Directing a Play

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAs you may already know, if you’re a regular visit to my blog, I’m directing a play for the theatre group that I’m part of. You can read all about the play here.

At first I was really nervous. Anxiety started kicking in. What if no-one listens to me? What if my ideas are all scoffed at? What if this is the worst selling Brightlight show ever? And so on… It’s a big thing to take on. It’s a big play to take on too, especially for a first timer like me. I’ve never directed anything in my life. I never thought I’d ever want to, but things have changed over the last two years of being with Brightlight. Continue reading “Directing a Play”


The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman - Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Greatest Showman – 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

This film was something special. Michael Gracey did a fantastic job with his full length feature debut. More experienced directors would shy away from the thought of directing a musical, but Gracey was right not to. He had a vision and he went for it.

I’m not a massive musical fan, Grease being one of the only exceptions, and Disney of course, but you expect a certain level of cheese with that. I haven’t even watched La La Land yet, and it’s supposed to be amazing. Maybe one day I’ll get round to it. Anyway, when I heard it was a musical, I wasn’t expecting to love it. I would have been happy to watch a film based on P.T. Barnum’s life without the singing, but I could not have been happier than when I left that cinema last night. I was totally in the mood for a singalong on the drive home. Continue reading “The Greatest Showman”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI go to the cinema a lot, so I thought it would be a good idea to start writing film reviews. I may not write a review for every film I go to see. There are some films that I simply couldn’t write a review about without writing only bad things, and no-one wants to read a review like that. I wouldn’t want to anyway. So, here goes… my first ever film review.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. Continue reading “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Unanswered Harry Potter Questions

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. RowlingOne of the things I dislike most when reading books is the questions that I’m left asking once I’ve finished. As an author myself, I know how difficult it is to wrap everything up, especially if you have hundreds of characters, so this is in no way a criticism. If you explained what happened to every character after the books were finished, you’d have to write a whole new book just on that. It’s not realistic, and you can guarantee that someone would always find another question to ask.

If any of you are familiar with the Lord of the Rings books, you’ll know that there is an appendix at the end that sheds some light on what happens to the characters once the adventure is over. It made me happy reading that, as I knew where Sam, Legolas and Gimli went. I wish all authors could do this. Continue reading “Unanswered Harry Potter Questions”

Sleep Hallucinations

Dreams - Sleep Hallucinations - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI can’t remember if I’ve ever written about this before on here, or whether it’s something I’ve wanted to write about but never got round to. It’s something that happens to me when I’m stressed, or have a lot going on in life, and it’s not something I’ve ever heard anyone else ever talking about before. It runs in my family, with my mum, my aunt and one of my close cousins experiencing the same thing too.

Stress doesn’t appear to affect me during the day. I would generally say that I’m never stressed, until my sleep hallucinations happen. I think that’s the correct term for it, that’s what Google said anyway. It’s only when these hallucinations grace me in the middle of the night that I realise I’m probably not coping as well I should be. Continue reading “Sleep Hallucinations”

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Lauren Mayhew Author

I hope you all had a fantastic night last night and that you’re not suffering too much today! May the partying continue throughout 2018..

2017 was a mixed year for me, as I’m sure it was for a lot of you. There were lots of highs, but just as many lows. I truly hope that 2018 is a bit more peaceful for everyone.

To start the year on a positive, I thought I’d give you all a treat by offering up the Liliana trilogy for only 0.99 on Kindle! Click on the book name to be taken to it on Amazon.

Reality is in a Dream – FREE
Mourning Memories – FREE
Eternity Begins – 0.99

This will be the last offer on these books for a while, so snap them up while you can. The offer ends midnight 5th January. I’ve got lots of other projects in mind which I’ll be sharing with you soon, I hope!

Now go and make 2018 the best year you’ve ever had!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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My Year in Films – 2017

My Year in Films 2017 -Beauty and the Beast - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis is one of the posts that I enjoy writing most every year. I love to look back at what I’ve done, as the memories of going to see these films and concerts comes flooding back. As I said last year, I got the Cineworld Unlimited card, so this one is going to be quite a long list. There have been some incredible films released this year, and some not so incredible. I wonder if our opinions differ on which were our favourites. Don’t forget to read to the bottom to see which goals I’ve achieved for 2017, and my new goals for the year ahead. Continue reading “My Year in Films – 2017”

When You Believe

When You Believe by Leon Jackson - Lauren Mayhew AuthorOn 29th December 2007, Leon Jackson’s ‘When You Believe‘ hit the number one spot.

When You Believe: I was so happy when Leon won the X-Factor. As far as I remember, I wanted him to win as soon as I saw his audition, all those years ago. I can’t actually believe that it’s a whole ten years since Leon won. It really doesn’t feel that long ago. Continue reading “When You Believe”

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas - Lauren Mayhew Author

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day whatever it is you’re doing. And a big thank you to those of you that are working today, we really do appreciate it!

I’m spending the day with my family today. Eating lots, playing stupid games and generally having a fabulous time. There will be lots of wine, and more pigs in blankets than you would think a group of people could eat. Trust me, we’ll eat them all!

There will be turkey, there will be beef, there will be gammon, and best of all, roast potatoes. It really is a feast for the family, and I just know it’s going to be a fantastic day.

I hope you all eat lots and are merry, even if Christmas isn’t something that you celebrate. Let’s make the end of 2017 a good one!

P.S. Watch out for a post in the New Year for a special treat from me!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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What A Wonderful World

What A Wonderful World by Katie Melua and Eva Cassidy - Lauren Mayhew AuthorOn 22nd December 2007 Katie Melua and Eva Cassidy’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ hit the number one spot.

What A Wonderful World: I vaguely remember this song coming out, but I don’t think I ever listened to it properly until now. Obviously, I know the Louis Armstrong version better than any version that’s ever been released.  This is nothing like the original, but it is a good version. There’s nothing worse than a cover of a song that is so different to the original. Luckily this one is good! Continue reading “What A Wonderful World”