I was lucky enjoy to be invited to Disney’s preview of the Winnie the Pooh exhibition in London’s Victoria & Albert museum (V&A) on Wednesday, ahead of its official opening on Saturday.
This exhibition was an absolute treat, especially for a life-long Winnie the Pooh fan like me. They had everything from movie props to merchandise, though the clear highlight was the number of original pencil drawings that made it into the books themselves. I loved being able to see these early sketches that I remember so well from my childhood.
The V&A have said they want this to be their most immersive exhibition yet, and I can definitely see why. There are letters falling from the ceiling, huge balloons at the entrance, little holes and slides for children to play, and even a little cinema room where people can lie on the floor to watch the stories unfold on the ceiling.
Watch my video of the experience at the Winnie the Pooh exhibition to find out more:
I used to do a little thing called a Weekly Round-up on my blog every Sunday, where I’d tell you what I’d been up to that week and basically let you snoop on my life. My life has become busier since then, which has meant that I don’t always have time to find photos and write up my highlights to share. Now I feel a bit out of touch with you all, so I’m going to bring it back. Hopefully it won’t be for one week only!
Disney Channel kindly invited me to their launch event for new show, Andi Mack, in late August. I was so happy to go along, especially when I heard that crafts were involved. The thing that particularly caught my attention was that this new show is by the creators of Lizzie McGuire, which was one of my favourite programmes growing up. Who didn’t love the Lizzie McGuire movie? And I am very pleased to say that Andi Mack has the same heart and fun plot as this classic.
Watch the vlog to find out more about what the event was like and what I think of Disney Channel’s newest show.
Dreamgirls the Musical has caught the eye of London’s West End, and much of the attention has been due to the leading lady. Amber Riley is best known for her role in Glee, where she admitted that the script writers mostly got her to come on at the end and belt out the big number to wrap up to episode. She’s certainly getting to do a lot of belting in Dreamgirls – not that I’ve got to see her yet.
The main role of Effie White is hugely demanding vocally, and it has meant that an alternate has played the role on many occasions. In fact, I’ve been to see the show twice, both on days when Amber was scheduled to perform, and I’ve now seen both of the alternates.
There’s no need for concern if you’re coming to see the show, though. Both of the Effie’s that I’ve seen have been amazing. My favourite is Marisha Wallace, who has perfect comic timing and can belt out ‘And I’m Telling You’ like it’s no-one’s business.
The music – and vocals – are definitely why I will keep coming back to this show. Think Elphaba’s Defying Gravity riffs are good in Wicked? Come to Dreamgirls and prepare to get your head knocked off. These women give it everything on stage with performances so powerful and captivating that it’s impossible to not feel the emotion. There is a lot of deep emotional moments in this show, too. Singing about rejection, loves and friendships that are lost, and being true to yourself are all key moments.
I live in London, but it’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday of commuting and visiting favourite places. Before long, you’ll realise that you haven’t been anywhere new in weeks. This is particularly awful in the capital city, where there is so much to see and do. From cobbled side streets to imposing world-wide icons, London has it all. I think it would be impossible to see it all, but I want to make sure that I get to see and enjoy as much of my city as possible.
My parents and sister decided to come down to visit for a few days, which was the perfect excuse to get out and explore more. We walked over 45,000 steps over the three days, so it’s fair to say that we got to see a lot of the city.