Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco – Rainbow Factory Show

For those who have been following the blog, you’ll know that we are big fans of the Rainbow Factory. One main reason is the close-up nature of their shows and general activities. The 2019 festive show “Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco” is no different.

No Spoilers!

It is always difficult doing a review of a show because you don’t want to give any of the plot away!

However, Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco is loosely based around a cheeky elf who steals Santa’s sleigh to try to make up for the bad things she has done.

She then goes to a number of well known fairy tale characters who are regularly on the naughty list, to try and get them onto the nice list.

In true Rainbow Factory style, there are songs, dancing, audience participation and snow towards the end!

Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco Snow scene
Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco snow!

Heidi loves to do her own videos and here is hers after the show (featuring the amazing Bryony)

Rainbow Factory Magic

One reason why I always recommend the Rainbow Factory show is that it is ideal for younger children.

They can sit on the floor, sit on a cushion, stand up or sit on an adults’ knee. The atmosphere is relaxed and so if a child has a meltdown, there are no tuts or moans from other members of the audience.

As the stage is small and quite often the show is within the audience area, the children feel as though they are part of the show. They can get up, walk with the characters and that is why the younger children especially are entertained by the show.

But don’t think that because the show is for children, it is amateur in any way. Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco is written by the amazingly talented Bruce Sharp, who also plays a key role in the show, whilst also being a friendly and supportive face when out of character. People like Bruce are why the Rainbow Factory is so popular and successful.

The other performers are Mya Heald and Katy Addison, who perform their roles superbly. Katy came to do Heidi’s 6th Birthday Party when we hired the Rainbow Factory and anyone who can handle stress like that deserves a medal!!

Also, the cast are happy to stop for photos after the performance so you can show off to everyone on social media!!

Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco cast photo

Key Details

The show runs from 14th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020 with various show times on various days.

The show lasts 45 minutes and so it is perfect for little ones.

The tickets are £8 each for the show (both for children and adults) or £12.50 for a Christmas craft upgrade. This includes making a Santa cookie plate and a Christmas tree decoration.

Heidi with Jingle the Elf’s Fairytale Fiasco puppet

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Sleeping Beauty – Lawrence Batley Theatre

For a laugh-a-minute panto at Christmas-time 2019, you can’t go wrong with Sleeping Beauty at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

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The Story

Well, Sleeping Beauty is Sleeping Beauty and without issuing a spoiler alert, the story ends happily. However, there is a modern twist to it, and so it is like no version you have seen before.

The story has singing and dancing throughout, but at no point does the story get lost amongst the songs – it is quite seemless.

The show has all the Panto favourites including “He’s behind you!” and “Oh no it’s not!” and the cast is supported by very able children performers from the local area.

However, don’t take my word for it, here is Heidi’s review of the show:

No Star Names, No Problem!

One of the main things about Panto is that you often see a C-List Celebrity of two on stage, or the same “celebrity” year after year at the same venue (hello Bradford!).

With Sleeping Beauty at Lawrence Batley, you’re not paying to see “star” names, you’re paying to see a star show, by start performers.

It is clear that the cast love their craft, be it Robin Simpson as Nanny Fanny or Thomas Cotran, who played Sebastian Prince. If you have been to see previous Pantos at the Lawrence Batley, you might recognise some of the actors, and you might be forgiven signing “My Name’s Jack, Sing it Back” after last year’s wonderful Jack and the Beanstalk production.

Hester the Jester

It feels a little unfair to single out just one performer, but Nicola Jayne Ingram as Hester the Jester was Heidi’s favourite.

Her broad Yorkshire accent shouldn’t be funny, especially in Huddersfield, but it just works. The jokes were well written and delivered and even when the script went a bit awry, the performers were talented and confident enough to roll with it.

Child Appropriate?

Some of the jokes are not entirely child appropriate. However, the younger ones won’t understand the jokes. But the older ones may cringe if they are sat with their parents!!

At no point did I think that Heidi (aged 6) shouldn’t be watching it, although she did ask why people were laughing a couple of times!

There are a couple of bangs/flashes in the show, especially at the beginning, but for those with sensory issues, it should be ok. If in doubt, get seats a bit further back.

The first half is 70 minutes long, which may prove difficult for some. However, there is a 20 minute interval before a shorter (45 minute) second half.

