As a reward for getting through my mock GCSEs, (which I passed ¾ of if anyone was wondering) my dad was a total angel who bought me and a friend tickets to go see my favourite musical – The Book of Mormon in the Bristol Hippodrome. Fun fact about me, this was my third time in the Bristol Hippodrome – My first going to watch Joseph and the Technicolour Dream coat (the musical which got me into musicals) with my Dad when I was around 8. And the second was watching The Lion King with my Mum and Brother last year. This was my second time watching the musical so I was ecstatic and even more so because I got to see it with one of my best friends – who we shall call Bunny (as in Bunny from Toy Story 4). The musical was created by the creators of South Park which is something Bunny loves.
For those of you who don’t know, The Book of Mormon is a musical following two seemingly devout Mormon’s as they travel to Uganda on their mission – persuading people to convert their religion to Mormonism. What they are not aware of is the fact that no-one in Uganda has successfully been baptised as a Mormon. With undertones throughout this seemingly satire musical which make you think about how we treat others, the world around us and what we all believe in, I strongly recommend it to anyone who has a dark and dirty sense of humour or anyone who isn’t a big fan of musicals. This musical seems to simultaneously mock and raise awareness about the worlds issues while spreading a valuable message of acceptance and peace.
As the performance I was seeing was an evening one, Bunny and I decided to spend the whole day in Bristol, walking around, trying not to get lost, sightseeing, shopping and tasting what Bristol has to offer. It was a lovely day out and I will look at it fondly in years to come.
We started our day by walking to College Green, taking photos of Bristol Cathedral in the sunlight along the way. I can’t help but explain to you how gorgeous the cathedral looked as the sun shone down onto the reflecting pavement where it had recently rained, bringing about an air of magic. Bunny then began to talk about how he wanted to have some bubble tea for breakfast, so we went on the hunt, finding a small business called Cupp where they had the most delicious Bubble tea I have ever tasted. The café is quite central as it is only a few seconds away from the Bristol Museum, but it was relatively quiet. The lady who made our drinks was so lovely, kind and patient and the entire café was very eco-friendly and sustainable, and I will be going again.
After a while, we got cold so we decided to go on a walk to Cabot Circus so we could go present shopping. Bunny needed to get a valentine present for his lovely girlfriend and a birthday present for a fab friend of his. We went along our own merry way, stopping off to play Pokémon Go (Bunny, not me), buy energy drinks (Bunny), get Burger King (also Bunny) and go to an arcade (also Bunny!). By the time we finally got to Cabot Circus, we decided to have a short look around for ourselves before present shopping.
Once we’d bought all the things we needed and played enough Pokémon to last me a lifetime, we made a slow mosey down to our reservation at Zaza’s Bazar. Zaza’s is an around the world buffet place which I love because it’s one of the few restaurants’ which doesn’t give me panic attacks and it has such a vast array of food which I fill my boots with. After we’d both had our fair share of dumplings, pizza, nachos, smarties and so much more – we left feeling satisfied and full.
After a long day of walking, shopping and eating, we went to the Bristol Hippodrome, ready to watch the Musical That’ll Change Your Life. As we were watching, I honestly felt all my problems melt away as I got immersed into the superb storyline. The vocals were all so amazing and each witty joke was perfectly timed, adding to the performance in a way the performers only can. The costumes and set were also equally stunning, and I felt like I was getting transported from place to place. I laughed with the characters, cried with the characters and gasped along with the audience whenever the characters made a risqué joke (It’s not a very kid-friendly musical to say the least). Once it was over, I wished I could watch it again.
At the end of the performance, we waited by the stage door and managed to see the amazing actors and actresses who played Elder Price, Elder McGinley and Nabalyungi.
In conclusion, it was an amazing day out and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thank you so much to my Dad for buying me the tickets, even though I scarred you after taking you to see it beforehand. And, thank you Bunny for letting me drag you to Bristol while there was a storm going on and making you see my favourite musical. Love you both xx