Sunday, 30 August 2015

You Can Make a Fine Living in a Pair of Heels

Anyone who knows me will be aware that two of my biggest passions in life are films and drag queens, so it won't come as much of a surprise when I say that one of my all time favourite films is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. For those of you who haven't heard of this masterpiece, it's the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who travel from Sydney to Alice Springs via the Austalian Outback in a tour bus that they lovingly christen 'Priscilla'. I was vaguely aware that there was a musical adaptation, but I'd never considered going to see it until my lovely colleague Alison mentioned that it was coming to Manchester.

The show that we went to see featured one of my childhood loves in the lead role of Tick; Duncan James from Blue (also played by Jason Donavon in other shows). Now, despite what people may say about his boyband background, he's an amazing singer and faultlessly belted out some classics. He was flanked by the equally brilliant Adam Bailey as Adam (better known as Felicia Jollygoodfellow when he's on stage) and Simon Green as Bernadette. As a trio they lived up to the standards set by the beloved Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrance Stamp who originally played the parts in the film.

The way in which the stage show uses music is extremely clever, it features a trio of 'Divas' who sing their hearts out to hits from the film, whilst being suspended over stage, as the drag acts lip-sync to them. The actors themselves sing songs exclusive to the show which move the plot along. I won't give away anything else because going into something like this blind adds to the experience. Though I will say that the costumes were amazing, and some of them stayed true to the film. (Here's looking at you, Tick's flip-flop dress.)

As a respectful patron of the theatre I didn't take any pictures once the show had started, so I only got the one shot of the curtain which featured a (rather fabulous) map of Australia with the characters' journey charted on it. There was also an absolutely massive lipstick sat in front of it. If you want to see actual images of the show then there's a few on Google!

I would highly recommend going to see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert if you fancy a fabulous, fun, cheesy, camp night out! (Let's face it, who doesn't?) Have you seen any musicals lately? Let me know by leaving comment or tweeting me! You can check the priscillabus Twitter to see if the show will be in your area.


Friday, 21 August 2015

Funko Pop Vinyl! Sadness SDCC Special Edition

After months of being teased by trailers, and even adverts for Sky broadband, I was incredibly excited to see my beloved Pixar's latest feature film Inside Out. I watched every single promotional video and became prepared to leave the cinema loving the sassy Disgust. However, it was actually Sadness who stole my heart. So, what's the first thing that you do when you fall in love with a character? You go and find out if you can buy them in Pop Vinyl! form, of course.

I was aware that there was a set of Inside Out Pops, but after a little bit of research I found out that there were San Diego Comic-Con exclusive figures of Joy and Sadness, the film's two lead emotions. These SDCC limited editions have what is described as 'translucent' hair, but I would call it shiny, to make them look a little more like their animated counterparts. I LOVE her detail, especially the way in which she's nervously cupping her hands and her little slippers. Something else about this Pop that impresses me is that Funko decided against attempting to put a 'lens' in her glasses, so they don't obscure her lovely little face, I hope that this is something that they carry on doing for specs-wearing characters as I've been put off a few in the past because of the way that the transparent plastic lens ruin the overall look of the figure.

You can get your own SDCC Sadness for £14.99 here. What do you guys think? Who was your favourite Inside Out character? Leave a comment or feel free to tweet me!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hello Again

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I can't believe that's it's been just over two and a half years since my last blog post. This means that just over two and a half years ago I was in the midst of completing my final year at University and tearing my hair out over writing my final assignments, finishing my dissertation and displaying my public speaking skills to my course mates and tutors. Needless to say, I was far too stressed out to contemplate maintaining a blog and Violence & Fashion was shamefully pushed to one side. However, my love of Tumblr was reignited a few months ago thanks to my friend Dan, and whilst micro blogging is fun and I loved editing together photo sets, I didn't get the same sense of fulfilment as when I would write a chunky blog post. So, long story short, I've decided to reenter the world of blogging! I've decided to expand from my beauty posts and write about life, film, books and anything else that comes to mind (possibly my obsession with Funko Pop Vinyl! figures), so I hope that you guys welcome a bit of a change.

I thought that I'd just take a quick snap of myself whilst I type this post because you've all probably forgotten what I look like! I hope that you enjoy my futures posts, I promise that I'll stick to it!
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