Wicked is a musical that has been defying gravity for a number of years now. This musical tells the story of the wicked witch of the west and the Glinda the good witch when they both attended university together. For someone who adored The Wizard of Oz this was on my musical wishlist. I originally saw Wicked when it went on tour a few years ago. This time I was lucky enough to see it in the West End (crossing off another item on my 101 in 1001) with Ryan as I got us tickets for his birthday.
Whilst the entire cast were amazing, Alice Fearne (Elphaba) and Sophie Evans (Glinda) really were outstanding. Both these ladies really made me feel for their characters and their voices left me with goosebumps for the entire show.
Leaving at 7 AM I made the hour trip to Hay-On-Wye to visit the Hay Festival. For those of you who don’t know the Hay Festival is a literary festival that invites writers to come and take part in readings and discussions. I have been wanting to attend for years and this year I finally took the plunge and booked some tickets. This bodes pretty well considering it’s on my 101 in 1001.
A little side note about the tickets. So, I booked everything online through their official website. I originally booked for two events and all day parking. Unfortunately one of the events, featuring Patrick Ness, was cancelled. Hay were really prompt at sending out an email and letting everyone know that the even was cancelled, that we had been refunded and that they had organised a replacement event that we could book if we wished. I applaud them for their efficiency and organisation!