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Romeo, Romeo – Where for art thou Romeo

Growing up with a famous name, Juliette, comes with a lot of ridicule. For every new person I meet I am always asked the same question, “Where is Romeo?” or “Who is your Romeo?” I have to let out the usual giggle (like I have never heard that one before lol) but everyone says it. You have to be polite. And they always think they are the first to say it and that they are very humorous but it is a joke that you live with all your life.

Even new teachers at school, found it necessary to taunt me with that joke in front of the whole class. Which meant at lunch time the topic of conversation amongst my friends was: who is my Romeo? And constantly telling boys they were my Romeo.

When you have a boyfriend or husband they were also part of the joke. “You should change your name to Romeo”. Or else my husband just gets nicknamed Romeo. He is use to it now and also lets out the same laugh like it is the first time he has heard that joke.

But don’t get me wrong, I love my name. I like it’s originality, and I have only met one other Juliet! I also love the fact my name is French and that it has romantic connotations. It is a beautiful sounding name and the name means little angel.

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William Shakespeare’s novel Romeo and Juliet

I have always loved the Shakespeare novel, Romeo and Juliet, being a true romantic just adds to my love of the novel.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare and it was one of his most popular novels/ plays.

Image of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene by Ford Maddox Brown

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The tragedy is about two families in a feud. Romeo is from one family and Juliet the other. They meet at a masquerade ball held for Juliet to fall in love with Paris, but plans are altered when Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love at first sight and agree to marry the next day.

Friar Laurence performs the ceremony, though at first was reluctant, but believed it might be the perfect way to end the feud between the families.

Later, Juliet’s father arranges for Juliet to marry Paris, unaware of her previous engagements. To overcome this, Friar Laurence organises for Juliet to take a sleeping potion to make her appear dead for the next 42 hours. Romeo was kept unaware of this plan, and finds Juliet, assuming she is dead. In light of the tragic scene laying before him, he drinks poison and dies. However, Juliet soon awakens to find the death of her lover, and in turn takes Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself.

The two families arrive and Friar explains the tragic story. The tragedy of the event brings both families together and this leads to the feud’s end.

Image: Romeo and Juliet’s death scene

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I adore Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of Romeo and Juliet, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It is a modern take on a classic story. I really enjoy this movie and recommend it to everyone. It is one of my favourite movie interpretations.

Image: Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet

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There are so many famous names from history. Do you have a famous name from history? Let me know about your name and the experiences that you have endured. I would love to hear about it.

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American Graffiti

The drive-ins are playing retro movies and last Saturday the feature was the classic movie American Graffiti.

Skyline Drive in

 

The retro experience at the drive in.

Website: eventcinemas.com.au

 

I was so excited as I love the movie. There were some hot rods and classic cars, which my husband and I were hoping for.

Waiting for the movie to begin

 

Old car window speakers are still next to each car space, to add to the retro feel.

 

There is a retro diner with yummy food

 

American Grafitti is about the last day of summer holidays for a group of friends. The whole movie is set over one night, and involves cruising the streets of California and listening to the DJ, Wolfman Jack, play rock’n’roll music and all the adventures that they go through on this one night. It is the last night of their freedom before they become working adults. It is about the cruising and rock’n’roll culture of the times.

Some cast members

 

Mels drive-in diner, where a lot of the action occurs

 

The music score is fantastic featuring songs such as Louie Louie, Rock Around The Clock, 16 Candles, That’ll Be The Day, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, At The Hop, Surfin’ Safari, Barbara Ann, The Great Pretender and many more. It is really worth a listen with the 41 great songs on it.

American Graffiti Soundtrack

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This is a great movie and well worth seeing. The next retro drive in that I want to go too is “The Wild One” which is being screened in a few weeks.

Have you been to the drive ins lately? Let me know, I would love to hear about your experience.

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Girls Night Out

On Wednesday Night Hoyt’s Cinemas had a special “Girls Night Out” and it celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the fantastic movie “Dirty Dancing”. This is one of my favourite movies, so I organised a group of my friends, as we had to go.

