Monday, 14 March 2016

Box Office Bloggers 1st Birthday

Box Office Bloggers 1st birthday

A year ago whilst on the phone to Laura discussing some theatre trips we had planned the idea for the blog came up and whilst standing on the platform discussing the idea more and more Box Office Bloggers was born. For the first few days it's code name was Project Bob, once everything was set up it was all stations go and our blog was born. Doing something creative for something you love has been incredible to work on and the support online for the blog just continues to grow and I'm so thankful.

During the past 12 months we've had some incredible opportunities and have seen some brilliant shows. Looking back on the blogs I thought like Laura has done I'd include some of my highlights.

Avenue Q
We were incredibly lucky to be given the chance with the Churchill Theatre in Bromley and I was very excited to learn that the first show we would get to attend would be Avenue Q. As Laura will tell you I have been a fan of the show since its first run in the Westend and have loved it ever since. The chance of a meeting the puppets as well was just one I won't forget and produced one of my favourite ever selfies. Our blog for this show is still even now getting lots of hits and our most popular one to date.

Thriller live
We've both become massive fans of this show and after being given the chance to see the new launch of the show in October we fell in love with it again. The show from start to finish is full of iconic music and an amazing cast. I'd personally like to say thank you to Trenyce, Haydon and Alex for all they've done for us and being so amazing to watch on stage.

Miss Saigon
This one stands out as something special for both of us. We waited a long time to see it and both of us were so in awe of it by the end of the first half that by the end we just loved it. I do hope it makes a return to London but I won't knock a trip to Broadway to see it someday.

The Lorax
One of my favourite shows has been The Lorax at The Old Vic Theatre. It was a new theatre for me to visit. Can't believe it's taken me that long to actually see a show there but it didn't disappoint. I was lucky to see the show twice and took Laura with me on my second visit. The theatre itself was so lovely to visit. The show itself was a joy to watch. From the start the set and the skills of all involved made the show so enjoyable. Simon Lipkin gave The Lorax an incredible character which made the whole show one of my highlights of the year.

The End of Longing
My last highlight of the year was getting to see Matthew Perry take to the stage in his brilliantly funny show The End of Longing. For those who know me know how much I love Friends and how much I wanted to see him on stage. From the start of the show I laughed and loved the show from the start to the end. I'm really hoping to catch it again before the end of the run.

Before I go I'd just like to thank everyone who's taken the time to support, follow and most of all read our work. We are doing something we both love and really hope you enjoy our work.

Here's to year two and more amazing theatre adventures

Love Holly

March Spotlight - Chicken Shed Theatre Company - Sharing Stages

Spotlight - March 
ChickenShed Theatre company 

Welcome to this months Spotlight blog featuring the incredible Chicken Shed Theatre company

I was lucky to attend the press night for their new show Chasing Stages on March 4th
The show is currently running between March 3rd to March 20th. Each week of the shows will include different scenes each week.

For those who haven't visited the theatre it's one you should add to your list straight away. It's a short distance from Oakwood and Cockfosters station on the Piccadilly line and also has good parking facilities for those driving. The theatre is also served by local buses that stop just outside the car park.
The theatre is fully accessible for all visitors attending the shows.
The theatre patrons include Emma Bunton, Maureen Lipman, Sheila Hancock CBE, and Sir Kenneth Branagh, Victoria Wood and many more.

Chicken Shed itself has an amazing cast working on this show from start to finish from a young age to an older cast the magic that they pull is something incredible to watch. The cast is incredibly diverse working with disabilities going from scene to scene as a unit which works so well. 

Each scene was so different and as full of talent from the last to watch I found it incredibly awe inspiring to watch. The stage setting I thought was very clever and simple to know what you were watching. 
Each part of the show I felt was brilliantly created, my favourite scenes included  The Red Balloon and Our Young Minds 
The whole show from start to finish though was full of incredible talent. I genuinely look forward to visiting the theatre again to watch more performances.

To find out more about the theatre you can check out 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

My Favourite Blogs over the past year

Hey Everyone,

I thought id do a blog this week on my favourite blogs I've done over the last year as believe it or not Box office bloggers celebrates its 1st birthday this week its crazy to think that its been a whole year doing something we love. So a year ago Holly and myself thought this crazy idea up of starting up a blog as we both have a big love and passion for theatre and here we are a year later still doing what we enjoy. we have had so many great opportunities thrown at us and thats all down to you the person reading this and from the bottom of my heart id like to say a massive thank you as without you none of this would of been possible. 

So back to the blog..

Holly and myself have written some great blogs but there have been a few that I'm really proud of and proud of both of us especially as we both hold down full time jobs and sometimes its hard to find the time to sit down and get the brain working but we have done it and think we have done a pretty good job. 

So first blog was one that i had done and its my very first Alex Buchanan blog which i put up back in November 2015 and i was so proud of myself for having the guts to post it and still to this day its getting so many hits and still I'm really proud of it.

Check the link to read the blog 

Blog 2 is one that Holly did back in December 2015 it was the Matthew Bourne Sleeping Beauty review it was beautifully written and full of detail and just an all round amazing blog. Sadly i couldn't make that show so was great to read it and get a sense of the show. 

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The 3rd blog is my recent one and that was the Alex Buchanan Michael Jackson tribute gig at the o2 indigo which was a phenomenal show and let me tell you Alex knows how to put a great show on so if you can bag yourself a ticket to one of his next shows you will not be disappointed.

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And Lastly it has to be our Joint review we did on Miss Saigon back in May 2015 what an amazing show and so sad it closed and were both gutted we couldn't get to see it one last time.
We are both so proud of this blog and its one of our highest blogs to be read to date and still gets hits everyday. 

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Hope you have enjoyed taking a look back at my favourite blogs over the last year its been a great one to write and look back at previous blogs over the past year. 
2016 is going to be an even better year for Box office Bloggers so stay tuned.

Also would like to take this time to say thank you to a few people who have made all this possible for us to do and first The Churchill theatre Bromley who have been brilliant and a great support. 
Alex Buchanan from thriller live for just being Amazing and letting me witness your talent a many night and seeing you put on an amazing show at the indigo and if it wasn't for all this none of that would of happened. 
And lastly once again to you guys who read our blogs,follow us on Twitter etc and who constantly show us support.. Thank you!!

Thanks for reading 

Laura xx