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The Addams Family musical review

May 20, 2017 09:05PM, 0 comments

I'd like to begin by stating that I am in no way qualified to look at this in a professional way. This is just how I viewed the musical and my thoughts (which nobody really cares about and I will acknowledge that).

So, recently (on the day of writing this) I watched The Addams Family in Wimbledon Theatre as a kind of break from studying. In short: it was brilliant. 

However, I'm still a bit conflicted on how I feel about some aspects of it because there's one thing that kind of bugged me about it. Therefore, I thought I'd weite a review to organise my thoughts a bit. So, here we go... 

Now, the negative thing that kinda bugged me is this, I'm starting with it to get it out the way as it has a LOT of good things, however this seemed like a bit of a big thing to me personally.

It began with Wednesday being very close fiancé which happened throughout, which, for someone who isn't invested in the relationship can be a bit odd (like when you see a couple snogging in public) . Wednesday and Lucas are very different people so it would be SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING if we saw more about how their relationship began, which would also have meant we'd as an audience be more invested in them as a coulpe - especially as this version of Wednesday is a lot more feeling than the Wednesday in the films for example, so a transition from cold and unfeeling to almost human would be nice!

As I said, there are loads of redeeming factors and I cannot just say bad things!!

I loved Uncle Fester's commentry throughout, and that he tried to indirectly affect the plot. His character was just great and he was hilarious.

Gomez had an amazing voice and a larger than life character which I loved, I could've literally fallen in love with him (sorry Will). Basically, he was brilliant. His relationship with Morticia is definitely #goals, and if it isn't, I don't know what is. 

Another great thing about this, and this is quite an important one to me, was the ancestors interractions with the cast. A good example of this is the man with the grapes teasing Lucas' mum in the background (twice) which made it almost like a running joke. But also, not only is it like a small, funny detail but it was funny without being obnoxious and they didn't even need to say anything. I think that's a testiment to how good it was, really.

There was also a moment in the show early on where Wednesday shoots a bird, I thought that might be a nice little reference to The Addams Family Values when Wednesday shoots down an American bald eagle to which someone says "but I thought they were extinct" to which Wednesday replies "They are now."- if that reference was somehow accidental I think I kinda love it anyway because it shows that the musical is very accurate to the characters as they have been previously portrayed, obviously with a little extra because the problems they face in the show give them a bit more depth (in my opinion). 

The actors were great, the songs were great, the outfits were amazing and really fit the characters!  Although, the one problem I have is a bit of a big one for me personally because I spent half of the musical like "Wednesday deserves better why should I care about this guy?".

Also, possible spoilers? Don't read on if you'd like to watch it without knowing anything...

There was a part in the musical when Lucas was redeemed (in terms of how I viewed his character) when he trusts Wednesday enough to shoot an apple off his head. However, I still think it'd be so much better if we learned more about Wednesday's history with Lucas- dropping us into the story with the Addams Family is fine as we all know them from the show or films, but as Lucas was new in the begining of the story I didn't care about him, if anything I didn't like him as I cared about Wednesday's character. For that reason I'm still conflicted overall, however I think the good parts do ultimately outweigh that (Gomez, call me).

Again, nobody cares about this but I feel like overall I'm a lot less conflicted as it waa great, really.

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When Everything Went Black

December 10, 2016 09:12PM, 1 comments

Is my title edgy enough? Do I have your attention? Okay, well at least I have Lotte's attention (hi, Lotte!).

Basically, the context here is I had nothing to do when a powercut happened. I was on Skype and the call shut down so I messaged the person I was on call with on facebook with "Shay's Log of Darkness". Weird? Yes, but I was very bored.What follows is "Shay's Log of Darkness". Judge away, I just thought I ought to try to be funny in a bad situation. Also I was home alone so I was super bored..:

We had a power cut, it was terrifying cause my light flashed after and I guess you'll get this when the power's back but dang that was scary.Apocalypses tend to start with power cuts though so by the time this sends we could both be dead.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 1: I keep trying to switch lights on and saying "dammit" when they don't work. I have 100% battery and a torch at least. I looked outside and I can only see people's Christmas lights on the street but they might just have really good curtains.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 2: I went to the ammeter thingy and tried switching the master switch for all circuits on and off again, it didn't work. I fear all hope is lost.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 3: I tried lighting tealight candles to save torch battery. They're dim as frick, don't get them.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 4: I found a garden candle that is brighter than my future thank goodness.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 5: i'm on to two candles now, and i've just found two more but i'm gonna save 'em. I'll eat crisps by candlelight for dinner. My biggest regret is not quicksaving Skyrim before everything went black.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 6: What if there are candle riots? What if the lights never come back on? What if zombies come for me? I left a light switched on so I can see when the power is back, if it comes back.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 7: I think the rule of whether something is a snack food or not should be "Could I eat a cake made of this? These crisps are definitely cake material.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 8: It's definitely affected the whole street; I can see torchlight from the house opposite. I'm tempted to just go to bed and hope it's over come morning but i'm sad we never got to say goodnight, or indeed goodbye if this is an apocalypse kinda deal.

Shay's Log of Darkness entry 9: Sounds like someone's setting off fireworks; not sure how to tell them that's not really a sustainable light source. At least they're leading the zombies away from me.

The power came on and I basically had a heart attack.[You're welcome for that bit of dialogue from my power cut experience.]

-Shannon

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Where I've Been and What I've Done

November 09, 2016 06:11PM, 2 comments

Hi guys, pals, strangers, followers and the like...

If you read my old blogs, you'll know me as JokersHarley- I was a bit of a DC fangirl (who am I kidding, I still am)- and you may have noticed that all of the posts from that blog except a goodbye message have been deleted. Bit melodramatic, really...

I guess the point is I'm back! Back to being narcissistic and portentous writing about myself and trying to be entertaining and relatable- if you think about it, nothing has changed except my username!

I'm mostly doing this for Lotte - Hi Lotte! - for our "Don't Get Me Started" rant series- it's gonna be great! Or boring, but either way hopefully it'll be fun. I guess that's all this ever really was, and hopefully it will continue to be.

I'll probably also be blogging random thoughts and such in the future, I'll just try to avoid making them emo and cringey.

So, onto the topic at hand: where I've been and what I've done. Well,

I did my GCSEs, they went fine, bit draining doing exams all day but they're over now! (Until my AS exams...)

The summer was great, I was in a musical! I did a bunch of shows and got to run around a stage dancing and singing, so basically what I normally do but on a stage with 60 other people and in front of an audience as opposed to in the coach park with Lotte jamming to S club 7... I also did NCS which was a super fun four weeks and twenty hours of my life gone so that universities and employers are more likely to... Like me? AND on top of those two I volunteered to help with the Summer Reading Challenge and I cannot express in words how shameful it is to be caught taking ugly selfies on your friend's phone by a small child and their parents or carers...

I've also already dropped one A level so I'm down from 4 to 3 which is a great start...

So, I've said quite a lot about myself already at this point and am progressively using more and more ellipsises... Ellipsisi?... Ellipsis'?Basically, I've used too many of those dot dot dot things that I don't know the plural of... Is it just ellipsis? Like sheep and sheep? I'm a little sheepish to make any assumptions regarding the plural of elipsis and at this point I can't be bothered to google it so I'll just give up with this joke. I'm also guessing by this point I'm being really annoying so now is probably a good time to say goodbye, so, goodbye!

Until next blog,

-Shannon 

Ps, I googled it, it's ellipses.

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