Dick and Puss an Adult Panto in Swindon

Friday evening found me at The Wyvern Theatre. I had been allowed to go side of stage to take photos of Dick and Puss an Adult Panto. Well firstly what lovely lovely people they were or are should I say. They invited me up into the dressing room and I had such a lovely chat with them. They made me feel so welcome and at ease which of course is so important as I firmly believe that my (or any photographer for that matter) state of mind is reflected in the passion and quality of the photographs I (you) take. I like to think my photos are or border on art rather than just a ‘record’ of what went on.

Anyway, I laughed so much during the performance I sometimes found it hard to hold the camera steady. I like bawdy humour and it was bawdy but I and the audience really enjoyed it, and the audience joined in very enthusiastically.

So, if you ever get the chance to get to see them, do so, don’t take the kids though it is an hilarious adult panto.

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Cinderella a massive panto success at The Wyvern in Swindon

Well, what can I say. I have had so much fun photographing and being ‘sort of’ involved with this years Pantomime Cinderella at the Swindon Wyvern Theatre. I have photographed and obviously met and chatted to all of the cast and I have to say what lovely lovely people, every one of them. Victoria Farley as Cinderella and Abigail Matthews as the fairy godmother are two just stunningly attractive and talented young ladies. Dickie Wood as Buttons and Cole Dunn as Dandini hugely talented young men. Ryan Thomas as Prince Charming is excellent. I have met many ‘famous’ people and some are not particularly friendly. Ryan is the opposite, he is so friendly and very modest and is as good in Panto as he was as Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street, indeed a star. And what can I say about David Ashley as Ballsy Brenda and Louie Westwood as Sweaty Betty the two Ugly Sisters that has not already been said. Both legends in the Panto world, just stunning performance and lovely people to talk to off stage. At times I couldn’t photograph them because I was laughing so much.

The chorus dancers (both teams) all juveniles, hugely talented and professional.

I also want to thank the technical team who have welcomed me and made me feel comfortable and almost ‘part of the crew’ and all of the staff of all of the departments that are just so friendly and helpful, they have all made me feel so much part of a ‘team’ which is something I have not experienced for many years.

It is at times like this I just love my job, well it isn’t even a job, I enjoy it too much.

I think most shows have been sold out but try to get tickets anyway. It is a must see Panto and you will not be disappointed.

Prince Charming, Cinderella and her lovely Sisters come to Swindon

Well it has been a while. Mainly because I have been in hospital for an op which has put me out of the loop for a while. But well on the way to recovery and back to training soon (I hope) and back to being out there with cameras again.

Just before op I had the pleasure of shooting the Press release of this years Wyvern Theatre Panto which is Cinderella. Prince Charming is being played by Ryan Thomas who until recently was Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street. The lovely Cinderella is played by Victoria Farley. The pretty or ugly sisters Brenda and Betty are being played by David Ashley and Louie Westwood. It was so much fun and there were times when I couldn’t photograph the ugly sisters they were just so funny I had tears in my eyes and this was only the press shoot. The Panto is just going to be hilarious. For anybody who loves Panto and I do, it is a must see.

Swindon Summer Youth Project Smashes it at the Wyvern

This years Wyvern Theatre Summer Youth Project was Grease and I don’t think I exaggerate when I say they smashed it again this year. I cannot fault any of the cast of 175 in the performance. Each and every one of them gave a polished and professional performance and I applaud them all.

I photographed the first dress rehearsal and have to admit I found it quite technically difficult. Not just the lighting but with a cast of 175 I felt I missed so much of what was going on. However when I sat back and watched the performance on press night I was amazed what a polished performance a bunch of ‘kids’ put on.

Each and every performance is sold out and so they are playing to a full house every time.

So a big well done to all the cast, crew, backroom guys and the Wyvern Theatre for yet another excellent show.

King at London Hyde Park BST Concert 2016

King at the London Hyde Park BST 2016 concert series.

Corrine Bailey Rae at London Hyde Park BST 2016

The lovely Corinne Bailey Rae at the London Hyde Park BST concert July 2016.

Anne Marie a hit at Westonbirt Music Concert

Thursday 16th June saw me at Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury in Gloucestershire on the first of 4 nights of music concerts. It was headlined by Rudimental but one of the support acts was this young lady. Her name is Anne Marie. Not only did she put on a cracking performance she was sooooo happy. Both on stage and back stage. She was lovely. Go search for her and listen to her music. She has a huge following. Deservedly so.

Wychwood Music Festival 2016

Last weekend I spent an excellent three days at The Wychwood Music Festival in Cheltenham. It is one of the nicest festivals on the circuit. Placed on the Cheltenham Racecourse means that there is so much room that despite crowds of 8000 per day it never seemed crowded. It is one of the most popular family friendly festivals with so much for the children to do whilst the adults get entertained by some big named bands.

This year was no exception with the likes of 10cc, The Waterboys, Craig Charles, Kate Rusby, Matt Berry and the Maypoles, Stereo MC’s, From The Jam, The Selector and Welcome Back Delta to name just a few.

As one of the press pack we were treated so well by FullFat and all of the security and festival organisers it was a real pleasure to be there. I even got to meet Craig Charles who signed one of my images of him from a previous year and Pauline Black from The Selector who I also photographed a couple of years ago. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the guys. It was a real pleasure.

If you like live music and festivals I would advise anybody to get yourself along to Wychwood next year. Well worth it.

Jane McDonald at Oxford New Theatre

Tuesday afternoon I met Jane McDonald as part of the press photo shoot at The Oxford New Theatre where she is starring in That’s Entertainment.

She was lovely. She was so friendly and did everything we asked her to do. She is just like she is on the telly Loose Women etc.
I never got to see the show but I would advise anybody to go and see her, very engaging.

A very pleasant photo shoot.

Karen Marie Orsted at Swindon Oasis

Danish Electro Pop singer and performer Karen Marie Orsted put on a stunning performance last night as the support act for Years and Years at the Swindon Oasis venue. She needs to headline in her own right. She was very good. And for me she was or appeared to be happy to let me get in close and photograph her.