I feel that I have to take a break from my blogging schedule today because of how horrified I have been at the terrible riots that have been going on in London and now other parts of the UK over the past few days. I cannot describe to you how heartbroken I am to see the city I love ripped apart by ignorant people who's only motivation is to steal, loot and cause damage. Last night was harrowing as the majority of my dearest friends and loved ones work in London theatres and so were heading home just at the time that all hell was breaking loose. Thankfully they all reached their destinations unscathed, but many had horror stories of burning vehicles, gangs of masked thugs and even riots just outside their homes. I'm sure that these rioters feel that they have reasons for their behavior, but regardless of your financial, political or economical position there is no excuse for such a gross skewing of your moral compass. It is simply inexcusable and sickening.
This is not what this city is about. Living and working in London helped me become who I am today. I have met many of my closest friends in London, I fell in love with my Sweetheart here, and working here in theatre has been one of the greatest achievements and joys of my life. For me this has always been a city of possibilities and opportunity, and I cannot bear to see it's history and the livelihoods of so many people destroyed for absolutely no reason. I can only hope and pray that this whole terrible series of events is put to a swift end soon and that London will be left in peace.
To my overseas readers I ask you to please not judge our country on the behavior of a crazed minority, and for my UK and particularly my London readers please stay safe.
Love to you all xxx