Be dressed and ready for 5pm, that’s what I was told. I did it with four minutes to spare, thinking we were going out for a nice dinner, end of story. We did that, in a nearby Italian restaurant…and then something else entirely unfolded.
I’ll go back a few steps and explain where this fun present came from. Hassan and I exchanged gifts on the penultimate day of 2016. He handed me two peacock cards, one labelled A and one labelled B. The first one I opened said we’d be going for dinner in a surprise location – excited! The second one, well I say more about that later…
So here we are, in the restaurant. It was a delicious pizza, and Hassan ate his pretty damn quick. Meanwhile, I was chatting away about everything, and enjoying listening to him talk about the Eiffel Tower and other fun stuff. I didn’t think much of it when he was urging me to finish my glass of wine – alright hold the boat I’m coming. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the freezing cold walk up to the cinema that I had reluctantly agreed to go to.
I wasn’t over-exaggerating, it was FREEZING. I don’t know how he got me up Leith Walk, but he did. I cheered up a bit as we wandered passed The Playhouse. Dodging excited Abba fans was fun, and I obliviously started humming Mamma Mia – it’s a catchy song. But then, Hassan veered to the left and said we’re going in – we’re going in? I think I told him to shut up and thought he was joking, but no, he actually got us tickets to see Mamma Mia! We literally had minutes until it started, and before I knew it, I was in my seat, coat off and transported to Greece on stage.
You know when a surprise hasn’t really sunk in, and you’re just kind of there trying to absorb it all? That’s what was happening to me, for a good twenty minutes. And when that song, ‘Does Your Mother Know?’ came on, I realised that mine didn’t, and I couldn’t wait to tell her – she’d find this hilarious!
The show was amazing fun, and the cast and songs were a total hit. We both thought the set could have had a bit more variety, but it didn’t take away from the show. I loved the costumes during the wedding scene – everyone was in oranges, pinks, reds and warm colours! And of course, they finished with a proper Abba dance sequence which got everyone up out of their seats. My favourite from the night was ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’…
We also had a bit of fun counting the number of men that made a quiet exit during the show…whoops!