Disclaimer: While I have previously worked with Darlington Hippodrome, I purchased this ticket myself and was attending as a customer, not as a blogger!
While I could list hundreds of things that I’m missing right now, the theatre would definitely be at the top. It breaks my heart that it’s been so long since I sat in Darlington Hippodrome and that so many of their shows have had to be rescheduled or cancelled.
I really want to keep supporting them as best as I can so I took a little look at their new calendar of online events. You can only imagine my joy when I saw lots of new bookish events at my favourite theatre. Darlington Hippodrome currently have lots of authors booked in for live streamed events. Curious, I decided to pick up a ticket for the night in with Kate Mosse and see what’s it’s all about.
There were actually two options available to me: just a ticket for the screening and a deal for the ticket and Mosse’s new book. I chose to go for the deal, so that I could read the book after the event. Unfortunately, my book didn’t arrive in time for the event but given the delays Royal Mail are facing at the moment, it’s completely understandable. It also didn’t take away from the event at all. It just means I get an extra surprise present through my door when it does come!
As for the ticket itself, I won’t lie and say I wasn’t a little nervous about how it would work. However, it was super simple! I got an email confirmation of my booking and then 24 hours before, I was sent the link to the event itself. I just logged in with the email I booked with and was able to access the event on my laptop.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event itself but it was jampacked with book readings, interviews, guest appearances and examples of lesser-known of women in history. It was so much more than I was expecting and utterly fascinating. Plus, I got to enjoy it all from the comfort of my bed with a cup of tea or three. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a novel way to spend an evening in lockdown. My nana also got a ticket so even though we each watched it in our own house, we were able to feel like we’d been to the event together and discuss it afterwards.
If you’re looking for a way to pass an evening in lockdown, I really can’t recommend the literary events with Darlington Hippodrome enough. In fact, I’m going to book a second: a night in with Sarah J Maas. Maybe I’ll (virtually) see you there…
P.S If you want to see the full list of events, all the details are on the Darlington Hippodrome website, which you can find here.