Move It 2015

 

 

IMG_0830 IMG_0846  IMG_0869

 

Yesterday I attended the 10th anniversary of ‘Move It’.  You may wonder what ‘Move It’ is well it is the event of the year if you have any interest in dance.  This was the fourth year I have taken my daughters (they are the dancers – not me!) and the event just gets bigger each year.  There is so much to see –

The main stage that had performances from

– Britain’s Got Talent’s – Twist ‘n’ Pulse (as Power Rangers), Flawless, Cartel

– Got to Dance’s – Marvel, Project G, Lukas McFarlane, Crazy popper, Turbo and the stunning Bitter Harvest

– Strictly Come Dancing’s – Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec

The compere is the excellent Matt Flint who choreographs lots of shows on BBC including Strictly Come Dancing.

IMG_0848 IMG_0862 IMG_0834

 

Although there are a number of ‘star acts’ performing there are also brilliant performances from a number of dance colleges such as Masters, Bird and Urdang.  The performance yesterday from Masters was amazing.  There is also another stage though that has acts going on throughout the day. My wife and I just watch the performance as well as listen to the interviews that take place with the performers.  However this is just one small element of ‘Move It’ though.  There are workshops and lessons going on throughout the day in all styles of dance from ‘Fit Steps’ to ‘Waaking’ all generally lasting 45 minutes, so you can get an opportunity to try a number of different styles if you wish or get scouted!

The hall is also full of stalls promoting the best in dance clothing (particularly Capezio and Bloch) as well as all the best dance schools and colleges are there to give potential students to find out more information about scholarships and what they are offering.

The event is fantastic value and is so good my daughters have gone back again today.  The highlights of 2015 have been my daughters meeting Ian Waite (and Kingsland Road on Sunday), but for my wife and myself it was being photo-bombed by Janette and Alijaz!  If you are interested in dance make sure you visit Move-It in 2016!

 

IMG_1277

Interview with Jessica Smallwood ahead of this Novembers SNOW BALL charity event in Stratford

The Stratford Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon is set to host one of a national set of Snow Balls this November, in aid of charity.
More than six Snow Balls are being held across the UK this festive season at locations including Stratford-upon-Avon, Manchester, Sussex and Cardiff. These events are part of a fundraising drive to raise crucial funds for the Mariposa Trust, a leading support charity, which specialises in supporting people who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Snow Ball is being held on the 21st November 2014 at The Stratford Hotel and the evening will commence at 7.30pm. Coordinated by Jessica Smallwood, an Assistant Fundraising Manager for the charity, the evening will feature a luxury 3-course meal, auction, raffle and fabulous entertainment. Jessica commented, “The Snow Ball is the perfect chance for friends and families, companies and organisations to have a wonderful night out, whilst enjoying great food and entertainment. It is also lends itself to being a wonderful chance for a company Christmas night out, whilst helping to support a National Charity that is making a real difference.”
The Mariposa Trust is a support charity that provides support and advice for anyone who has suffered baby loss, whether recently or historically, and also provides the first National set of remembrance services across the UK at Cathedrals and Minsters for people who have suffered baby loss. Furthermore, the charity has a number of other support divisions, ‘GrowingYou’ which supports people who are pregnant following loss, ‘Waiting for You’, which supports people who are going through the adoption process, and ‘Holding Hope’ that supports people who are undergoing fertility treatment.
Zoe Clark-Coates, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Trust with husband Andy, had this to say, “Baby loss is a huge issue. Hundreds of people are going through baby loss, whether miscarriage, stillbirth or loss in infancy, every single day in the UK. The taboo nature of baby loss means that often their loss is not discussed, their grief not addressed, their need for support not met, and they can often feel ostracised. As a charity we are trying to combat this. We provide services that help people to acknowledge their loss and to remember their children. We also giving support that meets their needs and their situation, and we campaign and work for changes in the support that people receive pre, during and post baby loss.”
For more information on the Snow Ball, please contact Jessica at jessicasmallwood57@gmail.com. Tickets are available from Jessica and are priced at £50 per person. For more information on the charity please visit www.sayinggoodbye.org. You can also follow the charity on Twitter @SayinggoodbyeUK and on Facebook at /SayinggoodbyeUK

Listen to the interview again at http://www.radiowarks.com
Reporter @LianeKate

Listen to the feature about this weekends Coventry Festival of Motoring at Stoneleigh Park

Find out about the much-loved motoring festival Coventry Festival of Motoring from Dtephany a brown, head of marketing at Coventry Transport Museum. The festival takes place at Stoneleigh Park, one of the UK’s leading event venues set in 250 acres in the Warwickshire countryside, on August Bank Holiday 2014.

