Monday, May 22, 2017

Waltzing (or rather singing and dancing) Matilda - the Musical

I am finally back from back to back to back travel, and have some overdue posts for you! Apologies for going MIA again!

Firstly, I wanted to share with you my recent (and first ever!) trip to Perth, during which I had the privilege of watching the amazing Matilda The Musical, a  multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the one and only Roald Dahl.  An international hit, it has won seven Olivier Awards in the UK and five Tony Awards on Broadway.

The musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and directed by Matthew Warchus.  It tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take stand and change her own destiny.

I won't spoil the story for you further other than to say that the music, sets, cast, ensemble, costume, singing, dancing everything, is just A M A Z I N G ! ! !  It is a definitely a must-see and I cannot wait to take lil' Brigs to see it (she LOVES singing and dancing, but has yet to watch a proper musical), there were emotional scenes and laughing out loud moments, which even Mr Brigs enjoyed immensely!

I also got the chance to go on stage the following day and also backstage to meet some of the cast, and as a huge fan of musicals, that was such an honour and treat!

The musical has since moved from Perth to Adelaide having just opened this weekend, and will run until 16th of July at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, with evening and matinee sessions as well.

I suggest you run to see this musical, don't walk!

You can book your tickets here.

 Bookworming my way backstage
 Making myself at home onstage...
 Swinging my way on stage...
Heartfelt, emotional and with plenty of funny moments, this show is for anyone and everyone!
 Having fun backstage on 'Mr Wormwood's scooter, complete with fluffy dice

Left: The costume uniforms with emblem taken directly from the illustrations of the original Matilda books written by Roald Dahl.

Right: On stage with Lucy Maunder who played Miss Honey the night of the performance I watched, stayed up with her 3 month old baby during the night, and was then about to go back on stage for two more sessions after this picture! I am in absolute awe, and take my hat off to her!

Images of Matilda the Musical from their official website
all other images are mine.

Thanks to JP Bolton for the incredible experience of going to Perth to see this show and going backstage.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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