Tuesday, 25 November 2014

One Man, Two Guvnors at Norwich Theatre Royal

Last night we were invited to see One Man, Two Guvnors at the Norwich Theatre Royal. It's currently on tour of the UK & Ireland and is in Norwich until Saturday 29th November.

I missed the NT Live showing of this in Ipswich a couple of years ago so I was really looking forward to seeing the show and I wasn't disappointed.

Based upon The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini One Man, Two Guvnors is a comedy of full of farce, slapstick, witty one-liners and songs. The music is written and played by the skiffle band The Craze.

Francis Henshall was sacked by his skiffle band so takes up the position of minder to Roscoe Crabbe, but Roscoe is actually Rachel secretly posing as Roscoe after he was killed by her posh twit boyfriend Stanley. Francis also ends up taking a job with Stanley but has to keep his two guvnors apart. Easy, eh?!

Emma Barton (Dolly) and Gavin Spokes (Francis)
What ensues is, quite simply, hilarious chaos.

I, and many others, laughed until we cried. My first port of call during the interval was to fix my make up!

Gavin Spokes is perfect as Francis Henshall and really knew how to work the audience. Without wanting to give anything away there are elements of improvisation and spontaneity in the show and Gavin's comic timing was spot on. #sandwichgate will remain with me for a long time!

A special mention has to go to Michael Dylan, who played the doddery old waiter Alfie. His physical comedy was superb.

Michael Dylan (Alfie)
The rest of the cast were great too; Emma Barton as Dolly, Norman Pace (a comedy hero of mine for a long time) as Charlie Clench, Jasmyn Banks as Pauline Clench, Edward Hancock as the sublime wannabe luvvie Alan Dangle, David Verrey as Harry Dangle, Patrick Warner as Stanley Stubbers, Alicia Davies as Rachel/Roscoe and Derek Elroy as Lloyd Boateng.

I can't recommend the show enough and I would happily watch it again and again. There are still a few tickets left for the Norwich run of One Man, Two Guvnors before they're off to High Wycombe.

Monday, 24 November 2014

My Style Shrink Design Jewellery review

The My Style Shrink Design Jewellery has all you need to create seven jewellery projects with shrink plastic pendants. 

Molly couldn't wait to get started with her designs and they are very easy to make. Adult supervision is only really needed when baking the shrink pendants and perhaps with the cutting out as there are a few fiddly lines.

The accompanying booklet has lots of templates in and there is printable .pdf available online for extra templates. There are also decorating tips and techniques.

You trace the design onto the plastic sheet and colour it in with pencils, felt tips or markers. We found that pens rubbed off easily so we had to be careful where we placed our hands and we gave the pendants a second layer of colour.

Once you've coloured your design you cut it out and punch holes using the hole punch included in the kit (This bit is VERY important, don't forget to do it like I did on a couple of items!) and place the pendants onto the cardboard tray and pop into the oven for a couple of minutes.

This is where things went a little wrong for us. I'd read the instructions which warned of some warping and curling….but our cardboard tray curved so all of the pendants fell off! After a bit of panicking and some quick manipulation of the card they were back in the oven. They still curled a little bit but the instructions advise quickly placing them onto a kitchen board and flattening with a glass baking dish. This soon sorted them out. 

We soon got the hang of it though and Molly's designs were soon baked and ready to use in her jewellery designs. Her first projects were to make one necklace and one bracelet for her friends. The small plastic beads were a nightmare to thread onto the black cord as it frayed easily so she used some larger beads that we have at home. Unfortunately I've often found that these kits provide beads that are too small to fit onto the cord but we always have a large supply of beads at home, thank goodness!

The elastic thread took the beads much easier and Molly thoroughly enjoyed putting the bracelet together. 

As well as loving the cool designs I think Molly liked the kit because it was something that she could mostly do on her own and I had very little involvement.

Overall, a lovely kit for girls to make but you just need to be prepared for the baking tray to curl and if using the cord you may need some different beads from those supplied. 

*We were not paid for this review. We were sent the kit for the purposes of this review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experiences. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Chuckles from the children

Some days are just really….you know, crap. Nothing major happens but a number of things go wrong, it all adds up and just gets to you. 

Today was one of those days. 

I had a really crap shift at work too, starting with attitude from the office staff within 2 minutes of walking through the door and then I was rushed off my feet, expected to be in 5 different places at once and yet I was still getting moaned at. I was glad to get home, especially when I caught sight of what Harry had put on the fridge:

He is only now learning to recognise certain letters so 'poopie' was a complete accident but what a funny accident and at least it made me :-)

The eldest two found it hilariously funny and 'poopie' is now the word of the day but I'm sure I'll soon be telling them off for using it too much!

Has your child ever written something funny by mistake?

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