Sleeping Beauty show times
Sleeping Beauty show times

A Word of Warning!!

If you’re sat in the first few rows of the stalls, you may end up getting a little wet as one of the characters (no spoilers!) uses a water pistol! Nothing too drastic, but put your valuables away if you see it coming!!

Also, if you’re in the front couple of rows, you may be unfortunate enough to be picked on by Nanny Fanny. Fortunately, there is no need to get up on stage, but proof positive that you need to book your seats early to avoid this!

The Lawrence Batley Theatre

Lawrence Batley Theatre

The Lawrence Batley is located in Huddersfield Town Centre, about 10 minutes walk from the train station. If you’re driving, you’re best parting in the Market Hall car park, although it can get busy during the daytime.

There is a cafe on site as well as the usual refreshments at interval time!!

The ice cream does come with a spoon – promise!

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Anything Could Happen

Over the last couple of months, we have discovered another hidden gem of the amazing creative scene in Leeds – Anything Could Happen. Before Heidi came along, it’s safe to say that I wasn’t into creative arts, but after going to the Rainbow Factory for the past few years, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world!!

Anything Could Happen

What happens?

Well, anything (obviously!!)

On a serious note, there are two adult (I was going to say grown-up, but they have to be a bit childish!) performers on stage, loosely controlled by the fabulous stage director, Carla. They start off with an idea, and then get ideas from the children in the audience. The children then develop the story as it goes, with random ideas being thrown in from all the children.  After the story has reached a somewhat natural conclusion, which often resulted from mild chaos, the stage is reset and a new idea kicks off more carnage!!

As Anything Could Happen takes place in a real-life, intimate theatre, the children get experience of a professional environment and as they sit on the floor of the stage, they feel part of the action.

Every child is asked to input into the performance over the hour and a bit it is on, and whilst Heidi can feel a bit lost in the number of children and ideas, it does help her understand sharing (does that count as a swear word?!) and being patient.

There is very few opportunities for the children to be on stage themselves, so if you’re looking for a stage school this isn’t for you. However, think of it as giving your child the chance for a front row seat to a brilliant comedy show that they can help create.

However, if your child does go up on stage, get your cameras out, as it is a brilliant memory to have. In January, Heidi was “interviewed” on stage and pretended to explain why crocodiles were coming into houses through toilets. Yes, you did read that right! The best thing was that the atmosphere was so supportive that she was able to go out of her comfort zone and do it!

What age is appropriate?

This is a difficult one, but I wouldn’t expect a child younger than 5 would be able to concentrate for the whole show. It is quite fast paced, but so is the humour and so younger children might not get the jokes.

Also, as the children tend to sit at the front amongst themselves (but not every child does) younger children might feel a little overwhelmed by it all.

How do you prepare?

It might sound a really daft thing to say, but don’t wear too many clothes!! Anything Could Happen takes place in a real theatre, and as such, all the stage lights are on. This means that it does get warm quickly and whilst it never gets uncomfortable, you won’t need a thick jumper on!!

Apart from that, you can encourage your child to be creative in play, but generally, they will become immersed in the experience and develop as they take part.

What Do Adults do?

It sounds strange, but there is very little to do for the adults! You sit back in the audience and enjoy the show.  It is that simple!!!

I do think that the adults enjoy the show just as much as the children, and because the humour is so quick and well put together, there is a layer of comedy that is just for adults!

What about First Timers?

This is a note of caution. Regardless of how confident or old your child is, they are likely to be unsure about Anything Could Happen during the first visit. This is because it is quite intense on their sensors – lights, visual and oral comedy, a different environment etc. My advice would be to go with how they feel and perhaps take some sweets with you to relax them.

However, after the first visit, you’ll have made up your mind whether it is right for your child and so don’t let their first impression put you off coming back. Heidi was restless during her first visit, but I knew she would enjoy it, and on the morning of the second show, she woke up with a huge smile, realising that it was Anything Could Happen Day!!

Heidi being interviewed on stage about crocodiles

Overall

Finding Anything Could Happen has been amazing and has sparked Heidi’s creativity at home even more. However, with these kinds of activities, it is the people running it that make it so special. Without their creativity, passion and a little bit of silliness, the children would not benefit and enjoy the shows. I really hope that Heidi will enjoy the shows for a long time, as I know she will learn so much from them!

