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Mum and Teen Date Night – Annie The Musical

Mum and Teen Date Night – Annie The Musical

This week, I took time out of the madness of life to head to the theatre. Lex and I had a Mum and Teen Date Night watching Annie The Musical. Annie The Musical is currently on tour around the country. The production opened with a […]

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

This week Bristol Hippodrome hosts Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. I was lucky enough to go along to my first ever ballet on Tuesday. I wasn’t sure what you expect as it was all new to me. My friend that I watched with had last seen […]

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Bristol Hippodrome has recently welcomed the Kinky Boots on the iconic stage. The hit musical will be running until 9th March. Throughout its visit, it will be bringing glamour and comedy to the stage.

Kinky boots has won 3 Olivier Awards. The story is inspired by the real events of Northampton based shoe factory that takes its Kinky boots to the catwalk in Milan. After the sudden death of his father, Charlie Price takes over the failing factory. When he thought there was no hope left, a chance meeting with Lola, lead to a brain wave. Working alongside Lola he created Kinky Boots that would be savour to the family business.

It was great to see the unlikely friendship between Lola and Charlie flourish. There were moments that were emotional and also moments of pure delight. The set was seamless, I loved the scene in the factory where the finished glamourous Kinky Boots were unveiled. The whole cast dancing on the factory conveyor belt was so entertaining.

The show was fantastically delivered by the cast, headed up by Kayi Ushe (Lola) and Joel Harper-Jackson (Charlie). The costumes were spectacular, with a massive amount of sequins and sparkles.
The music from the production was written by Cyndi Lauper. The tunes are catchy and definitely have a hint of 80s pop. The script has lots of positive lines, two of my favourite ‘Just be who you wanna be’ and ‘For every man, women or person that doesn’t know yet!’

Kinky Boots is a feel good production that leaves the audience feeling happy and wanting to see more.

Disclaimer : I received 2 press tickets in return of an honest review, all words are my own.

Our Winter Adventure

Our Winter Adventure

It’s time to share our magical winter adventure. For Christmas 2018 we did something we have never done before as a family. We went skiing! I love to give the kids new experiences and 20 years ago I went to on a school skiing trip […]

Tom Gates Live

Tom Gates Live

If you have children aged 7 upwards you will probably have heard of the Tom Gates books. My 3 middle children 7, 9 and 12 have read them all. Liz Pichon’s clever stories and doodles can engage even the most reluctant readers. Once the invited […]

Disney’s The Lion King is Coming to Bristol Hippodrome

Disney’s The Lion King is Coming to Bristol Hippodrome

2019 is a massive year for The Lion King. Not only is it going to hit the cinema screens with a Live action version. But the UK stage production celebrates it’s 20th year. So it is fantastic news that Disney’s The Lion King is coming to Bristol Hippodrome this autumn.

We were invited along to the press launch ahead of The Lion King’s residence at Bristol Hippodrome. It gave the audience a real insight of the huge scale of planning that went into this production. Julie Taymor is the visionary behind The Lion King theatre production. Julie is not only responsible for directing but the mastermind behind the costumes including puppets and masks. Plus contributing to additional lyrics.

We heard details about the costume choices for each character. The choice of a wooden looking mask for Mufasa with a circular mane to symbolise the circle of life. Scar’s mask is very angular and Simba’s mask has no jaw line to symbolise that he is still growing as a character. Other great costumes included the headdresses of the ensemble, that were grass and symbolised life.

taging and props were explained in detail too, I can’t wait to see the gazelle buggy during the production at the Hippodrome later this year. Also as giraffes are my favourite animals, the stilt walkers will gracefully glide across the stage.

