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'Billie Piper' Yerma Review @Young Vic

Ticket Price: £5

Recommend?: YES (Tissues were needed!)

One of the most outstanding performances I have seen to date.

Billie Piper literally transformed ‘Yerma’ into a one-woman show - you literally could not keep your eyes off of her.

Australian Director Simon Stone transformed Lorca's 1934 tragedy set in Spain, into a poignant modern play set in London.

Set and contained within a glass box with audience members on either side, you witness Yerma's life deteriorate over days, weeks and years. A character which seems so stable and strong at the beginning of the play, soon starts to lose all mentality and friends; and experiences a divorce.

Executed from her husbands point of view, in summary: she goes crazy over the fact that she cannot have a child. And a restraining order is also subjected onto her...

Billie Piper's performance was so physically and mentally straining, that all were left in awe afterwards. (I even walked into a pole on my way out...)

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Threepenny Opera Review @National Theatre

Ticket Price: £5

Recommend?: NO

Pronounced 'Thre-penny' not 'Three Penny'.

A Brecht and Weill's dark comedy which left some in fits of laughter and others speechless with its execution.

I'm not one to read a review before seeing a play - but I'm starting to consider doing this after a second awful performance put on by the National Theatre.

More like a pantomime, and an opera which should be renamed "a performance which totally goes wrong and doesn't pick up until the second Act", many people left during the interval...

Also, I'm not a prude BUT even despite the number of kiddies in the room, no one was a fan of the constant swearing with some so pointless and irrelevant.

"My ears are burning". --- lovely lady behind me who cursed herself every time the actors swore.

FINISHED (but in certain cinemas...)

The Seagull Review @National Theatre

Ticket Price: £5

Recommend?: Yes

Great play for a literature and theatre lover to go and watch.

The majority of the cast's acting was very good, only a few slip ups here and there. Director Jonathan Kent, produced a crazzzzy amazing Young Chekov season, creating new layers to characters and meanings. Scenery was on point too.

FINISHED

Platonov Review @National Theatre

Ticket Price: £5

Recommend?: HELL YH

When critics keep going on about how Chekhov is a comedic playwright, it's not until this play you really witness it for yourself. Having read and seen a handful of his plays myself - you can come out quite depressed, and wonder what the point was.

The National Theatre marathon was probably the best to date - highlighting the extensive interpretations of a Chekhov play.

The chemistry among the actors/actresses was on point. James McArdle who played Platonov and Olivia Vinall who played Sofya (and Nina: The Seagull) were superb - with such a varied and constant performance by Olivia across the three plays, and James who won an award for his performance.

The staging, lighting and sound were amazing too.

FINISHED --- Hopefully coming to cinemas soon!

A Man of Good Hope Review @Young Vic

Ticket Price: FREE

Recommend?: Yes

So I got told an hour before the show someone had a spare ticket to a Young Vic performance.

I had no idea what the play was called or what even in the slightest it could be about....

Encapsulating true identity and culture, it turned out to be such a diverse and unique musical/opera, holding poignant messages throughout.

Exploring a refugees story from when his entire life changed for the worse; at the age of 8 Asad Abdullah lost his mother, brother, father and his home. The musical explores his life journey of asylum from Somalia to Cape Town.

Accompanied by gripping Marimbas (African xylophones), you will feel like you have dived into the life of Asad, experiencing the ups and downs of life.

At the Young Vic until November 12th 2016

The Red Barn Review @National Theatre

Photos by Manuel Harlan

Ticket Price: £5

Recommend?: Yes.....

On this occasion I couldn't get any pictures of the staging due to the layout. BUT --

The overall execution of this play was brilliant. The staging and music immersed you into the atmosphere of a horror/thriller movie with the audience constantly on the edge of their seats.

A naturalistic play, starring Mark Strong - the reality of domestic life is explored. The boredom, the creature comforts and the idea of settling, are all brought to an end, with the unexpected murder of the protagonist's wife. An escape for Mark Strong's character 'Donald', unexpected unanimously by the audience.

A production to see if you are looking for an alternatively staged play, straying away from the theatre's norm.

