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 […]
Thriller Live has hit the stage at Bristol Hippodrome. When T and I were invited along to review it, I was a bit excited. Our whole family are Michael Jackson fans. I have pretty much grown up on his music. With my first ever live music experience being at Wembley stadium for Michael’s incredible Dangerous tour. I have such fond memories of that day. Over the years when I hear his tracks I can’t help but sing along. Now I have children myself, I have passed on the love of his music to my tribe. My playlist of all time favourite songs includes many of MJ’s.
Thriller Live is now in its 10th year running. The show celebrates the life and achievements of Michael Jackson. An impressive 4 MILLION people across 30 countries have seen Thriller live. The playlist included tracks from the beginning with The Jackson Five. Then massive hits from Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous albums plus more.
T, my eldest daughter and I used it as an opportunity to turn off from technology and enjoy an evening of feel-good entertainment. Before the show started she browsed the programme, looking at the songs and recalling her favourites.
The whole cast delivered a great production. Making it difficult not to sing and dance along. Ina Seidon shone throughout the whole show, hitting the high notes with ease. The other singers including Britt, Squilla and Rory, took it in turns to entertain the audience with so many Michael Jackson tracks.
My all-time favourite Michael Jackson song is Man in The Mirror. Earth Song lyrics really strikes a bell with the state of our current world. Michael knew we need to look after the planet 23 years ago when this was released.
And not forgetting the dancers, no show about Michael Jackson would be complete without the moonwalk. The smooth criminal anti-gravity lean generated a huge cheer throughout the audience. at the end there a was the opportunity to get up and dance along, everyone left feeling good.
We had a lovely Mother and Daughter night. And would love to return to see the show with the rest of the family.
Disclaimer: We were offered free press tickets in return of an honest review, all words are my own.