It was a very tiring day after a bank shift (overtime) in Royal Eye Unit on Thursday, the 8th of March. I decided to work on my two days off so that I can earn on top of my monthly salary since I plan to do nothing on those days. Royal Eye Unit is the outpatient department in the hospital that caters ophthalmic services for diagnosis, management and treatment like cataract surgery and laser. It’s the busiest outpatient department in the whole hospital but the work is still manageable compared to the ward. I was tired after that shift and thought I’d like to try something new, that which can only be experienced in London. I’ve long set this plan to watch a musical in the West End however it’s always been pushed aside. So after that tiring bank shift in Royal Eye Unit, I surfed google for West End musicals and watched each trailer. I shortlisted four shows to watch which were Aladdin, Lion King, The Girl in the North County and Mamma Mia. I let go of Aladdin and Lion King because I told myself to only watch these shows with my special someone, loved ones, family or friends. The Girl in the North County is a bit serious and I might feel sad while watching it because I plan to watch alone. Then I watched the trailer of Mamma Mia again and read the reviews and it had wonderful ratings and I thought that this seems like a very fun and happy show. When I looked at the available seats, there was 1 seat left in the Balcony and thought this must have been for me. So I booked the show for Friday evening, 19.45 which costs £37.
So after my shift in Royal Eye Unit at 17.00 on the 9th of March, I immediately went home to my flat to change clothes and prepare myself to watch the musical. I didn’t even eat dinner in the flat and went straight ahead to central London. I ride the train from Norbiton to Waterloo Station which takes approximately 30 minutes. I felt really hungry upon arriving at Waterloo station so I ate quickly in Starbucks and ordered Mocha coffee and Bagel. I’m supposed to ride a bus to Novello Theatre which is the venue of this musical however, it was raining and I was having a hard time looking for the correct bus station using the app CityMapper. And since it is only 15 minutes left before the show starts, I booked an uber and in 10 minutes, I arrived in Novello Theatre, just in time for the start of the show.
The performance starts at exactly 19.45 with live music and Sophie (the main character) appeared in the stage with her friends. I didn’t watch the movie Mamma Mia that’s why I have no idea what the story is about. I only found out about it as I watch the flow of the events in the musical. I was telling myself, “Ah alright, so that’s the story, lovely!” I don’t want to spoil you readers but you might probably have watched the movie or read the description in the trailer already. The musical was very fun and it is true what I read in the reviews. If you’re looking for a show that gives good vibes, and if you want to laugh, sing with Abba songs (who doesn’t know any Abba songs?) with live music and vocals, this is the show to watch. And even though I watched it alone, the whole audience including me enjoyed the show, we were clapping while singing the songs Dancing Queen, Thank You For The Music, Mamma Mia, I Have a Dream and Slipping Through My Fingers.
The main character Sophie played by Georgina Castle is a spark of joy during the whole musical. It is evident that she enjoys performing and that her smile lightens up the whole theatre. And the whole casts as well, they were very fun, happy and full of energy. I sincerely enjoyed this show and I even called my friend to tell her about my experience. Now I’m planning to watch other musicals.
These were the performers. The photo I got from google link, http://mamma-mia.com/read-news.php?n=mamma-mia-london-welcomes-new-cast-2017
My face after the show. All smile and capturing photos of London at night.
Have you watched Mamma Mia? Please comment below your thoughts about the show.