Sunday night at the Penny Bank, people made it out in the cold and rain for some Live @ Five Sunday’s with Grimsby Duo Koostix consisting of members Lee Martin and Mick Lond.Continue reading Quick Review // Koostix Live@Five @ Penny Bank Pub
A packed auditorium took to their seats for a night of comedy with funny man, Joel Dommett.
For the first time we went to FRUIT in Hull. Fruit is a unique ex-warehouse cultural space on Humber Street in Hull.
The Circus Of Horrors have come a long way since first experiencing them on Britain’s Got Talent. Obviously on a TV audition a lot more is crammed into a small slot of time so I wasn’t quite sure what the full show would entail or how it would be padded out.
Initially first impressions were made by the dazzling set. The props and set design are interesting in themselves.
The show is filled with bright lights and lots of fire and smoke so be prepared to see some pretty fancy staging. The introduction to the show was very comical and got the crowd nicely warmed up with plenty laughable innuendos then it’s onto a great aircraft style introduction video. I don’t mean it says wear your seatbelts (it maybe should) but it makes a fun instructional video and warns people of a nervous disposition to “F**k Off”. I’d say this is pretty acurate as if you’re easily offended or ridiculously squeamish then you are probably at the wrong show because what you are about to see digs deep into some people’s emotions of shock, horror and amazement. I will also warn that if you are crazily scared of clowns then please be prepared as some people in the audience looked at though they may faint or cry at this part of the show. I won’t say what happens but I will say the show does get involved with mixing in the audience at times.
I really loved the accompanying videos on the multiple screens throughout the performance and the camera man filming the show for the screens did a brilliant job at focusing on the detail of what was going on. In shows like this when you are rows away from the action it can sometimes be a little hard to see and then in turn results in it being less dramatic but the close ups were brilliant. The pyrotechnics and lighting arrangements were quite striking. At times the lights used to illuminate the audience were a little blinding but never the less a very good arrangement.
I am not going to write a play by play of what happened in the show because this show is based on it’s element of surprise so if I went into “this happened and that happened” then you would know what to expect. This show is definitely one that’s better left a mystery until you see it. Although the nice man sat next to me said he had been many times before and enjoyed it more and more each time he came. The shows full live band and the vocals throughout were powerful and rocky and the female vocalist especially had a great rock range.
Be prepared to see some full frontal nudity of the male and female origin and bare in mind this is advised for more mature audiences so the advisory is 16+. There are some pretty raunchy costumes.
All the acts in the show are great entertainers and all dressed to perfection and you will not be bored or disappointed, maybe a bit horrified at some parts but mostly entertained. The show builds suspense nicely as the audience watch intently to see what will happen next.
There is a lot to see from the cast from contortion, to swinging around in the air by their hair to swallowing or attaching things to themselves that you didn’t think possible and plenty of fire to warm your face.
The show is built around the element of combining a freak show and circus into one, which works very well. There were a lot of impressive things throughout the show and I would definitely go see it again next time it comes to the area. I would recommend this show as a MUST SEE. Some shows I walk away and wonder are people getting their money’s worth here, well with this show I don’t need to wonder because YES, YOU ARE! It is great value for money.
Monday night we decided to go out for tea but didn’t want to venture far. We usually go out of town to village pubs for some proper home cooked food.
But just down the road is self described as the village pub in the centre of a town, the Malt Shovel on Ashby High Street. The only thing is there is no onsite parking but if you’re lucky you might get a space in broadway if not then venture down collum lane to the carpark at the end.
It was surprisingly busy for a Monday night, with every table almost full and quite a few families out for birthday meals.
Initially getting seated wasn’t very clear as we were pointed towards the back of the room where the barmaid had pulled a table apart for us to have a table for 2 but it was only pulled about ten centimetres away from the table next to us with 2 young children and a gentleman so we did feel a little like we were eating with them and had to watch our conversation and language as the children were literally shoulder to shoulder with us.
The pub is warm and welcoming with a cosy village pub atmosphere.
The menu had plenty to choose from but we went for lasange and scampi. The scampi and chips came with a choice of mushy or garden peas. You got a very good portion of scampi and the food was all very hot. The lasange came with salad and dressing and also a big handful of chips.
The chips on both dishes were very nice, they kind of reminded me of chip shop chips that you would get with your chippie.
The lasange itself wasn’t very tomatoey but never the less it was very nice and was made with a rich creamy cheese sauce and quality mince. Sometimes when you get lasange from a menu the mince can be a little bitty and fatty but this wasn’t at all.
Overall it was a good price. It was a nice but busy atmosphere and although it was very busy we weren’t waiting long at all for our food to arrive. The other nice touch to the pub is you can see the chefs cooking in the kitchen and you can see them put your food onto the counter.
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It has been a busy weekend in Scunthorpe. But we were invited along to review a full house on Saturday Night at Scunthorpe’s Biggest entertainment venue The Baths Hall.
I’m not going to lie I’ve never watched the film Dirty Dancing. I’ve seen parts and references to it and I did know pretty much all the songs. I had looked up the show before hand so I had an idea of what to expect. Some dancing and singing to songs from the film.
Outside the Baths about 20 minutes before showtime there were still people eager to get through the door outside queuing up. I didn’t quite prepare myself for how popular this show was, obviously with the women. The bar area was packed out and the noise of chattering excitement. The 5-minute call came around and everyone rushed to their seats to prepare for the show.
The vocals throughout the show were very impressive and the overall choreography was well thought out and nicely executed. It was nice to see the whole cast get involved in singing the different hits as a groups, couples and solos.
As always in the main arena of The Baths Hall the lighting and sound was top notch.
The show was good in the sense it didn’t drag on the same song or leave big gaps in-between. It flowed through song by song. If I were to speak on behalf of the audience reactions one of the biggest reactions would have been a topless man.
Songs the cast performed included well known tracks Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Hungry Eyes and the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. (Which I just can’t help thinking of the Saga holiday advert when I hear it.)
For a Dirty Dancing fan that loves the songs, this show was the perfect night out. I was absolutely amazed at the amount of people out of their seats. I struggled to find anyone sat down at all. So for this I give the show ‘An Evening Of Dirty Dancing’ an applause for managing to get the whole room, women & men onto their dancing feet. It created such an energetic atmosphere.
If I had to pick something I wasn’t keen on about the show, it was maybe a little cheesy at times in the talking and audience interaction. But I don’t think people seemed to mind and it did get people interacting with the people next to them so I guess a little cheese doesn’t hurt.
Overall as a package the show fulfilled the needs of the soundtrack song lovers and people had smiles on their faces and all seemed to have a great time. There were some particularly passionate dancers on the balcony who were so excited they kept raising their arms with a wooo & high five to their friend.
The cast ended the night with a selfie of themselves with the Baths Hall crowd. It was a little confusing because they asked the audience to tweet or Facebook the cast in any photos taken throughout the night, yet a lot of people were told by staff to put their phones away so I don’t think it was quite clear if you were or weren’t allowed to take photos that could maybe be a bit clearer at future shows or mentioned on announcement.
The popular show will return to The Baths Hall late next year on 2nd October 2015. So check the website to book tickets or go into the box office at The Baths Hall or Plowright Theatre.