The blog originally started as the Musical Muppet blog in 2014, purely as an outlet for my writing during my first job where I didn’t get the chance to practice my skills on a daily basis. As an avid theatregoer I decided to write reviews of the shows I went to see. After a few months I was contacted by Rebecca Felgate (then at Official Theatre) who had just started the #LDNTheatreBloggers group and asked me to join. I am still a member of this amazing community that really pushed my blogging to another level and I started to attend official press nights as well as blogging events.
A few years on I found my blog to be in a really great place – by 2016 I had forged some fantastic relationships with regional theatres and had gained more than a thousand twitter followers. After some personal experiences with an anxiety disorder, and making connections with several mental health charities, I decided to expand the blog to include lifestyle posts as well as culture ones, which led to a bit of a rebrand and a name-change to Rochelle Balboa.
In the future I would love to combine my passions for culture and mental health advocacy to make a difference to those struggling with depression, anxiety and other issues.
In a world of sponsored posts and advertising there is one thing I can always guarantee you here – no matter what format the post appears in, I will always give my most honest, genuine and unimpaired opinion. I only promote things that fit in with the style and ethos of my blog and my views can never be bought. My integrity and giving you as the reader the best advice will always be my priority.
Want me to review your show, product or event? Amazing – I’d love to. Contact me and email me the details. Please note my diary can get extremely busy so the more notice you can give me the better!
My reviews are meant to guide and recommend. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and although I may have loved the show or product, you might not agree, however I have a wealth of experience in the culture industry and hope that you can see that my reviews are balanced, fair and give constructive criticism where necessary.
I use star ratings for my reviews. Here is some guidance on what each star rating means:
⭐ A poor production/event/product that needs major improvement
⭐⭐ An average production/event/product that needs improvement
⭐⭐⭐ A good production/event/product that should make changes to improve
⭐⭐⭐⭐ A great production/event/product that is near perfect in its execution
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An outstanding production/event/product that I wouldn’t change in any way
All photos on my blog are used with permission or taken by me unless otherwise stated. Please do not use them or republish them without my consent. Production and product shots are provided by the company or PR representative and are used with their permission as part of reviews with relevant credits added.