Shrek the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek The Musical has been the theatre performance I was most eager to see after hearing the UK Tour was making it’s way to Bristol Hippodrome this Summer.

I’m sure we’ve all seen Shrek. If not, where have you been? It’s one of my favourite childhood movies. But if you haven’t, here’s a snippet from the Press Release which will give you an idea of the story. “Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance”.

I’m always sceptical about seeing my favourite movies turned to stage musicals. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with them. But Shrek is now up there with my favourites which include School of Rock on Broadway and Billy Elliott at the West End. It was absolutely brilliant.

Shrek the Musical Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek the Musical Bristol Hippodrome

The star of the show for me was Samuel Holmes. Playing the “vertically challenged” Lord Farquaad – on his knees for the entire performance. Every moment he was on stage left the audience in stitches. From his dancing – waving his stick thin legs around – to a workout session and a horse named Brexit. A perfectly timed, comical performance from start to finish.

Thursday’s performance saw understudy Micheal Carolan playing Shrek who interpreted the character flawlessly and Princess Fiona was played by X-Factor runner up Amelia Lily. Showcasing her musical talent but adding a comical aspect to the Love Island addicted puppeteering Princess.

Micheal Ayton had big shoes to fill playing Shrek’s lovable companion Donkey, which is played by Eddie Murphy in the Oscar-winning feature film, but it’s safe to say he filled them well, another stand out performance for me. And of course it wouldn’t be Shrek without the Fairytale Creatures such as Gingy, Pinocchio, the Three Blind Mice and a cross-dressing Big Bad Wolf. Yes, you heard me right. These little adaptions made the show all the more brilliant, adding a modern, comical twist on a classic fairytale.

Nigel Harman returns as director for this production and along with Tim Hatley’s clever set/costume design and Hugh Vantone’s Lighting design this performance was faultless from start to finish. I’d see it again tomorrow if I could.

Shrek the Musical is at the Bristol Hippodrome until Sunday 19th August. Tickets start at £19.50 and available on ATG Tickets via this link.

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The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome

The Play That Goes Wrong, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre is well into it’s second nationwide tour after it’s 2017 sell-out success. Winning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Broadway transfer picking up a 2017 Tony Award this really is a “must see”.

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s’ murder mystery play “The Murder at Haversham Manor” but as you could expect, everything that could go wrong, does. And I mean everything. From the common script mistakes and missed cues to huge catastrophes. They had you laughing before the show even began, interacting with the audience whilst sorting some “problems” with the set. Admittedly it took me a few scenes to get into the slapstick style “so bad it’s good” humour but within minutes the whole audience, including myself, were erupting with laughter.

The Play That Goes Wrong is filled with unthinkable stunts, choreographed and timed to perfection. There were points where we were all crying with laughter, tears running down our faces at things that really shouldn’t have been funny, but the timing was just perfect. And even though everything was meant to go wrong, there were still parts that left you wondering whether they were supposed to happen.  It was clear that the cast were feeding off the audience and enjoying putting on the show as much as we all enjoyed watching it. Bobby Hirston that played Cecil in particular – stopping to take in the laughs like a child at a school play would. Absolutely spot on “bad acting” if that makes any sense at all. You really have to see it to understand. So what are you waiting for? Tickets start from just £16.50.

The Play That Goes Wrong is at Bristol Hippodrome from 16th July – 21st July with tickets starting from just £16.50. Tickets can be bought following this link.

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Valley Fest and a Weleda Skin Food Facial

When I was invited to attend Valley Fest as a guest of Weleda I jumped at the chance. Valley Fest is based within the Chew Valley Lakes, Chew Magna to be exact, which is only a 30 minute drive from mine. It’s nice to be able to attend an event that’s a little more local to me, rather than having to spend half the day travelling. Valley Fest is a festival of “food, music and fun” – and really is in the most gorgeous location. When I saw the tents pitched up overlooking the Chew Magna Lake, it made me regret not camping. Just imagine waking up to these views. Absolutely breathtaking.

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We arrived at Valley Fest at 10am and made our way to the Weleda tents to say hello to the girls. I’d already met Naomi and Sophie at the Bristol Bloggers Meet so it was nice to see some familiar faces. I also met Carol who was going to be giving me my Weleda Skin Food Facial later that day.

