The right kind of tonic for the longest month of the year ☺️

Uplifting, funny, relatable. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has checked into Milton Keynes Theatre this week and I think you’ll enjoy your stay.

it’s January, dark, long and poor. A month of willing new life or beginnings making it the perfect time for this play to inspire and entertain us.

And ok, whilst its definitively more grey h-airbnb than club 18-30, there’s definitely something all of us can relate to.

Every one of us know older people, loves older people or are older people ourselves. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel story breathes life into an often quietened chapter of peoples lives.

We witness a group of older people who, for whatever personal reason, take a chance to experience life in a hotel in bustling Bangalore. A world away from a subdued retirement home in the UK.

And what follows is just touching. A real heart-warmer of a tale that life happens, can still happen, and will still happen, if we choose to live it.

Among the star studded cast is Hayley Mills as Evelyn (The Parent Trap, Pollyanna, Tiger Bay), Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Just `Good Friends) and Rula Lenska (Coronation Street, Dr Who, Eastenders) to name a few.

Their hosts are Rekha John-Cheriyan and Nishad More, the mother and son team behind The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, who are brilliant.

And despite all the laughs and warm surroundings, I couldn’t help leaving my stay at The Marigold with a few tears running down my cheek. Why?

Yes, its touching seeing things from someone else’s perspective. A life isn’t truly lived (past tense) until it is not able to ‘live’ anymore. Therefore if we can ponder upon it, we’ve got it. Hell, we’ve all got it.

In life we scream our support and energy into our youth to experience life as much as possible but for some reason that passion and push to support diminishes, particularly for women as we journey through life.

I’m 39 now and already feel a quietening in my own life. A sort of unsureness that was planted before I knew it and has only grown with its watering of anxiety, life events and living through global pandemics.

Where does a not young, not oldest, mum of two, who surely should devout all her energy into her children, belong? Hmm. Whilst I worry about it, I might just miss my stay in my Bangalore and that would suck.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is at Milton Keynes Theatre Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 January 2023

Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support. 🖤