Saturday 21st October 2017, and the first of my two shows today, kicks off with a visit to the Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay, for a matinee performance of ‘Slava’s Snowshow’. This is an opportunity for me to see something completely different and unique. I’ve heard many good reports from people who have seen this at other venues, not sure what to expect but usually I have a good reaction to everything I see.
A two hour show, with some great background music to support the clown activities. A bit of comedy, some really beautiful moments sprinkled into this act. A bit dark in places,which a few of the kids in the audience didn’t really get. Spectacular finale with storms, snow and huge balloons to end festivities, which the kids found fascinating. Not a bad afternoons entertainment, although I don’t think it’s a younger kids show, too many darker moments mixed in with lighter times, for a younger audience.
Having arrived early I’ve just found out about choir clock. Situated around Cardiff every hour, a different choir will perform around the capital until midnight tonight.
This promises to be a fantastic showpiece for a Saturday away from the footie, if you are about the city today look out for these choirs or even pay a visit to the Millenium Centre and pick up a leaflet showing where everyone is performing. You never know you may enjoy the chance to see some amazing voices absolutely free.
I finally got around to watching the movie version of Les Miserable,a few weeks ago and boy was I disappointed. Having seen the stage version of this magnificent show a few years earlier,I thought ‘give it a go I may like it’. Sadly that was not to be.
I was actually appalled at the miscasting of most of the main characters in the first half hour of the film. Russel Crowe was awful and I’ve heard a lot better from Hugh Jackman. Although Anne Hathaway was good as Fantine, if a little too quiet singing I dreamed a dream.
Moving on, I was actually going to switch off at that point but went a bit further, but not that much. The only bright light was the voice of little Cosette,who,for me made that first part watchable. She was amazing. It was shortly after that that I did switch off after hearing Sacha Baron Cohen,I couldn’t go on. And that was the end of my viewing of Les mis.
I tried to listen to the cd but gave up on that also. For me I hated it, even though I love the voice of Samantha Barks playing Eponine. It just wasn’t for me.
I started going to watch theatrical shows, about three and a half years ago,this is the only time I have actually hated anything based on the theatre. I have seen over 100 shows in that time, many of them more than once and have reached 230 performances of those shows, and to tell the truth I have loved everything I have seen. Except this.