Laughalot, Cryalot; Spamalot

Monty Python Spamalot  is currently enjoying huge success at The Playhouse Theatre, London with a new performance schedule, with two shows on Fridays (at 6pm and 9pm, so there are two chances to laugh-a-lot however bad your week’s been). The show is based on the movie Monty Python And The Holy Grail which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Very, very, very Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, witch burnings, flying cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

“The season at The Playhouse, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too! During the run, there have been 27 on stage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), six outbreak of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used.”

What the press have said about the new West End production:

“Former Python Eric Idle has come up with a simpler, shorter and zingier version, which in Christopher Luscombe’s fresh-as-paint production, recalls Monty Python’s roots in undergraduate review. The lady sitting next to me spent most of the show physically helpless with laugher. BOOK YOURSELF A TICKET – IN THESE DARK DAYS IT WILL HELP YOU LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE” – Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

“I honestly haven’t laughed so hard and so many times in years” 5 stars – Daily Star Sunday

“A lovely pudding of British silliness topped off with Eric Idle’s hilarious songs!” – Magic 105.4

“Lovingly reformed from the classic film, the new Spamalot had audiences in stitches” – Mail on Sunday

“Spamalot is really great. If you haven’t seen it, go, GO” – Chris Tarrant, BBC Radio 2

We was invited along to a day of Dick and Dom fun, before the show the boys participated in a promotional video outside of the Playhouse, where they; along with about 100 other children chanted with banners ‘Spamalot’ and they even shouted the one and only famous ‘Bogeys’. Dick and Dom even came out to greet everyone dressed in their finest wear as King Henry and manservant Patsy.

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Once the boys were filmed chanting, dancing and doing a bit of galloping we was invited inside to watch the show. Seated in the stalls, surrounded by the odd celebrity, we had the perfect view of the stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect but knew that there would be a few giggles and we wasn’t disappointed, I have never laughed so much before, it was hilarious. The boys giggled away at parts that they understood and with mouths agape giggled with embarrassment when they heard a swear word (there are a few). The Diva of the show Carley Stenson is the fabulous Lady of The Lake and stole the show with her stunning voice singing songs such as ‘The Song that Goes like This’ with Sir Galahad.

The legends Dick and Dom proved that they are not just for the television but also have stage talent too, they have fitted into the cast brilliantly with roles that are perfect for them. Dominic’s facial expressions are hilarious, he doesn’t have as many lines as Dick but he is on stage just as much and with his very expressive dumb founded looks there are no need for words. Not only do they both act but they sing so well too, dueting in ‘I’m all Alone’, they had the audience in stitches and they seemed to be in their element singing ‘always look on the bright side of life’, which the audience got to sing along with them at the end of the show.

What Jak (my 11-year-old) has to say:

“Dick and Dom suited their characters perfectly, Dick being the self-centered, boastful King Arthur and Dom being the confused, hilarious manservant Patsy. My favourite part was when King Arthur sung ‘I’m All Alone’, even with Patsy right beside him. The chemistry of their singing and their expressions enhanced me and had me in fits”

The show is full of humour and obviously as it is a musical, lots of songs. The whole cast is superb, and even though Dick and Dom had only been on stage performing with them for a week it felt like they had been together for longer. I loved the French Castle scene, with the French Soldier spitting insults and taunting King Arthur and his Knights. The soldier makes strange noises, sticking out his tongue at King Arthur and as King Arthur tries to reason with him, he gets interrupted mid sentence with “Ah don wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! Ah fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!” My self and everyone else in the audience were in fits of hysterical giggles, i had tears and my cheeks were burning with so much laughter.

I would definite recommend everyone to watch it, young, old, monty python fans you will have a ball!

We was lucky enough to be invited downstairs to the after show, where the boys got to meet and greet the cast and crew

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I think that this probably was the best part of the day for Jak, he adores Dick and Dom and occasionally embarrasses me along with his Dad by shouting Bogeys in very quiet public places (thank you Dick and Dom!) After mingling with the stars, meeting some very lovely people and eating the ginger Knights we made our way home with some fabulous memories of our day.

Spamalot, Laughalot, cryalot and in the words of my son It was Epic!

We was invited along to the show for the purpose of this review, thank you to Boom ents!

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Dick and Dom Want YOU! Star in their Spamalot promotional video

Young upstarts Dick and Dom to play King Arthur and Patsy in Spamalot And they want you to star in their video!

CBBC’s Dick and Dom will star together on stage in Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre, where they will play the roles of King Arthur and Patsy from 2nd December for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year festive period.

