Addams Family Tour 2017

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Addams Family Tour 2017

A new production of this musical comedy The Addams Family will tour the UK and Ireland in 2017


Directed by Matthew White, the show will open in Edinburgh on April 20, 2017, before touring to locations including Northampton, Southend, Birmingham, Truro, Cardiff and Dublin.

It is scheduled to finish at the Lowry in Salford on September 9, 2017, with further tour dates to be announced.

It has music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show, based on the characters created by Charles Addams, previously enjoyed a run of nearly two years on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. Casting for the forthcoming tour is yet to be announced.

The Addams Family original stories were adapted into two Hollywood films in the ’90s, The Addams Family and its sequel The Addams Family Values, which starred Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá and Christina Ricci.

Plot Summary. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family! Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. All the usual clan are present – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.

The show is being produced by United Theatrical, Aria Entertainment and Music and Lyrics, through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

For further information, please visit Twitter: @AddamsFamilyUK

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Mixed Voice Production of West Side Story

Good luck to Mixed Voice for their opening night tonight of West Side Story at the Norwich Playhouse. A lot of talent in this group! I know many of them personally from their performances with the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre.It is great to see them grow and progress .Have a fab opening night guys!

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighbourhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre and for many, the story holds up just as well today as it did five decades ago.

Bernstein’s fantastic score for the musical includes Something’s Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight & I Feel Pretty.

Performances at 7.30pm daily, plus 2.30pm matinee on Sat 27 Aug

Suggested for age 12+

Blood donors of the future

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The NHS have launched a new campaign to increase the number of blood donors. I have been a donor for several years. It does not hurt! It is NOT scary and there are seldom any side effects. PLEASE PLEASE try it! You never know when you will be the one in need of blood!!


News: Global call for blood donors of the future

Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016


Global call for blood donors of the future


  • Blood services around the world join Missing Type campaign to reverse decline in new donors.
  • Survey reveals 30% drop in new donors across 21 countries last year compared to decade ago
  • NHS Blood and Transplant says younger and more diverse blood donor community needed in England
  • Campaign launches 16th August 2016

Every second three people across the world receive a life changing blood transfusion.

And every minute, thanks to blood donors, three units of blood are issued to hospitals in England to treat patients.

But NHS Blood and Transplant is uniting with blood donor organisations across 21 countries to highlight an almost 30% international drop in people becoming blood donors compared to a decade ago.

The number of people becoming donors and giving blood for the first time in England decreased by 24.4% in 2015 compared to 2005.

NHS Blood and Transplant – which first held Missing Type in England and North Wales in 2015 – this year brings together 25 blood services from 21 countries in a global campaign to call for new blood donors to ensure blood donation for future generations.

Throughout the campaign As, Bs and Os, the letters of the main blood groups, will disappear in everyday and iconic locations around the globe. And patients from around the world have thanked blood donors in a moving video to highlight that in a world without As, Bs and Os, they would not be here.

Across the Missing Type countries, which cover one billion of the world’s population, there are some differences in the numbers of donors and blood groups most in demand but all share the need for more new donors.

In England, the focus is on a particular need for more young blood donors and more black and Asian donors.

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, the service that collects, tests and processes blood for hospitals across England, said: “Blood donation is an amazing gift. Transfusions save lives and transform health for millions across the world. Every donation can help or save up to three patients and last year in England alone 900,000 people gave blood – helping up to 2.7 million patients. Whether it is patients receiving treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents or during surgery, or new mums who lost blood in childbirth, blood is an absolutely essential part of modern healthcare.


“Thanks to the generosity of our current donors, hospitals have the blood needed to treat patients and there is not a crisis in blood stocks. Despite overall blood use in hospitals declining, we need more young donors to safeguard blood donation for future generations. And it’s vital the blood donor community reflects the diversity of the population because blood types vary across communities and patients need well-matched blood.


“Don’t worry if you’ve never given blood before and don’t know what blood group you are – you find out shortly after your first donation. What’s important is that you register as a donor and book your first appointment to donate. We particularly need new A negative and O negative donors, and people willing to become dedicated platelet donors.”


A number of high profile brands and organisations are backing the campaign, with Microsoft, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Boots and Manchester City amongst organisations featuring in a new TV advert that will also be seen across social media. Other major supporters include Lloyds Bank, and Royal Mail, who is issuing a special postmark to support the campaign. The postmark will be applied to millions of items of stamped mail from Tuesday 16 August to Friday 19 August.


