Julius Caesar @ The Crucible Theatre

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars…but in our ourselves, that we are the underlings.”


My experience of Shakespeare up to now has been lots of boring English lessons at secondary school, getting to enjoy the first 45 minutes of Othello over and over at college before lesson ended and watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet on repeat post-break up with a bottle of rosé in close reach.

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Gonna Make You Wonder Why You Even Try 💫

Since I was 12, I have been in love with Paramore. A female-fronted, punk pop outfit who captured my heart from the very first note of Misery Business.

[Lucy & I – Circa 2010, obvs]   

Infamous for their ups and downs, they’ve been plagued with band members leaving, musical hits and misses and their scrappy Ginger singer being hailed as overshadowing the rest of the band – all of which have led to a quiet couple of years for Paramore.

…until now. Launching loud, brash and proud with their new single Hard Times; it’s seemingly out of nowhere the band are returning with plenty of noise and feel good vibes.

The song, as the title would suggest, is about the Hard Times experience by the group… entering rock bottom, hitting the ground and bouncing back – now that’s something I can get on board with.

The last couple of years have been hard. Relationships, work and everything in between have tried and tested me repeatedly; with my mental health often taking the brunt of my frustrations. Which leads to periods of not eating, eating too much, not sleeping, sleeping too much…you get the gist, right?

For these messages of resilience to come from a band I’ve looked up to for almost a decade (eurgh when did I get so old??); it means so much.

“Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry…and I still don’t know how I even survived Hard Times.”

The single comes from the band’s new album (After Laughter) – the first in four years – which is due for release in the next few weeks – and I cannot WAIT to see what other feel good tunes are in store.

And if, like me, you’d love to get on your sleeveless t-shirts (remember when we thought cutting the sleeves off shit with scissors was cool) and getting your huge eyeliner perfectly sweeping (oh wait…I still do that) – then Paramore’s tour will probably do it for you. Dates below – see you there, yeah?

JUNE 2017

15 –‪ Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia

16 – Belfast, United Kingdom @ Waterfront

18 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Apollo

19 – London, United Kingdom @ Royal Albert Hall

21 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ Colston Hall

22 – Edinburgh, United Kingdom @ Usher Hall

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – a Southey MTC production

The South Yorkshire am-dram premier is coming to Sheffield very soon…

In November 2016, I decided it was time to do something for me and thought joining a musical theatre group would be the way to do that.

I’ve always loved performing and singing stupid songs on stage (more on that here) and finding out a group i’d previously auditioned for (and got in, for the record… but 17 year old me was too nervous to handle) was doing one of my favourite musicals – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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CAST – so much more than a night out…

The phenomenon coming to a city near you very soon…

In August 2016, while sitting and brunchin’ in Sheffield’s Depot Bakery, I stumbled across a flyer for CAST and their line up of events… after much deliberation and convincing Abbie to fork out the £70 for the ticket, we booked to go to 99 Mary Street on September 15th 2016.

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So you’re moving into your first house with your boyfriend?

Ooooooh, big step…that is.

Yeah I know, thanks… If I had a penny for every time someone had said that to me I’d be able to buy all the John Lewis furniture I’d originally wanted…

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Postmodern Jukebox: From internet sensation to real life phenomenon

A lesson in resilience, persistence and GREAT music.

I have been obsessed with Postmodern Jukebox since I was 18; this is a fact. As they prepare to perform in Sheffield City Hall’s beautiful auditorium, here’s everything you need to know.

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Desk by day. Jazz hands by night.

Desk by day. Jazz hands by night.I love musical theatre. I always have. Anyone who knows me can vouch for this fact. As a 16 year old, I decided a career in the spotlight wasn’t for me and left it behind with a step, heel-click and a shuffle.

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