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The above photos are one before I went out and the morning after, nursing the mother of all hangovers. I went to the press night for The Children’s Hour at The Comedy Theatre last night. It was simply amazing. My friend Lisa is playing Evelyn and so thankfully the entire night was free, she did such a great job; I still can’t get over it, it feels so weird to see a friend performing up on the big west end stage.

There was a bit of a disaster beforehand, we were meant to come to the box office to collect our tickets for the show and after party at 6:30pm but our friend Kerry’s dress broke at the zipper. I ushered her into the Starbucks loo and hastily tried to pull that zip through but it still wouldn’t budge. So after casually strolling about London for the entire day, we spent the remaining 10 minutes we had running about Covent Garden looking for a cheap dress, her in high heels and me in a sweaty shirt and bow tie! Arriving 10 minutes before showtime, we were lucky enough to skip the queue and get our tickets at the box office.

The show was unbelievable. I had seen the movie with Audrey Hepburn in years ago and the entire show brought everything back. Lisa was brilliant (we were so proud) and everything about the show was perfect; I hadn’t been to the theatre in so long! I personally adored the lighting, it really set the mood. Then after the show, we went to the stage door to go meet her in her dressing room and have a quick chat and congratulate her (and watch her put a bunch of flowers in the sink)!

The after show was incredible, it was at a venue called The Penthouse on Leicester Square. The 7th floor of this building on the corner, it had the most amazing views from the balcony overlooking Leicester Square, the London Eye, Big Ben and the rest of the skyline. What was more incredible was the fact that there was free wine, free champagne, free food (and we’re not talking cheese on crackers, I mean waiters walking around with trays of chicken skewers and salmon wraps) and on the way out we were allowed to take free bags with bottles Coco Chanel Madamoiselle Parfum in. Unfortunately I only took two, I should’ve taken the entire table! Keira Knightley was lovely; I think I might’ve hit Danny DeVito in the face with a bathroom door; and I may have tipsily unloaded my love for New York’s HBO Summer Film Festival on Elisabeth Moss so if you ever do read this, I’m sorry! Halfway through the show, Kerry turned to me and whispered, “I swear that’s Example sat in front of us.” I was pretty sure it wasn’t and told her to leave him alone even if it was, but later on in the evening, she turned around and ran off saying, “I don’t give a damn, I’m going to talk to him!” which deserved the hilarious outcome. It wasn’t until I came to join her that my doubts were confirmed. She was shouting, “You’re lying, you ARE Example! YOU ARE.” The night was fantastic, it turned out to be both productive and fun as I found out at the bar. There I was, collecting my 4th glass of wine (I had to change from red to white since my lips were turning purple) when someone came over to say hello. He was an agent-owner from New York and was terribly nice with his sparkly white teeth and Hollywood accent. And after telling him about what I do in London, he handed me his card and asked me to get in touch and send a few photos! I’m so thankful that my friends took me out that night. Thank you thank you thank you!

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