Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pudsey The Movie Special Screening

Tom with Ashleigh & Pudsey
I went along with the family for a special screening of The Pudsey movie in Cardiff last Monday evening. The family loved the film and Rachel has written her own little review of it over on Purplecrafter. I particularly enjoyed the reactions from the children who gave genuine belly laughs to many of the scenes.
Interviewing Ashleigh as Pudsey looks on
I also had the chance to interview Pudsey's trainer Ashleigh, this interview will appear in tomorrow's South Wales Argus Guide.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

LIVE SHOWS: Kast Off Kinks and Sharon Fitzgerald School Of Dance

Kast Off Kinks
Heres a couple of shows I've seen over the last few weeks... The Kast Off Kinks featuring original Kinks drummer Mick Avory played St David's Hall on June 27 read my review over on Retrospace.

Dance Is The Answer
My daughter has been a member of the Sharon Fitzgerald School of Dance for a few years now, so it usually seems unethical to write a review for their shows.

However this years entitled Dance Is The Answer which ran at the Dolman Theatre this week was full of colour, charisma and choreography. The shows never fail to draw me in and I just often wish I had an ounce of talent that would enable me to dance! Still its nice to dream!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Big Splash 2014 - Day 3 - In Pictures

The children getting in The Big Splash spirit

The weather was great in newport for the third and final day of Big Splash events which included a sessions takeover, Parklife  and for us a backstage tour of The Rivefront Theatre and a screening of The Lego Movie.

Argus cartoonist Tim Harries designing
book marks

The boys watch Tim get creative
The Sessions included lots of stalls including cartoonist Tim Harries' art work and music going out live on the Riverfront Terrace.

The children learn how to work the spotlights

The children were particularly enjoyed the fun informative backstage tour conducted by Riverfront technicians Helen, Owen and Clive, which gave us all a rare insight into how the the shows are put on behind the scenes.

Jon becomes a sound technician

The children at the sound desk

Hazel and Henry
 Before we caught The Lego movie we were entertained by the incredible Hazel and Henry who displayed incredible tricks and stunts with a lot of fun and humour.

I can't quite believe I got to help Hazel
and henry out with their act
Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band
Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band finished off a fabulous afternoon of fun on The Riverfront Terrace.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Newport Festival Big Splash In Pictures Day 2

Thingummy Bob in action
Saturday's are usually big day's for us as a family what with swimming, dance and shopping commitments but we were determined to at least grab some of this years Big Splash experience and I think we were glad we did! Thingummy Bob certainly kept the audience involved with his interactive show on the outskirts of the Riverfront Theatre this afternoon!

Danielle Lewis
As we had stayed in New Quay, West Wales this week we felt we had to catch one of their own singer/songwriter's Danielle Lewis who performed an impressive set of self composition's and welsh folk songs - I hpe to hear more from Danielle in the future!

Dodo at The Big Splash
I love the weird and wonderful acts The Big Splash presents to participants including a pair of DoDo birds who entered The Riverfront Theatre earlier this afternoon.

The boys getting creative!
Both Jon and Tom got involved with preparing a heart theme for next weeks Maindee Festival!

Georgia Patterson Live On Stage
Quality music continued on The Riverfront terrace with singer/songwriter Georgia Patterson performing a cool mix of original and cover material on stage.

Big Splash Balloons

Tom gets creative again!
 While Seren and Jon were creating hulahoops downstairs Thomas was getting busy upstairs making a seaside themed hat and lollystick!

Tom with finished Hat and Lollystick

Seren with own hula hoop

Jon with Hula Hoop

Burning Ferns take to the stage
Burning Ferns took to the terrace stage this afternoon with an impressive set, I'd featured them in The Guide Meet The Band section last November so it was good to catch them live!

Burning Ferns entertain the crowds
Futuristic creative hairstyles going on outside the
Riverfront Theatre
We had to leave midway through the events today but still heard the Firework display over in Duffryn at 10pm tonight - only wishing I was till lapping up the Big Splash fun!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Newport Festival Big Splash 2014 Opening Night In Pictures

John Lilygreen
Tonight we visited the opening of Newport Festival's Big Splash event down at The Riverfront Theatre.

Several music acts opened the event on The Riverfront terrace, while a cabaret show took centre stage in the main theatre.

The music terrace events are underway
Singer/songwriter John Lilygreen was on stage first with a brilliant set that featured his own compositions mixed with choice covers from Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Labi Siffre.

Lilygreen entertains
John Lilygreen on stage
Ampersand tune-up
Ampersand were up next mixing space suits with electronic sounds, they seemed to have a strong fanbase with them too!

GLC's Eggsy comperes
Goldie Lookin' Chain's Eggsy got the crowd excited as well as adding a touch of humour to proceedings!
Ampersand play
John Lilygreen and Ampersand were only the first of four acts of the first nights set, the remainder including Chris Ridgeway and Rogora Khart.
Art attack!
Jonathan and Thomas decided to get creative in The Riverfront foyer by colouring in some pictures!

Big Splash photo opportunity
Finally, before we left, the children posed for a Big Splash photograph! Newport Festival's Big Splash 2014 continues over the weekend - for further details visit The Riverfront's website


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