The route for the 2014 Coventry Festival of Motoring ‘Historic Vehicle Run’, which will start and finish at Stoneleigh Park on Sunday 24th August can be found at http://www.festival-of-motoring.co.uk/default.aspx

Just some of the highlights to look out for for this free festival –

* 1000 vehicles on display
* The Imagineering Show in Hall 2 – a family celebration of the imagination, ingenuity and innovation of companies from Coventry and across the region – CLICK HERE for full details and timetable.
* FREE Off-Roading sessions on the Stoneleigh Park off-road track, with Land Rover Experience – book your FREE place outside Hall 2 – find out more here
* Dream rides in classic and exotic cars, in aid of charity, with The Sporting Bears
* Craft Fair and shopping
* Wall of Death
* Fairground and kids’ rides
* Lawnmower racing with the North-West Lawnmower Racing Association
* Steam traction engines
* Animal Mania Petting Zoo

Listen to the interview again at http://www.radiowarks.com
Reporter @LianeKate

Interview with producer Ellie Mackenzie of Oddsocks National Touring Company about to perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ at Mary Arden’s 1st & 2nd August

Oddsocks return to Mary Arden’s Farm 1st August – 2nd August!

National touring company Oddsocks Productions return to much-loved Mary Arden’s Farm with two of Shakespeare’s fantastically funny comedies! In true Oddsocks style both ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ promise to be an evening of Shakespeare unlike any other!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – playing on Friday 1st August at 7.30pm is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, featuring passionate lovers, magical fairies, farcical misunderstandings and happy endings set amidst the forest of Athens.

Twelfth Night – playing on Saturday 2nd August at 7.30pm is an exciting, modern and musical take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identity, love and disguise! Discarding their doublet, hose and fairy tights to don sharp suits, the cast of 6 pick up their electric guitars, plug in the amps and treat the audience to a Brit pop sensation of an evening in which Shakespeare’s most anarchic plotline combines with popular music hits to create a party atmosphere like no other.

As Shakespeare celebrates his 450th birthday, Oddsocks celebrate their 25th anniversary, having toured 70 productions along the way! Returning to Mary Arden’s Farm as firm favorites with their audiences for another comedy delight in Shakespeare’s home county!

Here is what some of the audiences have said so far:
“A wonderful, exhilarating, funny and downright enjoyable performance of Twelfth Night by a fantastic bunch of Players.”

“We came out with the “feel good” factor.”

And the reviewers:
“The performance was full of colour and energy with lots of music to aid the narrative, which meant the typical Shakespeare newcomer could still relate to the story because of the music choice.”

“The whole show was just excellent with its perfectly timed wit and engaging performances by the actors who oozed enthusiasm during every part that they played. Laughs, gasps and applause rippled throughout the audience.”

Advance ticket prices start from only £10! Book now at www.oddsocks.co.uk/theatre/box-office or call 01332 258328 to secure your spot at one of the most popular venues on their tour!

Listen to the interview again at http://www.radiowarks.com
Reporter @LianeKate

Review of Scooby Doo ‘The Mystery of the Pyramid’ at The Belgrade Theatre

Feature from The Radio Warwickshire ‘Mini Reporters’ Find out about Scooby Doo LIVE at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

The classic cartoon Scooby-Doo comes to life with spooky mystery and fun in the Pyramids.

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne arrive in Egypt where they must solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid.

Easy, you say… but not if the gang has to deal with mysterious mummies plus the wrath of the Pharaoh who will transform anyone who dares approach the pyramid into stone!

For more details http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/scooby-doo-the-mystery-of-the-pyramid

Listen to the interview again at http://www.radiowarks.com @radiowarks
Reporter Radio Warwickshire Mini Reporters.

About to see Scooby Doo ‘The Mystery of the Pyramid’ at The Belgrade Theatre

Feature from The Radio Warwickshire ‘Mini Reporters’ Find out about Scooby Doo LIVE at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

The classic cartoon Scooby-Doo comes to life with spooky mystery and fun in the Pyramids.

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne arrive in Egypt where they must solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid.

Easy, you say… but not if the gang has to deal with mysterious mummies plus the wrath of the Pharaoh who will transform anyone who dares approach the pyramid into stone!

