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Hey, so I feel like we should do a little getting to know each other. I mean, it’s the second post it’s only right we get to swap names. I answered a bunch of standard questions so that you can get to know all you need to know about me, without having to stalk through social media. Would love to hear from you all in the comments to find out more about you lovely lot! Hope you’re having a good day, Al x
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A L L | A B O U T | A L I C E
The Basic Qs
What’s your full name?
Alice Rebecca Maher. I have a complete love/hate relationship with my last name largely because hardly anyone ever pronounces it right. It’s an Irish family name and is pronounced ‘Mar’ not ‘Ma-Her’ or ‘Mayer’ as I normally get. Alice was just the name my mum really liked and Rebecca is after my aunty.
How old are you?
I was born on the 16th of December 1999 in Sheffield at something past 4 in the morning. At the time I’m writing this I’ve just turned twenty years old!
Where are you from?
Sheffield! I was born in the old Jessop’s Maternity Wing and, the hospital room overlooked the Henderson Relish factory so my dad also said I was proper Sheffield haha! I think the building is Uni of Sheffield’s music building now.
When I was first born I lived in Dronfield, just outside of Sheffield, with both of my parents. I was two when my parents divorced and I went to live with my mum on the complete other side of Sheffield in Loxley.
Sadly, no siblings of my own however, I have a total of 5 step-siblings who came into my life when I was 3/4 so, I like to think I had a good balance of being an only child and being brought up with siblings.
My step-dad gave me the nickname of ‘Claypole’ when I was about 10, or maybe younger, because I would always be sat on the kitchen sides. Really random haha, I think it’s based off of an old tv character but, the name just stuck.
This is the HARDEST question to answer, I have so many favourites…
Dirty Dancing, Adventures in Babysitting, Jumanji, One Fine Day.
(couldn’t narrow it down to three sorry!)
Haunting of Hill House, Gilmore Girls, Full House
Revolution, Ashes to Ashes, Game of Thrones
The Call | Regina Spektor
Vienna | Billy Joel
Loving You | Paulo Nutini
Blood Brothers, Oliver!, Hamilton.
Rebecca | Daphne du Maurier
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte
When Santa Fell To Earth | Cornelia Funke
Bare Minerals ‘Bare Pro’ Foundation (powder and liquid), Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade Mahogany and any lip balm
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, Body Shop Instant Smoother Skin Reviver
Takeaway Pizza and Garlic Bread
Mums Chicken Curry
Chicken Souvlaki with rice, pitta, tzatziki and veg
Mama and Leonies| Sheffield
The Apple Core| Lucker, Northumberland (pizza and crepe’s is the menu and that’s just my heaven)
Seven Spices Balti House | Sheffield
Michael Glass, Morganville Vampires Series | funny because my boyfriend now is tall, blonde and the lead singer in a band- just not a vampire
Robin Hood, just robin hood in anything. Jonas Armstrong (BBC), Kevin Costner (Prince of Thieves), Taron Egerton (2018) or the animated fox (Disney). I love Robin Hood in any form, i’m not fussy.
Alex, ‘I Heart New York’ | oh my god, the lead singer of the rock band who takes her for hot chocolates in NYC (heart eyes heart eyes) my sister El gave me this book and I remember reading it over and over and over again.
Jack Black- the holiday specifically
Drama, Health and Social Care, History.
Drama, History and English Literature
University / Degree?
Durham University doing a combined honours in English Literature and Education Studies (which is not just training to be a teacher as so many people presume, it’s all about the politics/psychology/history of education).
Current University Modules?
I’m in my second year of studies and this year got to choose all but one of my modules.
Educational Research Methods COMPULSORY, a module dedicated to understanding the nature of research, basically dissertation prep.
Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion, the reason I came to study this course at Durham. No really, not a joke. I didn’t think I would go to University and I applied for this specific course because I thought it would be funny to take this module and tell everyone I do Harry Potter as part of my degree.
Early Years Education, studying the current EYFS framework and an overview course looking at the physical, emotional, intellectual developments of children from birth to 6.
Shakespeare, I love me a good Shakespearean tragedy. Do not love having the entire works of Shakespeare as my reading list.
Victorian Literature, studying anything and everything from the period. I’ve found it links quite a bit to my A-Level history course which is always handy.
Romantic Plays and Players, my FAVOURITE module and probably will be the best course I will ever study. All about the history of theatre within the Romantic period. I’ve really missed performing and part of me sometimes regrets not pursuing drama as a degree, this module has allowed me to step back into that world again.
GCSE I got, 1 A*, 7 A’s, 3 B’s and a C – a nice range haha.
Alevel I got AAB. Exactly what I needed to come to Uni!
Worst Subject in School?
