Wednesday, 16 May 2012

….Ogres are like onions! And The Woman in Black

I was lucky enough to not only to see Shrek the musical this week, but also Woman in Black. After watching the film and there being a theatre show I’d heard really good reviews about it, so me and a friend managed to get hold of some cheap tickets for a matinee show for Woman in Black. It was a really good show and really intense the whole way through, even some bits that make you jump, or scream like the school group next to us! I was amazed that the show only features three actors, yet still created the feeling which is needed for a ghost story! Here’s the story outline for anyone who hasn’t a clue what I’m talking about;

Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold.  This feeling is deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor’s experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago.’

And if that wasn’t enough theatre for one week I then went along to see Shrek the musical. It was my Dad’s birthday so my family came up to London to look around, grab dinner and see a show. It was a really good show, full of energy and if you love the film, the theatre production will not disappoint. Plus, I was lucky enough to see the show on the productions 1st birthday performing in the West End, so there were lots of activities, mainly for children, but this didn’t stop me wanting a pair of donkey or Shrek ears too!

Life hasn’t just been like a musical though, as I’m sure you’re all aware it’s EXAM SEASON! So I have spent the majority of my time in the library or some hidden area of the University revising. I literally have post-it notes, lecture slides and revision cards coming out my ears! But hopefully it all pays off in the end when the exams are over, which I must admit I’m extremely looking forward too. Some advice for anyone feeling as lost as I am with their revision, it’s important to find the revision method which is best for you and give yourself time. Although we all know those people who can read a book the day before the exam and pass with flying colours, this is not the case for everyone and if you’re like me its definitely not, I prefer to take my time and use revision cards and post-it notes….everywhere!

Good Luck with your exams everyone!! J

Thursday, 3 May 2012

7 Easter eggs later....

You could say I’ve had a little bit of a greedy Easter, but I did get to go home and spend some time with my family and friends which was lovely after the hectic end to last term. I took full advantage of being home and the fully stocked cupboards! But all good things must come to an end and the Easter break soon flew by and I was off back to uni and beginning the start of my revision! I have put my revision timetable in place, which I plan to stick to, and hopefully will see success in the result....fingers crossed.

I was also marshalling at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday (22nd April), it was an early start and the threat of a down pour of rain was looming over us but luckily the weather held out and the weather stayed lovely all day. I was marshalling in Greenwich, at the 7 mile mark, just down the road from the campus and right next to the Cutty Sark student halls. Below is a picture from my marshalling post.

As well as spotting a few famous faces, like Arg from TOWIE, I also got to see all of those running either as a personal achievement or for charity. It was really emotional watching everyone and really inspired you to run the race yourself. I don’t think I would be quite ready to run 26 miles but maybe a shorter race would be more achievable so I could also do some fundraising. To make it a little bit more exciting, I even got one of these;

This week Greenwich also had a visit from the Queen! Unfortunately I was working and couldn’t make it down to see her but I hear it was an exciting atmosphere and loads of people turned out to see her re-opening the Cutty Sark after the massive restoration project which took place. Now its open again I am definitely going to have to visit and take a look for myself as well as having a look at the new exhibition space around the vessel!