Thursday, 31 March 2016
I wasn’t too sad to return to work on Tuesday after a lovely Easter break, because I knew I had a great evening planned. Dinner with my wonderful mum at the newly opened Bella Italia in North Street followed by End of the Rainbow at Theatre Royal Brighton.
We indulged in Bella Italia’s new menu. 3 courses plus bread is truly extravagant for a Tuesday evening but we wanted to make sure that we got the full Bella Italia experience ;)
I had the Gamberi to start and my mum had the Calamari. Both were delicious and we couldn’t let the garlic/chili sauce that came with the prawns go to waste so we ordered some caramelised onion bread to soak up the rest!
For mains we both had pasta. We were both very impressed with the selection of meat free dishes on the menu. In the end mum ordered Pasta Capra – a tomato based pasta with vegetables and goats cheese. I had the Pollo Limone Siciliana – a light, tangy and still creamy pasta. At this point we should have stopped. But the desserts that were coming out looked far too tempting to say no. So we ordered the tiramisu and the Big Tony!! The picture below pretty much sums up how delicious they were!! I wasn’t lying when I said we indulged.
Luckily we didn’t have far to waddle over to Theatre Royal Brighton. We arrived just in time to get to our seats and see the stage come alive with the sounds of Judy Garland.
This production is set in 1968 when Judy returns to London for her much-needed come-back tour. She arrives with her soon-to-be 5th husband Mickey and long term friend and pianist Anthony. The next two hours of theatre are both hilarious and poignant. Lisa Maxwell who portrays Judy Garland captures Judy perfectly. We learn that Judy had a razor-sharp wit about her; she was able to laugh at herself and at others and she loved to argue. We see the vulnerable, tragic, self-destructive side of Judy and of course, through Lisa Maxwell’s very impressive voice, we hear those songs that made Judy famous all around the world.
If you haven’t booked tickets at Theatre Royal Brighton yet, please do. You will see why End of the Rainbow has been a hit on Broadway and the West End as you are drawn in to Judy’s turbulent relationships with the people around her and ultimately the demons that have haunted her since she was a child.
Amazing acting, singing and comedy make this a must-see show.
End of the Rainbow
29th March - 02 April, 7:45pm eves, Thurs & Sat mat 2:30pm,
Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1SD
165 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
We once again hand over the reigns to our guest blogger, James Sharp...
Now you've been given some time to get over my shameful confession posted here earlier this week,
|First through the door, the Coal Shed awaits...|
|Jacob's Ladder (Does not contain an actual ladder)|
|No description necessary. Just look at it.|
|The area to the right of the table is for your meal enhancers|
|The petals give you 100% of your recommended daily flower|
|Espresso, ice cream and those bobbly bits. Everything Charlotte loves.|
Monday, 21 March 2016
Today we hand over to guest blogger, James Sharp, who has a shocking confession to make....
Hello once again, dear readers.
Usually, when you come across a blog posting from yours truly, you’d find some informative, interesting and mildly amusing text about a wonderful adventure I've had in the marvellous city of Brighton. For this small piece, however, instead I bring to you something much more serious: a confession.
I've never eaten a steak.
Shocking, isn't it? Almost to the point of disbelief. I could go into this a bit further here, maybe explain myself or try to justify my situation so you could at least feel a bit of sympathy towards me. But I'm not going to. I'm well aware of the effect it has on people I confide in. The open mouth, the glazed-over expression, the quiet mumbling in the corner of the room as a solitary tear rolls down their cheek.
Instead I shall give you some time to process that critical piece of information, and next time around (when you've fully recovered) I'm going to explain the journey I've faced along with a very tasty and mouth-watering solution.
So stay tuned for the next installment, where the lovely Charlotte Barrow and myself pay a visit to The Coal Shed, a steak restaurant tucked away in Boyce’s Street, where all will be revealed.
|What sort of culinary mysteries will be revealed inside?|
The Coal Shed
Thursday, 3 March 2016
Currently my daughter's favourite book is Gangsta Granny so when we found out that a new stage production was coming to the Theatre Royal Brighton for a pre-West End run we simply had to go!
For those of you who are not familiar with David Walliams' book; the story revolves around Ben who each week dreads going to visit his cabbage-loving granny while his parents go to their dance classes. However when Ben discovers a biscuit tin full of jewellery everything changes...
As with any adaptation of a beloved book there is always a certain amount of trepidation over how it will be handled. Will the story be as funny and heartfelt on stage as on the page? Well, with a huge sigh of relief I can happily tell you that - yes it is. The production stayed true to the original story while also adding something new with some fantastic dance routines during the set changes.
The whole cast were great but in particular Ashley Cousins and Louise Bailey (Ben and Granny) who had us giggling the whole way through. So if you are looking for an outing for the whole family to enjoy then Gangsta Granny is the ideal choice as it is both funny & heart-warming. And don't forget to buy the book as well!
Theatre Royal Brighton until 6th March