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Operation Ouch Live

Heidi is a huge Operation Ouch fan and once the tickets to Operation Ouch Live were available, I made plans to go down to see the show. When I say “huge”, perhaps I mean obsessive. After all, we have 50 recordings saved on the TV! As a result, it was an opportunity not to miss, and it was more special than I could have imagined.

Operation Ouch Live

Operation Ouch Live – The Show

Operation Ouch Live is based on the TV show and you need to have seen a couple of TV shows to get the most of the stage show. However, the stage show stands on its own two feet.

The show lasts 70 minutes, and make sure you get into the theatre 10 minutes before as they play a clip from the TV show, which was a nice touch.

There are bits of goriness involved, but it is all educational. For example, they use a probe to see into Xand’s ear to see his ear drums, as well as inflate a set of animal lungs so you can see how they work in practice. However, it is tastefully done and won’t put anyone off.

Also, the Operation Ouch Live show tells you a little about the Doctors themselves, which was an amazing little touch, especially for a mega-fan like Heidi.

The Venue

Operation Ouch Live is at the Apollo Theatre. This is on Shaftesbury Avenue about 2 minutes from Piccadilly Circus underground station. For those who know London a little bit, it is near the Rainforest Cafe. Whilst the venue holds 775 people, it is quite compact and so you’re not too far away from the stage.  The leg room is decent, and the seats are comfortable enough for the 70 minute show!

Just make sure you look up, to see the fabulous ceiling…

The Apollo Theatre ceiling

They do sell merchandise before the show as well in the foyer, some of which Heidi is modelling after winning a Facebook prize!

Operation Ouch Live – Laughs

As you can imagine, the Operation Ouch Live show is full of laughs and silliness. After all, it is aimed for children aged 5-12! There are daft songs, silly jokes and good old panto humour.

However, the best part is where they showed how a virus spreads quickly between people. This is done by throwing massive wobble balls into the audience and getting them to throw them around. This proved hilarious for the children, but also very educational. They could see how a virus spreads, but also the importance of stopping viruses at source.

Happy faces!

Operation Ouch Live – Teaching

Whilst Operation Ouch Live is definitely a show to entertain, it is also there to teach. There are scientific terms thrown in at semi-regular intervals, but it is age appropriate and done in a manner for children to learn. The skit with the frontal lobe and amygdale is a prime example of this.  Heidi, aged 5, was absolutely fine with the learning part of things, but younger children may struggle.

However, from a parent’s point of view, there is a monologue by Xand which was powerful and poignant. Xand referenced his struggles as a child and gave some well directed life advice to those children who need something a little different in school and life. By this point in the show, the children were like sponges, taking everything in and I am sure that it will help so many. For me as a parent, it was the highlight of the show.

Operation Ouch Live – Chris and Xand

Chris and Xand are excellent on stage and whilst their background is medicine, their on stage performance was very polished. However, after meeting them after the show and an unexpected Twitter message or two, they are genuinely nice people.

Part of doing this blog was to write about the “good guys” in life and have a positive influence on Heidi’s life. Chris and Xand certainly fit into that category. The way they spoke and interacted to Heidi after the show melted my heart and made the trip down worth it. Heidi was over the moon meeting them, especially knowing that her heroes are just as nice in person as they are on TV.

Operation Ouch Live – The Verdict

Operation Ouch Live is simply amazing. I can’t put it any more simply as that!

As the show was ending, Heidi started crying saying that she wanted to come back to see the show again. For me, that is the sign of an amazing show and you cannot fake that reaction. (At this point, she didn’t know about my plan for her to meet them!)

Hopefully diaries will allow us to go down to see Operation Ouch Live again before it finishes on 6th January 2019.

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Tractor Fest 2018 – Newby Hall

Going to a “Tractor Fest” doesn’t immediately jump out as a good way to spend the day with a child. However, Tractor Fest at Newby Hall is more than just about tractors!

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Yes, there are tractors – hundreds and hundreds of tractors in fact.  They come from far and wide from all over the country to the event. However, there are all over types of agricultural machinery from motors to plough, diggers to trailers so don’t think that tractors are all that is on offer!!

