Go and see 'Once' the musical. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go with my sister-in-law to the Princess Theatre to check out this new musical, although as I read today it could be described as 'a musical for people who don't love musicals'. Mainly because it doesn't have the over-the-top theatre cheese you get in many musicals and there is not a jazz hand in sight! Instead, it is all about the remarkably beautiful music performed by an incredibly talented cast. All cast members act, sing, dance and play an instrument and are on stage for the entire performance.
It is stunning in it's simplicity. It has a really simple, but very clever, set design and the story is very straight forward, but you get so involved in the story because of the beautiful music and excellent performances. I smiled from the very first scene and kept smiling for the next 2 and 1/2 hours. It is also very funny, laugh out loud funny, and it is the absolute definition of heart-warming.
I think it's big strength is the way it makes you feel. You just feel good watching it, more so than some of the other big musicals I have seen. I think it is perfect to take your mum or sister or best friend. This was well worth the effort or a Thursday night trip to the city and expressing a feed - and for me, that is the real measure of the worth of a show!
Best Date Night:
You have to check out 'Gone Girl'. Go now before you read a review or hear too much about it. It is a movie with unpredictable twists and turns, and unusually for a movie built around suspense and intrigue, also includes a few laughs. Perfect for a date night with your man, this is definitely worth spending a baby sitting ticket with the grandparents.
Best Family Day Out:
We took MJ to our closest 'Bounce' centre to play with some of our friends. It is a large factory full of different activities based around trampolines including slam dunks, dodge ball, wall running, free jumping and jumping into a foam pit. The different activities would cater well for a multi-age family, although I guess the cost would add up.
Because MJ is four he was a 'junior jumper' which means for the free jumping he got to jump in an area without big kids so he didn't have to worry about being taken out. He loved it, he was a sweaty little mess at the end of the hour.
It is pretty good value, it cost us $10.50 for the session, and another $2.50 for the socks which you get to keep for future visits.
Now I really want to go with my PE crew and play an adult game of Dodge Ball - it would be awesome. It would also be interesting to check out one of their fitness classes too.
Best spin on a classic:
I made this roasted potato salad from The Cozy Apron for Dad's 60th birthday and it was one of the first salads to disappear. It is like roasted potato meets potato salad. I used chorizo instead of bacon, but bacon would also be great, obviously!!
Best recent pin:
This amazing Eton Mess Cake from raspberri cupcakes is next on my list to make for a special occasion. How amazing does it look?
What are your favourite things, places and food at the moment?
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I received complimentary tickets to attend the movie and musical, however all opinions expressed are my own and if I didn't love it, it wouldn't be here!