For more details http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/scooby-doo-the-mystery-of-the-pyramid

Listen to the interview again at http://www.radiowarks.com @radiowarks
Reporter Radio Warwickshire Mini Reporters.

Find out about the summer of activities at St Johns & Market Hall Museums Warwick with Jane Commane

With the summer holidays about to start, find out what exciting activities St Johns and Market Hall Museums have in stall for all the family.

Some of the highlights include:
St Johns-
Make ice cream the Victorian way in our Victorian kitchen. Find out how the Victorians spent their summer.
25/07/2014 – 26/07/2014 a
Come and be an archaeologist and help uncover what’s been hidden beneath the ground. The removal of a temporary building and the laying of a water pipe earlier this year, at St Johns House, gave Archaeology Warwickshire a tantalising glimpse of what might be walls from parts of St Johns House no longer standing. Tickets £6.00
26/07/2014 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM at St John’s Museum
A great chance to shop for unique handcrafted gifts, vintage items and art work in historical surroundings. Entrance to the fair is free. For stall booking information please call 01926 412034

Find our more at www.heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk

Listen to the interview again at http://www.radiowarks.com
Reporter @LianeKate

Review of The Belgrade’s ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’

Review of The Belgrade’s ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’

belgrade

By @molly__louise

A classic play by Joe Orton being put on at the Belgrade, from Thursday 3rd July – Saturday 5th July directed by Michael Cabot. This play is part of a UK and Ireland 2014 tour.

Middle-aged Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, live in a house on the outskirts of a rubbish dump. Their drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a young and attractive lodger, the enigmatic Mr. Sloane.

The set was lowly lit throughout the play, with no change in lighting or set. The setting was old pieces of late 1950s furniture piled across the stage, a disturbing scenario in which the furnishings were piled up in different angles, capturing the sense that something was very wrong here. Mainly because the house was said to be on the edge of a tip, which made more sense. This made it more effective with it being one long running play, no change of scene or lighting.

Comparing to the acting it was highly uncriticizable, they all had high presences, it shared some truly laughable moments. Paul Sandys, who played Mr. Sloane, managed a difficult job of keeping his act together throughout the seductive, humorous affection of Kath played by Pauline Whitaker. She showed a side of being explicitly seducing to Mr. Sloane through treating him like a child of her own. Brother Ed the rough-edged character played by Jonathan Ashley showed a menacing performance, sometimes overacted facial expressions, but that might have been the way he interpreted the character. Nicholas Gasson played an almost cliché character of Kath and Ed’s dad, toasting crumpets on the electric fire, however he is nowhere near elderly.

Overall, it was a strong piece of theatre, with laughable moments, seduction, blackmail and murder. Suitable for an older generation, as the terms and jokes are a bit explicit but however it is an immense play by a terrific cast.

 Links to Box Office: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/entertaining-mr-sloane

Fame – The Musical

The Belgrade Theatre Coventry Introduces

Fame – The Musical

fame

Review by: @lianekate

It’s true to say that Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre certainly rocked to the sounds of 1988 last night with the first run of Fame the Musical. With a packed theatre we waited in anticipation for leggings, lycra and mayhem, with of course the unmistakable big musical and dance performances, and we were not disappointed!

Based on the Oscar-winning musical film and hugely successful TV series, Fame – The Musical is back with an exciting new production that has been brought up-to-date and into the 21st Century.

The show opens with audition to the 2014 intake to PA, New York High School for the Performing Arts. The cast are found chatting on mobiles and taking pictures with tablets as they arrive for the first day. There are a few witty drop-ins of musical stars of 2014, modernising the musical for today’s audiences, while maintaining strong links with the nostalgia of David De Silva’s quarter-of-a-century old musical.

The choreography has classical and contemporary overtones, with the rich musical score,   creating a synergy with the audience who seemed to embrace the energy throughout the dance scenes, songs and of course the narrative. fame3

The real reason for going, I would say for the dancing, and this is where the performance really excels. The dance energy of the choreographed routines is delivered with passion, along with an infectious musical score. The audience response to the energy in the room was to simply join in, as the whole theatre danced along to the finale. Glancing around the theatre we were met with a ‘sea of smiles’ even on the faces of some of the reluctant gents in the room!

Would we recommend a night at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre with the Cast from Fame? Certainly we would. If you are looking for a sing along, dance along and all round wide smile experience, book your seat this week. Matinees and evening performances run this week until Saturday 7th June.