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In fact, it has more of a feel of a Country Show than a pure “Tractor Fest”. This is because there were shops, food stalls, and children’s activities. The children’s activities included the Police Tractor, land train and ride on mini tractors/cars (£3 for 15 minutes). There is also a helter-skelter, dodgems and a mini train roundabout.

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There is also the lovely Newby Hall gardens a short walk away from the main festival which is free for Tractor Fest. Here there is a mini train to ride (£2.20 each for a 10 minute ride – brilliant value!) a really good playground and a water/splash area. Because of this, a spare change of clothes is advisable!!

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Just a few things to bear in mind:
– It is an outdoor attraction so you need dry weather!
– It is held in a farmers field and so a sturdy pair of shoes (and pushchair!) are advisable/
– The main Tractor Fest doesn’t seem to have baby change facilities. The best place is in Newby Hall Gardens. Likewise, the best toilets are down there.

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The parking is free and plentiful and due to the volume of cars, make sure you make a note of where you parked your car. The car park entry and exit was very efficient and organised. Even though the car park was busy, the event did not feel busy.

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You will see a good number of “farmer” types who come to Tractor Fest for the tractors. It was pleasantly surprising to see how many young children were there, especially in the Gardens. It shows that there is much more to Tractor Fest than tractors, and the free admission for under 4’s really helps with this!

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We were at Tractor Fest for 4 hours and we had a really good time throughout. The 2 year old (it wasn’t my weekend to have Heidi) fell asleep towards the end through the combination of fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation.  That’s not a bad thing at all!!

Hopefully next year, Heidi will have chance to experience the fun (in the sun hopefully!).

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Scrooge’s Christmas Carol – Rainbow Factory

“Scrooge’s Christmas Carol” is the Rainbow Factory’s third Christmas Show. We have been privileged enough to see all three and the performances have been outstanding each and every year.

Without giving too much away of the story (after all, adults are meant to enjoy it as well as the kids!) why should you choose to see this show over any of the others in the area?

The performance is accessible to all.

The children sit on cushions on the floor and can move and wiggle as much as they like. No need for binoculars or climb a mountain of stairs to get to your seat. You are so close you can touch the actors and have photos taken afterwards.

It is made for children.

The show is “only” 40 minutes long which means younger children can enjoy it wouldn’t being bribed to stay still/quiet and there is childish humour involved.

It is also for adults.

This performance has more quick witted puns than the previous shows and so you will enjoy it as a show in it’s own right.

It is cheap!

Tickets are only £6 each. With money tight at Christmas, it is so much better value than some of the bigger theatres in the region who seem to charge a small fortune for the Christmas pantomime. (parking is free as well!)

The staff and performers are wonderful, genuine people.

Rainbow Factory is almost our second home and without them, Heidi would not have developed as she has done. The Rainbow Factory is a small, local business and they put so much in so it is only right to support them in whatever way possible.

So what about the actual show – Scrooge’s Christmas Carol? Well, as you would expect, it is fast paced, but probably unlike any version of the story you have seen enacted before, with the use of puppets, songs and various other effects (not wanting to spoil the surprise at the end!)

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There is a slightly scary part 10 minutes in with a ghost. However, this quickly forgotten about but something just to bear in mind.

However, the most upsetting part was with about 10 minutes to go, Heidi asked if it was nearly the end, because she didn’t want it to end at all!! Only bribery stopped a minor meltdown!!

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This blog post could best to summarised by Scrooge himself when he said “Christmas is about grabbing as much joy as you possibly can” – and he is correct. As such, one of the best ways of doing that this Christmas is to go and see Scrooge’s Christmas Carol!!

And because you’ve made it so far, here is a sneak peek of the show…

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Sneaky Experience – Fairy Tales Kingdom

So we finally managed to get to a “Sneaky Experience” event! Given that the second day of the event is tomorrow, I thought that I would try and do a quick recap, without giving too much away!! (Update: this was in 2017, but the “Sneaky Experience” experience is the same!

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So, the event is in Kirkstall Abbey itself. Therefore, be prepared for uneven ground and narrow walkways (not suitable for double buggies!!!) and so if it is wet,  take a picnic blanket to sit on as there is a bit of sitting down watching performances. While you’re at it, take some food as well!!

So, having never been to a Sneaky Experience event before, I didn’t know what to expect. Essentially there are 10-14 pop-up entertainers throughout the Abbey performing for the whole of the 3 hour session. While it seems a bit chaotic, it tends to be a good idea just to go with the flow. It is all very fast paced anyway, so you don’t have that long for downtime.

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The entertainment ranged from puppet shows, Elsa singalong, Anna fashion show and a big version of Twister.

However, the best entertainment was the 2 person performances of both “Hook and Pan” and “Toad and the Mole”. Whilst they lasted 20 minutes or so each, the audience fully bought into the show. So much so that the children were so excited that they nearly invaded the stage! The children were so loud that I couldn’t speak to the person next to me (who I thought that I knew but wanted to ask!!)

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The fabulous Hook and Pan

The entertainers were all dressed up and in character. If they weren’t doing a performance, then they were more than happy for pictures to be taken with the little ones. This was almost as exciting than the shows for the little ones.

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We lasted 2 ½ hours and I enjoyed a sleeping 4 year old on the way home. There was always something to do because the event was so fast paced. It probably wouldn’t be suitable for those under 3 and above 8 or so. Whilst there were a high proportion of girls, there is nothing gender specific about it. Likewise, while plenty dressed up in princess outfits, there is no obligation or incentive to do so. It might make the event a little more special, that’s all.

There were a few stalls to buy ice cream/drinks, but you are probably best taking your own. The queues were big, and you’d rather be enjoying the entertainment.

Sneaky Experience do all sorts of events and I’ll be sure to check out some of the others in the future as this was of an excellent quality.


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Cinderella’s Christmas Wish – Review (7/12/2016)

Firstly, there is a special preview post for the show here so feel free to give that a read first, prior to reading the review post, especially if you have never been to or heard of the Rainbow Factory.

Secondly, there are no spoilers whatsoever, so even by reading this, you won’t know what is going to happen, or how it is going to happen – the magic for young and old will certainly be there still!!

Writing a review for anything to do with the Rainbow Factory is so difficult because no matter how creative or spectacular the blog post is, it pales into insignificance compared to the magic they produce, and that magic was in full force for this show!!

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The first part of the show is what you would expect from Cinderella, setting the scene, introducing the ugly sisters (with a difference!!) and Cinderella. However, after 15 minutes, the story turns from a traditional fairy-tale to a unique Rainbow Factory creation, thanks to the mystery character, played by Lydia Toumazou.

Once this character enters, the audience interaction jumps up a notch, children start to feel the need to shout to help the characters and there is laughter filling the room. This is because the groundwork has been set, and the characters play off each other wonderfully to get to this stage.

The ending is somewhat traditional, but this underlines the fact that you are watching a performance based on Cinderella, but a completely unique performance nonetheless.

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Think of it like a Rainbow Factory sandwich (bear with me…!) Between the start and end of the show, which are based around tradition and fairy tale, there is a middle jam packed with creativity, magic, and laughter – everything that the Rainbow Factory is famous for. Getting this mix right is difficult, but they managed to do it perfectly.

Just a couple of notes to be aware of, given that the performance lasts 40 minutes and there are only two performers, shortcuts have to be taken in the story, but you are in no doubt that you are watching a Cinderella performance. Also, be prepared for slight audience participation if you are (un) lucky to be chosen – thanks Lydia!!!! Nothing to worry about at all, but just thought that I would mention it!!

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Look at the children mesmerised!

The quality of the performance is of the highest standard, Lydia is the Education Director of the Rainbow Factory and wrote the show and has a First Class degree from Cambridge, as well as 25 years of working in the arts and education industry (which meant that she started when she was 3 I think!). Rachel Abigail Smith is Cinderella and has performed on some of the nation’s biggest stages – this is not an amateur production by any stretch of the imagination.

Speaking of imagination – the performance pushes your imagination, relates to your child’s imagination and as such, develops them further in ways that perhaps no other Christmas show will. The show entertains as well as stimulates and develops them.

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As a footnote, we got to meet the cast for photos afterwards and I’m sure that this will be a regular thing throughout the show-run, so hang around for pictures and look at the set (hint: look above the fireplace!) However, I mention this because the person to sort this out wasn’t the Communications Manager or one of the other members of staff, it was the Managing Director. This attention to detail and customer care (and child friendly attitude) from everyone involved in the Rainbow Factory makes it one of our favourite places to visit, but also means that this show will be enjoyed by so many people throughout the Christmas period.

Shows are selling out quickly so go to www.rainbowfactorykids.com/christmasshow to get some tickets! Tickets are £6 each (bargain!) and there are a whole host of FAQ’s on their website.

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Cinderella’s Christmas Wish – Preview

This Christmas, Cinderella finds herself in the most magical place on Earth, the Rainbow Factory, and she is inviting you to watch her Christmas Wish!!

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If you have never visited the Rainbow Factory before, they turn the most ordinary into the most magical and bring storybooks to life using drama, song mixed with enthusiasm and amazing talents. We have been going regularly for the last 15 months and whatever activity they do, they do so well and so this show will be no exception!

You’re probably thinking that you might go to a “proper” theatre to see a “professional” show as part of the Christmas activities. While they are all well and good, you are probably going to be a fair distance from the stage and the little ones will be wanting to get on their feet and dance or get some sweets, all while you worry about upsetting the people all around you…

Well, this is why you should come to this show if you have young children (age guide 2 – 7). The stage is a few inches above the ground, the seats, well, they are actually beanbags for the kids, right next to the stage – they can touch the characters, they are part of the show. Also, everyone is in same boat, hoping their child doesn’t cause a scene (ok, maybe just me!) so if it does happen, it really doesn’t matter because everyone has been there!!!

And don’t think that because it isn’t set in a formal theatre, it won’t be of excellent quality. One of the stars/scriptwriters is Lydia Toumazou, who has worked on various SEN projects and is a former teacher, and is an absolute star with a brilliant voice with such a bubbly and warm character. Another star/scriptwriter is Rachel Smith who has a degree in Performing Arts and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Everything they do at the Rainbow Factory is of brilliant quality and this won’t be an exception.

Tickets are £6 each for both adults and children over 1 year old (under 1’s are free!) and the show lasts about 40 minutes. The Gingerbread Cafe will be open before every performance for you to purchase drinks and treats (always good for a bit of bribery!) but you have to be quick to book as certain shows are sold out already!!

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To get more information, check out http://www.rainbowfactorykids.com/christmasshow or search for “Rainbow Factory” on Facebook.

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Brass n Bloom

It isn’t often you get a star of children’s TV coming to little old Dewsbury. However, somehow, someway, Mr Bloom found the time to leave his prized allotment and take part in this “Brass n Bloom” Brass Band concert.

If you have been following the blog, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Scarborough Spa Orchestra (link here) and so we are a used to child friendly concerts. This certainly lived up to expectations.

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We got there early, ok, a little too early, only to find the doors had not opened. However, the crowds were forming already! As we got in, we headed to the front to allow Heidi additional dancing room and then we explored. The good thing about the concert was that there were things to do before the show. There were music workshops which were just long enough to entertain, but not tire out the little ones, as well as musical instruments to play on.

However, the star of the show also did a relaxed meet and greet with the little ones. Perhaps as you would expect, Mr Bloom was so relaxed, approachable and good with the kids!

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And so onto the music. I am in no position to say whether the correct notes in the correct order, but it certainly sounded good from the front row! If they do another one, I may not sit quite as near to the front however!! They played child friendly tunes, including Frozen . As such, there was plenty for the little ones to enjoy.

Mr Bloom did a 15 minute set at the start of both halves – including his ukulele (who knew!) with some audience participation. As a result of Heidi being slightly overconfident, she put her hand up to answer a question and then nerves took over which meant I had to answer! However, a couple of weeks on, she is still made up that she answered a question from Mr Bloom-ish!

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Another good part of the almost 2 hour Brass n Bloom show was the excellent costumes that the band were in. Everything from Batman and Robin to a Teddy Bear! This was especially good during the half time interval seeing them wandering around and interacting with the children. The audience level dropped off a little bit towards the end, but that is completely understandable given the age of the target audience. However, those who were at the front enjoyed a good dance towards the end. Some parents watched on, fearing that their child would crawl under the stage!!!

It was so good to see so many people turn up to enjoy an afternoon of good “traditional” music. This was made really accessible to an age group who don’t usually get included in these types of events. The fact that the local music group “#Musica” were on the stage as well might have inspired some of the school aged children to give music a go.

Hopefully Brass n Bloom will be a semi-regular thing in the region, and given the audience, it has every chance!!


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