Carpe Diem Emmie

A Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel Blogger focusing on the Midlands and beyond.

Hi I'm Emmie!

I'm a 28 year old Lifestyle, Theatre + Travel Blogger showcasing the best of the Midlands and Beyond. You’ll find me talking about theatre companies, reviewing shows, showcasing the best of food in the Midlands + discussing books, mental health + other things I enjoy too.

If you're looking for your next theatre trip, somewhere to eat or just want to get some tips then Carpe Diem Emmie is the place for you.

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REVIEW | Footloose UK Tour, Curve Theatre

Footloose (UK Tour)
Curve Theatre, Leicester ★★★
If the UK Tour is anything like the West End production (I've seen it twice previously, I must be a fan) of this 1980s classic you will be kicking off your shoes and dancing along with the energetic rock 'n' roll musical sensation Footloose

Leicester Racecourse.



Horse Racing is something that I wouldn't usually consider I would go to in my lifetime. My early judgements about horse riding usually stem from the Grand National and as I don't particularly have any positive comments about that I wasn't sure what to expect from my evening spent at the Leicester Racecourse.

However, my opinions were overturned and I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. After experiencing such a fun afternoon at Leicester Racecourse I would definitely go again and I would urge other people to give it a go.

REVIEW | Bugsy Malone, Curve Theatre

photography by Tom Wren. 

Bugsy Malone
Curve Theatre, Leicester
★★

Bugsy Malone is a musical that instantly resonates with you to be a production full of fun and energy from the moment the curtain goes up. Curve Theatre in Leicester continues to thrive on the celebration of the local talent 'right on our doorstep' and Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone sets to be the perfect musical to showcase such talented young people. 

By creating community productions Curve 'welcomes anyone with a passion for theatre to come to Curve, work with exceptional artists and take over our stages'.  I was thrilled to see what Curve had produced with the local talent.

Organising a Blogger Meet Up, #EastMidsMeetUp.


Back in 2015 The East Midlands Blogger Network, the brainchild of Hannah and myself was created. It was a Facebook and Twitter page which enabled bloggers from all over my region to network, share their blogs and meet one another. Our first ever meet up was in Nottingham early last year and I soon realised this was something I wanted to continue in developing. The first meet up consisted of 7 of us all bringing some food, setting up a picnic outside of Nottingham Castle and getting to know another.

12 months on our network has grew incredibly with so many people sharing their blogs on a daily basis, new faces joining the group regularly and there's no other word to describe it other than it being absolutely bonkers. There's over 100 people on our little database and I don't quite know how it happened.

I don't know a time when people haven't mentioned when a local event is going to happen, and after much debate with myself I got my notebook out and decided to organise the latest #EastMidsMeetUp.

( Prepare yourself for a long post, you may want to grab a cup of tea 
and a snack before reading this. You have been warned! )

REVIEW | Spring Awakening, Curve Theatre.



If your a fan of productions which are energetic, powerful and full of emotion then National Youth Music Theatre's performance of Spring Awakening is the one for you.

Spring Awakening has been on my list of musicals to see since I can remember and with eight Tony Awards under its belt, including one for Best Musical there's something about its reputation that makes you want to see it for yourself. 

Performed by the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), Curve thrives on supporting emerging talent even through their own individual programmes including their Curve Young Company. So it's no surprise that Curve are thrilled to be working alongside with National Youth Music Theatre in their 40th anniversary year. Both organisations are well committed and passionate in providing young people with the access to theatre and the opportunities to take part and reach their individual potential within the sector. NYMT are one of Curve's Associate Artists and it's a collaboration that Curve are proud of.

REVIEW | Sister Act The Musical, Curve Theatre


Sister Act is very much an iconic film of the early 1990s, starring the incredible Whoopi Goldberg as the lively singer and unforgettable character of Deloris Van Cartier. It's definitely up there as one of the films I really enjoy and the energetic, humorous storyline is one that sticks with you for many years.

So when I first heard that Craig Revel Horwood (well known for being a judge on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and someone who also has an incredible theatrical CV to their name) was directing and choreographing a stage adaption of Sister Act The Musical on it's UK tour I was curious what was going to be created.

The script created by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane are taking this story above and beyond the film to bring to life a fit and fabulous adaption for the stage that everybody can enjoy. You know you're in safe hands with the score from Alan Menken (who wrote the music for Disney's The Little Mermaid, amazing!).

So when I was invited to pop along to the Press Evening of Sister Act The Musical before it finishes it's run at The Curve Theatre in Leicester this weekend, it was a performance I was excited to see. 

New Farm Holidays, Lincolnshire.


If you've been living under a rock for the past week then you won't be aware that last Friday I had my 25th Birthday. My birthday came and went quickly as it usually does and I do feel differently. There's something about being 25, I feel more motivated than ever within my professional/blogger life and to tick off some things off my list that I've wanted to do for absolutely ages. 

I wanted to share a snippet of my birthday weekend with you. Jordan arranged for myself and him to go glamping in Lincolnshire at a little place called New Farm Holidays. We stayed in the only bell tent on site, there was 3 glamping pods too and it was surrounding a biggish lake. 

July 2016 Monthly Reads.


Are we already in August? I feel like July whizzed by without me even taking a breath and if you blink Christmas will be here.

I got a great feedback from the last instalment of this so I decided to put it as something I do regularly because it's quite fun to reflect on the books I've read.

Reading this month hasn't been as productive as I had hoped with school out of the way for 6 weeks I would spend more time reading, but actually I've spent a lot of the last three weeks working on getting my blog reviews up, popping over to events, working my summer job and having some me time on top of all of that.. it's impossible to do everything you cast your mind to.

I've read two books this month as well as enjoyed a magazine too, they deserve to be in my monthly reads too (even if sadly they don't count towards my Goodreads Reading Challenge).

So let's dive into it, my July monthly read post!

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