Having found fame as presenters of double BAFTA Award winning BBC1 weekend show, Dick and Dom In Da House, Dick and Dom have presented a wide range of TV and radio show including CBBC’s Splatalot, BBC Radio 1’s The Sunday Morning Show, Sky1’s Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Challenge TV’s Takeshi’s Castle. They even starred on the big screen when they appeared in Horrid Henry: The Movie, but appearing together in Spamalot will be the pair’s West End musical debut.

-Dick (Richard McCourt) said; “I’ve always been a huge fan of all things Monty Python and so am very excited about the fact that I’m getting the chance to prove myself as King Arthur and take hold of the mighty Excalibur.”

-Dom (Dominic Wood) said; “Everyone knows the legendary Always Look On The Bright Side and so I can’t wait to get started as Patsy and to be able to perform the song on stage each night.”

Spamalot wants you in their video:

We’re looking for children aged 6 – 13 to star in a short video on 7th December. We will be meeting at Embankment station, London at 1.30pm and walking to the theatre with placards, chanting “Dick and Dom” who you may well get to meet! The first 50 people to confirm they would like to be involved will be given a pair of tickets to see the show on the same day at either the 2.30pm or 8pm performance.

No cash payment is offered for an appearance and the video will be used for publicity purposes. If you would like to be part of the Spamalot team for the day, simply email marketing@booments.com with your name and child’s (children’s) name and numbers and we will confirm participation. Note, you must be available on Saturday 7th December and able to meet at 1.30pm.

Showings are, Monday – Thursday at 8.00pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8.00pm (no Wednesday matinee). Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!

THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE Tickets: £15 – £65. ON SALE NOW

Box Office: 0844 871 7627 | www.spamalotwestend.co.uk

This is not a sponsored post, my boys are taking part in the video and i want to share the brilliant news of the casting!

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Brainiac Live; Science Abuse Review

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Laughing in the face of Science!

Brainiac Live is currently at Palace Theatre, London, Until 18th August the show is all about solving baffling scientific mysteries, exploding caravans and blowing up microwaves, with the odd electric shock and quizzes thrown in too. After five years and more than 60 programmes following the Brainiac boffins’ explosive voyage of scientific discovery on Sky TV, they’ve decided to take to the road and bring their madcap brand of experimentation to the theatre so that you can get up close and personal with Brainiac Science Abuse.

Brainiac has a simple core idea: to explore everyday science in an entertaining and anarchic way. Not only do they blow up caravans but they also ask the important questions in life “Is it possible to walk on custard?” They have done countless experiments involving explosions, mess and pain e.g Broken the sound barrier with a tin of vegetables, launched a garden shed on huge rockets and made a 25 metre fireball using 40 litres of petrol.

Brainiac Live is a brilliant, exciting show, just like the TV Show with plenty of surprises, extremely loud bangs, facts, fun and lots of Brainiac madness.

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On Wednesday we all made our way to the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue to see for ourselves what it was all about, Jak loves watching Brainiac and is Science mad always making up little experiments so he was really looking forward to seeing it Live. Unfortunately daddy wasn’t feeling well so we took Oliver (our 24 month) with us, it is advised on the website that children under 4.5 shouldn’t go but as we didn’t have childcare I thought we would just give it a go. Lucky for us our seats were on the edge in the stalls (N5 -N2), we had a clear view of all of the stage and the seats were comfortable with plenty of space. Oliver had his own seat, which he was pleased as he got to stand up whenever he wanted. We settled down in our seats and got out the pringles and drink that we just bought, Jak had got a programme of the show ( costing £4) and he was reading through it when the lights when down and the music started. The show was about to begin!

The show started with a huge bang as they blew up the Caravan that was on the stage.

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The cast of the show got the audience participating by clapping and shouting along, even Oliver joined in

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The show was just as exciting as we thought it would be, we laughed at the jokes, especially when the Brainiacs did a dance to Beyoncé ‘Single ladies’

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We watched Brainiacs get electric shocks from a live fence, get spun around in a office chair by rockets, have their fingers frozen with Liquid Nitrogen and run through plaster board and netting (or at least try to!)

We laughed at the jokes, we covered our ears at the bangs (which were very loud) and we were amazed at the Science.

Towards the end of the show the Brainiacs asked for some help from the audience to catch some circles of smoke that were shot out from huge airzookas, Jak jumped up and shouted along with all of the other children in the audience but the lucky little boy got picked and off he went up to the stage. He was put in a team with two other people that also got picked and he was given a large hoop to catch the smoke circles with and sent out into the audience. His team were against the Brainiacs and guess who won, Yes, Jak’s team did!

