It’s been a while hasn’t it?
Well, I have excuses and excuses as to why, (namely a new job and a dissertation to start) but I’m back with a blog tour!!! And this one is an amazing one (not just because it is a review based post but it’s a FREAKING THEATRE BASED BOOK)!!!!
Of course, the second I saw it my “need to review” button was slamming- DID I MENTION I LOVE THEATRE/!?!??!
Now I have to admit, I was buzzed af for this book but I had my reservations.
As someone who lives and breathes theatre I was worried a book wouldn’t get the hours and the hard work that goes into making theatre the beautiful magical thing it is.
But honestly? Theatrical gets it. Like it really does get the gruelling hours, the angry snaps and moments you have with your fellow castmates because you’ve been with them for 8 hours already and you just want to go to bed and sleep! But they are magic and beautiful and once you’re apart of one show, they never let go.
Theatres are alive and Maggie has captured their magic in Theatrical
In this story, we follow Hope Parker, who has dreams of going into Stage Management- but on her own terms and doesn’t want the fact that her mother, who is a renowned costume designer and incredibly famous, to influence anyone’s opinion of her or her work. She goes from strength to strength as she works with renowned directors and actors all whilst keeping it a secret from her family.
At the beginning of the novel we find Hope applying for an internship at Earl’s Court Theatre to help with their next show; Piecekeepers, which just so happens to have a top director and a Hollywood star! Oh and of course a major crush!
As Hope tries to keep her secret from her family it becomes clear that whilst acting may look hard, being a part of the crew is just as hard- if not harder. You’re the first ones in and the last ones out- oh and you have to make sure that if a prop is missing it is quickly located…something that Hope swiftly finds out…
I am super excited and happy that Maggie clearly has done her research on what being in the theatre industry is like- I mean tea breaks are essential for everyone and even that’s there!!
I don’t want to spoil anything in the book but if you love to read anything theatre-y then you can be safe in the knowledge that Maggie is incredibly accurate and obviously made me swoon within ten seconds of meeting the major crush! She is most definitely an author I would like to read more of!