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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dreams CAN come true!

Okay, it's my turn... JOSEPH really was wonderful! You know when you look forward to something SO much that there's always a risk that it'll fail to live up to your expections? Well, the musical and LEE MEAD were truly FANTASTIC!

I admit that I've been in the Joseph and Lee zone for a good part of this year but despite this I attended the musical with an OPEN mind. Joseph was the first West End musical I experienced back in 1991 with Jason Donovan, and I have VERY fond memories. Joseph was also the musical that first inspired and motivated me to try for my dreams - writing for Mills & Boon.

Oops, I digress, back to the 2007 production: From the moment the Narrator, played by FIONA REYES, entered the stage I knew we were in for a SPECTACULAR show. She had a LOT to live up to for me because in the 1991 production the Narrator, Linzi Hateley, was fabulous (better than Jason). FIONA REYES was AMAZING and a great match for Lee's strong voice.

Now, on to Lee... *deep breath* we-ell, the only thing I can say is that if I wasn't happily married... As a Romance Writer, and from a research perspective only, ;-) Lee is PERFECT hero material - he has charisma, a 100 watt smile to die for, a toned physique and a genuine warmth and sincerity for the heroine to fall in love with.

And I'm afraid that's all I'm going to say on the subject. A good writer doesn't reveal all her sources. ;-) BUT, because I love you so much I'll share something very special:

Here's a picture of the BACK OF MY HEAD...

(Photograph © Gray 2007)

and here's another one...

(Photograph © Gray 2007)

... but I'm invisible because I'm too busy remembering to breath (j/k).

And, one more...

(Photograph © Gray 2007)

... yes, that's my NOTEBOOK being signed (Jess, you know the one I mean)

and, lastly here's a message for LEE MEAD

"I'll tell you again -
You were fantastic!
Thanks for the special memories."

Sue & Gray

P.S. Apologies for shouting but Blogger is playing up (for a change!).

Umm, did I mention yet that I've met LEE MEAD? ;-)

Our JOSEPH experience...

...So, we've made it into the theatre and as I walk into the foyer I find myself heading straight towards Adele Silva who's there with her mother. I felt a strong sense of deja-vous because I'd previously bumped into Adele a few years ago while shopping at Bluewater. I came so close to actually speaking to her this time but I felt so embarrassed because for the life of me I couldn't remember her name - only her character's name of Kelly who she played in Emmerdale. Adele was recently runner-up in this year's Hell's Kitchen on ITV.

We made our way to our seats (seven rows from the front :-) ) . As I sat down I remember feeling a little overwhelmed by the fact that I'd actually made it after everything that had happened. I'm going to pause here, to paste Gray's official review:

A clash of drums, a flash of light... and so Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new staging of JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to London’s West End, complete with new effects, a new cast and a new lead actor fresh from BBC1’s talent show Any Dream Will Do, LEE MEAD.

(Photograph by Tristram Kenton © The Really Useful Group Ltd 2007)

It’s a musical that zings with energy and never lets up from the word go, packed with familiar songs and plenty of dance routines. The story, of Joseph’s growth from a vain young man to a wise ruler, is adeptly told and the supporting actors are all very good.

(Photograph by Tristram Kenton © The Really Useful Group Ltd 2007)

The production is laced with humour and colour and the special effects, including moving scenery and a hydraulic platform that lifts the star into the air over the audience, are fantastic. But the star of the show is the fresh faced Lee Mead, who makes the role his own and banishes any memories of Jason Donovan or Donny Osmond. Mead is vibrant, energetic and powerful and really comes into his own during his many solos, when the power of his voice rings out through the auditorium.

(Photograph by Tristram Kenton © The Really Useful Group Ltd 2007)

A dull moment never goes by and the production is a resounding success. Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a real treat for the senses and wholeheartedly recommended to all.

A VERY special surprise to follow...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Hospitals, Hairdressers & 'Falling' for Lee Mead

... what a rollercoaster few days we've had! I've been very careful not to tempt fate by announcing what our plans for yesterday were, because I SO didn't want anything to go wrong. The past six weeks have been the best I've had in years (healthwise). For the first time since my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis I even began to wonder whether maybe, just maybe, I was experiencing a bit of how it must feel to be in remission.