At the National Theatre until 17th January 2017


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LONDON - one of the most vibrant cities around the world, encapsulating a wide cultural and religious audience - whilst also being one of the most expensive cities to live in.....

In a city which seems to offer everything apart from the sun and warm weather (and maybe cheap living) there is an endless list of things to do around the city on a daily basis. From art exhibitions, to London Fashion Week/end, to gigs and concerts every night at venues across all zones – you can never be bored here.

The inevitable problem of being a student – ‘broke’ is our frequented word of the day.

If only our bank accounts looked like the inside of Harry Potter’s vault at Gringots…(Still waiting for the owls to deliver my Hogwarts acceptance letter...)

But being a student can have its plus side. Nearly EVERYWHERE does student deals.

And for those of you who are already DYING after the first couple of weeks of university, AND don’t know which places AND how to get these savvy student discounts, here’s a few of my faves...

Old Vic (below left), National Theatre (below right)

THEATRE/BALLET/MUSICALS/OPERA (the whole shabang):

1. £10 tickets at the Old Vic and Young Vic – half the seats for the first 5 performances for each show are released at this price, courtesy of PwC......P.S. Do note (from my own experience) cursing and crying may occur due to crap wifi signal when they all sell out - even though you were waiting waaaaay before the 12 o’clock queue start…….

2. The Royal Opera House – they give priority booking for students, AND the student tickets start off at a mere £4 instead of the hefty starting price of £50 per person. AND!!! £10 Student Standby means unsold tickets go on sale to us 24 hours before the show…. 17th October next release date

3. The National Theatre has a student 16-25 Entry Pass Membership (which is obviously free for us) and means we can get £5 tickets for every performance (just book WAY in advance!), new season is on sale now! (November is the next release date).

4. The V&A has unique exhibitions on every month and the tickets are either FREE or start at £5 for us

5. BFI Southbank – tickets are £3 for students. Just sign up and then queue up 45 minutes before the screening to grab your cray cray cheap cinema ticket!

6. The Barbican – all I can say is BAR-BI-CAN. Sign up to the student page, you honestly won't regret it. £5 cinema, theatre, art, music and dance tickets just sayin’.

7. The Globe Theatre - £5 pit tickets. Use those broke ass legs and stand

8. Royal Festival Hall – concession tickets, up to 50% off. Ludovico Einaudi is the only thing keeping me sane rn...

9. £5 Mathilda tickets? HELL YEAH – just queue up at 8am and bring ID…it gets quite busy.

10. Sign up to all the theatres in your specific Borough – select theatres will allocate a certain number of tickets for each performance, which are FREE for students living in that borough. FREEEEEE. Just gotta do paerpwork….

11. Lottery Tickets – nearly every musical in the west end does this! Just fill out your contact details on a piece of paper at each location and go back at 5pm to see if you’re the lucky winner! Front row tickets for £20? Well yes, thank you ma’am.

Royal Opera House (left + right)

Platonov, Frankenstein, The Seagull

SO:

Always ask for student discounts everywhere you go! The majority of the times there will be some form of discount for us, or special ‘student only’ events.

Organisation is key! (sound like my mother now….) But in all honesty, to take advantage of all the above discounts you have to plan, and be at the ready for when these tickets go on sale, as they are few and get snapped up like Adele or Bieber tickets :D

And finally.....

Student finance came out last week, so, what we complaining about... #broke #student #university #whatislife #potnoodlefordays #meandoverdraftalways #forever #bankaccountbanter

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FASHION


Goodbye Somerset House.

For the second year running, the British Fashion Council have moved London Fashion Week to a CAR PARK, on Brewer Street in Soho, to be more in the ‘hub’ of the capital’s fashion.

Controversy over this significant change has sparked up again with London Fashion week coming to a close. A previous spectacular venue was Somerset House - holding historic values, as well as its picturesque views. The former venue will be greatly missed in contrast to the exciting views from within Brewer Street Car Park.

With my university just being next door to the stunning Somerset House, I feel an obliged biasness towards Fashion Week’s former venue. However, speaking with stylists, press and fashion students this Fashion Week, all have aired the same opinion: they want Somerset House back!