NHS Blood and Transplant’s donor recruitment work, including last year’s Missing Type campaign, the introduction of a digital real time booking system, and the use of social media to recruit new donors, have led to people signing up and starting to donate. But new donors are needed every year to replace those who can no longer donate as well as ensure the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs now and in the future.


Barriers to people becoming blood donors identified by blood services taking part in the Missing Type campaign include:

Wider and more exotic travel

People having less time to give in an increasingly busy world

Lack of awareness of the process

Lack of awareness about the need for more diverse blood donors

Fear of needles

You can start donating blood across the UK from age 17. But last year in England only around 1 in 10 (11%) of blood donors were aged between 17 and 24, while more than half (54%) were aged 45 and over.4 Younger donors are important to ensure blood donation for future generations.

Elizabethan Costume

Royal Shakespeare Company Elizabethan Costume

A new acquisition to the Thespis collection.A beautifully made costume by the Royal Shakespeare Company.The bodice is beautifully corseted and fitting tightly into the waist and laces up at the back.It has a very full skirt and lovely shaped sleeves.Incredibly  heavy!



No Mans Land

No Man’s Land

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Legends of stage and screen Patrick Stewart (X-Men) and Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) return to the West End in Harold Pinter’s comic tour de force No Man’s Land.

First produced over forty years ago, No Man’s Land unites two ageing writers Hirst and Spooner for one night of hard drinking and fast talking. As the alcohol continues to flow and the stories continue to pile up, Hirst and Spooner’s animated discussion takes a darker turn and two menacing younger men turn up to join them.

Following a sold-out run on Broadway, Sean Mathias’ celebrated revival honours Pinter’s unflinching gaze into the void. No Man’s Land delves deep into the Nobel laureate’s favourite themes, such as the frailty of memory and the perennial struggle that is human interaction, but remains vibrant, rich and comic. While other playwrights typically wrestle with these themes in sombre, sententious tones, Pinter’s absurdist masterpiece is funny and clear and is performed to perfection by Stewart and McKellen in this latest, striking production.

Playing at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from September, No Man’s Land brings together two superstar actors in one extraordinary play. Don’t miss out, book your tickets today.

“Harold Pinter’s masterpiece is back in a glowing revival.” – Time Out New York
“An irresistible celebration of two actors’ love affairs with their scripts.” – New York Times


Carmen High

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Carmen High

Carmen High is a theatrical mash up of opera, hip hop,original songs and classical music that reinvents the opera of Carmen. It is a powerful story about a popular mean girl( we all know them , don’t we?) who jokingly dates a high school outcast. A story of fitting in and not fitting in, being bullied , being popular, peer pressures, pop culture, friendship and rape.Carmen High is conceived in concept, lyrics and dialogue by Stephanie Vlahos and features the music from the Bizet opera with original songs.Georgia Mendes who plays Carmen is a credible seductress and the centre of attention of all the boys. There are some very promising voices in this group and under Stephanie Vlahos ‘ direction they hit all the right notes.Fabulous production.Hope to see them back next year at the Fringe.

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating  5/5


Benjamin Britten’s Little Sweep

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Well done to Adrian Connell and the cast of Little Sweep who achieved a fab 4 star review for their production of Little Sweep at the Ed Fringe.This is not an mean feat if you look at the number of shows that barely scraped one or two stars together! Anyway, I have re-blogged the review below for all to read:

Little Sweep Review Edinburgh 2016

4 Star

Show details

Venue: Augustine Unmited Church

Company : Norfolk Youth Music Theatre

Running Time : 60 mins

Production: Adrian Connell( Director, Musical Director and Pianist)

Clean sweep as Norfolk Youth Theatre step up the musical ladder to present Benjamin Britten’s opera about a genteel family , re-enacting a family legend of how they saved one small child from a life going up the chimneys of big houses.The production has a mainly young cast who sing the opera after an opening scene when they hear a favourite tale in the nursery on a wet afternoon.The tale is that the girls of the house along with their cousins rescue Sam , a nine year old , who has been sold to Black Bob , a brutal sweep master, by his father in order to put food on the family table.This is Sam’s first day and he gets stuck up the first chimney he climbs.Once he is rescued and cleaned up he is smuggled out the next morning in the visiting family’s luggage.The opera is beautifully sung by the cast with Rowan , the nursery maid played by Isabella Pitman to the fore with some of the most challenging parts.This is a scaled down production for NYMT but what lacks in cast numbers it makes up by rising to the challenge of operatic singing.

Bubble Revolution

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Bubble Revolution
This was our first performance of the day.It is a one-woman revolutionary fairy tale about growing up during and after the fall of communism in Poland.

