Navi – King of Pop Tour

navi-pic-1024x577My husband and I feel that it is our duty to introduce our kids to the retro music that we adored as children. The result is that our girls love a real mix of music, from Queen and Madness to Cyndi Lauper and the Grease soundtrack! But out of all the music that we’ve introduced them to, their absolute favourite is Michael Jackson.

With their black hats and their YouTube playlist on repeat, my girls love practicing the dance moves to Michael’s music videos. My three year old even has her very own rendition of “Anna are okay” (as she calls it), complete with forward and backwards lean!

So when we heard that Navi was coming to Dundee’s Whitehall Theatre with his show King of Pop we knew that we had to take them along and treat them to their very first pop concert.

As soon as Navi stepped on the stage, it was clear that he wasn’t just any old Michael Jackson impersonator. His voice is so like MJ’s and his dance moves are so spot on, that I had to remind myself repeatedly that he was not the real deal. Witty and charming, Navi had the audience in the palm of his hand and when he stepped out into the crowd to perform one of the songs, the crowd went absolutely ballistic for him.

From Thriller and Beat It to Jackson 5’s I Want You Back and Can you Feel it – all of the classics were there and performed to perfection. What impressed me the most was Navi’s obvious love of MJ and his devotion to his fans. Near the end of the set he told them, “We’re here to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson” before promising that he would never dare try to replace him.

We left, surrounded by a sea of black hats and white gloves, humming Michael’s back catalogue each of us raving about the incredible show. Seeing Navi live has only intensified our girls’ love of Michael Jackson and his music. Navi’s tribute is a very worthy one, and as he continues to tour the world, bringing joy to MJ’s fans young and old, he’s keeping the spirit of Michael and his music very much alive.

Find out more about Navi and his King of Pop tour here: www.kingofpop.co.uk

Hairy Maclary’s Cat Tales Live – Review

hairy-maclary-flyer-734x1024Hairy Maclary, my favourite literary dog, just so happened to be making a trip to The Gardyne Theatre in Dundee this week to perform in the new stage show Cat Tales. The production by Nonsense Room, sees every one of the Hairy Maclary characters brought to life on stage. Obviously I….I mean we….had to go!

My little people have always been fans of the Hairy Maclary series, whether he’s making mischief at the vets or just trying to get home with his bone still intact, there’s plenty to love about Lynley Dodd’s classic books. So we were all super excited to see how the show would interpret Hairy Maclary and his canine capers.

The stage show was set in Riverside’s village hall where a cat show was about to take place featuring Slinky Malinki and the terrifying Scarface Claw. When new character Miss Plum loses the competitions trophies plenty of fun and frolics ensue – resulting in an entire audience of giggling and animated children happily playing along.

The original books featured strongly in the story too with Miss Plum and friends retelling the classic tales in song, with the help of Hairy and his lovely chums. The show was a perfect mix of old and new, its old school charm completely captivating the children, who went from shouting along excitedly to silently watching quite mesmerised.

After an hour of brilliant family fun, we left the theatre chatting about our favourite characters with big plans to reread the original stories all over again. I can’t wait.

The Hairy Maclary ‘s Cat Tales tour continues around Scotland for the next weeks, you can find out more, here: www.hairymaclaryshow.co.uk

Hairy Maclary and friends visit Dundee

hairy-maclary-1024x768“Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy….” is how my three year old girl’s favourite bedtime story begins. Hairy Maclary and his chums are hard not to love. Since we discovered the book a few years ago every dog we meet is categorised by a character from the book. Is that doggy more of a Bitzer Maloney (all skinny or bony) or a Hercules Morse (as big as a horse)? That Schnitzel von Krumm is my own personal fave!

The series of books are so filled with fun and frolics that they real are gorgeous to read. In fact so gorgeous that it’s fair to say that I also count myself as a bit of a fan!

So imagine our excitement when we found out that The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show is touring and coming to the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee, not far from us! Delighted!

For more details about the Dundee show on Wednesday the 14th of October or to find details about the other shows in the tour, visit: www.hairymaclaryshow.co.uk