A Grand day out – Billy Elliot

Another day out in the big city for the ‘Ladies who Lunch’ this time to see Billy Elliot. Of course no trip would be complete without dropping into the very ornate Richmond Tea Rooms to sample cake & coffee etc…

We were seated in the ‘Green House’ which was more like a ‘cold frame’ yesterday as it was absolutely freezing cold – even in Manchester! So because we’ve all turned in GOW we were happy to ask to be relocated to a warmer spot. All was going well until Jacky slung her bag over her shoulder as we were leaving and knocked a two tier cake stand out of a waitresses hands. We hastily departed and left the waitress apologising profusely.

So onto the show. A very clever story set in Durham in the mid 80’s when the coal miners went on strike. In the midst of the conflict of miners and police is eleven year old Billy who’d rather be ballet dancing than boxing. The story mixes his struggle for acceptance from his dad and brother that he truly wants dance. Billy’s father finally recognises his talent and they go to London for the Royal Ballet School audition. Of course the audition doesn’t go completely to plan as Billy punches another boy and fears his dream is over. He redeems himself by describing his passion for dancing as being ‘like electricity,’ and is offered a place.

There was much better bladder control from the audience this time with most of them managing to sit tight. We only heard the floor boards creaking a few times, one mobile phone ringing, one lady having a loud whispering conversation in the next aisle, the woman in front of us repeating the swear words (and there were many!) that her friend missed, another person loudly going ‘shush’ to someone noisily opening sweet packets. We managed to be well clear of the building before the paramedics arrived…

We finished our grand day out with cocktails and a lovely meal at Don Giovanni’s wondering how someone could mix up the word zig zag with vajazzle 😂