Visit London Blog » fairfield halls & ashcroft theatre Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peppa Pig’s Party Live On Stage in London Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:44:46 +0000

The look on my two-year-old’s face was priceless. An enormous smile stretched from ear to ear as he came face to face with her, the object of his unrequited love and devotion. He was awestruck.

She gave one loud snort, the spell was broken and he burst into laughter.

She’s pink, she’s perky and she loves jumping in muddy puddles: she’s Peppa Pig.

Pre-schoolers and their parents will be delighted to discover that the popular TV programme is now a live show,  touring the country. Having enjoyed a successful run in the West End, the production will soon be reopening at the Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex.

As a mother of three, I’ve seen a few children’s plays in my time and I’m happy to report that Peppa Pig’s Party is a cut above the rest. The plot is simple. It’s Peppa’s birthday and she’s having a party with her friends and family. The songs are catchy, the set is brightly coloured and there is enough audience participation to keep the young’uns captivated.

The show was an absolute hit with my son – he loved every second . He loudly shouted out the name of each character as they appeared on stage and relished every opportunity to sing and dance along with the cast.

Peppa and pals have been brought to life by puppetry consultant, Nigel Plaskitt, who has 35 years’ experience in children’s television and has also worked on the hit show Avenue Q. The puppets are operated in the same way that they are in Avenue Q – a Sesame Street spoof – with puppeteers dressed in black manning the dolls.

Nigel said: “Children don’t really notice the puppeteer. Adults, on the other hand, do. When they first begin watching Peppa Pig’s Party, they’ll find it takes them a minute or two to adjust.

“But children have this ability to instantly suspend disbelief, so that whether the character is real or not becomes irrelevant towards their enjoyment of what they are watching.”

Don’t miss Peppa Pig in London on the following dates:

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Armstrong and Miller at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:30:38 +0000

BBC sketch show stars Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller brought their latest brilliant comedy tour to the Fairfield Halls in Croydon last night.

The show was painfully funny and featured plenty of favourite characters, including the delightfully preposterous vampires and the World War II airmen, who made repeated hilarious appearances.

The show really got going when the characters started involving audience members in their disturbing worlds. One poor lass found herself giggling on stage in the dentist’s chair while Armstrong probed her teeth.

I think they might have thought we were a tough crowd, but the sound wasn’t very clear, particularly during the songs which meant we were working hard to hear them.

Aside from the airmen sketches, the best bit was running into the boys themselves coming out of Croydon’s Bella Italia when we popped in for a pre-theatre meal! I was too astonished and star-struck to say anything, but was impressed with Alexander Armstrong’s taste in knitted cable hats.

You’ve still got time to see Armstrong and Miller’s show in London at the New Wimbledon Theatre next week and there’s plenty more great comedy in London this winter.

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Breaking free: London’s Best Dance Crew Tue, 04 May 2010 11:28:25 +0000 The Definitives. Bruce Woods of Tactical Innovations Limited

If you’re into street dancing, this weekend was designed for you. Breakin’ Convention returned to Sadler’s Wells with another top UK and international line-up, while over in Croydon the finals of London’s Best Dance Crew set Fairfield Halls alight – nearly literally, when organisers thought the stage curtains had caught fire!

For months, young dancers across London have been honing their routines and competing to reach Friday’s final. The atmosphere backstage on the night was one of nervous excitement, as last minute rehearsals were squeezed in and costumes tweaked.

Three groups battled it out in the first half. Trilogy’s fresh take on West Side Story earned them third place and they bowed out with a slick piece that made you realise how tough the competition was.

A fierce, African-inspired performance from The Definitives, featuring a troupe of drummers from London group Maracatu Estrela do Norte, and a hard-hitting show tackling bullying from Retaliation took these two groups into the final.

While we waited for the final showdown, we were treated to shows from a series of top performers – including former Sugababes singer Mutya Buena, Avant Garde and Peridot.

Then, finally, it was time for the final showdown. It was a close call, but in the end it was The Definitives who impressed the judges most. They were presented with a trophy and cheque for £3,000 by Private Johnson Beharry, the first soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross since 1982.

And if two great street dance shows in one weekend wasn’t enough, the UK dance film Streetdance 3D is out at cinemas from 21 May. It’s time to invest in some lessons in popping, locking and breaking!

Photo:¬† The Definitives at London’s Best Dance Crew 2010. Bruce Woods of Tactical Innovations Limited

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