Now That I’m Not so Busy…

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully - Brightlight Theatre Company - Lauren Mayhew Author 1After almost a year and a half of constant participation with my theatre group, I have decided to take a break. I will not be auditioning for our Christmas production, as there are so many other things that I’d like to focus on. I have purposely made plans for tonight so that I can’t be coerced into auditioning. I will be as far away as possible from that hall.

I absolutely love Brightlight Theatre, but I need some of my evenings back so that I can read a book, write a book or even go to the cinema. I haven’t been able to do that much over the last few months because I’ve purely been focusing on learning lines. I wasn’t even meant to be auditioning for the September production of ‘Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully’, but I landed myself with one of the main roles and put myself under a lot of pressure. Continue reading

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAnt-Man and the Wasp – 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Anyone who has seen my previous reviews will know that I am a massive Marvel fan. There’s something about the Marvel universe that I absolutely love, so when Ant-Man and the Wasp was advertised, I knew I’d need to go and see it. I didn’t love Ant-Man as much as some of the other Marvel films, but I do love the way that Paul Rudd plays the character, so was keen to see him again. Continue reading

I’ve Done it Again…

I've Done it Again - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI have definitely done it again… I’ve missed a month of blogging because life got in the way. Bloody life. If you’ve read my last few posts, you’ll be familiar with my theatre group and the fact that I was rehearsing for three different shows at once. I’m extremely happy to say that there’s only one left to rehearse for and it’s going well, ish. We’re supposed to be scripts down by the 14th August and I’ve learnt the first 20 pages. I’ll be fine, that’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

Theatre isn’t the only thing that’s been holding me back though. I went away to France at the end of July, only for two nights, but it was my first trip abroad in 10 years. I also had just over a week in annual leave from work, and blogging just didn’t feel like the right thing to do on my days’ off!  Continue reading

Learning to Play the Flute

Learning to Play the Flute - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI’ve decided I’m going to learn to play the flute. This may seem like it’s come out of nowhere, but I’ve always loved the sound of the flute and thought it would be quite nice if I could play it myself. I’ve placed a bid for one on eBay, second hand, and I so hope I win the item. I’ll just have to keep trying if I don’t win.

I did play the violin when I was a kid. I still have it at home, but the E string is missing, so it can’t be played at the moment. It’s also one size too small for me, so it would be a bit awkward to play anyway. I’m hoping that I’ll pick the flute up as easily as I did the violin. Especially the reading music part. I’m a bit rusty, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it again. If ten-year-old me could read sheet music, then I’m sure I can now. I hope. Continue reading

Camberley International Festival – The Fire Stack

The Fire Stack by Brightlight Theatre Company - Guildford Fringe Festival - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, the Saturday just gone was our first performance of The Fire Stack since Woking Drama Festival in October 2018. It’s a one act play, with a duration of about 50 minutes (if all goes well), and there are three cast members. 50 minutes sounds like nothing, but when there’s only three of you, it’s a big task.

We were all a little nervous about this performance, as we hadn’t had a lot of time to rehearse for it. Although we were only refreshing the lines, not learning them for the first time, we still struggled in the lead up to the actual performance. If we hadn’t done a couple of line runs at the pub beforehand, the performance would have been terrible.

We weren’t expecting a big audience at all. We were expecting a handful of members from our group and that’s it, but we had an audience of 10 in the end, which wasn’t too bad. Some of them had come from the play reading beforehand and a few others turned up specifically for our performance. My mum and sister included. Continue reading

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 - Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Incredibles 2 – 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of normal life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

As a member of Cineworld Unlimited, I occasionally get to see a film before its release date. It’s called Secret Cinema, so we book our seats, but don’t get to find out which film we’re watching until it begins. There was a lot of speculation about what the film might be, The Incredibles 2 being high up on the list due to its epilepsy warning. There were many cheers through the cinema when the title of the film came up on the screen. Though not everyone was excited. The couple in front of us definitely walked out within the first thirty seconds of the film! But anyway, back to the review. Continue reading

Mid-year Update – 2018

Brightlight Theatre Company - 5-Year Charity Spectacular - Lauren Mayhew Author

The main reason I’ve been too busy to blog!

Ever since the A-Z Blog Challenge finished, I’ve been a bit slow with the regular blog posts. It’s not because I’ve lost the taste for blogging, I just couldn’t find anything to blog about that you already didn’t know.

The blogging challenge is always so exhausting too, and it’s been nice to take a back seat and not have to worry about how many posts I have scheduled and how many blogs I need to comment on and read. I’m pretty sure this is what happened the last time I participated too. I got into a bit of a slump.

Anyway, there are other things that have been getting in my way. My theatre group would be the main one. Not only am I currently rehearsing for three different shows at once – yes, I did say three – I’m also the Promotions and Publicity Officer for the group, which basically means that I control the social media accounts. Continue reading

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDeadpool 2 – 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world.

There were two synopsis’ (synopsi?), so I had to put both of them in. As you can see, the second one bears no relevance to the actual plot of the film. It’s just the sort of thing that the Deadpool marketing team do. They do it well. Continue reading

Sophie’s Different by Patrick Hodges

Sophie's Different by Patrick Hodges - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSophie’s Different – Patrick Hodges – 4 Stars

Blurb: Middle school is all about fitting in. It’s about not standing out. After all, kids can be cruel.

Sophie Devereaux doesn’t fit in. She and her two best friends, Marissa and Michelle, are seen as misfits. Things only get worse when Sophie runs afoul of Alexis, the most popular girl in school.

Ayden Saunders doesn’t fit in. Tragedies in his life have caused him to retreat into the shadows, where he watches his classmates from afar and fantasizes about being a superhero.

When Ayden overhears a plot to ruin Sophie’s life, he knows he can no longer sit on the sidelines. The two of them soon discover, to their amazement, that life is not about fitting in, it’s about being true to who you are.

What I like: Sophie’s Different was such a fantastic end to the trilogy. It tied up all the storylines for the majority of characters that we met in Joshua’s Island with a few heart-breaking twists along the way. Continue reading

#AtoZChallenge: G is for guest post – Lauren Mayhew, on buried treasure

Check out this blog post I wrote for Eli’s A-Z Blog Challenge!

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I love reading about writing.

It’s how we get better, right? That, and eating vanilla wafers. (Science has yet to chime in on the wafers as of this publication date.) Today’s guest writer, Lauren Mayhew, writes a fantastic blog about writing.

She also managed to complete the A to Z Challenge and did this really cool theme about songs played on her iPod.

Today, she’s here to expand upon her recent 6-words answer to this prompt. (No, that post hasn’t published yet!) Lauren has an awesome imagination and invites us to chime in with our answers here, too.

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