Lion King Bristol Hippodrome
The Lion King

We were also treated to 3 songs from the show, as it was Valentine’s Day that we went to the launch, I think it is fair to say that ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ was very well received by the audience. The Lion King lyrics were written by the musical legends that are Elton John and Sir Tim Rice. Three songs that they wrote for the film were nominated for Academy Awards, ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ went on to win the prestigious award.

can you feel the love tonight

Disney’s The Lion King hits the Bristol Hippodrome stage on 7th September 2019 and will run until 23rd November 2019. Tickets will go on sale from 8am on Tuesday 26th February for ATG TheatreCard holders. With the official Disney pre-sale launching at 10am on 26 February. Then tickets will be going on general sale online, by phone and at The Bristol Hippodrome’s box office from 8am on Wednesday 27 February. Demand for these tickets is expected to be massive.

Tickets can be purchased from The Bristol Hippodrome’s Box Office, by calling 0844 2410093 or visiting www.thelionking.co.uk

Motown The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Motown The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Motown has hit Bristol town well city actually. Motown the Musical has recently started a 4-week long run at Bristol Hippodrome. The hit musical has been running since 2013 when it premiered in New York. Then it hit the West End in London in 2016 […]

Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome

Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome

Nothing spells out Christmas like a P A N T O M I N E and this week Lexia and I were lucky enough to head to see Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome. This year’s panto has stars Gok Wan and Brian Conley plus a full […]

Father Christmas at Sealife Centre Weymouth

Father Christmas at Sealife Centre Weymouth

Now it is December I need to get myself in the Christmas spirit. The kids certainly are singing Christmas songs at every opportunity possible. Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to visit to see Father Christmas at Sealife Centre Weymouth. It was the kid’s first surprise of the Christmas season, the kids thought we were just going to the seaside for a winter wall along the beach. As we travelled down to Weymouth it was a really dreary day with heavy rain. Luckily once we parked the rain eased off. Still playing along with the surprise grabbed some lunch then headed to the beach for a little walk.

After our brief walk, Aliza asked if we could go to her favourite sealife centre. She fondly remembers it from past visits, so as not to disappoint a 5-year-old I agreed. Knowing that they were all in for a real treat. We had access to the centre before our allocated time, so the kids raced to see their favourite’s. Nemo and Dory, of course, closely followed by the Turtles.

Fairy Penguins

Fairy Penguins

 

This visit was the first time we had seen the newest addition to the sealife centre, the fairy penguins. The kids loved them, so cute I could take it home my 9-year-old say. The penguins are only about 25cm. The keepers were very informative and shared lots of interesting facts with the kids. They are native to Australia and New Zealand, this group travelled all the way from a sanctuary in Manly, Australia when it closed down. We could have watched them for hours.

Father Christmas

Reindeers Weymouth

Our visit to Father Christmas was scheduled in for after the park closed. We sat and waited in the cafe until it was time. By this time it was dark and we followed the lights through the park to the Reindeer’s Stable. Where the jolly elf greeted us, chatting with the kids, who were already mesmerised. We followed the elf through the festive forest. Stopping to see the reindeers and the parked sleigh across the water. Then zigzagged through the real Christmas tree forest to the lamp post. At the lamp post, the kids made a wish and then it snowed! 

Snow Weymouth

Then onto the main event, once we were at outside the cabin the kids knocked and waited for Father Christmas to allow them to enter. We all entered and the kids were beaming by this point. So lovely for us to watch, Grandma, joined us for our festive family afternoon. Father Christmas was magical and the kids chatted at ease with him. They talked about where he would visit first and his route around the world. And of course, they told him what they wanted for Christmas.

We had time to take some memorable pictures and then it was pressie time. The kids even got a Christmas pop badge to take home too.

Father Christmas Sealife Centre Weymouth

It was a lovely afternoon and a great start to the festive season. Father Christmas officially arrives Saturday 8th December 2018, he will be visiting Sealife throughout weekends until 17th – 23rd December. Then he will be there daily and every child meeting Father Christmas will receive a special SEA LIFE gift.

Disclaimer – We received a preview VIP invite to Weymouth Sealife Centre to review and share our honest views on the experience.

Benidorm Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Benidorm Live at Bristol Hippodrome

We have been fans of Benidorm the TV series for years. For a good few years, Tegan my 17 year old has joined me once the other children are in bed to laugh along. Now the popular comedy TV show has hit the stage. Earlier this […]