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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#JeSuis (In Progress) Aakash Odedra Company | Curve Theatre


#JeSuis (In Progress) 
Aakash Odedra Company 
Curve Theatre, Leicester

There is something captivating and beautiful about watching a dance piece which is in progress, isn't the complete product. Being part of this process for a company is important, it enables conversation about the piece going forwards and what space is still there to fill. I am definitely drawn into work which is political and challenging for it's audience, #JeSuis definitely does that. Aakash Odedra is an award-winning choreographer who presents this new work alongside a exceptionally talented ensemble of Turkish dancers.  

The piece is powerful in it's delivery of exploring displacement, fear and the power of the collective in a post-truth era. Drawing on personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity allows us to question our stance and understanding of a world that seems more obvious to us than ever before. It's title follows on from the attacks in Paris back in January 2015, a hashtag #JeSuisCharlie became a symbol for freedom expression as well as a sign of camaraderie for the lives lost on that day. 

Interview | Anjali Dance Company Founder Nicole Thomson talks UK Tour of 'Genius'

Anjali Dance Company exceed in the celebration the abilities and creative professionalism of people with learning disabilities, resulting in the creation of high-quality and brilliant dance work for over 20 years. Through the execution and approaching of both innovative and pioneering dance product…

The Canal House, Birmingham

Birmingham's old James Brindley pub, which was one a former canal side warehouse has been restored and brought back to life this summer with the arrival of The Canal House with a helping hand from the people behind The Botanist on Temple Street. The concept has been created by inspiration taken from one of the most notable engineers and was once a pub named after the man himself, James Brindley. The venue now spreads over two floors, with 'The Engine Room' on the ground floor and the upstairs being named 'The Residency'.

Our night kicked off with a short narrow boat ride down the canal leading to the venue. On hand was someone to take us through a beer tasting session of 3 beers on offer at the new Canal House. My favourites of the talk were the Einstox Toasted Porter, an Icelandic drink that combines flavours of toffee and dark chocolate into it giving it a roasty and rich flavour with medium body. A surprisingly delicious combination of flavours I didn't expect I'd enjoy. The other beer I tried and enjoyed was the Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale whose mix of mango and grapefruit flavours into the ale made it for a juicy tropical beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. It smells so good too!

Interview | 2Faced Dance Company Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald talks OUTLANDS UK Tour.

Herefordshire based organisation, 2Faced Dance Company are returning with their BENCH project for the second year running, showcasing a triple bill of contemporary dance by and for three females choreographers.
For 2Faced Dance Company's Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald the chance to break u…

Celebrating Byron Burger's 10th Birthday, Intu Derby.

Chain food restaurant Byron is celebrating their 10th Birthday and National Burger Day all within the same day, the 24th of August. A restaurant that prides itself on serving up proper hamburgers which are made from carefully-sourced British beef, all freshly prepared and cooked to order in a casual dining experience. I haven't visited this restaurant before, usually opting for a more familiar food chain restaurant for convince. However, I was kindly invited along to Intu Derby's Byron burger restaurant to celebrate both of their 10th birthday and National Burger Day in the ideal location, enjoying some great food and company too. 

Brightons Big Screen with ibis Hotels.

It's no secret that Brighton has been on the list of  10 places i'd like to visit in the UK  for a considerably long time and to be honest it's because of the 3 hour train ride from Leicester there that fills me with dread. Me and Jordan hadn't had a 'summer holiday' as such this year, we took our holiday during Easter so when Ibis Hotels asked whether we'd like to head down to Brighton to attend one of the Brighton's Big Screen events, I obviously said yes. 

Brighton is stunning. I don't think I've ever been to a new place and felt instantly comfortable. Our hotel, ibis Brighton City Centre* for the evening was literally a stone throw away from the train station which meant we were able to leave our suitcase in the safe hands of the hotel whilst we went and explored until it was time to check in. 