Dirty Dancing 30 Year special screening

I was so excited as I had never seen Dirty Dancing on the big screen. So this was going to be a very special occasion.

Ready for outing

We had a splendid dinner before the movie at Thai Rock. When we arrived to the cinema we all received a special gift to celebrate the Girls Night Out and a complimentary glass of champagne!

Special gift to celebrate Girls Night Out

 

Dirty Dancing is a great movie starring Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Frances (Baby) Houseman. The movie is set in the Summer of 1963 at a family resort at Kellerman’s. The minute Baby sees Johnny she is intrigued by his look, and after witnessing his “Dirty Dancing” style, she became even more intrigued .

Baby’s personality is to help people, and she tries to help Johnny’s dance party, Penny who has fallen pregnant. This leads her to become Johnny’s dance partner. The two fall in love much to the shock of everyone at Kellerman’s and especially Baby’s father.

The final dance scene in Dirty Dancing

 

Once Baby’s father understands that Johnny didn’t get his dance partner pregnant and really does hold Baby with high regard, he forgives his daughter and Johnny and becomes more accepting of their relationship. The movie ends with everyone at Kellerman’s joining in the dirty dancing style.

This is a movie about accepting others, forbidden love, growing up and life for females during the 60s.

The iconic Scene “Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner”

The musical score is exceptional, featuring songs such as She’s Like The Wind, The Time of My Life, Hungry Eyes and Do You Love Me.

This is an iconic movie and if you haven’t had the opportunity to watch it, then check it out! Also join in one of the great Girls Nights Out at Hoyts. It is a great night that involves lots of laughter, singing and just having fun!

What is one of your favourite iconic movies? Let me know, I would love to hear about them.

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Stranded at the Drive-Ins

At the Drive-Ins they are having a “Retro Experience” and playing old-style movies each Saturday Night over a few months!

Blacktown Skyline Drive-in

 


The retro experience at the drive-in. Website: eventcinemas.com.au

 

It was so much fun watching Grease at the drive-ins (even though I had just watched it 2 weeks prior lol)! There were so many vintage cars, hot rods and rockabilly people everywhere. It was such a fun night.

Waiting for the movie to begin

Grease playing at the drive-in

The old speaker boxes for your car window

 

There is also a retro diner to purchase all your snacks. It has great food with a retro atmosphere!


Photos in the diner.
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It was such a ridiculously retro night. I would recommend it to everyone who would love to experience the retro lifestyle! I already booked to see American Graffiti in a few weeks time, which is another movie that I love. I will let you know how it went.


The end of Grease.

 

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Kinky Boots the Musical

On my way to the Theatre


I had the opportunity to see Kinky Boots at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre (which is a great old theatre) with some friends. 

Capitol Theatre

 

We got in early, had a great Thai lunch and did some shopping! We found a shop in China Town full of flamingo items, so of course I bought a few things.  It was a fun day and the Theatre Show was brilliant!!

The story of Kinky Boots is based on a true story of the journey of a family shoe business facing bankruptcy. 

Main Cast of Kinky Boots

Charlie takes over the family shoe business and meets a transvestite cabaret performer, Lola. Charlie collaborates with Lola to make “kinky” boots for males to wear comfortably in the hope of saving the family business. 

The Family Shoe Business


 

Charlie and Lola wearing the “kinky” boots for men

It ends with the success in their relationships and the shoe business in Milan! As well as Charlie finding a new love. They  show the struggles and development of all their relationships, including the shoe factory workers. It is about accepting others even if they are different to you! 

Cast of Kinky Boots

The show was so enjoyable. The music by Cindi Lauper was brilliant, and added so much to the show. It was wonderful! The whole show was so dazzling and an outstanding performance.

Creators of Kinky Boots

If you get the opportunity to see Kinky Boots, you should go. I am sure you will love it just as much as we did. Tell me what you thought, I would love to hear about your experience too!! Next theatre show for me is My Fair Lady, and then Priscilla Queen of The Dessert. Are you planning on any theatre shows soon?

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