30/05/17 - Write Like A Grrrl Manchester

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I want to write.  All I've ever wanted to do was write.  Other interests and hobbies and career aspirations have come and gone but the desire to write has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.  From the moment I knew that the stories I loved so much had been written by someone and that that someone could be me.  However, often it is merely that - a desire.  My commitment and motivation can be annoyingly changeable, but even when I'm in a writing slump (which has been more often than I would like recently) I'll still be listening out for interesting snippets of dialogue on the train or scribbling half-formed ideas on any scrap of paper to hand.  My notebook is full of opening lines scrawled on the backs of receipts, and phrases which seemed like a stroke of genius when I noted them down but have lost all meaning three days later.  But I keep them all, hoarding the words in case one day they come in handy. 

So when I spotted the Write Like A Grrrl course online, I was immediately interested. I was in the middle of a particularly long dry spell and decided I needed to try something different.  I've been to writing groups before, but I've never been on a course or had anyone 'teach' me how to write or what works best.  After reading the very positive testimonials and doing a bit of research, I decided to go for it.  Anything that might kickstart my writing spark was a welcome change.

16/11/16 - Hair at Hope Mill Theatre

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Manchester is a wonderfully diverse and creative city, and I feel endlessly lucky to have such a range of culture right on my doorstep.  Never have I felt luckier than last night when I saw the iconic tribal love rock musical Hair come so spectacularly to life at Hope Mill Theatre.

11/11/16 - The History Boys at the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

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Last summer, I published a post about Alan Bennett’s The History Boys and how much it means to me.  It is without a doubt my favourite play and when I saw that the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse was hosting a production of it, I knew that I couldn’t miss it.  I saw it at the Theatr Clwyd when I was a teenager and have since had to content myself with rewatches of the film, so the chance to see the material come to life with new vigour was an absolute joy.