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Wicked !

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Candice: Last week I was lucky enough to be taken to see Wicked, the musical. For those of you who have not heard of it, it’s a show about what happens before the story of the Wizard of Oz, they are both based on books, the original by L. Frank Baum  in 1900 and the prequel by Gregory Maguire in 1995. The story explains why the Wicked Witch of the West is so wicked.

Its an interesting concept, a prequel.  This is not the first or last person to take a famous story and put their own spin on it. Even ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ is a prequel and re-imagine of the Twilight saga.  However, this is a musical interpretation. I’m not normally a big fan of musicals, I find the songs get in the way of the story.  However, this was very well done and I felt that the songs just added to it rather than being a filler.  In fact, I have to say I loved the whole thing as it was very funny and had tongue firmly placed in cheek.

I won’t give the whole story away but the premise is Elphaba is born different (green in colour) and then is hated by her family and doesnt have any friends.  Her father worships her sister, Nessarose, who is confined to a wheelchair by being delivered early.  Their mother has died giving birth to her.

They both get sent to a girl’s boarding school, mainly so Elphaba can look after her sister.  But she comes into her own as she has socery skills that are admired by her teachers and she makes friends with the most popular girl in the school.  She comes to the attention of the Wizard and is invited to meet him.  But he tricks her and then things go very sour.  I won’t say anymore but its a clever idea especially as the second half of the show continues and you see how this story connects to the next.  The red shoes, the scarecrow, tin man and lion all appear.

The story has some undertones as it touches on bullying, how your colour influences how people treat you and how propaganda can make lies the truth.  Its interesting, as I think alot of people enjoy the show for what it is and might miss these references, but hopefully young children can see that even being green doesnt mean that you cant be friends with everyone.

It made me want to watch the original film again as I have forgotten some of the story. I like that idea, going back and looking at something again with different eyes.  I’ll probably have to wait until Christmas to see the film again but I shall look out for in the listings.

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New Year’s Resolutions anyone?

Candice : Though you will be reading this post on the 1st Jan 2013, I’m afraid I refuse to get up in time to write it so I’m writing this in 2012.

I’ve  had a nice Christmas break, hope you have had too? To  be honest there has been a lot of lazing around, but it has been much required.  I’ve managed to miss watching either “The Wizard of Oz” or “One of our dinosaurs is missing” but have caught some good Xmas telly and done some nice slobbing.  To make up for it I did do a 5k run at the gym earlier, it just about got rid of last night’s chocolate intake.

So, it comes to the time of year where you are reminiscing about what you have, and haven’t done, and if there is anything you can change for 2013.  I have to say, having been to the gym today I can already see what January and February are going to be like on that front – lots of people joining with great intentions and then failing miserably after two months.  That is the point I get annoyed as I’m like, ‘stop hogging the treadmill in your stupid shoes and outfit with price tags still on, and let us proper gym people who have been coming for last 12 months, get on!’

I’ve read my stars for this year, courtesy of the Sunday Times, and looked at making some resolutions, so here they are:

1. Write more

Well yes, that is obvious I suppose.  Nolan Parker seem to have gone through waves this year of major output and then nothing.  I have got a good excuse (Phil knows) but once I got back into it the other week I remembered why I like writing and need to find more time to do it.

2. Write more

Yes, this is a repetition of number one but there are so many other reasons to write more!  I follow Daisy Waugh, Sunday Times columnist, on twitter and she said something interesting the other day about tweeting feeling like a busman’s holiday.  Well writing can feel like that to me.  I spend all day facing a computer so coming home and turning one on feels like I never left, hence I don’t feel inclined to write anything evenings or weekends.  Well, if that doesn’t work I need to find another way to do it.

3. Write more

Yup, that one again.  I’m thinking repetition will make it stick. I saw a University friend of mine over Christmas.  He runs a theatre company so has managed to get the thing we all want, a job he really loves and get paid for it! When I explained I would be late over as I had to work, he asked if I had been writing, I said unfortunately not, it was the paying job.  Ah, I wish.

4. Write more

Oh yes and on that note, as least one of us has managed to get paid for it this year.  Mr Phil Parker, published author.  He’s done signings and everything!  This time next year, ‘Nolan Parker Short Stories Collection’.  There’s one to aspire to.

Happy New Year to you all and we look forward to amusing you in 2013!

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