“This exhilarating new production will take you on a high-octane roller coaster ride through dizzy heights and crashing lows as a group of star-struck wannabes embark on their quest for the ultimate accolade” (Fame)

Bursting with dynamic dance routines and unforgettable songs that have been re-envisioned for 2014 including Fame and Let’s Play a Love Scene, Fame – the Musical has enjoyed seven West End runs since premiering in the USA in 1988 and continues to be performed all over the world.” (Belgrade Theatre).

Opening night cast included – Tyrone Jackson played by Omari Bernard, Nick Piazza, played by Aaron James, Mabel Washington played by Alexzandra Sarmiento, Lambchops played by Hannah Wilson.

Matinee & evening performances daily until the 7th June.

For more detailshttp://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/fame  Tickets: From £21.25 – £31.50 Concessions £16.25 – £29.50 Age recommendation: 12+

Reporter @LianeKate  Radio Warwickshire

Judie Tzuke – Woman Overboard Tour – #Amazing

984075_846380085376287_7422356402914563416_n

If you listen to my radio show ‘That Was Then This Is Now’ you will know I am a huge Judie Tzuke fan and have been for many years.  On Sunday 25th May I had the pleasure of seeing her at The Stables in Milton Keynes.  Before I mention the show just have to say The Stables is a great venue, holding up to 400 people and it is next door to Cleo Laine’s house! I was on the second row feeling very much part of the ‘action’ and the theatre was full!

Judie was supported by two great acts. First there was Jamie Lawson who I had seen perform last year at Marylebone Station.  He sounded fabulous then but at The Stables he was just fantastic.  Jamie played six tunes covering his musical career from ‘Almost All The Time’ from his first album ‘Last Night Stars’ through to the more recent ‘Moving In’ from ‘Between Each Breath’ EP.  At the end of his set he said he would stay and chat in the break and if you wanted to buy a CD you could to cover the cost of his ‘tour bus’ – he went on to explain one sale would cover this.  Such was the success of his set that there was a huge queue at not only the end of his set but also at the very end of the show!  I can really recommend checking out Jamie and his material – (In case you didn’t know he has had a number 1 in Ireland!)

Jamie was followed onto the stage by Judie’s daughter Bailey, who was accompanied by her sister Tallula on backing vocals and Ben Mark on guitar.  Bailey played a short set comprising some new tunes which will be released shortly as well as a side project she is working on.  Bailey has an excellent voice and I’m really looking forward to hearing more from her.  I’ve already requested that she plays her own tune ‘Strong’ when I see her next!

So to the main event and the superb Judie Tzuke.  Judie came out to the stage with just Ben Mark and performed the beautiful ‘All at Sea’, the band then joined for a stirring version of ‘One Tree Less’.  I’ve said before that Judie has a very special voice and on Sunday despite having only just recovered from a throat infection she really did sound as good as ever. It is clear that Judie and her band love what they do and each one is amazingly talented.  In what other band have you seen a drummer also play viola?  The whole band were superb musicians and Ben Mark’s guitar playing was exceptional (how many guitars does he have?).  Her set covered her whole career including her hit from 1979 ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’ right up to the title track of her new unreleased album ‘Women Overboard’.  The stand out tracks for me were ‘Tonight’ from the ‘Wonderland’ album and a fabulous cover of John Martyn’s ‘May You Never’ with Judie, Bailey and Talulla all taking a turn at lead vocals.

The set closed with the beautiful track ‘If’ based on the Rudyard Kipling poem.  No one left and after a standing ovation Judie and her band (including Jamie Lawson) were back to perform an ‘a capella’ version of ‘For You’.  The whole show finished with an uplifting version of Sukarita and another standing ovation.

The whole evening was amazing but was made even more special as everyone who waited got the opportunity to talk to Judie, Bailey, Jamie and the band.  They were all simply charming and it was a delight to be in their company.

This was a fantastic evening with an amazing talent who I believe is a National Treasure.  If you wish to hear a number of the tracks from the concert you can catch them on my show this week on Sunday at 8 on Radio Warwickshire.  Alternatively if you get a chance go to see the concert live as there are still some dates left on the tour – go to www.tzuke.com/ to get all the latest information – you will have a great evening!

10003969_10152851719828502_2338962698115344094_n
Judie Tzuke with daughters Bailey and Talulla