Freelance photographer Bami said, "it's really hard to get the right shot of street fashion when cars are constantly passing through - at Somerset House it was so much easier".

Models exclaimed how they felt like they were "going to get run over on their way to a show", saying how Somerset House was a "safer" environment.

Skimming through Instagram, many designers and fellow Fashion Week goers were also nostalgic of the lovely Somerset House.

However, a photographer we met in The Outnet's 'Light Up The Room' pop up hangout, thought: the "move from Somerset House is good! It's a change that Fashion Week has to go through, and Brewer Street is in the hub of London culture.


Although... Somerset House is just a mere 10 minute tube journey from Soho, AND provides views of the river Thames, AND is lined with numerous tourist sites.... just apparently not quite the "hub of London culture".

But as someone who goes to London Fashion week regularly, the Somerset House venue created space. It didn't feel claustrophobic. You didn't need to swerve in and out and do that tube/street dodge among the fashion industry bees. The walk to the venue from any surrounding tube was stunning. The venue was enclosed. It was safe - no risk of being run over. AND, it was Somerset House.



Savannah being filmed for The Evening Standard

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Me meeting the lovely blogger Natalia @natinstablog

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Pedestrians nearly dying

(below left)

But despite the conflict in venue - Fashion Week was still a blast once again.

From cocktails, to vegan/gluten free nibbles, to the crazy friendly paparazzi - it's that rare occasion where even the wackiest of them all still appear to be normal.

Or is that just London for you....

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Hello lovelies - I hope you all had a venturous week and enjoyed the summer sun!

The sun graced us with its presence here in London, and all those London moles resurfaced to street level, almost seeming to enjoy their Friday commute...

On my day off from work, I decided to go Ice Cream hunting around town, and happened to stumble across some gems which are definitely share-worthy!

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1. Milk Train - a little independent ice cream cafe just off of the Strand on Bedford street.

I knew it was meant to be when one of their 3 flavours included Matcha! For those of you who are new to matcha, I would suggest one of their sweeter options like the vanilla or hijacha (green tea), as it was even quite strong for me! This is definitely the place to go if you are looking for something a little bit more extravagant than a Mr. Whippee. I mean, its literally ice cream floating on a candy floss cloud.... No biggie.

Behold the Matcha-Candy-Oreo-Ice-Cream-Floss wonder!

2. Amorino - Italian ice cream with no artificial colours or flavourings... in the shape of a flower :D What more could you ask for! There are two near Leicester Square tube station and another couple dotted across the city, with one off flavours every week.

3. Nardulli - little Italian ice cream shop on The Pavement in Clapham Common, open till 12pm if you're having those midnight ice cream cravings, or back early from a night out.

4. Dum Dum Doughnuts - don't be fooled by the doughnut appearance, but this is in fact a "crone". An ice cream cone made out of dough, topped with ice cream and toppings galore! Find them in quirky pop up food markets or currently in Camden.

5. Scoop - Italian ice cream made fresh daily in the heart of Covent Garden. Find stacks of sorbets and their ultimate white chocolate chip ice cream...just saying :D

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Cocktails in the City Review

When: 30th July

Where: Bedford Square Gardens (5 minute walk from Tottenham Court Road)

Tickets cost £15 which included a free cocktail in the form of a chip, a wristband and a cocktail guide for the evening.

Doors opened at 5pm, but we were "fashionably late" and got there around 6pm.

By then the place was already buzzing. It was a mix between Alice in Wonderland themed decorations, to the sound of jazz and 80's/90's classics with a modern twist.

On entering we were prepared for each stall offering something different to entice us Londoners, from iced cocktails to smoking jars to watermelon bowls. But we were not prepared for the games.

One stall had bikes out front, daring the "sober" Londoner to bring out their competitive side and go bike to bike to see who could blend their cocktail the fastest.

"Javelin? Not always the best at sports? Don't worry our javelin field is just 2 metres long!" But by the end of the night, no one had appeared to have gotten the javelin into the 1inch opening of the Vodka bottle.

