Month: January 2014

Stage Review of BLOOD Brothers – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

This is realistic fiction, musically narrated within a well mastered vocal performance by Kristofer Harding. In this narrator role, Harding reveals a heart wrenching tale, which is believable on one hand, and yet ends in an unlikely scenario. But we don’t mind – this is a tragedy in the dramatic sense after all. Because this is about two boys who meet aged 7 years (almost 8) who become best friends, and who, unknowingly, have blood ties. This multi-award winning musical is also about superstition and religious blackmail, and, of course, a favourite theme of author and dramatist, Willy Russell is the class divide. On one hand we have Mrs Johnstone (Maureen Nolan) living on the never-never in urban Liverpool, while on the other is her employer Mrs Lyons (Tracy Spencer) living in a more affluent area of the city. And Russell, who has always written across genres, penned the music and lyrics. The score relates very closely to the changing story-line and the darkening mood. A clever dramatic device Russell adopts is the repetition of …

Review of REBORN Matt Emulsion Paint ‘Olive Oxide’ by Newlife Paints

operating, generating new life, new life ” – lyrics by Depeche Mode The Product: Newlife Paints, in a nutshell, is pioneering ways of using processes devised by the company’s Managing Director, Keith Harrison to transform old waste paint into recycled matt emulsion paint which has been repackaged and represented for retail purposes, hence the name REBORN. Olive Oxide is one of twenty eight soft shades that make up the REBORN collection all of which were once unused paints, probably destined for nowhere else other than landfill. So as much as 90% (and a guaranteed minimum of 50%) of unwanted, end of life paint makes up one pot of REBORN Eco Paint. REBORN is a premium quality home decorating product. The Place: The factory and offices are based in Ford, West Sussex – Newlife Paints is a progressive, family run business. In the first year of production alone, Newlife reprocessed approx 100 plus tons of waste paint so the company helps in the preservation of natural environment by recycling paint that would be potentially damaging otherwise. …

My prize has arrived!

Originally posted on kittenaimz:
I’m very pleased to say that I won the blogging competition I entered back in November, about children’s development through play, and my prize was £50 to spend in their online shop. Well the choice was almost impossible! I loved the wooden play food and kitchens, especially the Le Toy Van Oven and Hob Set: http://www.dollshouses.co.uk/acatalog/le-toy-van-oven-hob-set-red.html but unfortunately it was out of stock. I admit to being desperately in love with all the wooden playsets; the pirates ship is amazing http://www.dollshouses.co.uk/acatalog/le-toy-van-barbarossa-pirate-ship.html as is the castle: http://www.dollshouses.co.uk/acatalog/le-toy-van-camelot-castle.html but in the end I went for a toy both of my children (boy aged 2 and girl aged 5) could enjoy: a wigwam! As soon as it arrived I poured it out of the box over the floor and started putting the sticks together…20 seconds later I decided this was a job for Daddy, so quickly hid the bits in the kitchen and left it for someone better at these things than me! Come the weekend Daddy had it up and in place in…

Stage Review – The Snowman

The Snowman is walking in the air and dancing across the boards at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Rep) once again; 20 years after this stage show first premiered there. The Rep had staged a further performance in 2010 which was specifically for a DVD. Since the birth of this live stage show in 1993, The Snowman has been performed in London’s theatreland (for 15 years) and has toured internationally. The musical score and lyrics, by Howard Blake, originally written for the short TV film directed by the late, Dianne Jackson, is now wholly familiar with a new generation of children. The musicians deliver a tight, celebratory performance that is honest and true to the premise. The attention to detail in the overall production is commendable, from the music box Ballerina, and the miniature Snowman on top of the Christmas cake, to the chugging old motorbike and sidecar. I admire, in fact, all infinite considerations made, big and small, in and around the scenery turnarounds. The set designs are visually appealing for a child, and …