March 2020 😕

Still waiting to wake up from this bizarre dream. A tiny virus is taking over the world and stopping us in our tracks for awhile. No theatre, no gigs, no meals out so sadly no blog. I could write about the changes we are all experiencing but I wouldn’t know where to start. So instead I will just say listen to advice and be sensible in following it. Look out for each other and be kind. But never loose your sense of humour and keep the funny little ditties circulating on social media, as a smile and a laugh floods the body with positive chemical which we all need right now. Good luck people, be brave xxx

Pretty Woman, Piccadilly Theatre, London.

I am not a big fan of chick flicks but I do love Pretty Woman. I did, however, wonder how well it would translate onto the stage and become a West End musical? Quite simply they smashed it! It stayed loyal to the film which was a relief because if you go to see Pretty Woman, that’s what you want to see without any meddling! The story was accompanied by an original sound track that complimented it beautifully and left you grooving in your seat. All the cast were fantastic both as singers and dancers with excellent comic timing (yes this show is also very funny). A thoroughly enjoyable, fun, romantic, uplifting show. One not to miss!

Frank Turner, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

Frank’s first ever gig in Croydon and he didn’t disappoint! Playing at the freshly renovated Fairfield Halls in their new 750 capacity venue ‘The Recreational’, this intimate gig was fantastic. One man and his guitar and a set list of songs new (No Man’s Land Album) and old. The perfect Friday night out. Thank you Frank for being an ordinary bloke telling ordinary tales and some extraordinary tales of life, people and history. Plus doing so with such poetic beauty.
Frank’s support acts were his wife Jess Guise followed by Micah Schnabel, both singer/songwriter’s and both brilliant. So all in all a night full of talent, words and acoustic guitar. Fab!
Frank’s extensive world tour continues until November 2020 so check it out online as he may be playing in a venue near you and really shouldn’t be missed!

Leopoldstadt, Wyndham Theatre,London.

A family tale told across five generations from wealth and successes in the late 1800’s through loss in war in the 1940’s and reflecting on the past, in 1955. This Tom Stoppard play is a history lesson and insight into a Jewish family’s life in Vienna across the years and how the prejudice, ignorance and persecution by others built and built into the resulting horrific crimes of the holocaust. A funny and warm play about a happy family with its ups and down and normalities of life that turns a solemn corner when their lives are changed forever by Nazi Germany. A thought provoking play that will have you laughing and crying. Lest we forget.

Message In A Bottle, Phoenix Theatre,London.

I wouldn’t usually choose a dance production as a theatre trip but Message in a Bottle not only blew me away, it also left me wanting to see it again and again! An amazingly talented dance group telling a moving and dramatic tale of life, civil war, refugees and new beginnings, through the medium of dance, perfectly synced to a soundtrack by Sting.
The energy and strength of the dancers is phenomenal and the group also fully embrace diversity. I feel privileged to have been able to see this incredible production and I only hope it goes on an extensive tour so more people with have the opportunity to share the experience. 10/10.

Stephen K Amos: Everyman, at Leicester Sq. Theatre.

Stephen K Amos, such a funny man! But be warned, don’t sit near the front unless you don’t mind being picked on! We saw Stephen compare a comedy night in Greenwich last summer and he stole the show so leapt at the opportunity to see his own stand up show. He didn’t disappoint. The Leicester Square theatre came up trumps again too as a great intimate venue with a fab little bar downstairs in addition to the bar in the stalls. Definitely worth another visit.

The Producers, Langley Park Boys School 6th Form production!

I was not planning on blogging about my visit to see my son’s 6th Form production of The Producers as being a school show I was expecting a fab night but just a school show. However I cannot keep quiet about what I have just witnessed. The Producers really was an outstanding production showcasing exceptional talent. Every voice, every dance move, every scene change, every actor took on the challenge with amazing maturity and absolutely smashed it, especially Emile Palmer-Almira whose accomplished performance as Max Bialystock blew me away. Sadly tomorrow is the final performance but luckily for me I’m going again!

A Bowie Celebration, Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A gathering of Bowie’s loyal and talented musicians Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Alan Childs plus vocalists including the amazing Cory Glover (Living Color’s front man) this truly was a celebration of that great, great man and his music. Playing the whole of the Diamond Dogs album followed by a melody of classic favourites this gig was a two hour twenty minutes Bowie indulgence. Four vocalists took turns in fronting the stage and even nine year old drummer talent Nandi Bushell joined the ensemble to beat out two tracks with amazing maturity (nine years old!!!!).
Fab venue and fab show.

Beautiful,The Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

January 2020 sees the beginning of a year long tour of the Carol King musical ‘Beautiful’.
Opening in Bromley and starring local girl Daisy Wood-Davis, this musical treat has got off to a swinging start! Daisy is outstanding as Carol King and absolutely stole the show with her incredible singing voice and acting talent. She is surrounded by an exceptionally cast whose all round performances make this a fabulous night out. A sell out in Bromley but check out future dates and venues as it travels around the country, including a return to London at the New Wimbledon Theatre in March.
Once again loved it!!!!!