For MONTHS Gray and I have both been looking forward to an overnight trip to London to see the new wonderful JOSEPH production, starring LEE MEAD. Everything was looking great and going to plan. On Friday I was feeling so well, that I made a last minute hair appointment with a salon in Covent Garden - a stone's throw from our hotel and the theatre.
I was as excited about getting my hair cut as I was seeing Lee because it's been a whole TEN MONTHS since I've been well enough to even make it for a trim at a local hairdressers!

Saturday was my last day working on our book and my studies. Sunday was going to be devoted to relaxing in preparation for Monday's trip, and packing an overnight case etc. But Sunday was the day our well-laid plans began to unravel...

The ENTIRE DAY was spent rushing my DD between two hospitals. We thought she was going to be admitted at least for the night, and possibly loads longer (if she needed the emergency operation they'd prepared us for). London, haircut, Lee Mead, Joseph was suddenly no longer important nor an option. DD went through numerous different tests, the operation was eventually ruled out BUT they still wouldn't discharge her until late at night (because of lack of organisation in the NHS more than anything else). DD had been Nil By Mouth all day and the intravenous drip she'd been told they were giving her never materialised. I'm going to cut a long story short because otherwise this post will turn into one BIG rant.

Suffice to say all turned out well by late that night :-) and she was finally discharged - only problem was I had walked into the hospital ward earlier that day, but left in the evening needing my wheelchair :-(. DD was adamant that her pain had lessened enough for her to still go to college the next day, and although I wasn't happy about it she is 18 years old and I had to respect her decision. I got up early on the Monday to grill her further before I let her go off to college with my blessing, and by this time I really didn't feel up to coping with a trip to London :-(. DD had insisted that we mustn't miss the show because the first time I bought tickets I had to pass them on because she was in Egypt - and she didn't want to be responsible for me missing Lee again.

Suddenly, our plans were back on - we were going to London; I was getting my haircut, we were going to see JOSEPH and I might even meet Lee :-D. With only an hour to get packed and ready, we finally made it to the train station and the journey was stress-free. :-)

The hairdresser was worth every penny and even Gray was thrilled with the results :-D. We'd even planned on having him take a new photo for the Blog... (can you can hear the 'BUT' coming...?)

We'd just walked around the corner when on a particularly bad cobbled street/uneven path I fell down like a sack of potatoes!

Luckily we'd gone down a side street so we weren't quite in the centre of Covent Garden, but it was still awful - and packed with people sitting outside a Bistro. People, who I hasten to add, sat watching my embarrassment without any intention of helping... (to be truthful in many ways I was grateful for this but all the same it would've been nice to have had the offer.)

The next ten minutes or so I passed in and out of consciousness (safe in the arms of my real-life hero :-)) and we eventually made it back to the hotel. We had an hour before we had to leave for the show and slowly but surely my strength came back and I was determined to still go. No way was I going to let anything stop me (not even my real-life hero's concern).

Monday, October 01, 2007

Study, study and MORE study...

...and I'm LOVING it!

Right now, I'm studying two courses (yep, you heard right): My next OU course has begun in earnest and, all being well it'll bring me 60 points closer to finishing my Honours degree. I'm praying that I'll have more success completing this course (A215 Creative Writing - YAY!) than I did with the English course earlier this year.

I was also in the right place at the right time (and that's very unusual for me!) and I was given an opportunity to join THIS course. How could I not jump at the chance? I'm so excited because today, coincidentally (or not ;-)) I had an Amazon delivery of THE WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM - how about that for timing! Not only are Enneagrams a good source of adding depth to fictional characters, BUT they are also a source for spiritual growth which I'm very much in to.

So, as well as writing our Medical EVERY day (except yesterday as I was otherwise engaged with an MRI scanner), I'm studying EVERY day too. All of this is leaving me with even less time to procrastinate. Yep, you also heard that right - I've lost my crown for being Queen of Procrastination. The scary thing is that I'm not even missing it! I feel like self-discipline has finally taken hold of me - personally I blame Kate and Julie for motivating and inspiring me. (And it's Julie I also have to thank blame for the discovery of the above-mentioned Enneagrams book and technique for writing).

I hope you're all having as much fun as I am!

Bye for now,