My 2016 in pictures

Well it’s that time of year again! This year’s post is up a little early as I’m currently without wifi in my new house (and not coping very well AT ALL) so I’m “borrowing” my Mum’s internet connection for the evening. Once again please accept my apologies for my hideously neglected blog, I’m hoping to see a new show every month in 2017 and I may actually manage to write about some of them!

January – The Flying Scotsman.

I’m fairly sure it’s been mentioned on here before that I am a HUGE railway geek, (*insert shameless plug of my Railway Children blog here*) so when I heard that my favourite engine was going to run on the railway I visited as a child, I dragged my entire family along. It was bloody freezing and took about three hours due to various mechanical issues but it was still so much fun.

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February – One hell of a double show day.

This was probably one of the craziest double show days I’ve ever done. Matinee? Hangmen with David Morrissey. Evening? The End of Longing with Matthew Perry. I had ridiculously good luck at the stage door and manged to meet both of them, and was even semi-coherent!



March – 50 years of love. 

The 25th of March 2016 marked my Nanna and Grandad’s 50th wedding anniversary. They are such a wonderful couple and I love them to pieces, and to celebrate we took them out for afternoon tea. I even bought them both gold medals to mark the occasion!




April – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

My Mummy turned 55 in April and somewhere along the way we decided it would be a great idea to go to Southend to watch Jason Manford and Martin Kemp in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as her birthday treat. The show was amazing and the actors were so lovely – my Mum even got a birthday kiss from Martin Kemp!


May – Aladdin opening night. 

Having booked the tickets in November, I was very, very VERY ready for this show to open. I’d already seen the show on Broadway (I love being able to say that!) and loved it and the London cast didn’t disappoint. The show is spectacular and our genie Trevor Dion Nicholas is in a class of his own!


June – New York City / West End Live.

I can’t choose! I had an amazing week in New York, the highlight of which was seeing my first ever Jean Valjean, John Owen-Jones, reprise his role on Broadway. He was INCREDIBLE. Four days after landing back in the UK and still very jetlagged, I dragged my tired ass to Trafalgar Square for West End Live, a free event that showcases all of the musicals currently running in the West End. I was knackered, I got rained on, I got sunburned, it was the best weekend!




July – Moving home!

So after two years of living down South it was time to get this Manc back in the land of gravy and flat vowels. I really miss my little flat but I’m so happy to be back home with my family just around the corner!


August – family birthday fun!

This August my Grandad turned 78 and my Uncle John turned 60. We had two lovely family meals – so much food!



September – birthday celebrations and LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!!

Again, I couldn’t choose. September was just too good. On the 4th I had the very surreal experience of watching a Lin-Manuel Miranda show in London with Lin-Manuel Miranda sat in the row behind me (read the blog here). Then on the 10th which also happened to be my 22nd birthday, I received an onstage birthday shout-out from a genie thanks to Nathan Amzi and Trevor Dion Nicholas (read that blog here). All in all a pretty crazy month!



October -My Nanna’s 70th birthday party.

My Nanna is huge on family. Seriously, the mafia has nothing on her. There are quite a few of us on that side of the family but we never seem to be in the same place at the same time, so it was really special when everybody came together for this party. She was so happy!


November – In the Heights.

I would not have made it through the absolute shite that has been 2016 without this show – really it should pop up every month! I was struggling to come up with something for November but, as always, this show got me through the hard times and put a smile back on my face.


December – moving out!

It was a long, hard and frustrating process but on the 1st of December myself and my best friend from high school signed a tenancy agreement for our lovely new house. We’re still settling in and there are a few teething problems (the boiler dying and leaving us with no heating/hot water TWICE being one of them) but it’s a new adventure and we’re both really excited to spend our first Christmas living together as strong, independent women 😉


Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I really do recommend that you write your own – it’s done me good to see that maybe the year wasn’t as bad as I thought.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore.




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