Friday, 29 April 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Sen Monorom, Cambodia

After a night of what seemed like luxury compared to our jungle hut experience, we were picked up from our hotel in Ban Lung by the minibus that we had booked the night before. We started of the journey thinking, quite naively, that we might be the only people on the bus to Sen Monorom, but the driver continued to collect people until there were 18 people on this 14-seater minibus. It definitely wasn’t the most comfortable journey, but thankfully it only took a total of three hours.

Our accommodation, Greenhouse Guesthouse, was a short walk from where the bus dropped us off, so we went there to check into our rooms before heading down the road to their café for lunch. The guesthouse, with its bright green walls, was our accommodation of choice due to its links with booking activities, treks and elephant sanctuary visits.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Review: Am I Normal Yet? - Holly Bourne

I decided to pick up Holly Bourne's Am I Normal Yet? after reading another blogger's review, as the focus on mental health and the fact that the reviewer commented on the protagonist's unique voice was something that really interested me.

The book, which sits firmly within the Young Adult fiction category, centres around teenager Evie's struggles with OCD and the desire to appear 'normal' to her school friends. It looks at all the usual aspects of teenage life, from her relationship with her parents, parties and friendships, to the quest to impress boys. The difference being that this is all alongside the more serious implications of her mental health.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Ban Lung, Cambodia

As I mentioned in my last travel post, since we failed to find anywhere in Kratie that had coach tickets left to Ban Lung, we ended up finding an unexpected method of transport to get us to our next destination. When we asked at our hotel about bus tickets the lady at reception told us that she knew someone who might be driving to Ban Lung the following morning.

Obviously, we weren’t about to jump in a stranger’s car in the middle of rural Cambodia, but it turned out that this man was a regular guest at the hotel and frequently travelled between the two towns and would often offer to take other travellers with him. The hotel staff allowed us to take a look at his car before we decided (a nice, air-conditioned 4x4) and once we had taken up the offer they dealt with the money side of the exchange.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Review: Mrs Henderson Presents – Noël Coward Theatre

Having not seen the 2005 film, I had very few preconceptions of Mrs Henderson Presents, other than the fact that I knew it was based on true events. Set in 1937, it follows the story of Laura Henderson (Tracie Bennett) as she establishes the Windmill Theatre, with help from her appointed manager, Vivian Van Damm (Ian Bartholomew). What forms the premise of the plot, with the backdrop of World War II London, is the pair’s attempt to push the boundaries (and laws) of theatre, by introducing female nudity into their show – much to the protestations of The Lord Chamberlain (Robert Hands).

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review: Nell Gwynn – Apollo Theatre

Following a stint at Shakespeare’s Globe in Autumn 2015, Jessica Swale’s play, Nell Gwynn, was transferred to the Apollo Theatre in February, a production that picked up four Olivier nominations and won Best New Comedy at this year’s awards.

If you haven’t come across Nell Gwynn before, she is a really interesting historical figure; in spite of her believed low class and background as a prostitute, Gwynn was one of King Charles II’s infamous mistresses, as well as being amongst the first women in England to take to the stage as an actor.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Review: Spring Awakening – PTP Academy

On Saturday afternoon I headed to Ealing to watch the matinee performance of PTP Academy’s Spring Awakening. Alongside their performing arts classes and workshops, PTP Academy put on two full-scale shows a year, following a week of intensive rehearsals, and in this case the four performances of Spring Awakening were split between two casts.

This production took place in The Reading Room Theatre, a small fringe space above a pub in Ealing, which lead to an effectively intimate performance of such an inherently emotive and uncomfortable musical.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Kratie, Cambodia

Kratie was the second place we visited in Cambodia, after spending a few days in Phnom Penh. We got to Kratie by bus from the capital, which was fairly easy as we could buy the bus tickets from our hostel. Although it did take us multiple attempts as we were pronouncing Kratie as it is spelt, when in fact it’s pronounced Kra-cheh. Who knew…


Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Sunday Brunch Post, Episode XI

DISCLAIMER: Brunch still not included.

This is the last fortnightly Sunday Brunch post you'll see. But don't panic, you'll still be getting the brunchy goodness, just on a monthly basis instead. I love writing these posts, but I'm finding it harder to fill them with interesting things now I'm working, and I don't want my content to become stale, so making it a monthly occurrence should make things a bit more fun for everyone. 


Friday, 1 April 2016

Review: Ladies in Waiting – The Bread & Roses Theatre

When I was sent the press release for Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII I was immediately intrigued. I am always fascinated by narratives that re-invent or re-tell a well-known story, whether its original source is fact or fiction, from a book or from history itself. So on Wednesday evening I headed to The Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham for the press night of Ladies in Waiting, a Tier 5 Theatre production performed by current and past students from East 15 Acting School.

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