Monthly Archives: July 2015

Review – An Evening of Dirty Dancing by Lara Wadey


No film has captured the hearts of a generation quite like Dirty Dancing, so it’s hardly surprising that the Hey Baby 5th Anniversary tour is grabbing the UK’s attention by storm. 

You only have to mutter the words Dirty Dancing or hear a song from the soundtrack and before you know it you’ll be humming the tune, realising that you know all the lyrics. 

It’s because of this, that the women and men of Aylesbury were exhuberated with excitement as they filled Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for The Tribute Show celebrating this Greatest Movie Soundtrack of all time!

Personally I wish there had been more of a story line to the show, but then who really needs the story when we all know it and everyone is actually there to be entertained by such an energetic cast whilst dancing in the isles. 

The show is directed by Paul Spicer and includes songs like She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and, of course (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. Sylvia (Aimie Atkinson) and Mickey (Julian Essex-Spurrier) were on point the whole way through, you could feel that they lived and breathed their roles. The continuous dance routines and costume changes kept the show alive, fresh and full of energy. 

It was also a proud moment to have our local dance school Spotlight Musical Theatre School’s senior ballet and modern pupils performing alongside the professionals in this amazing show. 

Believe me when I say you won’t be the one sitting in the corner, as you will be drawn like a magnet into joining in with the audience participation. 

If you get the chance, take a trip back to the summer of ’63 to relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s summer romance – it will be worth it!



Review – East is East


Loved the film. Love the show.

The brand new tour of East is East, is a multi-award winning play based on the movie written by Avub Khan-Din, in Salford in the early 1970s, it explores the teenage and adult challenges and difficulties that are faced when growing up in a world of mixed cultures.

Pakistani chip shop owner George Khan (Simon Nagra) is a proud family man with strong values. He wants to be seen to be doing the right thing by the world and the community, but struggles to deal with his 7 children growing up wanting to explore the world for themselves and challenging his beliefs. .

Ella Khan, played by Pauline Mclynn, is his English wife who would naturally do anything for her children. She shows us what it’s like to walk that fine line between marriage to your husband and your children’s free will.

Each set is simple yet superb allowing us to get to know each of the characters, and all seven children who in spite of being so different from each other, having a strong sibling bond between them. George Khan – ‘Genghis’ to his kids – doesn’t want the British way of life influencing his children so steadfastly continues to organise circumcisions, and arrange marriages.

Even though the play is a comedy, it is actually quite dark in places and may horrify you as you realise what some people and families are going through here in Britain. It is written perfectly with the cast being so believable the whole way through. I love this play with its strong sense of family unity, regardless of ethnicity or religion.

Grab yourself a ticket and experience what it’s like to be part of the Khan family struggling to keep to their traditions whilst living in a different country and culture. It may be an eye opener or just a good evening’s entertainment and laugh. Whatever – I think you will enjoy the experience. I know I did.

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