Considering I'm still one of those Londoners who hasn't passed their driving test yet - I mean why wouldn't I want to be a penguin in a hot sweaty tube for the rest of my life and miss out on TFL's quote of the day?! ......But anyway! It was pretty fitting that the aim of the game was to drive the golf ball into the hole first, and somehow I lost... (SHOCKER) and managed to get my mini in the hole instead. The guy at the stall even proceeded to ask if I had passed my test - he got a unanimous "NO" from my friends.

Saving the best till last... THE SILENT DISCO. Not only were we jamming away to some absolute classics, where I'm pretty sure my friends and I were the only ones who knew the lyrics... but we had slush puppies and mini skate boards in hand, singing our hearts out to those unlucky few without headphones. We just didn't want them to miss out on the quality tunes!

Towards the end of the night, we got wind that there was in fact a competition between the stalls, and confirmation from the judge that The Bloomsbury Club Bar was in for the winning cocktail, with their signature dark chocolate.

Ping pong, juggling, fire breathers, photo booths, hook-the-duck, raffles.... We are definitely coming back next year!

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Ludovico Einaudi 'Elements' Concert at the Royal Festival Hall 30th July

As an early birthday present for my dad we decided to make a full day out of our trip to London.

The day started off by wandering around South Bank's food market, consuming more than one meals worth from stall to stall. The food market ranged from Indian dosa to Italian aranchini to vibrant protein shakes and juices. As well as never ending stacks of cookies and desserts galore...!

After stuffing our stomachs with cakes and juices made from dragon fruit and acai, we made our way over to the Royal Festival Hall and made a pit stop at the Skylon Bar on the 3rd floor. If you're ever visiting the Hall or making a trip to South Bank definitely make a trip to the numerous terrace bars lining the river!

The Radio Roof Top Bar directly opposite and the Vista Trafalgar are some of my favourite roof top bars in London - you get stunning views of the city for no price at all! (Just ask for tap water when up there :D)

As usual the performance did not start on time, but while we waited in anticipation, you could feel the buzz and excitement of the audience brewing. Ludovico came powering on stage opening with pieces from his new album 'Elements' which takes a very different path from his previous work such as 'Islands'. The pieces had the entire audience on edge and in awe as he literally (cliche as it may sound) was one with the music.

The second act opened with 'I due fiumi' a lengthy piece which held us all captivated. His fellow musicians were just as captivating; from using a saw, to submerging instruments into water to create the landscape.

The performance was definitely awe-inspiring and time literally flew by, with the concert concluding with a standing ovation - apart from the odd two who had fallen asleep during 'Oltremare' :).

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For anyone who has those early Monday morning starts, and a hangover brewing from that Saturday night out - we all know the only way forward is a big old cup of coffee. Or as us Londoners would say: a triple-shot-decaf-unsweetened-vanilla-almond-latte please!

But with the increasing bad press coffee has been getting in relation to over consumption, like premature ageing, wrinkles (!!!), dehydration, insomnia and just bad skin in general! (Just to name a few...) I decided to look into an alternative and found Matcha among the superfoods.

Matcha is literally green tea - but with so many more benefits than one would think.

Firstly it contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. But instead of that shaky buzz from one too many coffees - you get a calm alertness which lasts just as long.

It contains lots more antioxidants than normal green tea which is great for preventing skin damage from free radicals. And studies have shown that these antioxidants have also been linked to fighting against viruses and heart disease.

Another plus point is the colour. If you're anything like me and get excited at fruit and vegetables bright in colour, Matcha is a great natural food colouring in cooking. Especially if you wanna try and convince yourself those Matcha brownies are healthy....

But as always: Everything in moderation :P

My favourite go to places in London for a Matcha latte or iced latte on those rare sunny days are:

1. Timberyard UK - check out their Seven Dials cafe, great place to grab a vegan or gluten free treat whilst reading a book or studying

2. New Row Coffee - small quaint cafe, great for a Matcha to go

3. EAT - when I found out they did a Matcha latte, it was my go to drink everyday during exam time!

I always like to support local and independent coffee shops, but the chains sadly dominate the high streets. And besides, I found an EAT round the corner from my library....so I couldn't resist!

For those of you who are new to Matcha, try it first with some sugar, honey or vanilla syrup and make sure its warm!

Have a matcha day! xx

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