Thursday, 30 June 2016

I've Got My Ticket... Guys and Dolls - The Musical

It was the vibrant colour and utter glamour of a print advertisement for Guys and Dolls – the musical that actually had me set on watching the show. That, and the mention of one individual cast member (Richard Fleeshman, in case you were wondering).

 

I wasn’t overfamiliar with the storyline, however what I did know was that the production had, and still is a triumphant hit in London’s West End. Thankfully, there is currently a nationwide tour going on at the same time, meaning that people won’t have to travel as far to see what audiences have been simply raving about.


Show Name: Guys and Dolls - The Musical
Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Performance Dates: Tuesday 28th June 2016 – Sat 2nd July 2016
Starring: Richard Fleeshman, Louise Dearman, Maxwell Caulfield, Anna O'Byrne
Musical Director: Andy Massey

Brief Information:
Heard of the phrase ‘pull a fast one’? – Good, because this staging, based on the short stories by Damon Runyon, is all about just that. But, if you are new to this set of words, I can inform you that the meaning behind it is humans doing wrong and most of the time, getting away with it.

New York, famed as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, is where Nathan Detroit is living with a bad reputation. This conman is in need of some extra cash, and he wants it quick. Combine this with a failing relationship with his fiancĂ©e of fourteen years Miss Adelaide, and it seems that he might well be about to get a taste of his own medicine.

My Opinion:

The plot really did thicken along the way. Sky Masterson, finds it incredibly difficult in saying no to a bet, which is why he is soon caught up gambling with the untrustworthy Mr Detroit. Although I don’t condone messing around with money, the drama of the whole shenanigans was outright absorbing. Each person unquestionably deserved to be on that stage and alone added his or her personal wit, which almost every scene was complete with.

What did you like?
In between the slang talk (something else that I’d count as another thought-provoking inclusion) linking the gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers to one another was a collection of Broadway numbers. ‘Luck Be A Lady’ and ‘My Time Of Day’ all featured as these rhythmic pieces. Though it was the enlivening rendition of ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat’ that had me wanting to get up on my feet and join in.

What would you change?
To me, I felt that the first section and second part of the show would have worked better if they were the same measure of time instead of it being shorter in the half that followed after the interval.
 
My star rating out of five:


Find out more about Guys and Dolls – The Musical, including ticket prices and performance times:
http://www.marlowetheatre.com/page/3040/Guys-And-Dolls/1056
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Fortunate Finds... Prestige Flowers

Sadly so far in my life I have only ever received a single rose from a boy. It was a classic red one and at my year six prom (yes, we had a formal do at the age of 11).

 

That all changed last week when I received this spectacular flower arrangement from Prestige Flowers.

 
The Pandora bouquet is a vibrant selection that was carefully hand-tied before arriving to me in an
attractive wrap and bag. Premium Flower Feed is a free inclusion with every order to ensure that the life of what you have paid for is worth it by being lengthened. Another bonus was a pink glass vase to display the bunch in, however the complimentary box of chocolates were missing. Unfortunately Zac Efron wasn't stood behind the door holding them either - but hey, sometimes we can't have it all!

Having said that, each product does give you the option to add in some pleasant extras at a small fee.
Along with a soft teddy bear, a birthday cake, a single bottle of wine, a packaged variety of chocolates and a balloon are all other possibilities to pop onto your order. There is also the choice of increasing the size of what you pick on some of the creations. 


With offerings to suit every occasion starting at the reasonable price of £19.99 plus delivery, that can be shipped internationally, this company is ideal to turn to when birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other special events are nearing on the calendar.

Buying through their website is really simple and their customer service is marvellous if you need to ask any questions. I spoke to a member of their staff called Philip who really went above and beyond to make certain that I was satisfied with what I was going to be presented with. *


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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Reserve At The Library... Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy

It was only three posts ago that I was telling you of my appreciation for books targeted at younger ages. There is no need for anyone, including myself, to feel awkward about what they decide to open the typed pages of. When it comes down to it, reading is simply beneficial.

 


Nancy Drew, a film about a female sleuth, is a DVD that I frequently remove from my shelf. The whole mystery and clues thing intrigues me a lot, which may be why the new paperback release of Dotty Detective caught my attention.

I didn’t recognise the author's name, but the bright pink cover and delightful artwork on the outside made me turn to the back so I could see what the story was about – and it sounded right up my street!

Dotty is settling into a new home with her mum and her twin siblings, oh, and their mischievous dog McClusky. She keeps a day-to-day account of what is currently happening in her life, including starting a new school, where she meets Beans (a boy in her class who, you guessed it! loves the tinned food).

When the school talent show approaches and it looks as if spiteful pupil Laura is planning to ruin it, Dotty and Beans join together to be the detective pair to solve the case. Along the way some unusual but funny code words feature, as does a certain snack that they use to inform each other of when they have an update on the whole investigation.

