These little lords and laker girls were fantastic in their roles and treated to a special family gala performance immediate afterwards.
QUOTES FROM SOME OF THE MUMS:
“It was great! My daughter is a huge Dick and Dom fan and was really pleased when they came out to say hi. Show was great too.”
“She really enjoyed it and was made up to meet Dick and Dom in person! We offered both girls money to shout out bogies but they refused (too well brought up!!)”
“It was great. Yes, we all loved it. She loved the little binoculars best and the pot of sweets! Thank you for giving us the opportunity. I am even considering going again!”
“The kids really enjoyed watching Spamalot and laughed all the way through.”
We even had children acting out the whole production after the show!
The video is currently being edited, but very excited to post a link of our little performers as soon as possible.
One of the mums very kindly shared these amazing photos of the video filming.
Spamalot’s royally good new casting: Young upstarts Dick and Dom are playing King Arthur and Patsy for six weeks only – and they had a bunch of MVCs (Maida Vale Children) starring in their promotional video and attending their family gala event this Saturday (7 December 2013 to be exact).
Maida Vale families were given the fantastic chance of being able to appear in the promotional video – we had posted on our Facebook page and group the news that the first 50 people to respond would be given a pair of tickets.
If you were one of those lucky 50, we’d love to hear from you with your stories, pictures and memories of the day so we can share them with everyone else.
Maybe you were thinking about it but weren’t sure, had prior engagements or completely missed the original post. Well, if you missed it, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND it. Definitely not our daughter’s first West End experience, but her first ‘grown up’ one.
She (4 1/2) and her 6 year old friend LOVED it! When we got home – right before she fell asleep, she said “thank you Mummy, that was the best day ever. The best day of my entire life.” Think that says it all. I have to say thank you to Dick and Dom and the rest of the cast for that.
Their performance was magnificent. It was hard to imagine that it was only a few days in to their first ever West End gig. Flawless! They and Carley Stenson (of Hollyoaks fame) gave such an amazing performance, you could have easily thought they had been doing this show for much longer.
The humour was spot-on for our target audience. I know that it’s recommended for 8+, but what they understood, had them in hysterical laughter, what they didn’t went over their heads as it should. They were dancing in their seats, grinning from ear-to-ear with lines like “I fart in your general direction,” and distraught when they thought that the show just finished at the first interval.
Funny and tying in learning from school. She noticed the French flag on the castle and said, “I know that flag from ARK Atwood. That’s France.” She started ‘Fredding’ Camelot and he helped fill in the blanks with the blending. Teamwork. She’s been practicing her line for her school play too – in a louder voice, because they had to speak loud enough for the audience to hear them. Wow!
I was worried about a show long enough to require an intermission – a first for our little one, but they would have gladly watched more. The only reason the actual ending of ‘the live show’ was acceptable to them (and me) is because I told them I was taking them to meet ‘the stars’. Although the girl is quite convinced she actually met King Arthur and his mate.
Talk about getting in to character.
She wants to be The Lady of the Lake.
Going to be a hard act to follow.
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW
CBBC’s Dick and Dom are starring together on stage in Monty Python’s Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre, from 2nd December for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year festive period.
Having found fame as presenters of double BAFTA Award winning BBC1 weekend show, Dick and Dom In Da House, Dick and Dom have presented a wide range of TV and radio show including CBBC’s Splatalot, BBC Radio 1’s The Sunday Morning Show, Sky1’s Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Challenge TV’s Takeshi’s Castle. They even starred on the big screen when they appeared in Horrid Henry: The Movie, but appearing together in Spamalot will be the pair’s West End musical debut.
Dick (Richard McCourt) said; “I’ve always been a huge fan of all things Monty Python and so am very excited about the fact that I’m getting the chance to prove myself as King Arthur and take hold of the mighty Excalibuer.”
Dom (Dominic Wood) said; “Everyone knows the legendary Always Look On The Bright Side and so I can’t wait to get started as Patsy and to be able to perform the song on stage each night.”
Spamalot is a family friendly show suitable for Young Knights and Laker Girls aged eight and above. It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls,
witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010 – before it went bust), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
The season at The Playhouse, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too! During the run, there have been 27 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), six outbreak of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used.
When: Every Thursday
11am (usually for a couple of hrs)
Where: The Warrington!
The soft play sessions run every Wednesday morning from 11 am-12 noon
at the Little Venice Sports Centre, 10 Crompton Street, W2 1ND.
The sessions are for crawlers up to 2.5-3 year olds.
The fee is £4 per session, or £3.50 if booking 6 or more in advance.
Booking for Maida Vale Soft Play is essential as numbers are limited.
To book email email@example.com
Mums and Dads of Maida Vale, come meet for a drink week with like-minded locals!
Tuesday 1st October at The Truscott Arms on 55 Shirland Road W9 2JD at 8pm.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is live on stage at the Lyric Theatre until the 8th of September 2013.
