George Ezra: Brits Week Gig



*On a personal note before I start this review,I’d like to just say that George Ezra is one of my favourite artists and he was absolutely incredible live. With the gig being in Brixton I was a bit apprehensive,mainly because of the area but all turned out fine. We made it to the venue and back onto an earlier train than planned which was a bonus. Thanks Sammeh for coming with me. Now onto the review*

Crowds of people are gathered at Brixton’s Electric awaiting the arrival of 21 year old George Ezra.

Ezra first burst onto the music scene in 2013 having recorded two EPs ‘Did you hear the rain’ and Cassy O’. It wasn’t until 2014,when he released his first single ‘Budapest’ that people began to take notice. 

‘Budapest’ reached number 3 in the official chart. Since then,the 21 year old has been very successful. His debut album Wanted on Voyage was number 1 in the official chart for weeks. 

It’s safe to say Ezra has gathered a fair following by the amount of people that are here awaiting his set. 

With him being nominated for a Brit it only seems appropriate that he’s the first person to open the week of gigs at the Electric. 

He comes on with tremendous applause at around 10pm opening his set with the title track of his first EP,Cassy O. 

As soon as he plays the first note,the crowd immediately errupts into cheers and begins singing along. 

This continues for the next half hour as he plays hits from his debut album Wanted in Voyage including ‘Listen to the Man’,Blame it on Me(my personal highlight),and Barcelona. 

After ‘Barcelona’ he smiled at the audience before saying ‘this next one was also written on my trip around Europe’. Before playing the beginning cords of ‘Budapest’. Even to this day it seems this is the song everyone knows and loves the most. So much so that it is sung extra loudly,and when George stops singing to listen to the audience they sing loudly. His laugh and smile are infectious when he says how lovely we sound. In that moment it’s clear to see that Ezra loves what he does. 

After the hype of ‘Budapest,as the gog. comes to an end,the audience cheers in appreciation. ‘Sorry it was only a short set,but I hope you enjoyed it. Have a safe trip home and I hope to see you all soon’ he tells the crowd,before ending the night with a ballad and the title track off his first EP,’Did you hear the rain’. Which seemed quite fitting as on exit of the venue,it was tipping it down.

George Ezra is an absolutely incredible artist. If you’re to see one soloist live then I definitely recommend it to be George.  

http://youtu.be/jkXxPxi2_c8 

A new outlook

Recently I’ve been stuck in a rut. Stuck in a rut of questioning carrying on with my degree because of my ideas and career path changing.

After a few days of moping around, my mood instantly changed when yesterday I was back in my favourite city(London) at one of the places I love(the theatre). A review of Shakespeare in Love will follow shortly on the blog, but I came out of the theatre with a complete new outlook.

A new outlook that allowed me to start looking at the good things in my life and to not worry about things because everything will work out in the end.

Theatre is such a powerful medium, and something I adore greatly. I think a trip to the theatre and to London was just what I needed. A few hours away from Southampton where I didn’t have to think about uni, the work I have to do or house viewings. It was nice to be able to escape for a few hours into a world put on by such fantastic actors, in a place I love and want to live.

This just proves that if you’re ever not happy, a bit of time away from the things you aren’t happy with or are worried about can help the situation.

From now on I’m looking up and not worrying about things that are way in the future, because it will all sort itself out.

The Youtuber

*So back in August of 2014 I decided to start my own Youtube channel. It was something i’d never done before but something I thought I may as well try. To document my life in video format, for myself, if for no one else. The result is 24 subscribers(it doesn’t sound alot i know but to me those 24 subscribers it means alot. They sit and watch me ramble about nothing in particular and that means more to me than you’ll ever realised.

Since this blog has been updated I thought I may aswell add a link to Youtube channel here too.*

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7r0eP0AdV5tCkOLwLoBZNA/videos

 

 

 

Film and TV Now Theatre Posts

*Rather than copying and pasting each Theatre piece i’ve written on Film and TV, i’ll just add the links for you to check out at your leisure. That way it saves time, and I dont end up copyrighting myself from another site. From the first piece I wrote, to the most recent. This post will be edited with every post I write. Hope you enjoy.*

Hamlet Cast Announcement

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/full-cast-announced-for-maxine-peakes-hamlet/

Once the Musical Theatre Review

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/once-the-musical-stage-review/

Birdsong 2015 Cast Announcement 

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/cast-announced-2015-tour-birdsong/

Bend it like Beckham Cast Announced

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/theatre-news-cast-announced-for-bend-it-like-beckham-at-the-phoenix/

 

Film and TV Now Reviews & News

*Rather than copying and pasting each TV review/ news piece i’ve written on Film and TV, i’ll just add the links for you to check out at your leisure. That way it saves time, and I dont end up copyrighting myself from another site. From the first review I wrote, to the most recent. This post will be edited with every post I write. Hope you enjoy.*

