We Will Rock You Opening Night in Sydney

Monday, May 9, 2016
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
We Will Rock You Musical Opening Night Premiere Sydney
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We Will Rock You by Ben Elton. Opening night in Sydney, Thursday 5th May at the Lyric Theatre. Sponsored by Nuffnang.

Queen is one of my favourite bands. When I was working casually at Target a long way back, I used to take on a lot of nightfill shifts – which meant refilling the footwear department during closing hours. We were allowed to bring in CDs to broadcast on the store sound system and my choice was ‘Queen’s Greatest Hits’. Classic tracks 'We are the Champions' and 'Radio Gaga' gave me the strength to get through those mind numbing shifts. 

I listened to 'Bohemian Rapsody' while I spent late nights sewing sequins to my Fashion Design projects. I danced to 'Fat Bottomed Girls' while I would brush my hair and gasped in excitement when I saw the Glee cast perform 'Somebody to Love'. I also can’t forget Paul Rudd’s hilarious Lip Sync performance on the Jimmy Fallon Show.

So of course when I was offered two tickets to the opening night of Ben Elton’s worldwide smash hit ‘We will Rock You’Musical… I was extremely excited. I was going to watch my favourite Queen songs be performed out on stage and join the 16 million viewers in over 28 countries that also have shared the same experience.

The Australian cast included Gareth Keegan (Jersey Boys, Hugh Jackman – Broadway to Oz concerts) as Galileo and Erin Clare (Heathers, Phantom of the Opera) as Scaramouche. Killer Queen was played by the very talented Casey Donovan (The Sapphires, Rent and Australian Idol).

I was so impressed by all the amazing performances especially when Killer Queen (Casey Donovan) approached the stage and she belted out (of course) 'Killer Queen'. She had a powerful voice with a lot of sass and attitude. The last time I really heard from her was from her Australian Idol final performance so I was amazed to see her performing so wonderfully again. When Meat performed the tender 'No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)' I was in bittersweet tears – it really made me reminiscent of great musicians who were taken away from us - Prince, Michael Jackson and of course Freddie Mercury.

I felt triumphant for Scaramouche and Galileo why they found their ‘axe’ and discovered music again whilst performing 'We Will Rock You'. When the musical finished off with 'Bohemian Rhapsody' I was jumping out of my seat throwing the streamers in the air and singing at the top of my lungs (apologies to my sister who was next to me).

At the end the audience and I were screaming our cheers whilst giving a standing ovation. With over 3600 ovations received in just the UK alone and with 16 million tickets sold worthwhile, it’s no wonder We Will Rock You was crowned UK’s favourite show at the Olivier’s Awards 2011 (British’s answer to the Oscars).

Everyone would love this show even if they don’t think they are Queen fans (yet) and is suitable for audiences 13 years old and above. It certainly cemented and reinforced my love for Queen. I have not been able to get 'Radio Gaga' and 'We are the Champions' out of my head for days.

We Will Rock You is playing NOW in Sydney at The Lyric Theatre. Tickets can be bought through the We Will Rock You website. Hurry, as seats are selling out fast!


A Hike: Pulpit Rock and the Little Zig Zag Track

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Pulpit Rock Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Hike
The Little Zig Zag Track Blue Mountains
The Little Zig Zag Track Blue Mountains
The Little Zig Zag Track Blue Mountains Hiking NSW
The Little Zig Zag Track Blue Mountains Hiking NSW
The Little Zig Zag Track Blue Mountains Hiking NSW
The Little Zig Zag Track Blue Mountains Hiking NSW
Ross Cave The Little Zig Zag Track Ross Cave Blue Mountains NSW
Ross Cave The Little Zig Zag Track Ross Cave Blue Mountains NSW
Kanimbla Valley Blue Mountains NSW
Kanimbla Valley Blue Mountains NSW
Kanimbla Valley Blue Mountains NSW
Pulpit Rock Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Hike
Blue Mountains Jeep Wrangler NSWKanimbla Valley Blue Mountains NSW

A Hike: Pulpit Rock & The Little Zig Zag Track at Blue Mountains NSW. Photos by: Hai Trinh and myself, taken with my Canon 70D

Hello, my fellow Runaways. I'm back with another Hiking adventure and this time I'm taking you to Pulpit Rock and the Little Zig Zag Track in the Blue Mountains. From the top of Pulpit you can see the majestic Kanimbla Valley below - and it literally takes your breathe away. The track then descends down to The Little Zig Zag Track and loops itself back up to Pulpit.

I chose this hike knowing that there would be an opportunity for my boyfriend Hai to play with his Jeep Wrangler. I researched that there was a small Fire Trail to drive through before you reached the carpark. Unfortunately the Fire Trail was closed off so we walked our way down there which took about twenty minutes.

You end up at a sidetrack and to the left, it leads to Pulpit Rock lookout. Kanimbla Valley sits below, sweeping across the magnificent land. It is an amazing view - it reminded me of childhood movie Heidi (the Japanese cartoon version) and I could imagine Heidi herself running innocent and free among the green fields below.

Starting at the little Zig Zag track, it is as it is described and you descend a zig zag shaped trail. On the 6th turning ('third' zag) there should be boulder that says 'CAVE' and that side track leads to the Bushrangers Cave. Me and Hai didn't go down this way. But I hear its quite grande - a cavern that goes back about 20m into the cliff and is rumored to be a hideout for Bush rangers hundreds of years ago.

The track eventually opened up to some beautiful woodland and even mossy areas (which can be rare for hot dry Australia). We found ourselves on Reinits Pass Track walking along the creek to our right and we eventually climbed some mossy steps that lead to the open views of Kanimbla Valley.
We arrived at the base of the cliff and its a stunning burnt orange colour. There were two painted  arrows pointed in each direction, which confused me slightly. However, I found out that right leads to a small waterfall for your viewing. Going left meant you continue your path back to Pulpit Rock.

Soon enough, we found ourselves in a gully that leads to Ross Cave. And right in the middle was a tree with an old wooden sign nailed to it. I took a few moments to enjoy the silence and peaceful surrounding, slowing my breath. It only takes a few minutes to feel grateful that I am alive and in good health to be able to enjoy this gully. Me and Hai then spent a few more minutes admiring the sunrays peeking through the tree branches before returning to our hike

Don't get confused here - because that's what I felt when I realized I was staring at a dead end (the gully). But if you look over to your left, there is a huge boulder you have to walk around. It was hidden behind bush. Once you find the hairpin turn it ascends up and you end up at Pulpit Rock, giving you opportunity again to soak in the Kanimbla Valley views.
It was a satisfying feeling returning to the car.

To aid in this hike, I recommend this book: 'Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks' by Woodslane. Its an informative book that tells you the difficulty level, duration, starting points and highlights of many hikes. Its also small enough to fit into your back pack. Buy it and read through it, it will be your ticket to finding new adventures right in your own backyard.

In summary, according to my book, this hike is of Medium grade. It is a 3 kilometer circuit and duration is a minimum of two hours and also is suitable for all weather conditions.

If you yourself would love to do this hike, here are some helpful links:

Pulpit Rock Lookout: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Walks around Mount Victoria 
Kanimbla Valley: www.katoomba-nsw.com

Or of course, you can email me on lucyandtherunaways@gmail.com for any questions.

Bye for now, my fellow Runaways.

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