SW Londoner: Wandsworth lingerie line offers breast cancer survivors more choice

A personal experience with breast cancer led a mother and daughter team to launch a successful online store specialising in underwear for breast cancer survivors.

Hilary and Camille Johnson launched Pink Ribbon Lingerie eight years ago with a unique line of lingerie and swimwear to help breast cancer survivors still feel beautiful post-surgery.

Hilary’s experience with breast cancer prompted Camille to use her fashion background to help her mother and other breast cancer survivors with their life post-surgery and to take away the stigma from cancer.

SW Londoner: Does my bumbag look big in this? Solo travel for the over 50s

SW Londoner: Does my bumbag look big in this? Solo travel for the over 50s

You may have read the Elizabeth Gilbert book or seen the film, but more people than ever are ‘Eat Pray Loving’ their way around the world.

Deborah Ives, 58, is taking the taboo out of solo travel and has been doing so for the last nine years.

She said: “I ended up going through a very unexpected divorce at the age of 49 and at the time I had planned a trip of a lifetime with my ex-husband to Malaysia.

“When my husband left, and it was obvious that he wasn’t coming back, I thought, ‘Sod this I am not going to lose this holiday,’  and I went on my own.”

This once-in-a-lifetime trip included trekking through the jungles of Borneo and diving off the coast of Malaysia. Deborah did not want to pass on this trip and break her travel habit.

BWW: Watch Gavin Creel Help Sara Bareilles Launch WAITRESS in the West End!

On behalf of BroadwayWorld UK I attended the West End press launch of Waitress at Ronny Scott's Jazz Bar ahead of the show opening next year

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Following on from its Broadway success, the smash-hit musical Waitress will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London's Adelphi Theatre.Book tickets here!

Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team - a West End musical first.

Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Jamie Body spoke to Sara Bareilles and got a sneak peek at some of the songs in the show - with Bareilles joined by Gavin Creel

Video can be seen here: https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/BWW-TV-WAITRESS-West-End-launch-20180925



Following on from Camden People’s Theatre’s brilliant Come As You Are festival last year, the event is set to replicate its success with a UK tour this Autumn and will once again be headlined by Milk Presents’ Bullish, which tells of ancient mythology against modern gender navigation.

The festival is a fantastic exploration of LGBTQIA+ theatre and the first tour of its kind, which begs the question: do we still need to educate people in what this actually means?

SW Londoner: X Factor winner goes back to his roots as Madagascar the Musical comes to New Wimbledon Theatre

SW Londoner: X Factor winner goes back to his roots as Madagascar the Musical comes to New Wimbledon Theatre

Madagascar the Musical brings the zoo to the New Wimbledon Theatre this week with the help of an X Factor winner going back to where it all it began.

Based on the smash hit DreamWorks movie, Madagascar – The Musical follows four ‘crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to Madagascar.

Starring the 2016 X-Factor winner Matt Terry, this musical adaptation features puppets, energetic dance numbers, and a talented cast and creative team.

SW Londoner: ADRIFT: Shailene Woodley finds new depths in real-life survival story

Based on a true survival story, Shailene Woodley and Sam Clarin star in the beautifully shot open water movie ADRIFT.

Bright-eyed and free-spirited Tami Oldman Ashcraft, played by Woodley, left her life in California to travel the world and explore. With little money and very few possessions to her name she works enough to fund her travels and enjoys the freedom that her life grants her.

Shailene (Divergent series, Big Little Lies, The Fault in Our Stars) delivers a career-best performance with the emotion and depth she portrays, hardly leaving the screen in this movie.

Sam, known for his roles in Hunger Games, My Cousin Rachel, Me Before You,  plays Richard Sharp, the on-screen and real-life partner of Tami.

The engaged couple spend months sailing around the South Pacific islands in Sharp’s 36-foot sailboat, Mayaluga, when they decide to take a break from their idyllic life to sail a 44-foot yacht, Hazana, from Tahiti to San Diego.

The dream of a happy future takes a detour when the pair get caught in the tropical wave turned hurricane, Raymond, less than three weeks into their journey.

Unable to out sail the ruthless Hurricane, Sharp and Ashcraft fight desperately to keep Hazana afloat in the 40-foot waves and 140-knot winds.

The movie jumps from present time to past events highlighting the couples love and the power and distraction of the hurricane. The non-linear narrative helps to build suspense as moments of romance and hope are then instantly turned-upside down, literally, as Tami and Richard fight for survival when the yacht capsizes.

The film does well to build suspense and tension, director Baltasar Kormákur is no stranger to a survival film having directed Everest and The Deep.

Baltasar knows how to use effective cinematography and a variety of shots to establish the vastness of the ocean and the peril that the pair face.

The chemistry between Shailene and Sam is believable and has you rooting for them as all seems lost.

The film artfully maps out a true tale of epic proportion, with one woman’s fight for survival at its centre.

The film falls into the realm of many other open water and disaster movies such as All is Lost, 2013, Open Water and Perfect Storm.

As this is a true story, some of the audience may very well know the outcome, yet this doesn’t dull the film’s sheer emotional impact as it reaches its rollercoaster conclusion.