The Great War-The Peoples Stories

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/itv-commission-drama-series-celebrate-first-world-war-centenary/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/the-great-war-the-peoples-stories-tv-review/

Tumble

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/tumble-the-tv-review/

Pixie on Strictly

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/pixie-lott-set-to-star-on-strictly/

Cilla 

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/cilla-trailer-teasers-by-itv/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/tv-review-cilla-episode-one/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/cilla-episode-2-review/

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/sheridan-smiths-sensational-cilla-comes-to-an-end/

TV Choice Award Winners

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/tv-choice-award-winners-2014/

The Worst Witch 

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/worst-witch-new-adaption/

Broadchurch-Series Two(Episode 1)

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/broadchurch-series-2-episode-1-review/

NTA Winners 2015

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/a-round-up-of-the-national-television-awards-2015-winners/

The Get Down

http://www.filmandtvnow.com/baz-luhrmann-direct-netflix-programme-get/

 

 

A Time to Shine

A Time to Shine

 

*I wrote this whilst I was going through my Birdsong phase, which no doubt will be starting up again come Wednesday. Anyway I hope you enjoy*

 

 

October 2013:

 

Everybody at school moaned when we got given our reading list for A-Level. Me included, which was unusual considering I loved to read. The usual books we were expecting were among them, Of Mice and Men and Romeo and Juliet. When the book Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks came up however, I knew, at eighteen that it would stick with me in some way or another.

 

All aspiring actresses, or not even aspiring, just actors and actresses in general, have a role they consider their dream role and one they wish to one day play on stage. Lisette Azaire was mine.

 

When I first read the book of Birdsong, I could relate to her in the way most young girls at that age can. When her mother died, her father remarried, just like my dad had, and her infatuation with Stephen, is one that most girls have at some point in their lifetime. Whether it’s a crush on a teacher or someone older than them, we each go through that feeling of thinking we’re in love.

 

I never thought I’d get given the opportunity to play Lisette on stage, let alone in a touring production, let alone at the age of twenty. In all fairness, I wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for Emma.

 

I was sat minding my own business, waiting for Stuart to come and teach us about the history of the theatre. The next thing I know Emma had come running into the lecture hall, thrusting the latest issue of The Stage newspaper in my hands.

 

“Beth. Look at this. You have to audition” she had demanded without even a hello.

 

“Hi to you too.” I had replied not a bit interested in what she was trying to show me.

 

“Have you even looked at what I’m trying to show you?”

 

I looked down reluctantly at the advert, my dream role staring me in the face. My eyes skimmed over the ad. All that went into my head was Birdsong, Lisette Azaire, Original Theatre and the date of the audition. I looked up at Emma.

 

“No way. I cant.”

 

“Why not? What have you got to loose?”

 

“Erm everything?”

 

“You’ve had plenty of roles before though, why is this so different?”

 

“Em, this is Lisette, my dream role, plus it’s a touring production”

“And?”

 

“I’ll never be able to get out of uni for the audition, let alone if I got it.”

 

At that moment Stuart entered the room and told us to quieten down. I quickly ripped the advert out of the paper putting it in my bag trying to put it to the back of my mind. That seemed impossible however, as every time I picked up my bag to go to a different lecture it was as though it was burning a hole in the bottom of my bag, demanding to be looked at and thought about.

 

They say that if you’re not sure about something, sleep on it. That was what I did, or tried to anyway. I ended up tossing and turning all night until I had given in and taken the piece of paper out of my bag and stared at it until 3am waiting for my mind take sleep.

 

The next morning before I went to my lecture I went to talk it through with Stuart. I knew id’ regret not going to the audition but I wasn’t sure I was allowed being a first year.

 

“We don’t usually encourage auditioning in first year as youre just starting out but if you really want to go as you say this is your dream role then go for the audition and then if you get it we’ll talk more” he had said.

 

I came out of his office a little apprehensive but I knew id regret it if I didn’t go to audition. This could, essentially be my chance to shine.

 

November 2013:

 

Uni carried on like normal for the next few weeks, lectures and nights of going out in the evenings. As the audition got nearer I got more anxious. Did people just turn up to these things? All the other people going for the audition would have been told about it by their agents. I didn’t have one of those. Would that set me back from getting the role? It was advertised in The Stage though, so they must be looking for uni students or younger people to play the roles of Tipper, Gregoire and Lisette, right?

 

Needless to say Emma had to come round and calm me down. The thing about auditions, well ones like this anyway was that I didn’t have a script to go by. Instead id prepared a few of the scenes that Lisette would be in. The scene in the drawing room where she cleans Stephens hand and tells him about Francoise and the scene by the river where she forces him to kiss her and a monologue from a similar play so the director could get a general idea of how I acted.

