Easter is coming…

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to sit down and let you know what I’ve been up to so with the Easter break approaching I thought I should give you a quick pre-chocolate-fest catch up.

Did you see this in the Huffington Post: Wise Words I’d love to hear all your words of wisdom!

The project keeping me off the computer and up until all hours at the theatre is Jackie The Musical! I’ve been up in Dundee rehearsing and we opened in Coventry last week and tomorrow, Bromley!

Find out where you can visit the show here:Jackie The Musical

here’s a sneak peak of some of the set and our stairway to Paradise

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If you want to know more about @JackieMusical and missed @ITVLorraine 

Jackie on Lorraine

Jackie and me go WAY back in that Hot Gossip featured a number of times in them! Here’s issue number … from…

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No sooner did I get back to London then I was off again! This time to Essex, sunny Frinton on Sea to visit the new McCarthy Stone development which was absolutely beautiful and I met some very interesting people who plan on moving there for their retirement. However, the apartments were so beautifully designed and furnished I thought well this is a dream home. IMG_2893

 

I’m already working on my next project too, this time it’s for Candoco dance company. Joel and Laura are phenomenal and we are using some really moving music I’m so excited as the project will be performed in festivals throughout the summer check out the info here. Here’s a sneak peak:

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It’s not all been work work work, last night I did dine at the most delicious restaurant it’s a new venture from Kurt Zdesar called Black Roe and it’s all about poké –  it’s a new one for me but is the most amazing fresh fish on rice with various dressings, a taste of heaven!

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This was followed by the best Tarte Tatin ever, with milk ice-cream and I’ve tasted Tarte Tatin EVERYWHERE… this one is a special by chef Jordan Sclare

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But I couldn’t resist a shake and bake, big enough for 6 people….

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Finally, I leave you with this, incredible creation, it seems people can make anything out of lego these days!

Sending love to you all and I hope to check back in with you very soon.

Arlene x

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It’s a Weekend Whopper

It’s A Whopper!
Hello again my long lost blog buddies, I hope you’ve all been enjoying the beautiful weather, I know I haven’t! I have been from rehearsal studio, to TV studio, to the office, to the theatre, to the library, back to the rehearsal studio, to another rehearsal studio… you get my drift!
I have so many pictures of all my adventures so far, and I thought I’d bombard you with them rather than bore you to death with any more goings on about rehearsal studios… What I will say however is the fabulous time I’m having rehearsing with not only my beautiful Ed Watson over at the Royal Opera House, but also over the other side of London with my long time darling friend Lorna Luft, for the Judy Garland show I am working on. We have been friends since way back in the 70’s, and let me tell you there in no shortage of stories from our nights out at Studio 54, but I’ll save those for another time… Until then here’s all the info about the show and where you can book your tickets  http://judygarlandsongbook.com/dates/ I also popped into the Lorraine studio to chat with the lovely one herself all about it, which you can catch up on here  https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/lorraine/14-04-2015
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I had a fabulous time hosting the DanceUK conference launch with the incredibly talented (and tall!) Ashley Banjo, who towering above me at 6.5 made for a rather comedic view. It was a fantastic few days, and so wonderful to be surrounded by the industries finest, and the most incredible new and upcoming talent. I also got to chair a discussion with some of my highly esteemed colleagues, and friends, which I have to say I just loved doing. The official line was as follows… Chair: Arlene Phillips CBE, An artistic discussion about musical theatre and creativity with world renowned directors and choreographers, chaired by Arlene Phillips, in conversation with Anthony Van LaastStephen Mear and Alistair David. How exciting! 
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I also attended a night of divine dance with my dear friend Mrs Rockgod (AKA Flea Keeble) at Sadlers Wells for the National Youth Dance Company, who were performing a premiere of Frame(d) by guest Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaouiwith.
I had a very moving morning giving a reading in memory of Anne Frank #notsilent at the beautiful British Library, marking 70 years of Anne Frank. Her courage and bravery are true inspiration to us all, and should never be forgotten. I also got to meet the CEO of the British Library Roly Keating, who was truly fascinating, and it was overall a really wonderful and thought provoking morning.
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I’ll be back next week to tell you all about my night at Gypsy, and my very well deserved day off! I’m going to be posting some pop up blogs so make sure you keep a look out for those, just little spur of the moment posts when I’m on the go, so I hope you like them!
I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend filled with sunshine and chocolate, and I’ll be back before you know it!
Love always,
Arlene x