Aladdin The Musical: Thoughts and Review



So the January sales consisted of me finally purchasing tickets to see this spectacular musical with my not so Disney enthusiastic or a fan of the film sister. I managed to get tickets fairly close to the stage and what a delight that was! Imagine a musical with loads of colour, sparkles, and fun. Then add some Disney songs. It’s basically a musical that’s been created for any Disney lover, surely?
 Everyone knows the story of Aladdin but those who don't: Aladdin follows the titular character's journey from rags to riches as he finds love in the Princess named Jasmine, all while working off of three wishes he's been given by the Genie. The Evil Jafar is there to stop Aladdin from succeeding, but who wins at the end of the day?
So last week (28th January) I finally got to see Aladdin The Musical and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. This was my first West End show, so of course, it needed to be something Disney! Of course, when it came to transforming this much-loved film for the stage, there were some 'noticeable' changes which were the missing animal characters. Rajah, Jasmine’s pet tiger. Abu who was Aladdin’s monkey and partner in crime. Lastly, Iago who was Jafar’s evil sidekick, it certainly wouldn't have been appropriate to have real live animals on stage despite how much I love Abu and Rajah in the animation - Aladdin's newest sidekick which consisted of 3 friends who resembled Abu's characteristics was a nice touch to the show. Rajah’s replacements were also replaced by 3 confidants/friends for Jasmine.
 The understudy for Aladdin, Antony Hewitt was just as charismatic and cheeky as you would expect from a character like Aladdin and Trevor Dion Nicholas excelled as the Genie which he made his own, he had the funniest lines which gave with wonderful flamboyance and flair. From the moment it started to the end, it was obviously going to be full of glitz and colour. Everything from the staging, effects, music, the costumes and ensemble was just beautiful. It's not just a musical, Aladdin is truly magical - and I do mean magical!
Aladdin was a magical ride and the perfect escapism with stunning design and a wonderful cast – a real Disney delight. I loved every second of it, the show was so exciting and upbeat filled with laughter, glitter, and sparkles. I honestly didn't know where to look, it was spectacular - The production will keep you entertained throughout and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.  The show is so well choreographed that every move added to the show and was never a distraction from anything else happening at the time.
 I guess I was reliving my childhood dream of watching the original Aladdin at home. Friend Like Me was dazzling, Prince Ali was super entertaining and Arabian Nights was just an amazing song to kick off the whole production with the Genie at the lead of it all! Of course, the Genie would be the highlight of the show as well as the musical numbers. I think anyone who loves the original Aladdin film will enjoy this musical as this happened to be my very first West End experience, it definitely is one I'll remember.


As I mentioned before, every performance was spectacular – from each member of the talented ensemble to the three amigos taking the place of the cartoon Abu to the leads. The sets were brilliant and exquisitely designed. The actors, from lead to ensemble, were magnificent and the music was contagious.  I honestly could not fault the show because it just made me remember why Aladdin will always be one of my favourite Disney films (and not because I have a crush on Aladdin since I was a kid 😉)



Off To University At 23



Hello! After a long blog hiatus, I'm somewhat slowly getting back into blogging again. It's the most cliche thing to apologise for something that's not entirely my fault as I've lacked inspiration and life getting in the way. And after many years of hard work and lots of tears later...

I'M OFF TO UNIVERSITY. 

This was a sentence I never thought I'd type. I had always thought about going to university, being perhaps the first person to go to university in my family and when it didn't happen a the time I wanted it to, I kind of just thought 'ok maybe this isn't going to happen'

Let's be honest here, from the moment we're born our life is already shaped out by our parents, our mothers and/or fathers and it's natural to do that I know. The moment we hit 11 or 12 we become high school students, finding a place where we fit in or struggling to fit in and at the same time we automatically give ourselves a clock, a stopwatch that we unconsciously give our life.
I didn't know what I wanted to do after high school and that scared me a little because I had envisioned that I'd have my life together by the time I hit 20 and what a load of rubbish that was. 

And now I'm sitting in my London dorm writing this post! I'm a Creative Writing and Journalism student, finally! Currently, I'm missing home a little bit and it's natural, I know to miss the home comforts. And then stepping into the unknown - I've been in London a week now and it's a big change to go from Norfolk to London (mainly because some Londoners lack manners?) I've been experiencing London a little bit already and I'm falling in love with the place as I explore it. Something I still can't get my head around, as if it's finally happened - I'm getting closer to my dream career as a writer or magazine journalist, it's been a dream of mine since I was young to see my name on a book and just creating art with words and beautiful stories, I feel by writing for fun you are able to escape reality and express how the perfect storyline in your own light would be. 

It's obvious I'm not your typical student at 23, I'm not into going out partying - this girl is happy just being in her pyjamas by 9:00pm watching funny youtube videos or an episode or two. Going to university and having more independence is going to be a different experience for everybody, University isn’t just about learning. It’s an enriching period in life; which grants you your first true taste of independence and freedom, as well as the opportunity to broaden your horizons and meet a bunch of new people from different backgrounds. Lessons start this week and I'm feeling all kinds of emotions: excitement and nerves but bring it on!

I'm excited for the adventures, lessons, and growth that come my way in my 3 years of university. I can't wait to explore writing in many forms and sticking the middle finger to those who thought the girl with a hearing loss and mental illness wouldn't be able to make it to university and getting closer to her dreams of being a writer. From the little girl who sat in her room writing short stories and expressing herself through words to the young woman going after her dreams as a writer! 



Web Series Worth Watching



I've always found watching web series occasionally better than TV in terms of being able to binge watch a whole series in 2 days. Okay, so some of the series I've chosen may not be classed as a web series but it's just what I class them as. We know that over the years web series has been making waves over the last few years in terms of storytelling and content. Most of the web series I have chosen do have an LGBT theme running through and of course lovable characters. And if you ask me, I'd say all these a absolute gems. So lets dive into the lovely world of web series....

Be Proud Of How Far You've Come


I've been contemplating whether write this and lately I've been looking back at how far I've come in terms of mental health and personal growth. And you know what, I've come pretty far. I shouldn't be ashamed to admit and celebrate it, because it can be small things like, you’ve grown in confidence or you've aced a goal on your list. Our world focuses so much on what we lack instead of focusing on whether we kind human beings—be it money, beauty, achievements, or romantic success—that it is pretty common for us to get trapped in the loop of needing to have, be, or do “more” before thinking that we might be good enough and I, for one, do it all the time, i think we all do it.

Lessons I Learned In 2017


Oh 2017, you have been an emotional roller coaster, you have strengthened and pushed me to my limits, something I have to be proud of. But you have also made me question myself, my future and most importantly my personal growth. 

Over the 12 months I've grown to understand myself a little better. I've grown to be confident and strong whilst dealing with my mental well - being which is always going to be a long journey to recovery but it's a journey I'm most proud of and most willing to travel - whether the good days and bad days hit me like a bolt of lightening and stop me in my tracks, it's a lesson i'm still learning. As i'm entering a new chapter of my best self, i feel proud and ready to tackle whatever comes my way.

Thoughts We Have During The Festive Season


Wow. I've been doing a rubbish job at Blogmas. huh? I have a legit reason. I've been full of the winter cold and feeling sorry for myself as you do. But I'm feeling much better, just in time for Christmas!
Some lovers of Christmas and some not, we all have random thoughts going through our minds when it comes to the festive season so why not share my thoughts during the magical time of year.

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful" - Norman Vincent Peale