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Families First Awards https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk Your story, beautifully told - Created with WordPress managed by 1&1 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:52:33 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 WE FOUND NEVERLAND https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk/we-found-neverland https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk/we-found-neverland#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:52:31 +0000 https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk/?p=3958 Peter Pan @ The Lyric Theatre, Belfast Well, it was a wet and miserable Saturday afternoon when I headed to the Lyric to see Peter Pan with my kids and husband.  I’ve seen this old classic many times both on-screen and on the stage but I wasn’t prepared for the delight ahead of me. We 

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Peter Pan @ The Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Well, it was a wet and miserable Saturday afternoon when I headed to the Lyric to see Peter Pan with my kids and husband.  I’ve seen this old classic many times both on-screen and on the stage but I wasn’t prepared for the delight ahead of me.

We start of our story as usual with Wendy, John and Micheal being left with the wicked nanny looking after them as their parents head out.  The role of Nanny Cookson is perfectly played by Allison Harding, just the right tone of fear to keep the kids in the audience both entertained and tepid.  Being the unloving character she is she flings open the kid’s bedroom window and beckons the children out of it – and this is where it all kicks off.

Enter the star of the show, Peter Pan.  And this is no standard version of the character, un-preened and even slightly dishevelled looking, Peter scoops up the children and they head off to Neverland.  This is where we start to see some of the amazing special effects as the children take to the air and fly.

Once in Neverland the children encounter some amazing different characters which of course include the villains of our story: Captain Hook and her sidekick Miss Smee.  There is a bit of history between Peter Pan and Captain Hook, in a nutshell it’s because of Peter Pan that Captain Hook is missing that hand.  So obviously there is a bit of revenge-seeking going on as Captain Hook endeavours to take the children.  Of other particular note is the Mermaids – utterly captivating and completely unexpected – you will be amazed.

I really don’t want to give away the whole story, but if your kids are anything like mine they will be captivated – literally open-mouthed throughout the show.  The story continues as Peter Pan endeavours to steer the kids and the Lost Boys from the evil grasp of Captain Hook.

Apart from the amazing talent from the cast, the staging was exceptional, the music as mesmerising, and the crew changed the sets seamlessly.  If you are looking for something different yet familiar this Christmas season this is definitely a play you should get along to.

Book tickets at https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/event/peter-pan/

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MAY’S BACK – 30 years on! https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk/mays-back-30-years-on https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk/mays-back-30-years-on#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:48:16 +0000 https://familiesfirstawards.co.uk/?p=3955 We are regular visitors to the Grand Opera House in Belfast throughout the year being massive fans of most things to tread the boards.  However, and I’m sure we aren’t alone, but the stand-out show of the year, every year, for us has to be the Christmas Panto.  This year true to form, it didn’t 

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We are regular visitors to the Grand Opera House in Belfast throughout the year being massive fans of most things to tread the boards.  However, and I’m sure we aren’t alone, but the stand-out show of the year, every year, for us has to be the Christmas Panto.  This year true to form, it didn’t disappoint.

This year it is the story of the classic Beauty and the Beast.  Our very own outstanding May McFettridge is of course back this season as our panto dame (30th year), playing the role of Mrs Potty.  A role created for this production Mrs Potty held the theatre in her hands, giving us song, dance and copious amounts of laughter – with the usual helping of humour only the mums and dads would understand.  Mrs Potty was there to keep a watchful eye over Belle and ‘thon dirty beast’.

Ben Richards of off the TV (Holyoaks, Footballers Wives, Holby City) played the handsome Prince Sebastian/The Beast.  True to form he was cast under an evil spell and transformed into a Beast, the spell can only be broken by true love.  And this is where Beauty (Belle) comes in.  She finds herself transported to a cursed castle where she is held captive by The Beast.  Will Belle see beyond the hideousness of the beast to fall in love, or will his selfishness cost him everything?

Throughout the story we are introduced to some amazing, funny and quirky characters – all playing their part in making this show something that both the kids and adults will love.  Belly laughs abound, plenty of song and dance, this show had us all captivated.  A particular favourite (and not to spoil anything) was the flying car – you need to see it to believe it.

Of course the show climaxes with a festive sing-along and literally everyone in the Grand Opera House were on their feet, clapping and singing along.

If you see one panto this year, make sure it’s this one.  Check out www.goh.co.uk for tickets and availability.

EVERYBODY NEEDS AN INJECTION OF LAUGHTER LIKE THIS IN THEIR DAY.

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