 

The day of the audition finally came round and it was entirely different than I expected. I thought it was going to be like any other uni production audition. You know the ones where you stand in the middle of the room sing your chosen song or act out a particular scene and then you wait for the list to be put up? Yeah, this was completely different.

 

This audition was in a proper theatre for a start, a real London West End theatre. Despite it not being a West End show I was told it was to get a general idea of how my voice would project. Instead of auditioning in front of one person, I had the pleasure of it being in front of three, the director of the play, John, the writer of the screenplay, Michelle and author Sebastian Faulks himself. To say I was nervous was an understatement.

 

“Hi, my names Elizabeth Morgan, and I’m auditioning for the role of Lisette ”

 

After I’d acted my monologue, John invited to read Lisette’s lines with an actor named Greg who was auditioning for the role of Stephen. He wasn’t much older than me by the looks of it. Twenty-five I would have said with brown hair and blue eyes, dressed in a simple light blue shirt and jeans. He was gorgeous-which made acting with him that little bit harder. I think we pulled it off though.

 

January 2014:

 

It’s been a month since I received the phone call to say that I had gotten the role and rehearsals are now in full swing. To say I’m loving it is an understatement. Its everything I wanted it to be and more. All twelve members of the company are lovely and have made me feel right at home. Even though I’m the youngest, I haven’t been made to feel like it. I feel equal to the older members of the cast and know that if I need help or don’t understand something I can ask them.

 

No day in rehearsal is the same. On the first day we had a sort of getting know you day before getting settled into work. We played games and had a general introduction before going through a full read through of the script to get an idea of how the play would be read.

 

Over the past few weeks we’ve had various army professionals come in and teach the boys how to march, hold certain weapons etc whilst us girls had dialect lessons to help us perfect our French accents.

 

The next few weeks will consist of full run through within the space and costume fittings before we have our first full dress run in rehearsal before transferring to the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne for a tech rehearsal in costume. It’s all getting rather exciting.

 

It’s strange to think that at the end of last year I was at uni full time studying towards this role and then not even two months later im living my dream. Its crazy. I can’t say I don’t miss uni or my friends, because I do. A lot. Emma makes sure she checks in ateast twice a week to see how rehearsals were going and promised to get tickets to opening night.

 

February 2014:

 

12th February. Opening night. The day I’d been waiting the twenty years of my life for had arrived. Tonight we open the 2014 tour of Birdsong and I’m playing Lisette! Everything I’ve been waiting for comes down to tonight’s performance.

 

After another day in the theatre with a full run through, and some much needed dinner, I put on the yellow dress I’d loved since the first day of rehearsal and made my way to the wings to watch the atmosphere unfold.

 

As the lights dimmed and the play began I knew in that moment that this was my time to shine.

Theatre Etiquette

Emily on Theatre Etiquette

 

 

Like most people, I love going to the theatre. I enjoy being taken away from the real world for a few hours and watching a beautiful piece of theatre unfold in front of my eyes. When the theatre experience is interrupted by someone being disrespectful to the actors and not turning their phone off, and said phone going off in the middle of a performance however, it tends to put a dampers on the experience a bit.

 

If the possibility of someone’s phone going off isn’t bad enough, then imagine someone filming a performance. Recently a man was caught recording a production of Athol Fugard in which the actors are naked for most of the performance. When asked whether he was recording the play he denied it and said he was texting his son.

 

I know some people like to record videos to keep as memories in order to remember the experience, but filming a theatre performance where the actors are naked for the majority of the play? Really? Have some respect!

 

After this issue was addressed, Anthony Biggs, the theatre director mentioned about putting a ban on mobile phones in theatres completely. I couldn’t help but agree with him.

 

I don’t know what the world has come to. We’re in a time where it’s physically impossible to go a minute without checking our phones and updating our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to let everyone know what we’re up to. Since when have we not been able to put our phones away for two hours and sit back and watch an amazing story and performance unfold in front of our eyes? It’s way better than watching on YouTube, that’s for sure.

 

I can’t talk as I’m one of those who is constantly sat with my phone glued to my hand. When I go to the theatre, however I make sure I switch my phone off and enjoy the performance. It gets very annoying, not only for the actors on stage, but for the audience too. Someone’s phone went off most recently when I went to watch the touring production of Birdsong at the Devonshire Park theatre in Eastbourne. Although it didn’t fase the actors on stage, a couple of the members of the audience looked around to see who the culprit was, resulting in missing part of the action on stage. It turned out to be a lady in the front row (I was second row) incase you were wondering.

 

Not all actors can ignore the issue though. Some took to Twitter to voice their opinions. The following was retweeted by Carrie Hope Fletcher who stars in Les Miserables. ‘Glowing faces from mobiles during a show is disprectful to the performers & audience.’

 

So the next time you’re lucky enough to go to the theatre, have a little bit of respect for the actors who are taking two and a half hours out of their day to tell a story and turn off your mobile phone.