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AMBULANCE - Movie Review


We were super excited to be invited along to the pre-screening of AMBULANCE the movie, an action packed thriller set in LA in America, the movie features two adoptive brothers, one who desperately needs money for his wife's medical bills, encouraged by his brother the pair soon find themselves in an action packed chase.


Movie SypnosisOver one day across the streets of L.A., three lives will change forever. In this breakneck thriller from director-producer Michael Bay, decorated veteran Will Sharp (Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman, The Matrix Resurrections), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t—his adoptive brother Danny (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac, Spider-Man: Far From Home). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. With his wife’s survival on the line, Will can’t say no.

But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza Gonz├ílez, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Baby Driver) onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen. 


Our Thoughts - Fantastic movie from the get-go, high action and high energy a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, with a few comical moments slotted in to keep the movie light hearted and upbeat, We loved every minute of this movie, most definitely a must-see movie that will not disappoint.


Ambulance is produced by Michael Bay, p.g.a., Bradley J. Fischer, p.g.a. (Zodiac, Shutter Island) for New Republic Pictures, James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, 2022’s Scream) and William Sherak (Ready or Not, 2022’s Scream) for Project X, and Oscar® nominee Ian Bryce (Transformers franchise, Saving Private Ryan).

The screenplay is by Chris Fedak (Prodigal Son, Chuck), based on the original story and screenplay for the 2005 Danish thriller Ambulancen by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen.

Ambulance is now showing across all UK Cinema's.


Jack and the Beanstalk - Hackney Empire


We were super privileged to attend the much anticipated annual pantomime performance at Hackney Empire - Jack and the Beanstalk. When happy-go-lucky Jack sells his family’s beloved cow for a fistful of magic beans, he finds himself on a marvellous yet dangerous adventure.


Join Jack on his journey up an enchanted beanstalk where he battles the rampaging giant and 
Fenella Fleshcreep with the help of his Simple Simon Jill Higginbottom and his larger then life mum Daisy Trot. 


Jack and The Beans star the legendary Kat B as Simple Simon, Zoe Curlett as Fenella Fleshcreep and Julie Jupp as Fairy Fusia,  Ellie Ruiz Rodriguez as Jill Higginbottom, Rochelle Sherona as Jack Trot, Tony Whittle as Councillor Higginbottom and Clive Rowe as Dame Daisy Trott. 


This fun feel good production is filled with laugh-out-loud gags, awesome costumes and scenery changes, along with stunning vocals and mesmerising dances, there are even some cool tap-dancing cockroaches.


Hackney Empire’s is one of the much anticipated annual pantomimes we look forward to as it never fails to disappoint, always a must-see production for the entire family.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 

A Hackney Empire Pantomime

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ

First performance: Saturday, 20 November 2021 2.30pm

Press night: Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 7pm

Final performance: Sunday, 2 January 2022 at 6pm


Sign Language Interpreted Performances

Saturday 4 December 2.30pm & 7pm

Friday 10 December 1.30pm & 7pm

 

Dementia Friendly and Relaxed Performance

Saturday 4 December 2.30pm


www.hackneyempire.co.uk

020 8985 2424


Tickets from £10 - £42, concessions available

Groups of 10+ discount available at certain of performances

Twitter: @hackneyempire

Facebook: /HackneyEmpire

Instagram: /HackneyEmpire







LIGHTOPIA LONDON


Lightopia Crystal Palace London is now officially open, we were privileged to be at the opening switch-on event last week which was hosted by Myleene Klass.


The stunning award-winning London Lightopia festival is finally back after a much-anticipated wait, and this time it's bigger and better than ever.  


The immersive 2km trail of illuminations includes 22 breathtaking trees symbolising unity and growth, coming to life through the power of light and human connection.

  

As we wandered through the light trail we passed the various stunning installations each unique and spectacular bursting with colour.

 

The multi-sensory interactive lights and lantern installations were breath taking some moved to music and whilst others were visually pleasing to experience, we were in awe as we took in the sights and sounds around us.


Throughout the Lightopia experience, you can enjoy a host of delicious refreshments to help keep you warm and energised. Lightopia is such an amazing and memorable experience to share with your loved ones, it’s a great evening out for the whole family and we loved every single minute of  Lightopia London.


The Lightopia can be experienced in London - Manchester - Alton Towers
The Lightopia Festival is now open until 2nd January 2022. For more information and how to book tickets check out https://www.lightopiafestival.com



MUM - Soho Theatre London


We were honoured to attend the press night of the new play MUM showing at the SoHo Theatre in London created by Olivier award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm directed by Abigail Graham and produced by Francesca Moody Productions. The cast is Sophie Melville, Denise Black and Cat Simmons.


About MUM

Motherhood. No one can prepare you for it. No matter how much you tell yourself you can do it - can you? Where’s the rush of love? When will you sleep again? What if the thing you fear most is also the thing you crave? All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done? Mum is a feverish journey through every parent’s worst nightmare.

 

Nina is a new mum and tonight is her first night off. Tonight is about pizza and wine and letting go. But Nina didn’t feel prepared for motherhood and isn’t sure she fits the job description. Nina feels like she’s losing her grip. 

 


Our Thoughts - Mum is a thought-provoking hard-hitting and touching play, it has light-hearted funny moments but is an honest insight into motherhood, from the happy moments to the mental health struggles that many can face, it also explores the pressures that women can face during those early days, along with the deep emotions and anxieties of having a baby.

We were blown away by MUM from start to finish the story of Nina was gripping and will touch many, the talent of the actresses was outstanding they captivated the audience throughout, the standing ovation at the end spoke volumes about this outstanding performance.



MUM is a new play by Olivier award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Globe/ West End and Typical Girls, Sheffield Crucible), directed by Abigail Graham (soon to direct Aladdin at Lyric Hammersmith and The Merchant of Venice at The Globe) and produced by Francesca Moody Productions (original producer of Fleabag and the Olivier award-winning Baby Reindeer). The cast is Sophie Melville, Denise Black and Cat Simmons.



MUM - is now showing at the Soho Theatre London _ 21 Dean St, London W1D 3NE
until Sat 20 Nov 2021 3.00pm, 7.30pm to book tickets visit https://sohotheatre.com/shows/mum/


Trigger Warnings:

MUM is a raw and real exploration of early motherhood. As such the play explore subjects that some audience members may wish to be aware of before arrival.


If you or anyone you know has been affected by the themes and issues explored in MUM, below are helplines and charities below which you may find helpful for further information and support. 


Perinatal Mental Health


Pandas Foundation - provides emotional and practical support for families and their networks who may be suffering with or affected by perinatal mental illness, including prenatal (antenatal) and postnatal depression.

pandasfoundation.org.uk


Maternal Mental Health Alliance - provides extensive resources and links to national and local charities which can provide support on the link below

maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/resources/mums-and-families


Mental Health


Samaritans - provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. 

samaritans.org 08457 90 90 90 


Mind - provides information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

mind.org.uk


Bereavement and Grief 


At A Loss - the UK's signposting website for bereaved people, ensuring they and those supporting them find information and services appropriate to their loss

ataloss.org


Marie Curie - provides a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. They also provide frontline nursing and hospice care throughout the UK. 

mariecurie.org.uk

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