I was first introduced to Ben Folds in 2008, when the sound technician at the theatre I worked at used the Ben Folds Five as sound check music. By the end of the week I had to ask him what was playing and it was instantly added to my very small iTunes library- which at the time mainly consisted of show tunes and 80s rock! (I did discover that I knew a fair few of their songs already though)
Last Friday I saw my first ( and sadly probably only) outdoor theatre of the summer.
Shakespeare’s As You Like It performed by brilliant company – The Handlebards.
The Handlebards started their journey in 2013 and are currently two troupes of cycling actors who carry all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform Shakespeare plays around the world.
On beautiful Pashely bicycles.
I couldn’t have got more lucky with the weather for my last trip to this years Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Glorious sunshine turning into a stunning sunset totally enhanced this innovative outdoor performance.
IOU have designed a vehicle and created a show called Rear View– who’s world premiere took place here at the NNF. I was lucky enough to attend the first day of the production although with the fluidity of the piece you’d never know.
Last night I went on my first trip of the week to The Norfolk and Norwich Festival. This time I was walking up to The Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens. It was another beautiful day so once I collected my ticket it was all about a pint of cider.
Casus are an Australian ensemble from Brisbane who are recognised as leaders in contemporary circus on the international stage. They have performed all over the world and have become so in demand that there are now two sets of performers on tour. Right now one team is in Norwich and the other is at The Udderbelly Festival on the Southbank in London. So if any of my London friends are reading this I highly recommend this show. I am sure each individual performer brings their own special skills to each show but the heart and soul of the piece will remain.
At the Spiegeltent it was unallocated seating, but due to it’s unique design there was not a bad seat in the house. It’s such a small intimate space I did start to wonder how they would use the space, but I needn’t have worried, the show fit perfectly.
Race Horse Company are an all male Finnish Contemporary Circus Troupe created in 2008 with an aim “to take over the world” and after what I saw last night I think they actually can!
Race Horse Company turned the Theatre Royal stage into an abandoned fairground and proceeded to run riot on the equipment that was left there. Combined with the music they used, it gave the air of some guys coming back from a rave and happening upon this equipment. For me this added to the nervousness of the performance – I am aware that they are highly trained very skilled professionals, but their characteristics when interacting with each other sometimes suggested otherwise.
As soon as we started talking about our trip to Las Vegas we all agreed there was no way we were not visiting the Grand Canyon. There were so many tour options out there, ranging through all sorts of prices, with helicopter rides, raft rides, MULE rides and bright pink hummers.
After much discussion and many a google, we went with the Platinum South Rim Tour of The Grand Canyon – booked through Papillon Tours but in the end the actual tour operator was Gray Line. Our tour came in at £140 but as you can see through the links above, it pays to shop about as the same tour can cost a lot less on different sites. (Especially if you were on a tight budget like I was)
For me, candles are normally a winter thing. In the summer I love to have the windows open and let the breeze through the house ( and the spiders too eeeek!) so burning a candle would seem a bit like a waste of money.
But there are some times when its a typical British summer, raining and miserable and just WET when you need to just relax, read a book and maybe burn a candle.