Oh hai Culture Whirlwind

I am a girl of excess, whatever I am doing it, I do it FULLY. So be it, working out every day, twice a day, or eating out every night and drinking way too much wine, there is never really a happy medium.

This week it has been culture week. Sometimes London can be so busy and our lives so full that its hard to fit everything in. I would see a piece of dance every week if I could.

The lucky thing about working within the arts, is that I have so many talented friends doing amazing things and they all put me under pressure to see their work! Kidding!! It is a joy and a pleasure and a proper motivator to book the tickets.

This week and last I saw 3 dances shows, 2 plays and a one woman show – PHEW.

And, this is a run down of my highlights.

It is one thing being a brilliant actress, it is another thing completely writing something epic, moving and educational and yet, my beautiful friend Cush Jumbo has done just that.

Josephine and I is running presently at the Bush Theatre, and is quite simply stunning. Cush’s last performance as Marc Anthony in the all Female Julius Caesar brought me to tears ( and to my feet ) and the director Phyllida Lloyd returns again to direct Cush in her own show.

The play tells the story of the late Josephine Baker, and then parallels it to the life of a young struggling actress today. It is highly entertaining and Cush is god damn outstanding. WELL WORTH the trip over to Shepherds Bush.

Then Last night, I had a culture Double Whammy: I had booked to see Andrew Scott in the Sea Wall for quite a few reasons: I fancy Andrew Scott, Simon Stephens is amazing, I wanted to see something in The Shed ( the new space at the National Theatre) and well, I fancy Andrew Scott..

It was mind blowing, so simple and evocative and it only reiterated quite how much I fancy Andrew Scott.(sorry boyfriend) Probably the best 30 minutes of theatre I have seen all year.

But the real Tour de force of my cultural whirlwind, was Swanlights at the Royal Opera House. Anthony Hegarty is a true artist, his voice and his passion literally echoed around the hall.. I have never experienced such silence, awe and joy within an audience. I couldn’t really afford the ticket, but I’m glad I purchased, I can absolutely go without food for a week.

Lastly, I had a girls Reunion watching our stunning Joan Iyiola perform in A Season in the Congo. Part Dance piece, part blockbuster film in my opinion, director Joe Wright makes so many perfect choices and Chiwetel is monumental. The choreography and dancers are electrifying and each actor, particularly Miss Iyiola slip effortlessly from character to character transporting us seamlessly into different worlds. This epic feat is one not to miss.

The beautiful Joan Iyiola with Chiwetel.

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