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 Their reward for winning was to blow up a microwave, they got to push the button on stage and watch the microwave go up with a bang.

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The show really was a blast! It’s all the children have spoken about since coming home, they absolutely loved it! It is the most fun and interactive show we have watched. The programme that Jak bought is brilliant full of information, quizzes and experiments, definitely worth the £4 and definitely a keepsake.

The show is Currently being shown at Palace Theatre, London until the 18th August, and we would highly recommend a visit to watch it.

For more information visit www.brainiaclive.com I currently have tickets up for grabs on the blog, but quickly the comp ends tonight 9th august 2013

We was given 4 tickets for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received, sorry about the quality of photos, they were taken on my iphone and it was very bright on the stage.

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CBeebies Sid Sloane ‘Sids Show’ Family Ticket Giveaway

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Winner @RedRoseMummy

Oscar Stardust Productions Presents the Tour of

SIDS SHOW

Join Sid from CBeebies Live On Stage

CBeebies longest-serving presenter Sid Sloane is due to make the jump from screen to stage this autumn, when he embarks on a nationwide tour of his brand-new, fun-filled show which promises to knock audiences’ socks off! Receiving its official Premiere in Brighton on 30 October, the extensive tour will encompass over 30 venues across England and Wales.

Follow Sid as he sets out on an heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have gone… share in with the fun as Sid adventures to the bottom of the ocean, through the depths of the jungle and floating into outer space. Meet an array of funny characters and discover plenty of surprises along the way! This interactive 55 minute long show is crammed with games, songs, poems and magic guaranteed to put a smile on little faces.

Written by Rachel Barnett and directed by Dominique Gerrard, SID’s SHOW is a LIVE family-friendly adventure (suitable for ages 3+).

This new live-show comes on the cusp of launching a new televised children’s series, ‘Let’s Play’, to be presented by Sid. The series inspires pre-schoolers to discover the world through creative role-play and dressing-up. Due to air on CBeebies later this year, ‘Let’s Play’ will be co-presented by newcomer Rebecca Keatley.

SID’s SHOW will tour well into 2013. For further information about the show visit: www.sidsloane.org

Tour Dates/2012

3 November Skegness – The Embassy
10 November Redhill – Harlequin
2 December Winchester – Discovery centre

2013

2 February Fareham – Ferneham hall
3 February Catford – The Broadway
9 February Truro – The hall for cornwall
11 February Cardiff – St David’s Hall
15 February Bolton – The Albert Halls
16 February Barrow-in-Furness – Forum
17 February Lytham-St Annes – Lowther Pavilion
18 February Clitheroe- The Grand
19 February Ellesmere Port- Civic hall
20 February Tamworth – Assembly rooms
21 February Worthing – The Pavilion
22 February Burgess Hill – The Martlets hall
24 February Stevenage – Gordon Craig
2 March Basildon – The Mirren Studio
10 March Basingstoke – The Anvil
17 March Camberley – Camberley theatre
23 March Bishops Stortford- Rhodes Arts
30 March Embassy ball’ (Bunns Leisure)
6 April Warrington – The Parr Hall
7 April Shrewsbury – Theatre Seven
13 April Grays – Thameside theatre
21 April Clacton – Westcliff Theatre
27 April Solihull – Arts complex
28 April Weston-s-Mare Playhouse
5 May Tunbridge Wells
29 June Lichfield- The Garrick theatre
30 June Burnley- The mechanics theatre

The show is ideal for families with children aged between 3 and 7 years old.

I have been given One family ticket to give away on the blog comprising of either: 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children to any of the single performance on the UK Tour as seen above.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets please do the following:

  • Answer the following question and leave the answer in the comment box below

‘Where will Sid’s adventures take you?

  • Like Sid Sloane on Facebook and leave a comment below to let me know you have done so
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Competition terms:

This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for those associated with the production company, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.

You must do all of the above to be in with a chance of winning, please leave an email or twitter name so i can contact you if you are the winner.

The competition will run for 2 weeks and will end on 3rd november at Midnight. The winner will be contacted the following day and your details will be passed on to the PR.

The winner may be required to take part in publicity

All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize is subject to availablity.

Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter, and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

Mumofthreeboys is responsible for the advertising and the adjudication of the competition, All other facilities connected with the provision of the prize are the responsibility of the Promoter.

The winner will be drawn using Random Number Generator and my decision is final.

Good Luck To you all 🙂

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