My Aunty Susan decided to pop down for the weekend right before Christmas and I only have now had the time to blog about it!! It was meant to be a proper all-girl family affair but unfortunately Aunty Sharon broke her leg and Aunty Marian couldn’t make it for personal reasons so it was myself, my mother, Aunty Camelina and my Aunty Susan. It was lovely to see her after so many years, I believe the last time I saw her was at my Aunty Mair’s 80th so it’s been a very very long time.
We spent most of the day shopping and eating food. Aunty Susan lives in London so she found the shopping experience here far more enjoyable which is understandable since London is just so busy and one of the hardest places to shop, people are always in a rush while here in Cardiff people walk at their own pace, it’s definitely a bit more chilled.
The Christmas stalls were still up when Aunty Susan and Aunty Camelina came down so we had a lovely time looking at the stalls and what local businesses had to offer. Of course there was one very rude artist who just drove away customers. His art I had seen before but of course with a different name on it so his art style was far from original but hey ho if you can live with copying someone’s art work. After this awkward encounter we say down for some mulled wine and hot chocolate. I also managed to snag myself some awesome comics from Forbidden Planet (but that’s for another time).
We retreated back to our hotels rooms at Radison Blue where we were greeting some confectionaries that circled around a ‘Happy Birthday’ sign in chocolate. We (well, my mother) booked this stay for my Aunty Sharon’s birthday hence the little gift in the room but unfortunately she broke a leg a week before so she couldn’t make which is a shame because on the Saturday we attended the production of Mack and Mabel at the The Millenium Centre which featured none other than the king of West Wend musicals Michael Ball which is a shame since my Aunty is a huge fan.
The show was amazing. I went into the show with no idea about the plot which turned out to be very interesting. The story is based on a true story and focuses on the relationship between Silent Film director Mark Sennet who was the creator of Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand who was a waitress turned actress. It focuses on the glory days of Keystone Studios from 1911, where he discovered Mabel and cast her in many of his ‘two-reelers’ and his creation of Sennet’s Bathing Beauties and the Keystone Cops to Mabel’s death.
Before the show we had to get to our seats. Aunty Susan suffers from Acrophobia, we are all aware of it in the family, so why on Earth my mother booked seats at the very top I don’t know, and then Aunty Camelina kept flirting with the men sat next to her which gave me the fits of giggles I was relieved when the show, and we all had to be on our best behaviour.
The show was superb and the acting was amazing, the Sennet;s Bathing Beauties number was my favourite, the costumes were soo pretty, it reminded me of the fashion shoe scene in ‘Singing in the Rain’. The fact they used actual silent film footage was really cool!! I studied Silent Film in University and haven’t really watched any since. It reminded me how much I enjoy them and I shall and watch more this year, especially Buster Keaton films. I learnt so much from this play too, especially about writer Frank Cappa who began his career with Mark Sennet where he was only a writer.
After the show we went back to the Hotel where we feasted on nibbles before retreating to bed. It was a such a fun weekend, we are most certainly planning another one soon, once my Aunties leg heals.
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