This year at the end of March, me and my mum Debbie visited Liverpool to celebrate my 27th birthday. We booked up, at a very reasonable price, with National Holidays (have you declared your national holiday yet? Lol) for an overnight trip to Liverpool, with the massive highlight of seeing the matinee performance of ‘Wicked!’ at the Liverpool Empire theatre.
Saturday 31st March 2018
We arrived by coach into Liverpool city centre in the early afternoon of Saturday 31st. We had an hour or so to kill before the matinee performance of Wicked!, so we walked leisurely around the nearby shopping centre, city centre streets, and grabbed a lovely caffè latte. Mum really enjoyed the street performers!
Making our way to the Empire theatre, we were both super excited. Being a big fan of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ film, I have always fancied going and longed to see the stage musical ‘Wicked!’; for years I have said “Mum, we must go see that one!” It has always been top of my list… and it certainly did not disappoint! ‘Wicked!’ was just as magical, marvellous and mesmerising as I had hoped… SPOILER ALERT: I think the whole concept of the musical, based on Gregory Maguire’s revision of the tale, transforming the ‘evil’ Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum’s original ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, to Elphaba, the heroine of the story, is great and obviously a very successful idea too… The only little gripe I have will National Holidays, is that I specifically asked not to be seated high up in the theatre, as mum is really afraid of heights. They take personal requests into consideration, but cannot promise them – we were seated high up in the Grand Circle, with a restricted bleeding view! Never mind, we still had a wonderful time 😀 We purchased some small merchandise afterwards, to put in mum’s memory box (she unfortunately has neurological difficulties). We have some lovely little keepsakes to remember the experience always 🙂
Later on that evening after the performance, we were taken to our chosen hotel on the outskirts of Liverpool. After checking in, we spent the evening eating nice grub in the restaurant, and at a steady pace, drinking ‘Wicked Lady’ (how apt) rose wine in the hotel bar.
Sunday 1st April 2018
On the Sunday, our final day, we took full advantage of exploring all Liverpool has to offer. We visited the famous Cavern Club on Matthew Street, home to the Beatles. There was a great musician on stage performing classic Beatles songs. We got a couple of fruit ciders from the bar, admired the terrific music memorabilia adorning the walls, and listened to some top-notch music in a really relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. My dad was very jealous when I told him where we’d been, he’s a massive Beatles fan!
Next we got a quick taxi ride to Cains brewery village, to go have a cheeky gin and tonic in the new Peaky Blinders bar. We were so looking forward to it, as me and my mum are both huge Peaky Blinders fans. There was a vast collection of Peaky Blinders canvases on the wall (as photographed), but I hoped it to be quite a glam and luxurious and sophisticated establishment, like some of the high class swanky bars shown in the series. However, it very much resembled the Garrison.. a bit drab and dingy! So we were a tad disappointed, haha.
Afterwards, we grabbed delicious street food at Baltic market, a mozzarella pizza for mum, and a burger for me with so many layers I dread to think how many calories I consumed! (I am trying to lose weight, and failing miserably!) There was also a guy playing guitar and some cute craft stalls, so that was really nice.
We journeyed immediately afterwards in another taxi,, to finish off the day nicely with a little stroll around Albert Dock. As you can see, I took the opportunity to capture some pretty photos:
And that was our celebratory trip to Liverpool! Slightly imperfect in places, but overall a fantastic city break 😀 Bitta scran, and a bitta bevvy, bitta…theatre, (lol)… proper boss! 😀
We are becoming right little getabouts because we have only recently come home from London! We went to see ‘Bat out of Hell; the musical’! So please look out for a London blog post, coming very soon!
Travelling, sightseeing, exploring new places… it’s great isn’t it? Whoever said “There’s no place like home” surely had no clue whatsoever what they were talking about… lol 😛
Thank you so much for reading. Hope you’re having a ‘wicked’ weekend. Much love, Lauren x
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2 thoughts on “Liverpool March 2018”
Wicked has been part of my life for 12 years.
2006- first experience with Wicked. My mom and I were in NYC and we saw Wicked on Broadway. All I remember was that “Popular” was my favorite song.
2008?- I think that was my 2nd time: but not sure
2013- date with dad to see Wicked. He still did not see it yet so I went so he could finally see it. Well we were in the Mezainne and the tallest guy in the auditorium sat in front of me and my dad switched places with me and gave me the better seat before the show began
2016- as a student activities event, my university took a group of about 50 or so students to see Wicked in Charlotte. We were in the last three rows of the balcony, but still could see everything even though everything was so small. But already was very familiar with the show.
12 years. I love how the central plot is the friendship between Glinda and Elphaba. I love how the love triangle between the girls and Fiyero helps add texture to the pieces and I believe, just my opinion, that it helps strengthen the friendship. Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero are the only character I really pay attention to in Wicked. Elphaba is who I am the most emotionally attached to in Wicked and my favorite musical theatre character.
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Thank you for your comment 🙂 I personally think both Glinda and Elphaba grow emotionally through their friendship, and in many ways learn from one another. I too believe the love triangle adds complexity to the musical, and works in its favour. Elphaba is my favourite character too, she’s Wicked! 😀 xx