Reviews

Cool Coast Ice Rink BIC

BIC Cool Coast Ice Rink Review

I was invited for a session at the Cool Coast Ice Rink at the BIC, which is open to the public until February 19th.

The impressively sizeable rink is located in the BIC’s Purbeck Hall and includes the main skating area as well as a smaller children’s area. For youngsters that feel ready to brave the main ice rink the assistance of adorable ‘Ice skating penguins’ are available and the friendly Cool Coast Ice Rink staff are always on hand to help you back up again!

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cinderella

Cinderella Review

One of the best things about Christmas in my opinion is a night at the Panto and when I heard this years pantomime at the Bournemouth Pavilion would be Cinderella I couldn’t wait!

The auditorium was filled with the laughter and excitement of children (and adults!) before the show began and as we were told to take our seats a medley of music filled the room. The Panto was opened by the Fairy Godmother (Melanie Walters who plays Gwen in Gavin and Stacey), who set the standard for the rest of what was an extremely professional performance.

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full monty review

The Full Monty Review

The stage adaptation of The Full Monty is everything it should be! I had my reservations before the show began, The film with a small $3.5 million budget went on to gross over $250 million, critical and commercial success combined with a string of awards ensured the film became a classic loved by everyone worldwide. How would a stage production going to capture the magic that made the film such a success?

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francesco group

Francesco Group Review

I was recently invited to visit one of the award winning Francesco Group’s local hair salons for a consultation and hair treatment and I was more than happy to take them up on the offer!

Francesco Group have a number of hair salons in Dorset including locations in Westbourne, Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Ringwood. I opted for my nearest Francesco Group salon which is located in on Wimborne Road in Winton. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of a hair consultation as I have only ever gone to a salon for the standard cut, wash and blow dry!

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yo sushi!

Yo Sushi! Review

Yo Sushi! opened its doors on Bournemouth’s Old Christchurch Road on August 15th and I was lucky enough to be invited for a Sushi tasting session shortly after! Yo Sushi! is already one of the UK’s most popular Japanese restaurants so I couldn’t wait to try some food from their extensive menu.

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sound of music

The ‘Sound of music’ Review

Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Conner and Choreographed by Bill Deamer.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Film’ this fantastic stage version, with lavish stage props and effects, was a pleasure to watch. I was raised watching the original film, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed in the least with this version. Staring Lucy O’Byme the runner up on The Voice 2015 as Maria and Andrew Lancel from Coronation street as Captain Von Trapp.

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summer spectacular

Summer Spectacular at the Regent lives up to its name!

As a fan of all things musical I was really looking forward to attending the Summer Spectacular at the Regent in Christchurch. Presented by The Glad Rag Production Company; the production promised to be an exciting showcase filled with song, dance and laughter and that’s exactly what we got!

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little shop of horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors Review

Set in 1950s Skid Row, New York in an impoverished area, filled with the poor, homeless and disreputable people forgotten by society, and Mushniks flower shop is on the verge of closing down when a mysterious plant arrives with the ability to turn everyone’s fortunes around for the better. Filled with every ingredient needed to create a cult musical, Romance, Comedy, Villains, underdogs and of course a giant blood thirsty plant.

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Heather Small

Heather Small – Live in Concert Review

Heather Small: Live in Concert took place at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Monday 14th March.

Upon arrival we were welcomed by friendly staff and shown to our seats in the main auditorium where there was a great buzz in the air. The evening started with a strong support performance; Chris Bannister, guitar singer from Preston, wowed the audience with a collection of his own songs from albums such as ‘Colours’ and ‘Don’t Forget, Forgive’ and covers in his own unique, country acoustic style; his version of ‘Annies Song’ originally performed by John Denver received a particularly impressed reception from the audience.

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vintage fairs Bournemouth

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair Review

The Bournemouth Pavilion played host to Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair this weekend. As a lover of all things vintage, I couldn't wait to get through the doors.

The event was extremely popular, and we queued outside for about 20 minutes. Despite the wait, everyone was excited to be there and I heard numerous conversations about the fair and how ‘great it was last time.’ As I stood in line I realised that the Pavilion made the perfect venue for the event with its high ceilings, art deco interior and theatrical vibe.

At long last, I paid my £2 and we were in...

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play reviews in Bournemouth

War Horse Review 2014

On Friday 21 February I attended an evening performance of War Horse at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. Having heard nothing but rave reviews, I entered the theatre with high expectations.

The theatre was full of chatter, as people roamed the isles looking for their seats. As our anticipation grew, electricity filled the auditorium, sending shivers down my spine. Then, the lights dimmed, and a single actor walked upstage, demanding the attention of the entire audience. The show had begun.

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comedy shows Bournemouth

Russell Howard 'Wonderbox' Review 2014

On Sunday 23 February I entered the doors to the BIC in Bournemouth. I was there to see Russell Howard’s new stand up show ‘Wonderbox,’ and having been an avid fan of his show ‘Good News,’ I had high expectations.

I took my seat in the auditorium, enjoying the loud music and general buzz. Slowly the room filled up as people took their seats, and eventually the room was packed to bursting point.

As 8 o'clock approached the general buzz of anticipation transformed into electricity and excitement. The lights dimmed, the strobe lights danced around the stage and Russell took his place in front of the audience, cool, calm and collected.

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