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16 Jun 2017

A trip to see the Girls Musical in London

I can’t believe that it’s June already, I’m really not sure where this year has gone. I’ve been meaning to write about my trip to see The Girls Musical for a while now, so I thought I better get round to it.

All the way back in January, I received an e-mail from Andy at Bloodwise inviting me to a special performance of The Girls Musical in the West End, London. I love to going to the theatre and try and go whenever I get chance, so I was definitely up for it. There was also opportunity to invite friends to come as well. That seemed like a perfect chance to offer something back to my BFF, as she’s the person I usually turn to for support when things aren’t quite right.

To be fair, it isn’t the normal type of support, its more her saying something along the lines of “Stop moaning”, “there is nothing wrong with you” and “if you were dying, you’d be dead by now” But honestly, that is sometimes what I need when I start getting carried away with something I don’t need to be worrying about. However, on the other side of the coin, she’s genuinely sympathetic when the situation requires it.

Fortunately, my friend was up for coming (the offer of a Five Guys Burger for lunch may have swung it), so after a far too early a start for a Saturday, we arrived in Euston. We didn’t really have any plans as such before the show, so as we both like art, we headed to Tate Britain for a look around. It’s a great place to explore, mixing old masters with cutting edge modern art. One piece in particular split our opinions,  Rachel Macleans Wot u :-) about? My friend loved it while I found it disturbing but I guess that’s what good art can do.

Having had our art fix, we headed to Embankment and walked up towards Charing Cross and Five Guys. If you haven’t had a Five Guys burger, you’ve really missed out. They are amazing!! We’d first come across them after a previous trip together and they had us at first bite, not to mention the fries. Although they’re amazing, they’re also large so after the initial joy of getting another after our first experience, it started to dawn on us we still had a show to see, so being that stuffed might not be a good idea. However, it didn’t stop us finishing them. We then took a leisurely walk up to the Phoenix Theatre in time for the show.

When we arrived, the Foyer was full of other Bloodwise Ambassadors and they’re friends, all of whom wanted to talk with Andy, I got the impression that he’d never felt so popular but I managed to grab a few words and our tickets. When I’d being chatting with Andy about coming down and seeing the show, I’d mentioned that my friend had very discerning tastes (I assume this is why she chooses to be my friend lol) and if he could sort us out some good seats, it would be very much appreciated. And good on him, he really came through and we ended up in the stalls, row three, centre aisle. I don’t think I’ve ever had better seats and I’ve been to a lot of shows. We were sat next to another Ambassador who was with her partner and it turned out also has CLL. It was certainly nice to chat with other people with similar conditions.

Then it was the main event, and what I can say other than the show was amazing. It’s a fabulous mix of humour and emotion. At one point I had to let a tear roll down my cheek, past my chin. I didn’t want to let my friend know I was crying but during the interval she admitted it had made her cry too, so I didn’t feel like so much of a wuss.  I think most of us know the main details of the story but the way it was told on the stage was amazing. The songs are great and so was the acting.  I don’t think it would be possible not to leave the theatre without a smile on your face.  My friend at the end, said that it was definitely the best thing we’ve seen together, which I assure you, is the highest praise indeed! Lol

I sure when the original Calendar Girls, did what they did, they never realised what an impact they’d have on so many people. From their achievement and the money they’ve raised with have raised the profile of Blood Cancers to a whole new level, which we should all be thankful for. It just goes to show what friends can achieve when they put their mind to it. I still think that Blood Cancers don’t really get as much press as they should so all the attention the show brings is great.

So if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you get yourself to London to see it as you won’t be disappointed. And if you've a friend who has been there for you, why not take them along too to say thank you :o)

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