Yesterday was, possibly, one of the most frustrating and anxiety-inducing days of my life. As I write this, I have a giant crack at the side of my laptop screen that I’m trying so desperately to avoid. Breaking your laptop may not be a big of a deal to some and, yes, it does comment on how dependent we’ve become on technology but regardless, being a student and not having a decent laptop is the definition of hell. And yes, it was completely my fault. One second it was on my lap, the next it was on the floor. I thought it was going to be fine for a second before I saw the crack appear and it was almost as if the world was pointless now my laptop was broken.
Of course, it isn’t. The world is still moving as it was before- regardless of the giant crack that now lives on my screen. It’s under warranty. It’ll be fixed. In the moment, it just felt like the end of the world. It still sorta does.
My brilliant idea of going to see Courtney Act on my own in London was, well, not that brilliant. At the train station I quickly discovered there were no trains and I would have to get a bus. Now, this wouldn’t bother me that much if, when I got off the bus, I had any clue where I was. I was petrified that I’d just been stranded and when I walked to the train station (which was directly in front of me)
I realised that there were no trains to Kings Cross. However, I asked one of the service guards and they told me I’d reach the underground fairly quickly and, within about twenty minutes, I was on my way to Piccadilly Circus to see Miss Courtney Act.
Now, the above probably doesn’t sound that scary to most people, but I wasn’t even aware there weren’t any trains and was almost certain I was going to get stranded and had to push down the multitude of anxiety attacks that were quickly developing. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
When I left the underground, the place was about two steps from me. However, I didn’t realise this, wandered around for awhile and, when I reached the venue, I heard Courtney singing and basically legged it down to where she was. It was an experience and a half.
Courtney was singing ‘Let it Go’ when I walked in and looked as beautiful as ever. She’s even more beautiful in person. How is that possible?
I have many notable moments of the performance, but I remind spending most of it in actual shock at a) how amazing her vocals are b) how stunning she is. The first outfit she wore was literally everything. I basically got no good photos because I was sort of far back and my camera is awful, but I have the memories and that’s something.
In between songs, Courtney was as charming and hilarious as ever. It made me love her even more and I truly didn’t think that was possible. Her show was the perfect blend of hilarious and touching, from her rendition of her ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’, which became ‘I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus’ to a beautiful version of ‘River’. Whatever it was, her vocals remained out of this world- and I’m officially personally willing to fight all of the people who leave negative comments about her singing voice on social media, but that’s neither here nor there.
After a costume change, she pulled off the bottom half of her outfit to reveal legs that are truly to die for. I was fairly convinced in that moment that the most talented and beautiful person was standing right in front of me.
Other highlights include her performance of ‘Rich, Famous and Powerful’, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ and her own song ‘Head to Mistletoe’ in which she went around the crowd and had a few of the audience members kiss her on the cheek. Really, the entire show was a showstopper from start to finish. Courtney is an incredible performer and, despite thinking I wasn’t going to be truly happy due to everything going on, that quickly changed when I heard her begin to sing. It was a truly magical experience.
After the show, she took photos with people and flogged her march as any drag queen would. I stood at the side, watching everyone interact with her before even attempting to go up and say hello. She took time with everyone and was so incredibly nice and took multiple photos with many people as there wasn’t a huge amount of people at the second show. There was nobody in front of her, so she turned to me and, for some reason, I was nowhere near as anxious as I thought I’d be. Watching her interact with everyone put me at ease, I think.
We hugged, I told her that I had Hell getting there but she made it worth it (still not sure if this was a smart comment or not) and we took a photo together. I still can’t get over how beautiful she is. There was a lot I wanted to tell her but I was anxious that I was taking up her time and, knowing me, I’d accidentally end up spilling my life story to this poor Queen so I moved away to make room for the next person. However, I did ask her if we could take selfies about five minutes after. It was such a blur, but I just remember her making me feel so comfortable and being such a sweetheart. She hugged and tried to take pictures with everyone and honestly I was in complete awe of her.
Despite better judgement, I also bought a photo from her merch (because it was the cheapest thing there and I have an obsession with signed things) and she came over to sign mine and my friend’s. When I told her my name, she stopped for a second and said ‘wait Jinx? like from twitter?’ and I’m not kidding when I’m saying that made my entire life. She is truly a gem and I hope that I get the opportunity to meet her again soon.
If Courtney Act is ever in your city, go and see her. You won’t regret it and you’ll spend the next few days unable to stop gushing over how amazing she is. Without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to and I hope I’m able to see her next show ‘A Girl From Oz’ when it comes here.