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 […]
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There are not many Thursday evenings that are spent watching men dressed as green ogres talking about farting….but last night was one of them. Yes, my 5 year old daughter and I went to watch ‘Shrek The Musical’ at Bristol Hippodrome. I can categorically confirm […]
This week Bristol Hippodrome welcome The Play that Goes Wrong. It is a hilarious light-hearted comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong has been a huge hit in the West End since it’s launch in 2013. It has also been played worldwide on every continent except Antarctica. The Play that Goes Wrong is also the proud owner of some amazing awards including 2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play and 2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy.
The show started before the curtain even rose. With the backstage crew, especially Trevor, getting the audience involved looking for the lost dog. Then getting an audience member up to help prop up the mantlepiece.
Straight away this broke the ice and made me realise I was in for a comical evening. The play was a play within a play. ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ is the fictional am dram group that act out the play. Once the play started the ‘Director’ played by Jake Curran explained about past disastrous productions from the drama society. Trying to assure the audience everything will be fine if nothing goes wrong, well as the title suggests everything did go wrong.
Murder at Haversham Manor was a live who done it style play. Charles Haversham is murdered just before his engagement party. But not as seamless as your average play, ever thinkable mishap occurred. With a clever set design that enabled it doors to stick shut, paintings to fall off of the walls, all the things that made the audience roar with laughter.
The actor’s passion, had the audience hooked from the start to finish. Throughout the 2 hour play, I laughed out loud at the slapstick humour. The play was given an 8+ advisory, my 12 year old would have loved it. The Play That Goes Wrong is a feel-good production and it is completely understandable why it is so highly regarded in the theatrical world.
The Play That Goes Wrong is at Bristol Hippodrome until 21st July and then it will continue its tour.
Disclaimer: I was given press tickets in return for an honest review, all words are my own.
On 23rd March the brand new museum ‘Being Brunel’ opened at SS Great Britain. The museum has the harbour on one side and the impressive SS Great Britain ship on the other.
As a family, we love to visit new and exciting places. Until a few months ago I had never been to SS Great Britain myself, but my 6-year-old’s topic for the last term was Isambard Kingdom Brunel. So every day he would return home with more facts about the Engineer himself, plus the iconic Boats, Tunnels, Railways and Bridges. Which got the whole family talking and interested in finding out more. I joined his school trip to the SS Great Britain and was wowed by it straight away. So much to explore to keep Little Nippers entertained.
But my 8-year-old was mighty jealous of the visit as she loves all things history. So when we got an invitation to the opening of Being Brunel, by Bristol Bloggers, we were excited to be going along. The new visitor attraction consists of six galleries housing around 150 personal artefacts of Brunel. The project cost £7.2 million to bring to life, which included over 5 million from The National Lottery Fund.
The museum is interactive and for children of all ages. With drawers to open and a rickety train carriage stimulator on which you can try to draw a perfect circle, as Brunel did, plus top hats of all sizes to try on and screens with tasks to carry out. When you first walk into the main exhibition area you are wowed by a huge mobile of I K Brunel’s face. As you head up the stairs to the top of the gallery there is a timeline of his works, then you can overlook the main exhibition space. We then headed through to Brunel’s Mind, I enjoyed it but have to say it isn’t really suitable for younger children, as my 8-year-old jumped a few times. So would take a miss on this when I visit with my younger children.
Once we had been through Brunel’s Mind it was into his London office, check out these pigeonholes below slightly different from today’s email sent folder.
Including his original office where he in fact designed and built the SS Great Britain. The attention to detail in there was great, with his iconic hat hanging on the coat hook, plus his dog curled up under his desk. The office was reconstructed based on a watercolour painted by his niece.
Once we had explored everything on offer in the Being Brunel Museum we then went down into the dry dock, and then on board the ship itself to see and smell all the different cabins and classes. We had a great morning and definitely could have stayed longer. We will definitely return, with tickets to SS Great Britain you can return unlimited times throughout the year. Adults £16.50, Children 5-16 £9.50 and Little Nippers under 4 are free, also they do Senior and Student concessions plus family tickets.
Disclaimer : We were given a free family ticket to SS Great Britain in return for an honest review of the Being Brunel Museum. All thoughts and pictures are my own.