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 […]
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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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
An Officer and a Gentleman is currently on stage at Bristol Hippodrome. Last night I went to watch it, being an 80’s baby I never knew all the hype around the film. However, when I have spoken to people about it they have raved about Richard […]
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.