Sunday, 6 September 2015

Oliver! at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

I've been waiting for almost two months to see this show, and I'm so excited that I got the opportunity to yesterday.

You may be wondering why I would opt to drive over 100 miles to see a performance of a play that I have seen before. The answer, my gorgeous boyfriend is currently the production's sound engineer. With that in mind, myself and some friends decided to head in that direction to check it out.

The day started with the arrival of Daisy, Chelsea and Hannah. The four of us wandered into town to do some (very) last minute shopping. I picked a beautiful new pair of dark red heels from New Look and a brand new dress from H&M. Both were very reasonably priced and both, we all agreed, were gorgeous. We also headed to Wilkinsons to pick up a few bits for Hannah's exiting to Exeter next weekend, where she's starting university.

After a very brisk return to my house, a quick bite to eat and an hour or so to get changed, the four of us were set to go on the two hour car journey to Newbury (which is near Reading for people who don't know). Of course there was enough time to have a quick photo before we left!

The car journey was actually not too bad, just lots of motorways. I'd volunteered as designated driver, and Daisy was acting as my personal supplier of sweets, car DJ and occasional sat-nav. She's a multi-talented woman.

On arriving in Newbury we headed to The Blackbird to grab a bite to eat. The food arrived pretty quickly after ordering and was super delicious. Myself and Chel decided to have Pad Thai noodles, and Daisy and Hannah both had a gammon steak. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of it, but it looked, smelt and tasted amazing.

Jumping back into the car, we were all pretty full and all quite excited for the evening's performance. As we were a little early, we went to the theatre bar and myself and Hannah ordered a pot of tea between us. It was a pretty chilled atmosphere to be honest, although the limited toilets meant there was a quite a queue before heading into the theatre.

Our seats had some advantages and disadvantages. Due to the fact that we booked so late, we ended up siting in the Circle Slips, kind of above the stage and to the left. This did mean that our view of what was happening beneath us was a little restricted, but I don't think it really mattered all that much.

The show was amazing. Singing, dancing, acting: everything was spot on. I particularly liked the way they used the whole space. We had people running behind us on the balcony, and there were a lot of moments where cast members entered through the main stalls. You could tell that a lot of the cast were really enthusiastic about their job, and they did an incredible one.

The set was great, and really made the most of the limited space they had. It was clearly very well thought out, and I would happily go back and see it over and over again.

Just by chance, we happened to be sat next to the director which was pretty cool. He was really chatty, and clearly passionate about his production which was nice to see.

All in all, the whole day was incredible, and a really nice way to spend time with the girls before they go off in their different directions for university.

And of course, Peter did a spectacular job. I'm an insanely proud girlfriend.




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