Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Hetty Feather Theatre Review

Today is #LoveTheatreDay and people all over the world are coming together to share their theatre experiences, in celebration I have decided to join in on the fun with a review of the stage production of Jacqueline Wilson's 'Hetty Feather'.

Credit: Twitter @HettyLive

After my recent trip to the theatre (read about my Backstage Tour here), I was invited back for the opening night of 'Hetty Feather', the stage adaptation of the best selling Jacqueline Wilson book. When I was younger I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan and have since passed the baton on to my 9 year old niece, Isabella, as soon as I heard about this show I knew she would love to see it too and the lovely Becca at Theatre Royal Plymouth managed to reserve us both a seat for the performance! This theatre trip was a really lovely opportunity to spend time together and I know it's a memory that we will both treasure for a long time.

Following its sell out run in London's West End, Hetty Feather has embarked on a UK Tour. From bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, the show follows the story of Hetty Feather, a fearless and feisty young girl in Victorian England. After being abandoned as an infant, Hetty is sent to a strict Foundling Hospital, in a hope to find her birth mother she comes up with a cunning plan to escape and faces many challenges along the way. The story is jam packed with excitement, thrill and heartbreak which is sure to keep the audience on their toes. The story is accompanied with an original music score by Benji Bower, perfectly reflecting the mood of the production and the era.

Credit: Twitter @HettyLive

The most fascinating part of the production for myself was the incorporation of circus skills, in particular the use of aerial silks and hoops, something which fascinated everyone young and old. The whole set was orientated around the use of circus props and although minimalistic was extremely effective and clever. The cast of the production was also very small with just 6 actors and 2 musicians, all of whom played several roles, therefore the use of costumes was highly important to establish characters, and was also used as a key feature of humour thought the production. The element of a smaller production is clearly evident in the atmosphere of the show and personally I find it a completely different experience to a big production, something that has always fascinated me about the theatre.

As the show was aimed at children (Age 7+) I was a bit unsure as to whether I was going to enjoy it, however through the heart wrenching storyline, incredible circus skills and clever humour I was pleasantly surprised, the whole production was completely unique and the whole audience found themselves laughing throughout, something which was vital to balance out the underlying sorrow of the story. Isabella also loved the show and couldn't stop talking about it on the trip back home. Overall, it was a really lovely performance, executed extremely well and certainly something I would recommend people to see if the opportunity was presented.

To find out more about the production, head to the Hetty Feather Website and don't forget to join in the #LoveTheatreDay fun on Twitter too!

Becca x

 

// I was kindly invited to see this performance by Theatre Royal Plymouth who provided me with a complimentary ticket, however as always all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Photo Credit //

 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Lush Winter Collection

With Halloween and Bonfire Night out of the way, I am finally allowed to use the C-Word. Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I always get stuck right into it, for me one of the most exciting parts is the build up, I love when the shops start lining their shelves with Christmas goodies, and one of the most anticipated collections of the year is always from Lush. The lovely people at Lush Plymouth invited me in store for the big reveal of their 2015 Winter collection.

The evening kicked off with a FUN, festive challenge; split into 2 groups, we were given 30 seconds to create either a Snowman or Santa from the new winter collection of Fun products. As you can tell from the picture below, Team Snowman was not as successful as we had hoped, although we may not have won, our little snowman family certainly stole our hearts, and made for a great ice breaker!

We were then introduced to this years Christmas products and as per usual, all eyes were on the Christmas Gifts. Ranging from £8.50 to £155, these gifts combine festive goodies with classic favourites, meaning there is something for everyone. As always, the gifts are beautifully presented in gorgeous wrapping paper or a festive box meaning one less gift to wrap during the busy festive period. There are also some uniquely presented gifts such as the Human Cannonball - thanks to the attached cracker snap, this one opens with a bang - and my favourite, Christmas Wishes - a twinkly music box with a rotating barrel telling the story of many of Lush's Christmas Mascots!
Many Christmas favourites returned this year including my favourite Snow Fairy - now available in a 1kg bottle - along with some exciting new products such as Fairy Dust - a shimmering dusting powder with the famous snow fairy scent. If you're looking for more of a festive scent, The Magic of Christmas is a reusable bubble bar, with ingredients including cinnamon, almond and clove, all of which give it a much more traditional Christmas fragrance. Even more exciting, many of this years Christmas products boast Lush's Self Preservation ingredients too, meaning the products will last even longer!
Because the people at Lush Plymouth are so lovely, they allowed me to pick out some exciting festive products and after a good 10 laps around the store, I finally decided on my final 3 items.
I had never tried any Lush face products and so decided to try out the Bûche De Noël Face & Body Cleanser. At first glance the texture appears unusual, but you simply take a small piece of this cleanser in the palm of your hand and add a dash of water to create a paste. Packed with fresh ingredient, Almond and Kaolin cleanse the skin, exfoliating and absorbing dirt and excess oils whilst cranberries, satsumas and a dash of Brandy add a homely, festive scent. I've been using this every night for the last two weeks and have fallen in love, my skin feels gorgeously smooth and even, keeping breakouts and redness under control too, I would highly recommend this!
Winter to me always means dry lips, so I decided to try out one of Lush's famous lip scrubs. Santa's Lip Scrub is one of the few edible products available at Lush, simply buff in and lick off to reveal super soft lips. I've been using this to prime my lips before applying lipstick as it creates a perfect base, helping any colour to glide on smoothly and increase the longevity. Although it may have a festive name and includes ingredients such as dates and cherries, the main flavour of this scrub is Cola making it perfect to use all year through!
I want to say a huge thank you to Lush Plymouth for inviting me into the store and completely spoiling me as always. If you want to see the full Winter and Christmas collection at Lush, head into your local store or online!
Becca x