Monday, 18 April 2011

The Scottish Ballet presents 'Alice'

I am still on a high from my amazing Saturday, I can hardly type I have so much I want to get down on here and share with you all! So, as the King in Lewis Carrol's famous story, once said...

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

On Saturday morning I arrived at the utterly stunning Blythswood Hotel and was met by a room full of my fellow bloggers all looking gorgeous and dressed up for a special day with the Scottish Ballet, thanks to the amazing Ann from Girl in the City Glasgow. Having a nice big glass of prosecco thrust in to my hand before mid day is definitely my kind of Saturday!

After some time to meet the others and get settled, the group of us were led into screening room complete with Harris Tweed covered chairs, and were treated to an insight into the making of Alice: the creative thought process, the work that went into making the complex moving sets and the absolutely exquisite costumes. Getting this sneak peak behind the scenes was a fab experience, it made me even more excited (if that is possible) for the afternoon ahead. We got to meet Leon who is in charge of the incredible spa at the hotel,the whole place it just stunning and I cannot wait to get in there and use the generous passes we were given to try it out. If the hand massage I was given by one of the lovely therapists is anything to go by the treatments in the Spa will be to die for! 

Spa Gallery - Blythswood Square
The unbelievable Spa at the Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow.
We were then taken to have the most amazing afternoon tea I have ever seen, we couldn’t believe there was a full cake stand was for each of us- there were just so many amazing treats! All themed around Alice itself it was an apt and adorable spread, tiny little love heart jam tarts and a gorgeous chesire cat coloured sponge cake had me stuffing my face. I was over the moon when all our leftovers were boxed up so we could continue the feast at the ballet! I am always thinking about my stomach aren't I!?

While we were munching away the lovely ladies from the Rainbow Rooms gave us a demonstration of a really easy messy bun, it looked perfect for the Ballet so when we were invited through to have our own hair done I just had to try it out! I had my locks backcombed and coiffed to perfection,it was so much fun! I have had my hair done at the Rainbow rooms before and really love the experience, I definitely recommend heading there to try it out. Plus you get five pounds off when you book online here.

Rainbow Room ladies showing us how it is done!

me mid mega backcombing session!
My very own Ballet Bun!
We were all so spoiled not only did I get a new 'do' for the day but Smujj were on hand to touch up our make up- I felt like a movie star! Confession time,. I have never worn or tried out false lashes so this was my moment! And what a set of lashes I was given, LOOK AT THESE! It was such a strange feeling to start with I couldn’t see anything but the lashes but soon got used to them, it was so good to get the chance to have someone else do it for me!

Before we left for the theatre we were given  an incredible gift bag stuffed full of amazing gifts,I honestly felt like it was Christmas! Special thanks to the lovely Toni from Lion Loving Tiger who arranged for this gorgeous ROX bracelet to be included!  I felt so spoiled, even the themed gift tag had me squealing ( sorry ladies!)

So then it was time to head to the Royal Theatre to take our seats, The ballet literally took my breath away. I cannot recommend to you enough that you treat yourself and get along if you can. The whole spectacle was whimsical, colourful, witty and delectably dark in places.  An amazing blend of elegant moves, gorgeous storytelling, couture worthy costumes and a superb score led it to being one of the best experiences I have had in such a long time.  The episodic structure of the narrative kept the pace flowing beautifully, and made each piece exciting and intriguing. As the story developed and Alice's relationship with Charles matured you felt like you had really been on the journey with her and her band of charismatic friends from the world inside his camera.

Photography courtesy of Andrew Ross

I want to say a really huge, heartfelt thanks to Ann and Heather and their colleagues for such an amazing expeirence all round, for treating us all like queens and for all the organising and work she put in to it. I also want to say hello to all the really lovely ladies I met on the day, I had a fab time and really look forward to seeing you all again at the next event, Lets get planning!

If you missed Alice here in Glasgow, do not worry you can catch it at:

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Wed 20 – Sat 23 April 2011
Evenings 20-23 April - 7.30pm
Matinees 21 & 23 April – 2pm
Inverness Eden Court
Wed 27 – Sat 30 April 2011
Evenings 27-30 April – 7.30pm
Matinees 28 & 30 April – 2pm
Cardiff Millennium Centre 
Wed 4 – Sat 7 May2011
Evenings 4-7 May - 7.30pm
Matinee 7 May – 2pm
Aberdeen Her Majesty's Theatre
Wed 11 – Sat 14 May 2011
Evenings 11-14 May – 7.30pm
Matinees 12 & 14 May– 2pm

Tickets start from only £10 so I thoroughly recommend giving this a go, I had never seen a real Ballet until this and cannot compliment the experience enough.

If you are itching for a backstage look then you are in luck: you can tune in to Alice's live streaming event from 7pm on the 21st of April, you will get to see the dancers warming up, getting their make up on and talking about the performance. Over 2000 people tuned in last time an event like this went live so make sure you don't miss out. 

I hope everyone else had a similarly magical weekend as we all did.

Much love,


  1. So gutted it's over. Spa times soon? Think I'll get something uber executive with my discount post exam season. Think my heart and skin needs it. Bar work is not treating me kindly...every morning after feel like I've done a full work out. #death. Was dead good to meet you...sitting next to you deff brought the lolz. Till next time gorgeous xo

  2. Have you still got your hair up and lashes on, ha! Was lovely to meet you, was such an amazing day.

    Anna x

  3. Yaaay loving reliving Saturday through everyone's posts - still surfing the high :) xx

  4. aaaw, look at your awesome ballet bun - that was a whole lot of hair in there :)

    aaaand the eyelashes, woooooh!

    so glad you could come on saturday, was just lovely to meet you missus, let's def do it all again sometime soon


  5. Ahhh Ruth you did make me chuckle on Saturday!! I loved reading this! And your bun/lashes look HOT! x


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