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GHOST floats away


Last weekend Shaun and myself went down to London to see the last show of GHOST the musical in the Piccadilly Theatre on the west end.

We were sat in the centre of the stalls. The show went amazingly and even the actors started crying on stage in some parts, making it even more realistic. Okay the storyline isn’t the best but the technical aspects of it are absolutely amazing. It is such a shame that it is being replaced by a jukebox musical – Viva Forever. GHOST had some great actors and actresses playing their roles very well.

There was a very nice speech by the director at the end of the evening and Shaun got the program signed by most of the main actors – apart from one who didn’t really do the role justice as the original actor playing him.

I loved the video aspects of it with the moving LED walls and front projection with all the illusions too. The way video was integrated into the show was superb and was the part of the performance that I was impressed by the most. It was an amazing atmosphere, being the last show, with most of the audience knowing that it was the final performance. IT was great to be part of the last performance of a great show.

The Singing Sisters


When we went to Liverpool for Matt’s birthday we decided to go and watch Sister Act: The Musical which was touring there at the time. We arrived at the Liverpool Empire theatre with 5 minutes to spare after a nice meal out.

I saw the show at the London Palladium when it was still on the West End and was quite impressed with it; although GHOST: The Musical is much more impressive.

In the west end the announcements for no photography and to turn off mobiles etc was done by Whoopi Goldberg. I was rather disappointed that this was not the case for the tour, although some of the jokes in this such as using a phone at the theatre is a sin were still included.


Cracking a few Nuts at the Bristol Hippodrome


Matthew Bourne has created a completely different take on a classic ballet piece with his individual slant. His Nutcracker, a dance of two acts, is set in a orphanage with the main protagonist a little orphaned girl named Clara. The start is a facade with a Christmas party that it just for show for some visitors. As soon as they leave all the toys and decorations are taken away. They go off to bed, and then enter a dream world. The doll that Clara received becomes human and takes them there to two dream worlds, the frozen lake and sweetie land.

This production was very well staged apart from a couple of moments when aspects of the show were able to be seen which should not have been. A couple of cloths were taken out too far and this was seen when they were taken out live with a piece of scenery and the bottom of the cloth was a good few inches from the bottom of the scenery piece.

To be finished…

The Beastly Hall for Cornwall with a Beauty


Last week my boyfriend and I also paid a visit to the Hall for Cornwall for a production of the Beauty and the Beast by TAODS. Their performance of it was very good with superb set. A few flying errors especially as the one we saw was the last one of the run. Most of the cloths were bounced and one came in too far allowing the audience to see the bar and the ties, even from row M where we were sat, which then had to be taken out slightly.

A couple of lighting effects were not very well thought of and looked, for a lack of a better word, a bit naff. A way I can tell that the show was good is with what my boyfriend says about it. He said this one was ok, which by most peoples standards is good. Especially for an amateur performance, as he has seen the professional production I expected no less. If his comment was “It was interesting” then he didn’t really enjoy it.

The cast performed this show very well and all the songs were sung very well. I really enjoyed the performance and had a good time with my boyfriend watching it. Another show well done for TAODS.

A Titanic Experience


Last week on Friday 6th April my boyfriend and I took a trip down to the Minack Theatre. We went there to watch a production of Titanic the Musical by the Atlantic Theatre Company. Knowing some of the cast I was able to get company seats to watch the performance. The show was absolutely great. As I am writing this they are preparing for their last performance commencing at 22:20 so that key moments of the performance occur when they happened 100 years ago.

This is only the second show I have seen at the Minack with the last one I saw I was actually operating lighting for it. I was very impressed with the show. The cast were fantastic a few wrong choices for some of the songs. I could not fault the performance other than that. The cast were great, as was the lighting and sound.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather when we went to see it with sunshine to start till it went down behind the theatre and then had a moderate temperature for the most part only getting slightly chillier for the last half an hour.

Bugsy Malone at Redruth School


*** UPDATED: 2012-03-11 *** On reading the review on the school’s website many of the things I identified during this post were rectified and they produced an excellent show once again. To read their review go to Bugsy Malone Review. I would like to congratulate Sarah Mottart and the team involved for the great shows that the school always puts on. It was a shame not to be involved with it, or to get to see an evening performance due to university commitments.

I thought I should say before you read this that I didn’t realise how critical I was until I reread this back to myself.

This morning I saw Bugsy Malone at Redruth School: A Technology College, the first show out of the last four that I have not been involved with the lights or sound.

The new headmaster, Craig Martin, has made some great changes since I was last there and the school looks much smarter now. A new smart reception area for visitors and parents. A few other changes that weren’t major and didn’t stand out but the feel was a much nicer environment.

Got to see lots of my old teachers, which was very nice and they were happy to see me.


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