Last night I saw Hamilton. After a year and a week since I booked the tickets for my theatre mad daughter, we finally got to hear it and see it for ourselves. It was absolutely as good as the hype – the audience were clearly theatre fans, as they cheered and clapped as the first of the cast came on the stage!
The story is told as a rapping musical and was funny, sad and tragic. There are key phrases which run through the whole musical – “why do you write like you’re running out of time” – the feeling that life is too short to fit everything in, the need to run full pelt at as much of it as we can – something that overlaps with our days today as much as it did for Alexander Hamilton back in the 1790s. Along with "talk less, smile more". I'm sure that applies too.
Fast forward to this morning and I met the owner of Clandon Wood – a natural burial site – ever get the feeling that we’re running out of time? That was a conversation I had with my husband at the weekend, the realisation that at 47, I’m probably about half way through my life. If health and money allow, then we’ve got a while yet, but it suddenly doesn’t seem enough. There’s a long list of places that we want to go and see, as well as continuing to create our home and see the children through the rest of their education and off into adulthood.
Rewind to the Hamilton theme – don’t miss out on the important things right in front of you, Hamilton was so fixated on what he wanted to achieve, he neglected his wife Eliza and their children – Eliza later wrote herself back into the story – usually we don’t get to decide ‘who lives who dies who tells your story’. But if there was ever a day where I needed reminding to pick up the pen and write my own story, it was yesterday running into today.
The whole theatre stood for a standing ovation at the end – we wanted the cast to come back on for a second curtain call and individual recognition, but they left after the one whole cast bow – deliberately leaving the story and the message to sink in.
We ran for the train with tears in our eyes and even today I’m still having moments where different lines and words play back in my head. It is an important story that Lin-Manuel Miranda has told – he rewrote a few lines for the British audience and has real attention for detail. The choreography, words and music are breathtaking. If you get the opportunity to go and see it then do – and take me with you!