The live show is adapted from the much-loved picture book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. It takes a book that I used to be able to read in five minutes and makes it come to life in a 55 minute performance that is perfectly suited to the 3-7 year old viewers they suggest.
I went with my 4 year old daughter and seven of her friends ranging in age from nearly 2 to 4.5 years old (and their mums – my friends). The 4 year olds walked in like they owned the theatre and were very much excited for what was to come. The younger ones – it being their first West End show – were a bit more unsure, so I’d suggest, that the show is fine for them to go so that their older sibling(s) could see it. But they should really be older than 2, nearer 3, to properly enjoy it.
The show was cleverly done achieving the long wavy grass, river, mud, forest, snow storm and cave with minimal props and sets. In fact some of the scenes could be acted out at home if you’re motivated – and have the time – to do that sort of thing. Imagination was key!
I’m not sure that my imagination was there for some of it. For example, I became fixated on why they didn’t seem to bring the baby (a doll, not a real baby) on one of the adventures. I know the baby was meant to be asleep but surely you’d have to still be bringing it with you.
My favourite part:
The staging of the snow storm – so tranquil, so beautiful, it was as if the illustration came to life.
My daughter’s favourite parts:
She could not narrow it down. She loved the rain – how the little boy, played by an adult male, ran into the audience and shot us with a water pistol. She took the audience participation very seriously, sang her lines, shouted out answers, and did the appropriate hand movements, snapping and clapping. In fact she’s still singing!
The bit that left us both most perplexed:
There are six people in the story book – 2 females, 2 males, one baby and one dog. In the live show, everyone is represented except one of the females – you could think this woman would be a child, an older sister, a mum, or a relative or family friend. Over and over, I heard the question “Where’s the Mum?”
We thought this character was the mum, but at her nursery school, we were told that she’s the big sister. Regardless of who this girl is, she is missing and that caused lots of questions, more questions than why is the little boy losing his hair or is the dog playing the piano – or is it just the boy in a super hero costume.
She decided the ‘mum’ was at work. Good answer.
- You can take the 6 bus there to avoid the escalators and stairs of the Underground or you could exit from the tube at Green Park to use the lift (if you’re worried about the buggy on the escalator).
- There is a buggy park at the theatre.
- We got stickers on our way out after the show.
- There is no break.
- Bring snacks for the children.
Time is running out to enter our fabulous competition to win free tickets to see Brainiac Live! – Science’s greatest and most volatile live show which is in the West End until the 17th of August 2013.
Before you enter – or worse yet, don’t enter – I wanted to share our experience with you on the live show’s opening weekend.
We took our 4 year old daughter and her friend who is nearly 5 so they were a couple of the youngest in the audience. If you look at the FAQs on the show’s website, you’ll see that that the show is for 5+ and they don’t really recommend younger than 4 1/2. The show’s 60 minute length was great for their age and attention span, as well as mine.
It was loud from the beginning – but also extremely exciting. There were explosions, experiments, demonstrations with a little music, dancing and brain teasers in between segments. They were excellent at warning the children (and adults) about explosions by telling us to put our hands over our ears. I have to say, I really appreciated that gesture – setting expectations is always good.
Explosive, yes – messy, no – educational, yes – boring, never.
The lesson that seemed to stick in both girls’ minds was the danger of electricity. Me with mummy hat on says ‘SCORE!’ – finally, something that really brought the concept of why it might not be a good idea to play with that dangerous power source home.
Potential Spoiler Alert in this paragraph – Their favourite part also came from this section of the show – when one of the Brainiacs accidentally hit their bottom on the electrically charged fence, causing the rest of the Brainiacs to burst out laughing. Now I have to know – so here’s my plea to you all to go see the show and fill me in – is that part of the show or was that really an accident? The rest of the Brainiac’s seemed genuinely concerned and surprised.
If you have children who are at the very youngest of the recommended age – provided your child doesn’t scare easily – I’d recommend, as long as they are OK with loud noise. I’d definitely recommend it for older children – primary school age through to adults. There were things that I found pretty fascinating and didn’t know you could do.
I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I was amazed at the many uses of liquid nitrogen from balloons to instant freezing to massive explosions.
We even had Jon Tickle as one of the members of the audience that got to go on stage.
For an electrifying – quite literally – experience during the summer holidays that’s going to keep them talking, learning and bring science to life, Brainiac Live! is the perfect West End experience. Still have a smile on my face from watching my daughter take part in audience participation (clapping her hands above her head when instructed to, yelling out answers, etc.) and from just seeing their faces full of amazement.
When asking for her feedback to share with you all, she asked me, “Can you and me go back to see it again?” I guess that says it all.
You could eat in the theatre – even bringing our own treats and water was not a problem. Drinks and snacks were also available for purchase.
All very easy to get to and back via the Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus and then a nice walk on Shaftesbury Avenue past China Town which further enhanced their experience.
Last but not least, the last time I checked, there were still seats available for this show with the Kids Go Free West End offer as well as a Living Social and Little Bird discount available (note links may not work after offers have expired).