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Before we did anything else, it was straight to Pukka for a cup of tea. They had so many on offer and they were so affordable. I know “it’s only tea” but Jess and I expected them to be around £3 each considering it was a festival yet they were only £1. They were also selling their eco-cups for £10 which included free tea for the entire weekend. I tried the Supreme Matcha Green Tea and fell in love and Jess had the Mint Refresh which is now a firm favourite of hers.

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There was so much going on when we looked around. Zumba at the “Lake Stage”, a Circus Workshop at “The Yard”, Chicken Run showing at “The Flicks” and a Baby Massage Class at Weleda. There was something for everyone. We had a wander around the various retail tents, selling everything from clothing, to incense, to handmade mosaic ornaments. But before we knew it, it was time to head back to Weleda for our Skin Food Facials.

Skin Food is Weleda’s signature product – it’s “a universal saviour of dry, rough skin” with “extracts of gentle viola tricolour, calendula and chamomile”. Skin Food is full of High Quality, Natural Ingredients. The facial was based around this product – starting with a aromatic rosemary compress to awaken my tired looking skin and moving on to a cleanse to remove any excess make-up. This was followed by a relaxing facial massage. I completely forgot that I was in a tent in the middle of a field, I could have been anywhere. The Skin Food was then used as a mask before the facial was finished with a lavender compress.

I’ve been using the Weleda Skin Food since the Bristol Bloggers Meet over a year ago – yet I’d never thought of using it as a mask. Which is definitely something I’m going to try at home with my sample that was given to me after the facial. My skin felt amazing immediately afterwards and I let the oils continue working their magic for the rest of the day. But more importantly I felt well and truly relaxed. And hungry of course, so it was time to find lunch.

Jess went for a Quesadilla from The Mexican Kitchen and I had a Vegetarian Curry from the Yeo Valley Canteen. For dessert we both had Eton Mess, again from the Yeo Valley Canteen. And I couldn’t resist one of their Gluten Free Brownies – divine. Again I was so impressed with the value of the food compared to other festivals. My curry was around £5 and it was a giant portion, the brownie was £1.5o and the Eton Mess £2.50. It was then time to head back to Pukka for a final cup of tea before leaving Valley Fest.

We had such a lovely day at the festival. We really didn’t want to leave. The atmosphere, the views, the food – everything was perfect. Not forgetting the wonderful facial from Weleda. That made the day for us. Thank you Weleda, and Valley Fest for having us.

Have you been to Valley Fest or anything like this before? I’d love to go again.

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Bristol Foodies Festival 2016

I loved last year’s Bristol Foodies Festival so I was pleased to get the opportunity to attend this year’s. Foodie Festivals are carried out throughout the year (mainly in the summer months) at various locations around the UK. The next one is at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on 3rd-5th June and then Blackheath Common, London 8th-10th July. You can buy tickets in advance here. I’ve got a post all about the Foodie Festivals here if you’d like to find out more information.

Sam and I attended on the Sunday this year and the weather was lovely. We got stuck into the samples right away. Healthy eating is completely forgotten about on days like these, I want to try absolutely everything. We had a quick wonder around but we arrived at lunchtime so wanted to have something substantial before filling up on samples. You can tell how hungry we were as I didn’t get a chance to photograph any of our food. Sam had a chicken wrap and I had a vegetarian chilli quesadilla, they were both around £6.5o.

Once we’d had our lunch it was sample trying time, you always end up eating foods in such a strange order at shows like these. It’ll be crisps, then a little fudge, then cheese then maybe some jerk chicken and a dessert of chorizo.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

We started off with chilli, yep straight into the hot stuff, I loved the Chilli Alchemist stand. I’m one of these people that think they can handle anything so I went straight for the hottest one and my mouth was on fire, oops. We then went and tried some cheese from one of many cheese stands, Great British Cheese, which we’d tried at previous shows. They had some lovely cheese on offer, even chocolate orange and sticky toffee pudding which were strangely nice. We bought 3 cheeses for £10, Piri Piri, The Drunken Monk and Mature Cheddar with Smokey Peppadew Peppers and Garlic. Sam really enjoyed the crisps at the Taste Of Game stand.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

It was then onto the sweet stuff, I mentioned in last week’s post that I’m so fussy with chocolate. I’m always amazed when I find something I like and I never expect to love it as much as I loved the Brocs Chocs Chocolate. The Chilli, Strawberry and Honey flavours were my favourites. The fudge was just as lovely, we ended up buying Country Classic, Baileys, Salted Caramel, Caramel and Orange Chocolate from the Black Cat Fudge Stand, it wasn’t all for us, promise.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

There was so much to choose from in terms of more substantial food at the Foodies Festival. I took these photos of my favourites. How fantastic is this ‘Pizza Bike’, I’m sad I didn’t spot this before I had my quesadilla as I would have loved to try one of these. I also loved the Mini Bean Coffee mini. All of the stands had tried so hard to be different and quirky which made them really stand out.