55 years after Berlin Wall divided Europe, 27 years after communism collapsed,

It relates a story of a girl wanting to be Michael Jackson, an adolescent experiencing cheap wine and bad sexit is a story of a woman dreaming about love .Bubble Revolution is the story of Wiktoria who wanted to be called something more exotic like Claudia or Samantha (even without the “th”) and her journey through a magical land filled with memories,colours,scents and sounds of the past. Oh and Nutella! Interspersed with Polish sentences Wiktoria recalls her father’s bedtime stories about launching a “naughty ” Lenin to Mars, ponders about the importance of bubble gum in her life and the excitement felt when finally being able to visit the West (Norway) filling the car with cans of Coca Cola, Sprite and Tonic.It was probably the best show we watched that day.Wiktoria was played by Kasia Lech and performed in English with a Polish accent and a slight touch of Irish. Very poignant performance with an unexpected ending. A must see!!!

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating   5/5

New Town Theatre (Venue 7)     13:45 55 minutes      Suitability: 14+ Guide         Group: Polish Theatre Ireland


My Leonard Cohen

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A tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen

A tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen performed by Stewart D’Arrietta’ s six piece band. Having seen a tribute show to Simon and Garfunkle last year where the guys sounded totally like them , we were perhaps expecting more of the same with this one .However, Stewart sounded more like Louis Armstrong than Leonard Cohen at times and the songs were more his interpretation rather than copy of Leonard Cohen. Not a fan of a Rod Stewart style gruff voice but audience seem to like it. Oh well, some you win some you lose.

Thespis Rating  3/5

Assembly Hall  (Venue 35)  16:30, 18:15    1 hour 15 minutes       Suitability: 12+        Group: Stewart D’Arrietta

Worbey & Farrells Rhapsody

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Worbey & Farrells Rhapsody. Our second performance of the day .This duo bring their unique style to the world greatest music ranging from Liszt to Queen.An amazing show that one minute throws you into fits of laughter and the next moves you to tears. Utterly dazzling!

M Bicknell

Thespis  5/5


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland — 9 to 5
Today we kicked off the day with the feel-good musical 9 to 5 performed by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Based on the 1980s cult movie with Dolly Parton , it featured original music from Dolly Parton’s score.A clever use of the set made all the scene changes seamless and unobtrusive.You can not but fill houses with a musical like that at the Fringe.Awesome!!

Thespis Rating 5/5

The Games a Foot

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The Game’s a Foot

This spectacular show was followed by a more sedate theatre production called “The game’s a foot,Try the fish”it was a hilarious one-man performance by award-winning comedian and writer Tom Taylor.It was a cross between an Agatha Christie and a PG Woodhouse novel.There were plenty of laughs in this 1920s/1930s murder mystery.n Thespis Rating 5/5

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Comedian and writer Tom Taylor

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360 Allstars

360 Allstars  Edinburgh Fringe Review 2016        T T T T 


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360 Allstars
The last two days have been full on packed with a variety of events that you can only experience at the Fringe.Yesterday we started the day with the action packed show “360 Allstars”.This is a phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation.Boasting a stellar international cast , including world champion athletes and world class performers, the production connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical reinvention of circus.It was energetic, loud and a great show for the whole family.

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating  4/5

Assembly Hall (Venue 35) 16:20 Aug 10-14, 16-29 1 hourSuitability: U

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360 Allstars


Variety is the spice of life


Tonight our final show this evening. The Blues Brothers-Live. Will give my review tomorrow.

Dusting off the shades!!

It seems to me that the standard of performances is getting higher every year at the Fringe or we are just getting better at picking the winners!!

Out Of The Blue  

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Acapella boy band from Oxford University

Then …..Out of the blue…

13th run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

No not some surprise but the name of an acapella boy band from Oxford.These acapella bands are definitely the “in” thing this year at the Fringe .Who said you could be too old to go and see a boyband????? These 12 charming lads are all students at Oxford and are at the Fringe for the 13th year running.The proceeds of their performances and sales of cds all go to a local charity and a retiring collection is held at the end of each performance. It is a very entertaining family show! Would definitely recommend them.Great atmosphere and great music.These guys continue to fill large venues. I have followed this group for 8 years and they never disappoint they have become a high lite of the the festival.

Out of the Blue is proud that their show is supporting Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice, based near their Oxford home

Assembly, George Square Theatre.   (Venue 8)   14:45 Aug 10-15, 17-29         50 minutes          Suitability: U

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating : 5/5