On Sunday, one of my daughter’s other best mates went with her mum and she loved it too. In fact, her comment was, “Mummy can I be a Brainiac when I grow up”. Love it! Inspiring stuff. Her mum said that the audience wasn’t as loud for their performance but on hearing about the noise and knowing her daughter has sensitive ears, she bought silicone ear plugs from Boots before the show which she said worked a treat and that they actually molded into her daughter’s ears so didn’t fall out like some of the other kinds she has purchased before.
Let us know if you go and what you think – and if you have any more useful tips to share.
PALACE THEATRE 18 JULY – 17 AUGUST 2013
Based on the multi-award winning Sky TV show, Brainiac Live!, is in the west end for the very first time this summer. More mischievous than ever before Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful.
Watch live as we delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you’re too scared to do at home!
“It’s all good, educational fun.” The Guardian
WIN TICKETS TO BRAINIAC LIVE
You could win a ticket for you and up to 6 friends to come and see Brainiac Live at the Palace Theatre. To be in with a chance of winning just answer follow the widget below.
Terms and conditions
Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. Winner receives 7 tickets to see Brainiac Live at the Palace Theatre in London for any performance between 24 July & 17 August 2013. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Best available seats will be given. Tickets to be collected at the box office with no cash alternative. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be resold or transferred to another performance.
Tell It Parents Action Group are having another Table Top Sale on Saturday 6th July 2pm – 6pm.
Tell It had its first table top sale at the beginning of June and they managed to raise just over £130! This is a great boost as they are currently not in receipt of any funding.
This will help them to keep their projects going which include:
- Newish mum’s weekly drop – coffee mornings with themes such as sleep routines and areas/stages of child development
- Monday Drop In – support for parents
- Fortnightly evening sessions – parents self help group
- Running costs
- COMING SOON – ESOL conversations for parents for the summer!
Thank you to everyone who supported our last sale – if you missed it, here’s another chance to support this great cause.
They warmly welcome donations and are particularly in need of the following:
- Bric a brac
- Unwanted gifts
- Unwanted (new) clothes & shoes – we have enough used clothes thanks
- Accessories & Fashion Jewelry
- Anything else that you can think of
They will be open next Monday & Tuesday (1st/2nd July) to receive donations. Any other time, please call to arrange.
The event of the summer – LolliBop 2013 – is less than 2 months away! The ultimate children’s festival has only gone and outdid themselves by securing the must-have location for any major event – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Friday thru Sunday – 16, 17 & 18 August
Tickets: On sale now, from £20pp
LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival, is returning for 2013 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. With an incredible line-up – all aimed at children under the age of 10 – LolliBop combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive areas. The 2013 programme includes Dick and Dom, Skylanders, Science Museum Live, Cloudbabies, Skylanders, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Peppa Pig, Poppy Cat, the Wot Wots, Transformers, The Go! Go! Go! Show, the Mr Men and Little Miss Village Green Event and Shaun the Sheep’s Championsheeps. LolliBop’s live theatre tent – The Lollipalladiam – showcases performances from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. This year it features Spooked, from the critically acclaimed Broken Rose Performing Arts. Spooked promises a hilarious and spectacular blend of dance, theatre and spoken word featuring skeletons Molly, Jinny and Charlie. There’s also a brand new Discovery Zone, Meadows area, Enchanted Woods, Lolli Promenade and much more.
Last year’s LolliBop
Last year my then newly three year-old had the time of her life at LolliBop 2012. Plenty to do for her age group. Younger children had their own areas and a tween area for older children – plus all the entertainment that was suitable for everyone. They had it all covered.
There is so much to do, that several friends commented that they wish they bought tickets for multiple days in order to do absolutely everything. Highlights for us included: painting a Hello Kitty ornament at one of the Imagination Stations, getting her face painted as Hello Kitty at the Little Bird face painting area, making a wood coaster with princess stickers at the B&Q Mini Maker area, rolling out pizza dough with Nick Coffer of My Daddy Cooks, conducting mini experiments with the Science Museum (not to mention getting a book detailing how to do them at home), perfecting circus skills, and going through the John Lewis Village which was like a children’s museum within a festival – food shop, dress up boutique (with photos), pet store, music store and more.
She spent a lot of time in the Roald Dahl tent creating her perfect potion for George’s Marvelous Medicine – drawing a picture of it and having me list all the ingredients. That was part of a competition that we later found out that her entry was a winning one – a day that kept on giving!
And of course, couldn’t forget celeb spotting – and by celebs, not the ones like Mark Owen, who was there by the way – but it was meeting the ‘pink’ Moshi Monster and the ZingZillas that made her day.
Don’t be scared by the picture showing the crowd. The organisers did a superb job with having so much on offer that even though we knew we were part of a huge event, we never had to wait long and were able to fit in an awful lot in to one big day out.
Everywhere you went, you were presented with something new and magical – a real family day full of inspiration and fun.
Highly recommend for an amazing family day out.