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Friday, 1 April 2016

LIFESTYLE | Hello April

I like to think that April is going to be a little quieter, at least for me, anyway. With The Crystal Maze, Drive In Film Club, a trip to Warwick Castle for work and nearly all the family round for Easter last month, I'm looking forward to spending perhaps more than two consecutive evenings at home a bunch this month - well, fingers crossed anyway! 

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THE EVENT
Goosebumps Alive is coming to The Vaults, London this month. Goosebumps Alive is a unique immersive theatrical experience, loosely based on the Goosebumps books we all used to read as kids, and taking place in the underground tunnels of The Vaults. There's not much I can say without spoiling it for you, except it's going to be scary. I got a sneak peak with work recently and the best way I can describe it is Alice's Adventures Underground meets the London Dungeons. It's very much like Alice's Adventures Underground and not just because it's in the same venue. Goosebumps Alive has taken the same designer from Alice's Adventures Underground to create the spooky creatures that you'll meet during this show. And as you know from my review, Alice's Adventures Underground was AMAZING so this darker but similar immersive experience should be too. And if you're too scared, not to worry, as there's a milder version for kids too...The show will be running from the 14th April until 4th September.
 
THE BOOK
I'll admit, I do love a tragic love story. But Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock is a little different. The story is described as 'a heart-breaking, page-turning, life-affirming novel about love, marriage, family and fighting for your life' and I believe that love will be a heavy theme in this book, rather then the idea of romance and falling in love. It tells the story of the couples life being turned upside down by Alice's cancer diagnosis, and again, I have to admit I'm compelled to read this book. Having lost my mum to cancer, I think it would be interesting - and would help - to read about it from a different point of view, from a parent rather then a child. Alice & Oliver will be released on 5th April.

THE FILM
I'm not too sure how I feel about the live action release of The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book was never really my favourite Disney film as a kid and I do get wary when I see animated films or books being made into a live action film, but I suppose you could colour me intrigued especially with a cast like Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba. The film will be released on the 15th.
THE ALBUM
I saw Eliza And The Bear recently at an intimate local gig in St Albans and have fond memories of the night. I always have a good time when attending gigs in Albans now and then and find it's always a fun evening filled with laughter with friends and band members, getting tipsy on beer (but not drunk - just the perfect balance), McCoy's Flame Grilled Steak Crisps and games of pool.

But I digress. Eliza And The Bear's self titled album will be released on the 8th and I'm rather excited. I love their upbeat but easy listening sound and I think this album will be well listened to on repeat into the summer. I have a sneaky feeling it's going to be great to listen to on a hot summers day.
 
ANYTHING ELSE?
Secret Cinema returns this month, this time for 28 Days Later. (And yes I am aware this is also an event but I couldn't not mention it). I'm super excited because this is the first time Secret Cinema has delved into horror so it's a perfect mix - as well as my favourite. I haven't attended any Secret Cinema events before and was really gutted to miss their Back To The Future event a few years back, so I couldn't miss out on this one too. As it goes, not many friends of mine are into horror or paying that much for a quirky event they're not really into, so I'll be attending alone. Boo. But never fear - the whole point is to put yourself out there and talk to people and discover the story. I've heard that people that go alone or in smaller groups get much more out of the experience then those in larger groups because I suppose when you're surrounded by your friends, you miss out on a lot of the action and spend most of the time with your friends rather then other people if that makes sense. I couldn't face missing out on another amazing opportunity and I'm really excited. I'll be attending on the 23rd so if anyone else is going on that evening, please do come and say hello.

What are you looking forward to this month? Let me know with a comment below!


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