A tie between Art and Languages. I used to sit next to a lovely girl who was amazing at art, after she’d finished her work she’d do mine for me haha! Languages was horrendous. I just didn’t get on with any of the teachers or any of the content.
Best Subject in School?
History and Drama.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a teaching assistant at the performing arts school I used to go to. I graduated as a student before my GCSE’S and the couple who owned the school kept me on as staff.
What’s been your favourite job?
Working as a drama teacher was amazing, it wasn’t a chore and, I became really close to all the kids I taught.
Last summer I worked as a support worker at a non for profit organisation where I was providing 1:1 care to children with disabilities. It was a hard job, really hard but, I loved it. It was so rewarding and I can’t wait to go back over Christmas and in the new year.
Dream Job when you were a kid?
Teacher. I used to take it so seriously, I would bring a giant whiteboard my dad bought for me into the living room and make him sit through proper lessons i’d made up haha!!!
Actress. I used to sit in my room and memorise complete sections of scripts, or big chunks of books and act it all out in my room. My nan bought me a miniature theatre set and I would write scripts and put on shows for her, my dad and my godmother. My sister and I every Wednesday would put on the ‘Alice and Ellie show’ for our parents who never moaned (to our faces) about sitting through them.
Dream Job as a teen?
Actress. I begged and begged my parents to put me into a performing school. For Christmas they surprised me with a scholarship into a really esteemed weekend stage school in Sheffield (which cost a fortune and I still feel bad because I ended up quitting because of bitchy girls). I threw myself into drama at school and started going to the theatre practically every weekend to see shows. Loved the idea of being on stage and telling stories to people.
Midwife. My ‘realistic’ dream job was to be a midwife, I was so serious about it. However, I got a C in GCSE Biology and nearly projectile vomited when I saw my sister’s placenta after she gave birth (i was warned to not look in the bucket but, curiosity got the better of me) the dream died.
Dream Job now?
I would love to be part of a production team either for stage or tv, working on scripts. Specifically revising classical stories and plays.
The Random Ones
What’s your most treasured item?
Words from the people I love most. I have a little envelope next to my bed that’s full of all the notes J has written to me over the last year and a bit. I also have a letter my dad wrote me when I was 18 and, a card from my mum from when I started university.
Where do you want to travel to most?
Ever since my mum read me the book ‘The Magic Sky’ when I was like 3 I’ve wanted to go see the Northern Lights. So somewhere like Iceland, Norway or Alaska.
If you could have a dinner party with any celebrities dead or alive, who would it be?
Billy Joel to sing me through the night. Robin Williams to tell me all the jokes. Patrick Swayze so I can live out my dirty dancing dreams.
Best musical artist you’ve seen live?
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot (housemartins, beautiful south- if you’re not familiar). I saw them do a headlining set at Carfest in 2017. They are INCREDIBLE. No fuss to them, they just walk out and do banger after banger. I’ve grown up listening to their music so it was literally listening to the soundtrack to my childhood. Hoping to go see their tour in 2020 and i’m telling you now if you can, go see them live!
Have you ever had a ‘supernatural’ experience?
Don’t know if it would ever count but, I had a dream back in 2018. It was the beginning of summer and at a point where I wasn’t too sure what to do with my life; i’d had a bad experience with a boy, we’d left sixth form, I was having big doubts over university and was at a loose end trying to figure out what I should do. I had the most vivid dream I’ve ever had that I was sat in a pub with someone very close to me that I’d lost. All the dream was, was a conversation between the two of us about what was going on. She held my hand and reassured me it was all going to be ok. It was so vivid I could feel her touch and her voice so clearly. I’ve never had a dream like that before or since and, it felt very poignant to me. So, I truly do believe that was some sort of communication and even if it wasn’t, i’m so grateful for that dream.
Funniest pick up line you’ve had used on you?
‘If I was a watermelon would you spit or swallow my seeds?’ always get some nice one liners whispered into your ear on the bierkeller benches. That same night Phoebe got a pretty straight up ‘have you ever had sex in a disabled toilet?…no, do you wanna change that?’. She did not change it and I opted for a swap benches in reply to the watermelon statement.
Weirdest gift you’ve ever been given?
My dad got me a pillow with my face on it and in the same year my mum got me a money box that was an exact replica of my dead guinea pig that died earlier in the year.
Funniest gift you’ve ever been given?
My boyfriend bought me a heater for our first christmas together. I’d always moan about being cold and to be fair it’s the most practical present I’ve ever been given, I use it all the time! It was just so funny when I first opened it haha.
Most annoying thing to happen to you?
