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Review – Giovanni Pernice & Luba Mushtuk – Dance is Life

On Wednesday I went to a show. I saw Giovanni Pernice’s show called Dance is Life. I brought the tickets after a horrible year in 2018 where I was diagnosed as Autistic and broke up with my boyfriend of 9 years. SO, this was a treat to myself as I love Giovanni on Strictly Come Dancing to the point I wish they would let normal people on the show so I could possibly have a chance to dance with him.

So here is what I thought of the show:

Giovanni’s show was AMAZING! From an autistic perspective, where I had been sitting was not great as I got overstimulated which did eventually lead to a meltdown however the show its self was fantastic.

Giovanni is an amazing dancer and his partner Luba Mushtuk was so elegant and graceful. He really did tell a story with his performance. It was helped along by the other dancers on stage who were Gordana Grandosek Whiddon, Kylee Vincent, Sylvia Radziejowska, Trent Whiddon, Stephen Vincent, Krystian Radziejowska.

These 8 people took my breath away. All of them danced with a passion for what they were doing and it was so great to see Strictly style dancing off the screen and in person. As someone who at a young age and into my teens wanted to be a dancer – fate intervening and stopping me, I appreciate when you see true artistry in dance and that is what I saw on Wednesday. Even with the audience participation where two of the dancers picked up a chair and was swinging the member of the audience in the air hehe made me giggle.

I recommend to anyone who loves to watch Strictly or even loves watching the dance that watching a Giovanni Pernice performance is a great way to spend a night and for any Autistic person who is worried about a meltdown, it is well worth the after effects for this amazing performance so do not miss out!

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REVIEW: Our Girl

This is my very first attempt at doing a review and this for me is something that I really feel strongly about. Today, I am going to be reviewing the show “Our Girl” which is a BBC show about a medic in the British Army.

The show started off with Lacey Turner who played Molly Dawes a medic who has been assigned to 2 Section who were about to deploy to Afghanistan. This intrigued me because there has always been that age-old question as to whether women should be on the front line in combat. Obviously, it was only 2016 when ALL exclusions were lifted for women serving in Ground Close Combat roles. This was clearly one step forward for women’s lib however single-handedly the show our girl seems to of cut this achievement in half.

Molly Dawes journey started off trying to prove herself to two sections who was commanded by Cpt James, an army officer trained in Sandhurst. During their time in Afghanistan, they had lots of difficult situations including ambushes, Afghan Army CP being ambush whilst also running into difficulties of the heart. They also looked into the life of Bashira, an Afghan girl, whose father was a Taliban insurgent and whose safety became paramount to 2 Section.

Pvt Dawes fell in love with Cpt James and they kept everything on an even keel until the end when Pvt Dawes had to identify a Taliban in the back of the truck, when a fellow section member (nicknamed smurf) had a bit of a break down over the love between Dawes and James which took their eye off the ball and both were seriously injured.

The ending of season 1 leads to a heartwarming reunion and a heartbreaking end for one of the section (don’t want to spoil it for you). Season 1 left me wondering how they would be able to top it. Although I know logistically that an Officer cannot be romantically involved with someone directly in their charge, they left the book open to many possible options for season two.

The start of the new season saw Lacey Turner out (due to work conflicts on Eastenders) and Michelle Keegan in as LCpl Georgie Lane. I thought this would be perfect because it would deal with the actual issue of Dawes and James being an item and potentially give Lacey Turner a way back into the show if the opportunity arose.

The new season started off with Georgie Lane being left at the altar by Special Forces member Elvis. We never knew why, until the end of their Kenyan tour. Lane was captured and taken prisoner, and who was it that came to save her – ELVIS.

This unfortunately for me, was where I started to lose interest. For me, I felt that the writers and producers missed key opportunities and focused too much on it being “our girl”. After they got back from Kenya, you didn’t see 2 section except for a few views of Captain James.

The producers missed a key opportunity in my opinion with the effects of extreme experiences within combat however they chose to gloss over it. When PTSD is something that is serious and affects our forces across the globe and yet the BBC decided to gloss over it. Instead, they chose to extend the Kenya story and turn it into a counter-terrorism story back in the UK. This was seriously a huge error as I feel like they could have done more even with the counter-terrorism story and yet they chose to make it all about love and problems of the heart. I am not anti-love but when the show is about a soldier then there should be less of a woman running around in a wedding dress and more SOLDIERING!

Unfortunately, the next “tours” that they showed was almost certainly the same again and followed the problems of the heart with Lane being at the center. Once again (spoiler) Lane and James fell in love again and it brought bout the illogicalness of the whole bloody situation.

Dear BBC: If you are making a show about the military PLEASE AT LEAST GET THE BASICS RIGHT! You have made a show that is now getting far too predictable and illogical. Where the hell do you think you can take the story from here unless you plan to do another major change in characters. HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU HAVE ONE PERSON CAPTURED OR IN NEED OF RESCUING…..COME ON!

Personally watch it if you would like but honestly, it does not completely represent what our armed forces are about because they decide to neglect basics.

I have nothing against the actors in the show… The writers, on the other hand, have a lot of explaining to do. I honestly would love to see more MILITARY based actions and less of the love drama.