Skylight and Birdsong

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So in my last blogpost I mentioned that on Saturday I was going to London. Thought I would fill you in on what happened.

I met Tim at 12.30 at Waterloo and took the tube to Leicester Square to see if there were tickets left for Carey Mulligans new play,skylight.

As it was previews I was expecting all tickets to be sold out,but luckily enough there were still some left,to the side of the stage in a box! A royal box!

We got our tickets and I spent the next hour or so saying to Tim how excited I was about seeing Carey on stage. We had a wander around leicester square before getting a KFC and going back to the theatre.

After buying a programme we were escorted to our royal box which let me tell you was amazing! I felt like royalty having our own bit of space to sit and watch the show.

The lights dimmed at 2.30 and Carey emerged on the stage. When she spoke it took me a minute to register that it was actually her,there in the flesh. Having watched countless interviews and following her career from the beginning I was very excited and a little shocked that I was there watching her shine. Considering the play has only been open a week it was great to be able to see it I assume before press night.

The play was very minimal. Three very strong cast members within Carey Mulligan,Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard aswell as a very simple set. A flat in the East End of London with just four scene changes throughout.

It was very interesting to see a play set within one setting. The others I’ve seen have only consisted of a few set changes,all done very cleverly.

The story itself was a real eye opener. The story of a father,son and friend of whom which lived with the father,son and the mother before she dies of cancer,and whom of which had an affair with the father. The play takes place over an evening in the 1990s in which each of the characters try and move on from their past life.

You’ll laugh one minute and feel for the characters the next. Bill Nighy stills the laughs as Tom,just like he does with every role, Carey is absolutely superb as Kyra and brings bits of previous roles to this. And Matthew will certainly go far in his career playing the role of 18 year old Edward,brilliantly.

All I can say is that it’s absolutely mind blowing and if you get the chance then go and see it.

After the play and a standing ovation from myself and most of the other theatre goers I came out of the theatre feeling elated and so proud and happy that I got to see one of my favourite actresses on stage. That’s not all,after the show we decided to go round to the stage door and see if we could meet the cast.

The security said that there wouldn’t be a definite chance that they would come out as they had two shows that day and all of the cast members had family members in which dad understandable. But,to my luck at around 5.15,Carey emerged out of the stage door in a white top and navy blue blazer. She took the time to sign and take photos with those who asked her and when she came to me as she was signing my programme I managed to pluck to the courage to tell her how great her performance was and how much of a big deal it was for me to be able to see her on stage as I’d followed her career from the start. She thanked me and then we took a photo together.

I was so happy to be able to see her on stage,meeting her was a huge bonus and beyond my wildest dreams. She certainly didn’t disappoint and lived up to my expectations. She’s just amazing!

After I’d come down from my high of meeting Carey we went and recuperated with a cup of tea at costa before having a wander around to the embankment and covent garden.

We then made our way to Foyles on Charing Cross Road,which is opposite one of my favourite musical,Once at the Phoneix Theatre. The Foyles has recently opened and has six floors!! Know what I’ll be doing next weekend when I’m in London again.

Making our way up to the sixth floor we were greeted with a room with plenty of chairs for the talk about Birdsong with author Sebastian Faulks.

Sebastian and a journalist from the independant arrived on the stage at 8pm and talked for an hour about how the idea for Birdsong came about,his research process and a few of his other books before signing copies of the book.

It was a pleasure to be in the company of such a talented and amazing author and to get my book signed was a lovely momento to end a really great day.

After a really really good day we made our way back to Waterloo,where we said our goodbyes and got our trains home.

Thankyou to the cast of Skylight,especially Carey Mulligan for being so lovely,Sebastian Faulks,it was a pleasure to be in your company,Vintage Books for organising the event and most importantly Tim for his company. Thankyou all for making my day a great one.

Today has been spent clearing and tidying my room before I bring my stuff home on Wednesday.

It’s back to Southampton tomorrow afternoon for a few days before coming back home and hopefully going to see The Fault in Our Stars before another Saturday in London for West End Live with another show and a weekend spent at my Nan’s.

No rest for the wicked.

Hope you lovely lot are having a great weekend too. Let me know what you’re up to.

Lots of love

E

❤️

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