Glitter hairspray, sequins, tassels and pom poms - no, not my walk in wardrobe - it's Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Cliffs Pavilion!
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I have a confession to make. I've never been to a Cliffs panto before. I used to go to the Palace Theatre pantomime as a child, but it was very lowkey, usually with local performers, and I don't remember much about them.
Readers, I'm approaching 35 and while I do not think of getting older as a bad thing (I'm only 35, fully aware that is still YOUNG and not something to MOAN about) - it did strike me that I'm a different gal than I was in my twenties.
My view is: why sing the words when you can talk? HOWEVER. As a child and teen I was obsessed with Grease.
I'm making the most of our seaside town this summer - it's the kind of place where you already feel like you're on holiday isn't it? I have a family of seagulls nesting near my house - often at 4am I am suddenly awoken by their familiar, holidayish squawk. Yes, it's 4am and I don't sleep well at the best of times, but I also do LOVE that sound.
Did you venture down to Leigh Folk Festival last weekend? Here's Ray Morgan's love of Leigh Folk
There's a running joke where I work that I'm always cramming in twelve things every evening and fifty in a weekend. My colleagues roll their eyes like: what ridiculous schedule of events do you have planned this evening?
On Saturday afternoon, I was lying in my garden in a deckchair. The sky was blue, there was a gentle breeze, everything smelled of suncream and warmth
A few years ago, we made some friends because they used to go to my wife's pop-up cafe, and we'd always end up talking over the coffee urn until it got to the point where we realised we should probably all go for a drink rather than have tiny pieces of conversations while Jo and I were serving flapjacks to the public.
Bank Holidays carry a weight of pressure. You have to be DOING something, you have to be USING your time. If you're lucky enough to not work on Bank Holidays, that is, and shout out to any of you who had to work this weekend.
An exciting one-off film night is coming to Leigh on Sea with a screening of documentary Being Frank, about cult comedy character Frank Sidebottom, and a Q&A with its Director, Steve Sullivan.
Readers, I've been suffering from insomnia. Well, it's been a weird one. I've been able to GET to sleep, but then my neighbours go to bed directly above us and they have the creakiest floorboards known to mankind
The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Palace Theatre begins with a sparse set of distressed walls and decayed decor, and we go straight into dialogue that's, of course, Oscar Wilde - so it's peppy, zingy and immediately compelling
Many of you reading this will already have seen Create98 on the Broadway; a creative space that hosts a multitude of workshops from painting and crochet to poetry and cooking.
At the weekend I visited the Subcultures exhibition at Southend's Beecroft Gallery, part of the brilliant Southend Museums. A collection of photography, fashion and memorabilia, it charts Southend's subcultures past and present, from mods and punks to teddy boys, goths, and more recent scenes like Junk Club.
Last week, Jo and I were invited to perform at True Stories Live at Norwich Arts Centre, a night of (yes you've guessed it) true storytelling.
Well, dear readers, the badgers are back. Last year I spent a small fortune creating a fortress in my garden and lo, the stripey crims of Leigh-on-Sea are back and causing havoc!
Well, January is almost over and well done to all of you that have resisted the temptation to drink booze as part of Dry January.
Hello, readers, and a Happy New Year to you! I hope you are rested, full of good intentions, and enjoying cocktails which I miss because I'm doing Dry Jan.
Damp moss, mince pies, and a buzz of anticipation... Last week my colleagues, assorted colleague-mums and I all squished into Scent florist in Leigh after work to get festively crafty.