Coffee Shop Conversations, Journeys Festival International, Leicester

This year’s Coffee Shop Conversations are being hosted by some off the best independent coffee shops in Leicester’s City Centre. The conversations are part of Journeys Festival International, Leicester and are an opportunity to discuss and exchange views on topics whilst enjoying free tea, coffee a…

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Curve Theatre, Leicester.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Curve Young Company and Community Production. Curve Theatre, Leicester ★★★★★ I've mentioned before about Curve's community productions, the ability to collect some of the city's best talent under one roof to offer them a professional opportunity like no othe…

Olixar, The Affordable Gadgets for Bloggers.

Bloggers are known for their essential gadgets; from camera gear like the popular Olympus Pen, great editing software and a good laptop in order to accomplish their goal of creating the best content they can. Individually my most important gadget is a camera, it's the tool that takes the written context of a blog post and takes it to a whole new platform visually. Personally, I won't be the person who puts £300 or more into a camera, I'm quite realistic in that I like to make the most out of the tools I already have, the Lumix camera I do have is a secondhand product which is around 3 years old now and does just the job I'm after. 


National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham

Photo Credit: Wikipedia (because my SD card deleted my photo of the outside, pfft.)

When looking for things to do as a couple during the weekends, for when the weather isn't so great outside or just a new experience for you and your family to enjoy, Birmingham's Sea Life Centre should be on your list. The centre is located alongside Birmingham's Canal, with some great restaurants surrounding it should you want to have a bite to eat after your visit. The National Sea Life Centre gives the opportunity to experience the ultimate underwater discovery, housing over 2,000 creatures in more than 60 displays and the added extra of UK's only 360° tunnel.

The centre enables you to get up and close to some of the world's best underwater creatures; the Giant Green Sea Turtle, Lobsters, Sharks, Sting Rays and Otters to name a few. There's also an array of gorgeous colours and vibrancy in their vast variety of fish in all shapes and sizes. Around every corner is a different creature to see and discover about, the fact sheets spread around the sea life centre are great for some knowledge.

Getting Into Character with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Curve's long awaited community production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream begins this week and is the perfect theatre trip for you to enjoy with the family this summer. This funky, fun and imaginative new production directed by Curve Associate Artist Nick Winston will bring t…

Meatcure, Hinckley, Leicester

Hinckley in Leicester's Meatcure, an independent burger chain promises 'Good Times Ahead' in order to provide top quality burgers for reasonable prices. I only sampled the Meatcure chain earlier this year, it's been in Leicester's city centre for around a year now and I rated it…

Ibis Styles Southwark Rose, London

Photo Credit: Meetings Booker
London is known for many things; iconic landmarks like the London Eye and Big Ben, it’s many places to eat or shop, depending on your preference. There’s many other things which makes London one of the most popular places in the UK to visit and why so many people love it so much. The one thing that London is most known for is it's incredible and iconic West End theatres. Finding a comfortable, affordable hotel that embraces a night at the theatre is hard to find but at last I found it in London's Ibis Styles London Southwark , making it now my ultimate go to hotel in London.

Mamma Mia The Musical | Novello Theatre, London


Mamma Mia The Musical 
Novello Theatre, London


London's Novello Theatre has been transformed into a Greek island paradise to host the musical that has seen over 60 million people all around the world fall in love with it's feel-good atmosphere. Mamma Mia is the musical that has characters, the story and the timeless music of ABBA's well intertwined into the structure that gives their audiences an night they'll remember. The story combines love, laughter and friendship in a 2 hr 15 minute performance that demonstrates why it's become a much loved musical for 18 years.

#IntuNottsBloggers Gin & Jazz, Nottingham Street Food Club.

Nottingham's Intu Victoria Centre now has a brand new independent indoor street food market, Nottingham Street Food Club. The venue is a 150-seater that features four hot food stalls as well as a bar, all managed by local independent traders. The ethos of the market is being able to incubate an…

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