Last week I was kindly invited along to the press launch of Shrek the musical, at Edinburgh Playhouse. The recommended age for this is 5 years plus so it was a no brainer in terms of who my hot date would be.
If you have watched some of my vlogs this year across social media you will be aware that our little Bonnie to the V (Bonnie Violet) loves to entertain. This would be her first musical and trip to the theatre. How would it go?
I had a little treat waiting for Bonnie, which she was very excited to find when she got home from school.
We got glammed up, after all it’s the season to sparkle, and off we set. Girls night at the theatre! I even gave her my red lipstick, which she insisted on applying herself. I didn’t want to burst her bubble.
The red carpet was out (just like that red lipstick) and we were ready to be entertained.
Bonnie was in awe of the theatre, she couldn’t believe how big the playhouse is inside and was intrigued by all the levels above us. She also pointed out the tv screen where you could see the conductor. I really enjoyed having the odd glance at this as the live music was simply fantastic.
As for the cast! Hilarious and captivating. The visuals were also super impressive. Watching Bonnie’s face light up was something I will never forget. I LOVED seeing how she reacted to everything.
The important message of what Shrek is all about came across beautifully. Embrace the freak in you, embrace what makes you different and special. Because it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.
Bonnie and I loved singing and dancing along to the music. We were on the edge of our seats. We were in full freak mode, dancing like we just didn’t care, throwing our hands in the air.
In fact, it took me back to the days I used to do musicals at school, the buzz behind the stage is electric. Drama was always my favourite subject to study, I loved acting and entertaining. It changed me, it gave me so much confidence.
Something about switching off and getting into another character is so good for our wellness levels. It allows us to escape. I often talk about putting on a performance. Whilst it’s not healthy in day to day life, it is so healthy when it comes to the stage.
This musical is the ultimate feel good day or night out. It’s funny, moving and thought provoking. Huge well done to the cast and musicians. We had an excellent night, most definitely one to remember for a long time.
Shrek The Musical is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 7th January 2018. Tickets here.
(Stage photo credit to Helen Maybanks).