5 West End Musicals I Would Like to See

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Lets Start it off:

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  1. Les Miserables

This is actually a peculiar choice for me as I have not seen the film (this will change soon). I know only the basics to the storyline which I must say sounds interesting and some of the music from the soundtrack come across as being amazing! The fact that it is the longest running musical conveys how special it must be to hold such a prestigious title. In addition, I have not spoken to anyone that has seen it and has not given it so much credit – most wanted to see it again. I do hope to see this West End Musical one day, but not until I have seen the film and have done my research as I have been told, I would be lost anyway.

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  1. Wicked

As a child I watched the ‘Wizard of Oz’ many times on the television as well as pantomimes. It was not my favourite, but I always enjoyed it. A member of my family saw it and they could not praise it enough. The soundtrack, ‘Defying Gravity’, would have to be to the one song I would look forward to the most. It comes across like it needs to be heard live rather than just via YouTube etc (which I am sure most would agree)! I was unfortunate enough to miss it on its tour last year as musical theatre only became a bigger part of my life shortly afterwards. A couple of years ago, I was the lighting technician for a local production of ‘Wizard of Oz’ and it remains very much in my heart as I got to know a few of the songs and had an amazing time. I really hope to see it in the West End in the near future and I am intrigued to hear the other side of the story!

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  1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (I understand that this is not currently West End)

This was once again a film I watched several times when I was younger. It was one of my favourites (even if the child-snatcher scared me)! I found myself intrigued by all his marvellous inventions and now the thought of the Grandad being uplifted in the outdoor toilet has surfaced! As you can see I have many great memories with this film. I absolutely love the story line and can only imagine what it would be like in the West End! I am fortunate enough to have recently booked a ticket to see it on its UK tour early next year at the Mayflower Theatre (Southampton). This will star Jason Manford and will be interesting to see how he is. I cannot wait to see it and I am sure a review will follow!

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  1. Billy Elliot

This is a film and musical I actually have knowledge about. I have seen the film many times and really enjoyed it. I just find it so inspiring how a young boy from a lower class family ends up becoming a star. He has his struggles on the way, but I feel no one can question his talent and the spark he has when dancing. Earlier this year I watched ‘Billy Elliot the Musical Live’ and felt overwhelmed. Despite basically watching the West End version, I still want to see it. There are many scenes that are amazing and the choreography is superb. I know that I will enjoy this and I definitely plan to go to watch in the next year or so.

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  1. Matilda

It seems to be a common pattern that I have seen the film of these musicals. The same applies here! I watched the film many times and again enjoyed it. My best friend has seen the musical a few times and I know it is one of her favourites. Hence this was one of the reasons that it first jumped out at me, before seeing what it had to offer. The storyline itself is really good at communicating a huge variety of emotions throughout. Since there are a lot of younger cast roles in the show, I know that Matilda will showcase a lot of the younger talent. It is incredible what children can do at their age! I actually walked past the Cambridge Theatre a couple of months ago and even though I was going to see another musical, I felt excited that one day I will hopefully get to see it! As it stands, I hope to go see it in the next few months.

 

As you can tell I have a lot of Musical Theatre to catch up on! Even after seeing all five of these Musicals, it will be exciting to know whether they match up to my favourite musical, Memphis (read my review here)! Let me know of any musicals you want to see!

 

 

 

 

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What is Geophysics and the Difficulties Studying it?

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I am in my second year (of three) at a UK Russell Group University studying Geophysical Sciences. I am sure after reading the word ‘geophysics’ in the title some of you will have no idea what this is.

It is an Earth Science. By definition, geophysics is ‘physics of the Earth’. I believe a better description of what it is I am studying would be “the physical processes behind the Earth’s systems”.

A big part of geophysics is about determining sub-structure (what is beneath the ground) using geophysical techniques, for example looking for small variations in the Earth’s gravitational field. An example of work that a geophysicist can do in the world could be working in the oil and gas industry. By using the geophysical techniques, they can work out where large oil and gas reserves are found which can then be extracted for our everyday needs.

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I would love to go into more detail (I am sure you would rather I did not!), but the truth is I still do not know too much more about what I am studying yet. This is because in my first year of university you do not study any geophysics. The first year consists of core modules for geology, physics and mathematics. This is to give you a foundation before you can study geophysics.

Being strong at three different fields is no easy task, so there is a lot expected of you when you pick this degree. The problem with this is that when you take these modules, you are expected to be at the same standard as a geologist, physicist and mathematician. Which I hope you could see is not easy! A main problem of mine is how different geology is to the likes of physics and maths. If they were all interlinked, they would all help each other, but unfortunately this is not the case.

Now that I have reached second year, I have started a module on Exploration Geophysics. Personally I am really enjoying the module as it is nice to be studying my actual degree! The only issue with this module is that it is very basic and does not go into much depth. This is because the module is compulsory for geologists too. As you can tell, you must be highly motivated – having to wait such a long time to learn about what you actually signed up for can often (at least in my case) mean you lose motivation from time to time.

Next semester, we start physics based labs, which should be fun as it all refers to geophysical applications. To my knowledge, it is only the geophysicists taking it! But you actually only study what I consider to be ‘proper’ geophysics in year three. From this I would say that geophysics is a risk. It is very hard to get experience before coming to university, so for the most part you know very little about it (but then again this is why you go to university) and if you have to wait until year three before you go in depth, you do not actually know if you like geophysics till then. Luckily for me, I have enjoyed it so far and have every bit of confidence that this will not stop when I go into year three.

I want to end by making it clear that these are only a few difficulties in studying geophysics. There are far more positives than negatives to my degree and I have no regrets. I hope to in the future write about the positives! If my degree was not challenging and did not keep me on my feet, then it would not be for me. It is highly rewarding and I believe I have a good chance of employment after I graduate. geophysics is such an unknown field of study to the public yet will play a big role in the future. I hope to one day be a part of that.