Bristol Foodies Festival

Bristol Foodies Festival

The last stand we visited was Seeds Of Change, selling a range of organic goods from cooking sauces to rice products. They had a spinach pasta in a tomato sauce with basil for us to try, it was gorgeous. They were also handing out vegetable and herb seeds so I’m going to plant those when I get a chance.

Thank you Foodies Festival for the tickets, we had a lovely day, as always. We’re already looking forward to the next one.

Have you been to a Foodies Festival this year or do you plan to?

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Bristol Foodies Festival 2015

Bristol Foodies Festival

Last Sunday Sam and I attended the Bristol Foodies Festival. I’ve written a lot about the festival in my preview post here so I’m going to stick with telling you about my day in this post. Rather than telling you lots about the festival itself. As you’ll all know by now, regular readers anyway, I’m a massive foodie. I love going to the shows and trying samples of lots of new things. It’s amazing how much samples can fill you up. I almost never want lunch at Food Festivals. I often travel into London for festivals so it was lovely to attend one that was almost on my doorstep. Thank you to Foodies Festival and Lanyard Media for kindly giving Sam and I the tickets* to attend.

 

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We arrived at around 12pm, we were planning on arriving earlier but time seemed to fly that morning. I’m glad we didn’t though as it had just stopped raining by the time we got there. Outdoor festivals are never much fun in the rain. We were immediately greeted by the Stella Cidre van and given their new Elderflower and Peach ciders to try. I LOVED the Elderflower one but wasn’t too keen on the Peach. We were given a couple of vouchers for 50p off bottles so I’m going to grab a couple on my next shopping trip. I’m a big cider lover and it really was the perfect summer drink.

Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival

We had a wonder around the ‘lunch’ area but neither of us were ready for food quite yet, it’s nice to see what’s available though and I think we’d all (Sam’s brother and his girlfriend came along too) decided what we were going to have for lunch once we were hungry enough for it. We then tried some liquorice from the Liquorice Heaven; there was so many different types, my favourite was the caramel flavoured one and I also liked the liquorice in the shape of a cat too, it was much harder than usual, I don’t think you can see it very well in this picture though.

Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival

How cute are these Macarons? I went to buy some towards the end but they’d all sold out so they must have been popular. I tried some different flavoured fudges from Treats With A Twist. And loved the Cornish Sea Salt flavour. I think there’s something about Sea Salt flavoured confectionery at the moment. It’s one of my favourite treats. We then tried a selection of Chorizo’s. Even Milo sampled a couple of the milder ones and loved them. I’m sure he would have said so himself if he could talk. That’s one thing I loved about the Bristol Foodies Festival is that is was outdoors and allowed dogs so we could bring out little Milo along too.

 

Bristol Foodies Festival

I went to Lilo’s for lunch which had a selection of Mexican foods all served from within a little converted campervan. This is right up my street so I think I’d decided to eat here before I even knew what they were selling. I had the chicken fajita pasta which was chicken strips in a spicy fajita dressing mixed with pasta. This was served with a full salad including jalapeños (my favourite) and nachos. All for just £4 which is a fantastic price. Sam had a sausage wrapped in garlic bread that he thoroughly enjoyed.

Bristol Foodies Festival
Bristol Foodies Festival

After lunch we made our way round the rest of the show. We headed straight for the Cheshire Tea Company’s stall. They had both their Mint Chocolate and Cherry Sencha Loose Leaf Green Tea’s to try. The Cherry was gorgeous and they kindly gifted me a sachet which I’ve been loving as an afternoon tea over the last week or so. Perfect for that mid afternoon ‘pick me up’. I then spotted these Nova Colour Changing Pans. It was the pastel colour that drew me in originally but we were then given a demonstration and shown how they change colour once the pan is hot. What a clever idea, definitely something I haven’t seen before anyway.

We were handed lots of goodies when we left the show including PG Tips Green Tea, Jacobs Crispbreads, Big Babol Gum, Rice Bran Oil, Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink, a £25 Hello Fresh Gift Card and a colour of Stella Cidre Glasses. I think these ‘goodies’ are worth the £13 ticket price alone.

 

Have you been to a Foodies Festival? What did you think?

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