When I was in my final year of university, I was asked to put forward a 5-year-plan. (Coincidently, this marks my five years and I haven’t done too badly!) In the discussion, the topic of location came up – and I firmly stated I wanted to stay in the North. For me, I had enough going on in Liverpool outside of theatre world to stay; I was involved with a local rugby club I’d helped from the early days, I worked in a small studio theatre which I loved with all my heart, I had my friends and family around me, and I was working with a group of people who liked me, and I liked them. Why would I want to go elsewhere? I was happy where I was. I wasn’t planning to risk that just to say I worked in London. People seem to think that all theatre practitioners aspire to the West End, but I had no such desires. The only time I wanted to be near the West End for work was when Cursed Child was announced – and as time went on and I had to defend myself each time I had to explain why I had no desire to go to London, something inside me grew to hate the idea of working in London.
For a while, I’ve tried to be more green. I wrote my dissertation 4 years ago on the environmental effect of touring a show, and it really opened my eyes as to how much energy I use – both directly and by proxy. Since then, I’ve come to realise that I, single-handedly cannot turn the theatre industry into a shining beacon of green eco-friendlyness. It’s just too much work. I can, however, do my little bit to try to reduce the effect I have on the planet. Continue reading
I am nosey, there’s no two ways about it. I love seeing what other people have bought, what other people got for their birthdays, what their houses look like and especially posts where people give a run down on what’s in their bag. There’s something I find really interesting about seeing what people carry around with them day-to-day! I decided to write a bag post myself, but it was incredibly dull. I don’t have anything interesting in my day-to-day bag, just the normal things like a purse, my phone, a notebook, a pen…..nothing fun or fancy to make the post worth the time.
As a young child, up until my second year of university, I stayed away from trends. I saw trends as things people followed to be cool, rather than because they liked it. Then when a trend came along that I did like, I denied that I liked it because I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. I had some skewed logic when I was young, and it’s fustrating now to think of all the things I liked but avoided, just because everyone else was also doing them.
Now, as I’m older and wiser, I’m happy to jump onboard with the latest trend if I like it – and 2017 was full of things I liked. 2017 indulged me in white things with gold spots, glitter, marble, plants and greenery indoors, and copper, or possibly rose gold. Sometimes I’m not sure which is which….
However, trends, by their nature, change, and I’m not ready for shops to stop selling me white mugs with gold spots, glittery things, and fake succulents! I scoured the net for the top trend predictions for 2018, hoping my plants were safe, and here’s what I found! Continue reading