When I was 15 I was lucky enough to go to New York to stay with some family in Long Island. My dad and I went into the city for one of our last days. I wanted to go to Central Park for a walk and some food. My dad wanted to go round the museum. My dad won the battle and he literally POWER WALKED through the museum because he only wanted to see things from Night In The Museum. When we left the museum there were loads of people exiting the park, we asked what had gone off and a man told us that STEVIE WONDER had just down a surprise free gig in the park for some tv show.
I met my boyfriend James on the 28th of July 2018 and we started ‘officially’ dating on the 10th of August 2018, all very quick. I could talk for hours about how we met, how amazing he is and how it was all very meant to be!
Big shocker, I like reading.
Performing used to be an avid passion of mine but, since going to uni it’s taken a back seat. Now instead of being the one on the stage I spend lots of time going to support my boyfriend and his band, Crossfire Eagles.
Going to the theatre! I cry before every single show has even started. Sitting in a theatre waiting for a show to start is the most excited you’ll ever see me.
In 2017 I was in a production of Singin’ In The Rain at Sheffield City Hall. For the bows, the whole company came on stage donned in the bright yellow raincoats and umbrellas to dance the title song number. Due to a technical issue in the dress runs we’d never been able to practise with the rain (we had an actual rain machine fitted, it was insane). On opening night, we did the routine and there was a rumble of thunder and the rain came down on us. The audience were going crazy and, I remember all of us just looked round at each other in complete amazement. Everyone was crying. Don’t think I’ll ever forget it!
In 2015 I received a phone call from a friend whose dad was a traffic cop. She rang me to explain one of my close friends had been in an accident which her dad was attending and could I give him the address to get to her guardians house. I remember giving the directions and repeatedly asking ‘well is she ok’ but that was never answered. The next morning I awoke to the news that the worst had happened and the most gorgeous girl had passed away. Being responsible for giving that address, I don’t know. It weighed me down for quite a long time.
SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM.
On a holiday to the Lake District we rented a little boat. Coming back in there was a massive queue for the boat. My stepdad successfully pulled the boat in and was acting all smug. My mum, the dog and I all get off the boat and we’re walking down the pier when we hear a massive series of gasps. My stepdad clipped his foot coming off the boat and literally rolled down the pier nearly knocking people into the lake. Honest to god I cannot tell you how hard my mum and I laughed for a good few hours. It still makes us cry laugh when we talk about it.
My bestie Phoebe and I were on a sixth form school trip. A bit of vodka in us and we were certain we could nail the dirty dancing lift. The thing is, we tried on our own and actually did it (for 0.5 seconds). So confident we came out to practise outside the cabins in an ode to the film. I swear, we nearly broke our necks. Best bit is that it’s recorded on camera and you can hear the fear in Ellie’s gasp as both of us just lie sprawled out on the gravel in our pyjamas.
The Strawberry Daiquiri incident. Ellie will KILL me for this but, it’s one of the best things i’ve witnessed. It was A-Level results day and, our friends 18th birthday. Ellie was celebrating hard and got a little bit too tipsy. Our whole friendship groups sat minding our own business, having a natter. Ellie in the middle of having her photo taken, falls and collapses into this garden table. Everything comes down on top of her. All we see is her lying on the floor covered in red stuff. We all instantly think she’s cracked her head open but, it was just a whole jug of strawberry daiquiri. I have NEVER laughed harder. Bless her heart she had to wash her hair in our friends sink, it was comedy gold and whenever I’m sad I replay the moment in my head.
Aw my Niamh!! I transferred to another primary school a few months into reception because we moved house. On my first day I sat down next to Niamh during circle time, she grabbed my arm and said ‘we’re gonna be best friends’ and we were. Sadly hardly see each other anymore because of work commitments but she’ll always be my first bestie. Love her to bits!
I’m such a sniffler. I swear I’m plagued with having a constant cold, it never goes away.
I eat too much pizza and garlic bread. Too much. Like seriously it’s a huge concern but I just cannot go more than a couple of days without it. I’m that little girl on the video when she’s in her kitchen clutching all the bread.
I’m such a pushover. I hate confrontation so i’ll just always let things slide or let people walk over me. It’s a terrible habit that i’m trying hard to shake off.
Being trapped in a car in water. I’ve had a recurring dream from 14 onwards that I’m in a car or on a bus and we drive over a puddle. Except the puddle is actually a massive deep pit of water. I get that falling sensation and the dream always ends with the window breaking and water rushing in. It TERRIFIES ME.
Sharks. My dad left me to watch JAWS when I was about 6/7 years old. It scarred me for life and I will do no more than a paddle in the sea because of it.
Not having children. Hitting with the big serious ones. I want to be a mum more than anything and I know there’s so many other options to raise a child but, I just know I’ll be gutted if I can’t conceive myself.
Having a happy, healthy family living in a christmassy cottage like the one out of The Holiday. With the addition of a fluffy golden retriever and guinea pigs.