Last night I was invited to watch the 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical at The Bournemouth Pavilion with BH Live. I was so excited to see it! Fame was my first ever musical experience when I was 10 years old! I went on a school trip to London to see it. I am sure this childhood experience is what gave me my love of the theatre.
The show certainly didn’t disappoint! It was a colourful feast for the eyes, and a musical joy to the ears! The cast were incredible! I have never seen such a talented cast as a whole, they were faultless. Everyone that sang literally gave me goose bumps! The theatre came alive, the energy was high, and I was absorbed in the characters lives.
Just to give you a bit of background… Fame The Musical follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows that life throws at you.
The actors all portrayed their characters very well, and each character was unique. In particular the character of Carmen Diaz was played incredibly well, by Stephanie Rojas. You really felt the pain she was going through. She was an extremely talented actress, her voice was out of this world!
The actors were playing people a lot younger than themselves, this can be a challenge in itself, but I felt they did this well, and it wasn't a distraction for me. Perhaps at times the narrative was a little bit behind the times, (it was originally written 30 years ago), but you still get that people face similar things in today's society.
The set was simple yet effective. I think the lighting played a huge part in this. By using the back drop of the students faces, and changing the lighting on it, it made you feel like the set was constantly changing with very little effort (from a set design point of view). I also liked the way props were incorporated into dance routines, a great way of keeping the performance alive.
At times the audience were made to feel like you were there to watch the characters auditions or performances. This was very clever. At one point a teacher came into the auditorium aisle, writing notes on the actors performances. By breaking the forth wall, it made it feel like you were almost in a virtual experience,
At the end of the performance the entire auditorium were on their feet dancing to "Fame", the cast were so strong at this point, you felt like you were part of their performance. I left the theatre on such a high! Fame is on at The Bournemouth Pavilion until August 31st, I would definitely recommend it for a fun night out!
(This was a gifted experience via Bournemouth Bloggers, however all of the above opinions are my own. The images belong to BH Live and me)
I was lucky enough to head back to The Bournemouth Pavilion this week to watch the International smash hit show New Jersey Nights, with Bournemouth Bloggers, and BH Live. The show is a celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey.
VOCAL GYMNASTICS, glitz, AND JAZZ HANDS
I will be honest, I didn’t know much about the show beforehand (which is a bit of a surprise as I LOVE music), I therefore didn’t have any expectations. On arrival I noticed the age range was a little older than myself. My Nan said she would have loved it. I get why now as the music genre is mostly from her era. This didn’t matter, as I still recognised some of the songs, and loved seeing everyone dancing and singing along.
I liked that the show was predominately focused on the singing and dancing. Occasionally the singers did speak to the audience in character, providing us with information about the bands which was interesting. During the first half of the show the four singers were in front of a set, and the band were hidden behind. I was desperate for the band to come out, so we could see them playing live. They did towards the interval (much to my delight). I found this much better, as I really felt the music come to life, and the audience did too.
The four singers were incredible. They sang solo, but also as a group allowing them all to shine. The best bits (for me) were when they harmonised… it was like listening to silky butter.
DANCING, LAUGHTER, AND CHEERS
The costumes throughout the performance were stunning, So many sequins and sparkles. There were quite a few costume changes, which were slick. The costume designer really stuck to each genre really well. I genuinely thought the costumes were fantastic.
New Jersey Nights was great fun, thank you BH Live for the gifted tickets. By the end everyone was on their feet dancing, singing and clapping. If you are looking for a night full of smiles, nostalgia, dancing, and glitz this is the show for you! New Jersey Nights is still on in Bournemouth, running until August 3rd, so grab your tickets quickly!
(This was a gifted experience via Bournemouth Bloggers, however all of the above opinions are my own. The images belong to BH Live)
Pizza you say, well go on then! I am a HUGE fan of pizza, it is tasty, comforting, and well one of my many guilty pleasures! When the Bournemouth Bloggers got in touch and invited me to a Pizza Making School at the Stables Bournemouth, I jumped at the chance.
On the night there were about 15 Bournemouth Bloggers welcomed to The Stables Bournemouth. We were provided with drinks from their infamous ciders, wine, and for me a soft drink (as a non-drinker). They had set up an area for us, and had placed some tasty appetisers for us all to try, which were yum! It was such a chilled atmosphere, I love the vibe in their restaurants
Chef Campbell (the Executive Head Chef of The Stables), welcomed us all to the Pizza School and began by telling us how they make their tomato sauce for the base on their pizzas. What I really liked is that they do not buy the sauce in, they make it from scratch using fresh organic ingredients. As well as learning about the ingredients, Chef Campbell did a live demo on how to make it, with hints and tips. The tips were super handy, and can certainly be applied to everyday cooking.
Charlie the Area Chef then went on to show us how they make their Sour Dough for the pizza bases. Again all of the Sour Dough is made in house, using the very best ingredients. I personally think it is great that they make everything in house, it makes it feel authentic.
After the two demonstrations it was time to make our own pizzas! We were provided with a large selection of toppings to choose from, and guided on how to layer the ingredients. I tried to be clever and make a face, but I soon regretted this as I missed the cheese on top!
I had such a fun time! Both of the chefs were great, and extremely knowledgeable. They made the entire experience so much fun. Thank you so much for having us! I will certainly enjoy my pizzas even more knowing how much time and love goes into the making of every pizza!
(This was a gifted experience, all of the opinions and photos above are my own)
ICE ICE BABY
Who doesn’t love ice cream? When the Bournemouth Bloggers invited me to an event with The Ice Chef, how could I refuse? I was so excited to see what it was all about.
MOCKTAILS, DRY ICE, FRESH FURIT AND A LOT OF ICE
We started the night with yummy mocktails and cocktails. As a non-drinker I really welcomed the mocktail. It was apple based with fresh fruit, and was so refreshing and tasty. Lindsay who owns The Ice Chef then went on to show us how she makes her rolled ice cream on a machine that is minus 25 degrees! The whole making process was fascinating. Lindsay only uses fresh ingredients, with no preservatives. Seeing something made in front of you, then being able to eat it is amazing!
IF YOU GIVE, PEOPLE WILL GIVE BACK
What I liked about The Ice Chef in Lindsay’s back story. She has a 3 year old girl, and started from nothing. She went to Thailand and met a man who was making ice cream in a similar way. This inspired her to do it in the UK. Lindsay believes that if you give out, you will get back. As a business owner myself I totally agree, and loved her ethos.
WEDDINGS, CHILDREN’S PARTIES, FESTIVALS AND DELIVEROO
The ice chef takes their rolled ice cream making to all of the above. I think as an experience it is fab and I would highly recommend it. It is fun for both adults and children. For me I loved learning something new. It also satisfied my sweet tooth. Go check them out... Kxx
(this was a gifted experience. All opinions are my own, and the photos are my own)
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx