I was lucky enough to get the chance to go along to a Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee class in Carnoustie recently.
Led by Abbey Craig and Barry Smale, the interactive music and drama class for children under 5, brings popular songs and rhymes to life, through puppets and role play. I was absolutely amazed by the class that I attended. Filled with songs, fun and frolics, the children who attended had joyous time (as did I!).
What really stood out for me was just how professional the experience was. It really was like watching a live kids show at the theatre! Each week has a different theme to keep it new and interesting for the children whilst also being a familiar experience with Tick Tock rhymes and songs that are enjoyed weekly.
One of the things I loved the best about the experience was how interactive it was for the children. The kids were absolutely thrilled to get involved in the action – whether they were running around the hall looking for props to help the puppets or singing along, you could see by their beaming faces, just how much they enjoyed being part of something so special. It truly was a magical experience for them all.
The only thing that I was disappointed about, was the fact that my two children are now at school and can’t join in on the weekly fun – they would have loved it!
If you’re looking for a class to take your wee ones along to, get yourself along to one of Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee classes. I guarantee that both you and your child, will adore the experience.
For further information about Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee and their classes, visit:
There’s nothing quite like a family trip to the theatre. It’s some place I’ve loved taking my kids since they were very small, in the hope that one day they’ll grow into theatre fan girls, like their mum.
My favourite show to take them to, is always whatever FUNBOX production is currently running. We all adore their vibrant shows which are full of fun, songs, comedy capers and great big belly laughs (from the audience). This summer’s production Dinosaur Safari is no exception and had everyone clapping, singing and cheering along.
With a captivated audience filled with dinosaurs, cave people and little explorers, the dynamic trio Kevin, Anya and Gary and their beloved naughty dog Bonzo, did what they do best and entertained the socks off of everybody in the room.
As FUNBOX’s continue to tour Scotland this year with Dinosaur Safari and their other show, Rocking Over The World, it’s clear that it’s not just my children who love the awesome musical group.
The fact that they’re keeping Scottish traditional family songs alive, makes me exceptionally happy. There’s no chance of classics like Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus, dying on FUNBOX’s watch.
If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kids this summer, be sure to check out one of their shows for an afternoon filled with musical mayhem and fantastic fun. You won’t regret it.
For further information on FUNBOX and for ticket details, visit: www.funbox.co.uk
Every year my family and I make a point of going to see the pantomime at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath. Filled with fun and frolics, it’s the perfect way to get the festive season started! After all Christmas just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without shouting “he’s behind you” to the pantomime dame and “Oh no she didn’t” to the dastardly villain.
This year’s production is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast written by local playwright JJ Christine. The show stars a host of wonderful actors from Chris O’Mara as the Beast & Prince, Claudia Todd as Bell, Simon Donaldson as Gastoff, Susan Coyle as Evil Mother & Mrs P, Arron Usher as Aunt Jolly, and Charles ‘Chuck’ Denton as La Poo, all of whom do a terrific job of entertaining and engaging the family audience.
As always this panto adds it’s own special twist to the well known tale, making it a riveting watch. In this version, Bell and the Beast both love to dance, Gastoff has an mother issues and La Poo is an expert body popper! Who knew!
We absolutely loved the show and my two girls aged 5 and 8, were absolutely glued throughout. As always the Webster Memorial Theatre’s panto production was pitched absolutely perfectly for the family audience. With loads of laugh out load moments, bucketsful of high jinx, plenty of baddies to boo and a brilliant soundtrack to sing along to – this panto really does have it all!
Beauty and the Beast is the perfect family pantomime for Christmas and is not to be missed!
Beauty and the Beast is on at the Webster Memorial Theatre until the 24th of December. For further information about the production and to buy tickets, please visit: http://www.webstertheatre.co.uk/whatson.htm
*Disclaimer: I was very kindly provided with tickets to this performance in exchange for this fair and honest review.
After being absolutely mesmerised by Swan Lake a few years ago, I’ve been desperate to see The Nutcracker. So, when I heard that the Nutcracker was coming to Dundee’s Caird Hall on Thursday the 9th of November – I knew I had to see it.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous Ballet in the world, The Nutcracker. Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve, which turns into a prince. When midnight strikes, the world turns all magical in the wintry glitter of Christmas Eve.
Toys come alive, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins. Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats, and Tchaikovsky’s rousing score, are just some of the ingredients that will be brought together by this renowned Russian State Ballet. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is a gem for the Russian cultural traditions, bringing as they do the passion and vibrancy of Russian character to this well-known ballet. It has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality, and never fails to delight audiences.
I’ll be reviewing the production on here at the end of next week!
For further information on the Russian State Ballet, please click here: www.russian-state-ballet.co.uk
To book tickets for Thursday’s performance of The Nutcracker at Dundee’s Caird Hall, call: 01382 434940 or visit: https://www.dundeebox.co.uk
I’m quite the Agatha Christie fan girl these days. Not only have I devoured many of her books, I’ve also seen a lot of her work adapted into plays including The Mousetrap, And Then There Were None and Witness for the Prosecution. So, when I heard that A Murder Is Announced was visiting the Dundee Rep, I knew I’d have to see it.
The play begins with the residents of Chipping Cleghorn reading a peculiar advert in the local newspaper, which announces that a murder is to take place at Little Paddocks, a home that belongs to Letitia Blacklock. Curiosity gets the better of the group and they gather at the house, just as the lights go out and a shot is fired.
The lavish production by Middle Ground Theatre, which features Bergerac star Louise Jameson and ex-Eastenders star Janet Dibley, puts Miss Marple’s detective skills to the test as she works to unravel this complex mystery. As always Agatha Christie’s writing, stands up to the test of time and I was properly on the edge of my seat throughout this spellbinding production.
It may have been more than forty years since her death, but the Queen of Crime is still a masterful storyteller who is more than worthy of her crown. With a nostalgic set, a taut script and a fantastic cast, I would highly recommend seeing this production of A Murder is Announced.
I’m also pleased to report that I managed to guess the murderer, although to be fair, I did guess about five other characters first! But that’s the fun of a good old whodunnit isn’t it?
A Murder is Announced is currently touring the UK. For further information, please visit: http://www.middlegroundtheatre.co.uk
*Disclaimer – I was provided with two tickets to the performance in exchange for this fair and honest review.