You Can Read and Write Anything! Top Five Creative Plays on the Norm

Any writer can attest to the unpredictable nature of ideas and inspiration. Regardless of genre, from the slice of life contemporaries to intricately plotted thrillers, the most mundane aspects of everyday life may spark a thought which is suddenly well on its way to becoming a full-length novel. However, if these everyday aspects of life find their way into the narrative there is enjoyment to be had, for both writer and reader, in creatively twisting the norm. Personally, I’m excited to spot these norm twists in a synopsis and I’m intrigued by an author’s ability to incorporate them regardless of genre.

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Wales Millennium Centre Announces Closure Until January 2021

I don’t typically post news on this blog, nor have I outwardly posted about theatre closures and show cancellations instead choosing to continue to post reviews and keep their word-of-mouth going or taking a small break to take extra marketing courses and improve my future content. I have also been enjoying the theatrical content consistently released during this lockdown including all of the Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, and beyond, from The Show Must Go On, various Leave a Light On concerts from the Theatre Café and Frankenstein, This House, and The Madness of King George III from National Theatre at Home. I’ve even been granted the chance to relive two favourites as A Monster Calls was streamed by Bristol Old Vic just last week and my favourite show The Grinning Man is still to come. As I’ve mentioned, the reason I haven’t been keeping up to date with these releases review wise is that I’m currently taking advantage of a break to think about and improve, the content on this website (in my head) ready for when theatre returns with a bang!

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& Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

This show has been following me around since I saw the first announcement ahead of its initial run. However, the soundtrack did not immediately convince me to see it as, while the voices were great, I found it difficult to listen to without narrative context. I normally do not mind listening to the soundtrack first and trying to gauge the story from this, but as the individual songs each had their own contexts outside of the show it was exceedingly difficult to get past that. When I went down to London, initially for the week of London Book Fair, at the end of February I was lucky enough to catch & Juliet on my first night using TodayTix for a £15 ticket. Also, in the couple of days between booking and my visit the show was nominated for nine Olivier Awards and many WhatsOnStage Awards so you could say I was expecting a good time!

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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Non-Spoiler Review

Before I can say anything about the content of this book, just look at how gorgeous it is! I know the old saying, “never judge a book by its cover”, but I have been making a conscious effort to be more aware of book design this year and this is the perfect example of how design can really push a book ahead. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. My current reads are turning into a five/four-star streak but this, the one which started it, has stayed with me far beyond the final page.

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8 1/2 Stone by Liz Jones: ⭐️⭐️Review [Blog Tour]

If I see a book written by the former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and compared to Helen Feilding’s Bridget Jones series, of course, I am going to be intrigued. However, as you can likely gauge from the title the subject matter is incredibly sensitive and the book speaks directly on several aspects of how we perceive ourselves, and our current difficulties, and relationships in relation to body shape. Therefore, this book is very difficult to review but I’m going to give it my best shot.

All views below are, as usual, entirely my own and I am taking the content of this book at face value to the level of the words on the page. There is an author’s note at the end of the book detailing Liz Jones’ own experiences with eating disorders and her journey to writing this book, however, please be aware I did not read it prior to reading the main narrative or writing this review. Alongside my own rating I have also included a five-star review and one-star review at the end to give any prospective readers multiple perspectives and a range of information.

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