This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub
Devised: The Company
Reviewer: Christy Ku
Four men, two unicycles, one unitard. Le Navet Bete and their troupe of modern clowns bring out their craziest show again.
Monday, 31 August 2015
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Contain your excitement - this writing update is actually going out on time.
I've written SO MUCH! Here's a run down:
- Finished a poem, currently reworking an old one and working on a new one. I've signed up to compete in my university's poetry slam (my first ever one) so I'm both excited and terrified. I'll try and record my performance(s) to share.
- Screen scripts; I've been working on a series and I just need to finish off all the drafts. If all goes well, it'll be made but that won't be for several months. Also, I have an idea for a satire on student politics, but that depends on if I can work with a team of writers - felt this wasn't a one person job.
- Radio scripts: I'm revamping the old jazz cafe idea (again). I've stripped it down (again) as I think I've finally found a way for it to work. More on that another time.
Lots of writing makes me happy. Although, now there's a little voice saying my drive will soon run out and I'll be lying on the floor making carpet angels of uninspired misery. Thanks dude.
Monday, 24 August 2015
Christy Ku reviews The Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne: 'predictable but fabulous'.
Welcome to the Bonneville Hotel, a former refuge for royalty and movie stars. Full of beautiful suites, ballrooms and a glamorous history, the hotel is being transformed into wedding venue with the work of Events Manager, Rosie. Focused and ambitious, she tries to live her ideal London life. She has a respected food critic, Dominic, as a boyfriend and is in charge of the biggest, high-profile wedding the hotel has ever seen; there's nothing to stop her. Until, of course, she stumbles across a half-naked man in the honeymoon suite; Joe, the eccentric and outspoken son of the hotel owner...
was the perfect book to be reading on the train home after attending a London wedding show with my sisters (the eldest is to be married, Miss Austen). Upon reading the blurb, I was worried that it would have a generic business-woman chick-lit plot. We know what that is: the typical ‘I-have-no-time-my-for-own-love-life’ female protagonist suddenly meets the gorgeous (but annoying) guy and they argue for every chapter...until they ultimately end up together. The plot was exactly that, and entirely predictable. And it was utterly fabulous.
We know what’s going to happen in the story. Browne addresses the problem of this clichéd plot commonly found in so many similar books by challenging it in the very first paragraph of chapter one; “People make a lot of assumptions about wedding planners. Either we’re hopeless romantics (I’m not). Or we’re terminal singletons (I live with my boyfriend)”. She sets the story up to be different, but ultimately it falls back into the typical plot line anyway. But, everything is written and created so amusingly that it makes the book such a fun read.
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Haven't done one in a while, so let's go!
- I've set myself a target of writing 5 scripts this summer - I've written 3 so far. One was for radio, a sci-fi set in space and the other two are for TV; a series of Halloween themed sketches and another one set in the future where clean air is a commodity.
- Still writing for The Public Reviews, been going to Edinburgh previews and providing feedback for companies before they went up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sadly, I'm too southern and poor to go up there.
- I've had an idea for a novel for a very long time, and I've finally started on it. As it's early days, I won't disclose too much, as new ideas are always fragile. But, I'm announcing that it exists so I commit to it.
- My uni's male acapella group, Semi-Toned are really good. One of my friends is in it, and their mash-up of Rich Man by Gwen Stefani and Eve & Fiddler on the Roof currently has over 55,000 views on YouTube. They won Overall UK University Champions at this year's Voice Festival and are selling out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Check them out:
Real Life and Other Nonsense
- I have a real job now! I work in an office and basically help everyone. Lots of filing and photocopying. Paper cuts sustained: 2.
- Suffering from envy as everyone is going to Summer In The City or Edinburgh Fringe.
- Been playing around with shooting videos and editing, so look out for things related to that!
Happy Sunday everyone!
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015
I'm in love, I'm obsessed.
The very nice lady in Lush recommended this one to me after I described my skin type (sensitive, dry and I'm currently having a little outbreak across my face).
Key ingredients in this little pot of magic:
- Seaweed - strengthens and revitalises.
- Honey - an antiseptic, which is super important as keeping your skin clean and healthy will prevent infection and help the spots go away.
- Aloe vera - soothing. Basically in every soothing/sensitive skin product ever.
- Rose - moisturises and it smells gawjus.