Forget the popular gang, Dotty is most definitely the kind of character I would pick in the playground to be friends with. I can relate to Dorothy (her given birth name) on quite a few things, such as she is keen on written puzzles, and my closest pal was of the male gender too.

Inside resembles the appearance of an actual diary that someone has filled in. Along with notebook ruled paper and a good size text, there are ace doodles in every direction you look, as well the addition of polaroids. From what I have learned through a visit to her official website, these were all designed by the hands of the author, who is obviously extremely talented.

Clara's previous titles I would say were aimed at 3-5 year olds, whereas this publication is more 7-11.
This is her first ever full-length story and number one in the series.
I would willingly go on to read the rest of the collection to follow.

‘Dotty Detective’ is available to purchase now from most UK retailers. *

Find out more about Clara Vulliamy on her official website:
http://claras.me

Thursday, 16 June 2016

On The Menu Today... Soreen

Every day I prepare myself a packed lunch and although I take delight in doing so, in the past I have found what food to pick is sometimes tricky. This isn't because I am really fussy, but for the reason that I prefer tucking into something different in the afternoon.

 


A few years back I started to feel unwell after eating bread and since being diagnosed with Predominant IBS not long after these symptoms began I decided to make some changes.

Now I opt for pitta bread or a smaller type (plus garlic bread at dinner twice a week) and it has made such an improvement to how I feel.

A variety of snacks, such as a cereal bar or cake slice, yogurt or desert pot, rice cake and a piece of fruit are usually what you will locate in my lunch bag at this present time. Along with mixed salads with noodles and other yummy ingredients I also LOVE putting together my own puddings.

Soreen are a brand that I am a firm customer of. Their loaves are a squidgy texture containing moist raisins that you can either leave plain or alter with numerous toppings - perfect for someone like me. Although covering mine with custard is what I am very fond of, butter, cheese, jam and chocolate spread are some other sweet alternatives.

Whatever you decide on using as the top layer Soreen provide a selection of products to fit within certain individuals schedules. The Soreen Original Malt Loaf for example, is best for savouring at home or round at a friends, while the Soreen Lunchbox Loaves are just what they say on the packaging. These fantastic on-the-move bites are also available in banana flavour too.

This food company has progressed outstandingly since their emergence and having a brilliant range is proof of this. I especially like their Original Sliced Loaf because it is so convenient, having already been cut to size.*

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

I've Got My Ticket... Let It Be - The Musical

I would like to think that almost everyone has heard of The Beatles (minus a few of the younger generation now).


They are, of course, the first ever male group that were successful literally all over the world.
Formed in Liverpool in 1960, the bands four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were applauded for their career in the music world of rock ‘n’ roll.

With today’s current musicians, both those in the charts and ones that are unsigned, continuing to cover the British foursomes iconic hits, their powerful existence still lives on. However, it is the on-stage show of ‘Let It Be’ that really does keep the presence of The Beatles alive.
 
 
Touring around various parts of the UK, this original West End production credits the individual superstars that brought us a great deal of unforgettable songs, those that include ‘She Loves You’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Come Together’, ‘Help’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and so many more.

Having already been seen in France, Germany, Moscow and Japan by an audience of over one million, I had confidence in knowing I was going to enjoy being transported to any era when I wasn’t even born.

Show Name: Let It Be - The Musical
Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Performance Dates: Monday 6th June 2016 – Sat 11th June 2016
Starring: Emanuele Angeletti, Michael Bramwell, John Brosnan, Neil Candelora, Paul Canning, Ian B Garcia, Reuven Gershon
Musical Director: John Maher

Brief Information:
There isn’t much to explain apart from that each performance is an ongoing party honouring the vocals and instrumentals of the Northen band. I can imagine that for quite a few of their loyal fans it will be like dancing around in their bedroom again as a teenager, but on this occasion they would be doing so to a completely live version.

My Opinion:

I was interested to actually know more about their rise to fame and how the Beatlemania hysteria came about. I am not going to fib and say that I knew all of the songs because I didn't, but the musicians held my interest by their adeptness both in vocals and on instruments. Not many songs in and the audience were up on their feet - An unlikely scene when most people opt to stand and applaud towards the end.

What did you like?
My favourite section was what I will call the 'Tropical' setting. Teamed with hippy outfits, Hawaiian-inspired props and a luminous drum kit face, it was very colourful. A couple of outdated televisions either side of the stage acted as concert screens for the night. They also played real video footage from back in the day through these too, as well as old-fashioned adverts, of which caused a few laughs. Alike most in the crowd I was keen to hear (and sing a long with) the catchy‘Let It Be’. Another number that my voice box got ready to combine with was ‘Twist and Shout’.

What would you change?

It was a shame that the band members weren't introduced separately at the beginning as it took me a while to figure out which person portrayed who.
 
My star rating out of five:

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