It’s not all bad

Yesterday was a good day.

I know quite a lot of people in the UK might disagree with that right now, but I’m not talking about politics.

Although, actually, let’s talk about politics for a minute. Regardless of the election result, the fact that we get to vote is something to be thankful for; a lot of people in the world don’t have that privilege. Which is why everyone should vote. And anyone who doesn’t is an idiot.

Anyway, while we’re on the subject – and with apologies to anyone reading this from outside the UK, who doesn’t care about our election – who saw The Vote last night, live from Donmar Warehouse and shown on More 4? If you didn’t, it takes place in a polling station during the last 90 minutes of election day, and stars Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss and Nina Sosanya, with a host of star cameos from the likes of Judi Dench, Jude Law and Paul Chahidi. I’d go so far as to say The Vote was the best thing about this entire election campaign, so much so that I’m already thinking about watching it again, and only wish I could have been there to see it live.

But enough about politics. What else? Well, work was good. We had cake. And I won a Chatterbag!

I should explain. Chatterbags is a start-up company with a simple idea: to start conversations. It’s a simple cotton bag, and you mark on it which language(s) you speak, so that anyone else who speaks those languages can identify you when you’re out and about. I entered the giveaway (hosted by language blog Lingotastic) on a whim, and now I’m slightly scared to use the bag in case someone comes up and starts jabbering at me in Spanish. But I’m still very excited, because it’s literally the first thing I’ve ever won. I’m not even joking; I’m the unluckiest person in the world, and have a suspicion I may be the reason my office syndicate still hasn’t won the lottery. (Don’t tell them.)

Chatterbag

And then, to top it off, I got some lovely feedback on a review I wrote of Cyprus Sunsets at the New Wimbledon Studio. I’ve mentioned before that theatre reviewing, as much as I love it, sometimes stresses me out a bit. Not just because it feels like a responsibility, knowing that people may spend their money based on my opinion. It’s also because I often worry that, because I don’t come from a theatre or journalistic background, I’m not doing it right – using the right vocabulary, structuring the review correctly, being ‘critical’ enough… The fact that what I write is going to be read, not only by potential theatregoers, but also by the people actually making the theatre, basically terrifies me, just in case I’ve totally got the wrong end of the stick and misunderstood what I’m watching.

So when I got two very nice tweets yesterday – one saying my reviews were always well written, and another that I’d summed up in a nutshell what this particular piece was all about – it basically made my day. (Sorry for showing off, but I’m still quite excited about it.)

Okay, that’s probably enough gushing. I hope you’ve had a good day too. Happy Friday! 🙂

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