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Review Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live!

Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live
Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live

well I know a few ladies would be Jealous of my latest visit to the Orchard Theatre, well Mr Bloom is there yes Ben Faulks I hear shrieks ?

Featuring all of the much loved elements of the TV show, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) will be joined by all his gardening friends: Margaret, Joan, Colin, Raymond and Sebastian, the lovable Wee MacGregors, and not forgetting Mr Bloom’s trusty machine ‘The Compostarium’. Come and sing along to all your favourite songs: This Is My Allotment, Meet The Veggies, The Compo Song and Night Night Veggies.


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Using song, play and interaction Mr Bloom’s Nursery is a fun and inspiring show with strong educational values which will entertain parents and tiddlers alike!

I loved how Mr Bloom tried to interact with the parents and entertain the children I know KK was enjoying it and was sad we had to leave, I don’t think 20 minuet interval is the greatest as keeping them entertained with no entertainment just a suggestion for children shows it there is an interval entertainer would be fab !

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gives her review of how they enjoyed it

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Review The Very hungry caterpillar on stage

The very hungry caterpillar

Having grown up reading The very hungry caterpillar and loving the story, being able to see it on stage played out was an amazing experience and to share that with monkey was memorable.
bringing books to a completely new level and concept was even more amazing , when I found out not only was it the very hungry caterpillar but three other stories Eric Carle wrote, made it even more spectacular.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


The bright colours captured the detail as though it was the page open being played in front of us. To see monkey smile and enjoy the show was a great feeling the cast and production team put a lot of attention to detail in not just the one but all four books.

Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories,
introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself.

Photography was allowed, this excited me immensely.

What I also found interesting was the children's focus on what was going on in the stage.
So much careful detail was put into the puppets and the choreography of the play was played out smoothly.

we went to see this at The Orchard Theatre


would give this show 4 out of 5

Dreamboats And Petticoats Review


I completely and utterly love this genre of music. up beat and fun with bright clothes and lots of energy for dancing,

Swear I was born in the wrong era hehe.

When it was my 16th birthday my mum played happy birthday sweet sixteen, so many happy memories from family parties linked to the songs featured in tonight's show.

Dreamboats and petticoats

Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four and Five, the West End sell-out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era.

Who doesn't love teenage crushes and romance in a show, portrayed what being young and essentially the ugly duckling where no one would take a second look until puberty hit.

In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons.

The cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography 020

Typically the love is there plain to see for everyone but the one person, but being busy looking for it in other places will it be too late for Bobby?

Bobby who is played by Alister Higgins Seems not to have much luck enticing the girl of his dreams Sue played Laura Darton, by the songs chosen were cleverly put as the characters

from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more, including Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again

David Luke (c) and the cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography 044

The stage was of minimal changes made the show flow well there was a three-tier stage the band was at the rear end.

I loved the effects used for the pier made it feel like we were there by the sea with them.

The cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography 042

Choreography from showed detailed moves that would have been in the swinging sixties
Their costumes were fantastic and apt for the show.

Chloe Edwards-Wood & Alastair Norman in the Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography 005

"I can say my foot didn't stop tapping all night the talented musicians was all live and blew me away!

The show is fantastic with an excellent storyline. Foot tapping hand clapping night!"

There is still time to see DreamBoats and Petticoats this at the orchard theatre 6th- 11th  > HERE<

Tango Fire

tango fire
tango fire


Tango Fire is the hottest Tango Show from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Featuring a quartet of brilliant young musicians and ten exceptional dancers with one of Argentina’s finest singers, Tango Fire offers a journey through the history of Tango – the world’s most alluring and exciting form of dance.

Brendan Cole


“Lavish costume changes and superb choreography performed with panache” Catherine Françoise Onstage

A brand-new show for 2017, Brendan Cole hosts another spectacular production featuring his guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14 piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party! Don’t miss it.

“At the centre of it all is the generous, exuberant, charismatic Cole”
Catherine Françoise Onstage

Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party. Don’t miss it!

Mathew Bourne’s Early Adventures


Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director.

He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a programme of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Interview – Carolyn Maitland – Ghost On Tour

Carolyn Maitland

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you so much for letting me interview you about your current role in Ghost The Musical, playing leading female role, Molly Jensen.

No problem 🙂

To start off What interested you in working with Bill Kenwright's production of Ghost the Musical, With the Orchard Theatre for this project?
And Had you seen any of his previous work?

1st off it's a really lovely part, so when I got the opportunity to audition I jumped at the chance.
I had never seen BKL's production of Ghost but I had seen the original west end production & the film.
But I have worked on a Bill Kenwright production, Jekyll & Hyde with the lovely Marti Pellow 🙂

With such an Iconic film played by Demi Moore, how do you feel you portrayed Molly?

Hopefully with integrity & truthfulness! I'm only just starting my 3rd week as Molly here in Torquay, Devon.
So I still have many exciting months ahead of me to find lots of layers & colour to add into my interpretation.


What drew you to becoming an actor and theatre plays?

In the very beginning it was the feeling I got from being around music & from dancing. And as my career progressed my passion grew from being around more experienced actors & falling in love with the feeling I'd get loosing myself in a part. And a great singing teacher who opened my eyes to so much.

Who have you been inspired by in your acting career, and why?

No one person, as I mentioned above my peers inspire me, a special singing teacher , also performances I would see on stage & in film.

What part in all of your stage preformences have you enjoyed the most?

No one performance as there are elements from each that I have loved differently. Ellen in Miss Saigon really touched my heart & really stoked my passion for acting.
Kate&Lillie in Kiss Me Kate was enormous fun, such a versatile part to play...yelling, laughing, fighting, singing! Legally blonde had so many different characters & cameos to enjoy.....all of them in different ways.

How do you prepare so that you'll bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene?

Really listening to the script does most of the work for me, trusting the words & letting my self go with what I'm feeling.
From time to time, I need an extra lift or emotional connection in which case I refer to memories & my life experiences & use them to enhance my connection to the character.

When playing emotional roles, how do you stop yourself from getting carried away into the part your playing?


Haha! Sometimes with great difficulty, but that's a big part of my love for theatre. I find I can never predict how emotional each different performance will be. And sometimes when you are over come with emotion the battle to control it adds an extra layer to that character. I find it very exciting 🙂

How did you feel about getting close to other co-stars ? And how do you make it look like a real love scene?

This sounds like a contraction to making it real, but it works for me to not overthink it....and just go with the flow.
If you think about convincing people you're in love I feel it gets a little forced.

We all know people get nervous before a show, what are your top tips for handling the nerves?

Slow deep breathing is pretty helpful x

So you have played many roles, from Molly Jensen in ghost musical, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, to name a couple so what's next, any up and coming shows to look out for?

Who knows? Watch this space 🙂

What would be the ultimate part that you would love to have a chance to play and why?

Anything which will challenge me!
Like many I'd love to open my umbrella & fly over an auditorium with a spoonful of sugar.
But I'm happy as long as I'm pushing myself!

And finally if you were to give to someone the best advice about wanting to perform on stage, what would it be?

Above everything...."Enjoy it"

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions,

I wish you well in your future roles and look forward to seeing more performances from you !  

Best wishes