in your area!

I would like to thank the Salisbury Playhouse again for allowing us the pleasure to see another fantastic performance, it was truly an incredible evening and the atmosphere was great!

Tickets to Twelfth Night are available here, and the performance is running from 20th-24th June.

*Tickets were kindly given by Salisbury Playhouse for this Press Performance

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Preparing Car & Car Tyres For The Summer Road Trip

For those of us that work in Retail, summer holidays aren't always something we do, particularly for me as I now work in kids stores that means summer holidays are an absolute no go. Therefore for me, I go on a lot of road trips and day trips! So making sure I am prepared is always essential!

I am normally relatively prepared when it comes to taking journeys in the car. I always make sure I have items such as water and a spare jacket in the car, just in case of getting stuck in traffic in the warm weather or the unfortunate case that I get stuck later at night when it is colder or even break down when it’s cold! As well as sunglasses, in case it is mega sunny out!

I always try not to over pack my car, the chances are I will only have myself and one other person when driving but I am aware of other trips being made this summer that there are more people in the car, so I will be trying not to have too much in the car that will make the load too heavy.

Allergies can be around a lot in the Summer, and triggered by many things, therefore it is best to talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist if you will be taking lots of trips. You can stay safer in the car by having mats down that you can clean regularly and also change and clean the air filters as it is likely you will be using air conditioning a lot!

In case you have tyre tread below the legal limit, change your tyres ASAP, there are multiple ways you can buy tyres online. Many companies allow you to book tyres on their website. Point S is one such company, you can easily buy tyres online from Point S website

I think it's always important to be aware of the dangers of driving in the summer too. Particularly exploding tyres which can happen when your tyres are under-inflated and this in turn causes too much friction with the road, leading to overheating resulting in your tyre exploding. The best way to prevent this happening is to check your tyre pressure regularly! Also make sure that there is no wear and tear on your tyres, check the tyre tread- you can perform the 20P test to make sure tyre tread are within the legal limit, Find out how to perform this test here

Secondly, in the summer heat, your engine can also overheat which can cause you all kinds of dramas. If you notice your car overheating, then the best thing you can do is pull over and turn your engine off for a short while so it has time to cool down before carrying on with your journey. 

I will definitely be taking all this into consideration for the road trips I will be taking this Summer!

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