Kinky Boots London review and signing up for a half marathon | weekly round-up

As you may have already realised, I love musicals, and since I live in London I have access to some of the world’s best shows right on my doorstep. Last night I was lucky enough to have amazing seats to see Kinky Boots in the Adelphi Theatre. I’d heard great things about it, and my expectations were definitely met and then surpassed. The name has put off a few people I know, but it’s a lot more than some fabulous drag queens. This show might just have the biggest heart in the West End.

Some of my other decisions have been more questionable this week. After the relative success of my first ever race when I did a 10k in May, I’ve decided to step up my game. There’s nothing like a ridiculous challenge to motivate me, and this is definitely one of them. The next few months are going to be tough.

Read on to find out what I’ve gone and done this time…

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To set the tone for this week’s round-up, I highly recommend watching the Kinky Boots performance from the Oliver’s this year and dancing through the rest of the post.

The music is fab, the harmonies are gorgeous, and the message at the heart is pure and beautiful. Be yourself, and accept others for who they are as well. Lola, the leading drag queen, is so sure of who she is on the outside, but has the same insecurities that we all have underneath. Unassuming Charlie needs to give his dad’s shoe factory a new lease of life, and they team up to change both of their lives.

The cast is a powerhouse of singers. We saw Lola’s understudy, Callum Francis, who is soon off to play the role in Australia. I loved his tone and confidence. Any woman will identify with the hilarious ‘The History of Wrong Guys’, where Amy Lennox gave one of the best performances of the night. Everyone knows that feeling when you realise you’ve got a crush on someone when you’d really rather not, and this song is the priceless rendition of that.

Despite thinking this is just the next Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The New York Times actually said it was most similar in tone to Hairspray, so this is family friendly fun at it’s best. If you’re looking for a perfect girl’s night out, this is definitely it.

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Remember that ridiclous decision I made? Well, I’ve only gone and signed myself up to run a half marathon at the end of September. That gives me three and a half months to get properly in shape and double my longest running distance. What could possibly go wrong? At least I’ve got the right footwear to get me through (even though they were rather expensive).

I’m going to run the Ealing Half Marathon. I chose this one because it’s won so many awards for a great atmosphere and flawless organisation. I think the more people there are cheering me on, the more motivated I’ll feel. I was so dead after running 10k, and this will be double the distance so it’s going to take a lot to make me cross the finish line. I’ve got my training plan firmly stuck onto the wall. It’s all real now. Wish me luck!

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World of Wanderlust – I’ve wanted to visit the Amazon ever since I first learned about it at school. Brooke has been luckily enough to go on a river cruise through the area, snapping lots of wildlife along the way. It really did look incredible, and would have been a dream come true for me. I really liked how the cruise company helped out the local people as well.

Ellis Tuesday – Buying presents for my dad is always a struggle, and with Father’s Day coming up I’m clueless once again. Ellis had some great suggestions on her blog, though. I think I have one or two ideas now…

The Celution – I’m constantly comparing myself to other people my age, and feel disappointed when someone younger has achieved so much more than me. Celina agrees, and says that we need to stop thinking about the successes of others and just be happy with ourselves.

I hope you all had a lovely week! What have you been up to? Don’t forget to tell me which shows you’ve seen lately, and help me decide what to go and see next. 

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