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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.


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


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 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.


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


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.


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


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. 


Chi Chi London - Knitwear

Chi Chi London specialises in occasionwear and has an extensive range of party dresses and formal wear, they also have a range of cute accessories and day wear.

As someone who has shopped at Chi Chi London and purchased many beautiful dresses, 
I was absolutely delighted to try one of Chi Chi London Jumpers from their knitwear range.

I opted for this gorgeous Orange Roll Neck Ribbed Jumper which is £46.00. This Orange Roll Neck Jumper is a subtle light Orange perfect for the autumn season, not only does it feel soft and luxurious but it's comfortable to wear and looks amazing on.

This stylish jumper is perfect teamed with jeans or a pair of smart trousers. I love it and will be wearing it a lot this season,

Chi Chi London has a range of cosy jumpers and cardigans to suit everyone's taste and style. For more information check out https://www.chichiclothing.com/collections/jumpers-cardigans or if you are looking for occasional or formal wear or simply want to explore Chi Chi London store head over to https://www.chichiclothing.com

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