I'm going to start this particular post with a story....Way back in 2000 my mum bought a video a very special video that most of us in my family adore, from the acting to the music it holds a special place in our hearts. Why I hear you ask? Well, when my nephew was about five years old he saw this film for the very first time, and whenever he visited my parent's house, this would be his film of choice. He would cosy up beside us, and he would watch it a couple of times through. On one particular day as he was visiting, we put the film on, but half way through my mum decided to make some tea. So, of course, I followed to have a natter, my mum asked my nephew if we should pause the film until we returned but he said no. So, off we went to make some tea and have a natter and on the way back to the living room my mum stopped and waved for me to come closer but to be quiet. As I peeked around the corner of the door frame, there was my little nephew doing a pirouette and then leaping through the air just like the actor in the film (yes, we've all been there, jumping off the sofa pretending to be Baby in Dirty Dancing and Patrick Swayze or my sister is going to catch you. Lol!) Well, in an effort not to embarrass him my mum and I had to try and stifle our laugh and scurry back to the kitchen with scalding tea in our hands, and to this day he still doesn't know we saw him. So when I heard a work colleague talking about said film as a musical, I thought 'Hmm! I wonder if I could get some tickets and surprise my mum.' You see my mum, well, she's had a challenging year and had just been given the all clear in mid-September, so I thought what better way to celebrate than going to see this unique show on the year of my little nephews 21st birthday. You see that film on video that I was talking about earlier was none other than Billy Elliot. My mum and I went on Saturday just past to see it, and I'm still in awe. I want to cry and laugh at the same time (I'm crying* as I write this post, that's how much it's affected me.) The show was incredible; the actors were magnificent, and I still can't believe that my mum and I have been to see Billy Elliot the Musical. How cool is that?
*With joy, I might add.