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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 […]

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 and is currently on a national tour. The tour continues across the country until October 2019 and visits many great theatres.

Motown the Musical shares the story of the incredible Motown generation that transformed the music industry throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. The story follows Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from jobless ‘bum’ to leading a musical empire.

The $800 loan from his family was enough to help to start his big dream. Gordy was fantastically played by Edward Baruwa, his voice was strong and vibrant. The songs chosen helped to set the scene, the were catchy and I couldn’t help humming along.

Before I watched the show, I was excited to see how many songs I would know. Due to my parents love for Motown music and years growing up with classic artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. I knew a lot, much like the whole audience, whose ages varied. I had heard my parents talk about Motown changing the world when I was young, but I don’t think I quite grasped the enormity of it. But during the production seeing the scene in the Deep South and hearing that the blacks and whites were segregated and not allowed to dance together almost seems alien to the integration we have today.

There were moments in the production when I had a lump in my throat. Watching the reactions to Martin Luther King’s tragic death was heartbreaking. Also hearing some of the stories behind some very well-known Marvin Gaye’s songs was eye-opening. Shak Gabbidon-Williams who played Marvin Gaye has a truly amazing voice, I was impressed to learn that he only graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2018.

Motown The Musical - Marvin Gaye
Shak Gabbidon-Williams

The whole cast portrayed some music legends very well and the costumes, were just amazing, so many sparkly sequined numbers.

The Musical told the story throughout the Motown years and the ups and downs. Major ups being Motown’s first ever No.1, the growth of The Supremes, finding the child stars Stevie wonder and The Jackson 5. Then seeing their careers soar, until the lows came. Many acts left the Motown label for deals Gordy couldn’t compete with rival record labels.

Will Berry Gordy attend the 25th Anniversary concert, set in 1983, the year I was born. All his big artist returned to play? But will the main man be there? Well you’ll have to watch the production to find out!

My overall verdict is that Motown The Musical is a high energy and gripping production.

Disclaimer – I was given press tickets in return for an honest review of the show.

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 […]

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 week we headed to Bristol Hippodrome where Benidorm Live was on stage.

As we were taking our seats I noticed the massive age range of the viewers. Spotting 3 generations of some families attending. When we settled into our seats, the set was bright and colourful, making the stage look massive. We arrived early for a change so enjoyed the buzz and cheesy tunes playing before the production started.

The prodution started in the reception area of the Solana Hotel annd straight away the laughs came. Joyce Temple-Savage the hotel manager played by the fantastic Sherrie Hewson, was just a good as in the TV show. The tounge in cheek saucy comedy rolled on throughout the show. 

It is hard to believe that the TV show has been running over 10 years. Benidorm Live had a very strong cast with Tony Maudsley played Kenneth complete with his tight tshirt and hot pants. Jacqueline’s character is pretty well know for her sexual inuendo’s in the TV show and Janine Duvitski delivered these seamlessly during Benidorm Live.  The production wouldn’t have been complete with heartthrob barman Mateo played by Jake  Canuso. The scene wirth him in his speedo’s definitley provoked a reaction. Also Liam (Adam Gillen) and holiday rep Sam (Shelley Longworth) brought some comedy moments to the show.

benidorm live bristol

The Benidorm’s writer Darren Litten said he wanted to bring Benidorm to the stage as he wanted to hear the audience’s laughter. Which definitely could be heard throughout the production. Myselff and Tegan where crying with laughter at some points. We definitley left in a really happy mood. 

Disclaimer: Bristol Hippodrome gave us tickets for press night in return for an honest review.

Zoggs at Coral Reef Waterworld

Zoggs at Coral Reef Waterworld

When I was a child I can fondly remember family trips to Coral Reef in Bracknell. So when we were given the opportunity to attend a Zoggs event at Coral Reef Waterworld I jumped at the chance as I knew the children would love it.  […]

Madagascar The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Madagascar The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

If you regularly read my blog you will know how important spending time with each of the kids on there own is to me. Well last night was Mum Daughter Date Night with the baby of the family. Myself and Aliza, 5 headed to Bristol Hippodrome […]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome

BLOC Productions flew into Bristol this week, with their production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome. Jolie and I were excited to see the show. I have lost count of how many times I have watched the film. It is a real feel-good family favourite. So we had high hopes that the theatre production would be as good as the film.

As soon as the orchestra started to play we knew we were in for a treat. And before long the audience were clapping along. The opening scenes saw Jemima and Jeremy playing in the dilapidated car and dreaming of it running again one day. When they found out Mr Coggins was going to sell the car, they begged their inventor father, Caractacus Potts, to buy it. He racked his brains to come up with a plan to raise the money. Including accidentally inventing a musical sweet that he took to the Sweet Factory where he bumped into Truly Scrumptious. He finally raised the money by inventing a haircutting machine.

Once Caractacus had brought the car he set about transforming it. Before we knew it he was unveiling a shiny and very impressive Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Then the four of them headed to the beach for a picnic singing along to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car

Jolie was mesmerised throughout the productions, spotting small details on the set. the costumes were fantastic too.

I think most people are aware of the Child Catcher in the iconic film. I left the younger children at home and only took Jolie, 9, as they are easily scared. She had seen the film in the past so was prepared for. 

Our favourite parts of the show were Truly Scrumptious performing her clockwork dance, it was amazing to watch. Also seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fly whilst clapping along. And not forgetting the comical Vulgarian spies, who certainly provided many a laugh.

BLOC Productions are an amateur theatre group based in Bristol. They were formed in 1933 and since 1956 they have been performing an annual show at Bristol Hippodrome. the production was seamless and it is amazing to think their actors are amateurs as they could certainly pass as professionals. 

 I can officially say that BLOC Productions cast, definitely topped the film and we loved every minute of the show.

Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays

Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays

If you regularly read our blog you will know the kids and I went to Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays. So following our post before the trip, its time to review it. By the time we headed to the airport, the kids were super excited […]