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

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


SHOWCASE CINEMAS ANNOUNCES SCARILY GOOD COMPETITION TO WIN FREE FAMILY TICKETS TO A FILM OF YOUR CHOICE

 DARE TO SCARE 

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of The Addams Family 2, Showcase Cinemas is launching a Halloween dress-up competition and giving away free family tickets to the best entries. 

 

The spook-tacular ‘Scaredy Kids’ competition will run throughout October in the lead up to the hair-raising holiday and encourages parents to send in pictures of their little monsters dressed up in their best - and scariest - Halloween costumes. 


The giveaway is being launched to coincide with the release of the new animated comedy The Addams Family 2, which is out now – just in time for the season’s spooky celebrations to begin. 

The family-friendly film sees A-listers like Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Snoop Dogg, voice the iconic characters, and serves as the sequel to 2019’s The Addams Family.

 


The main characters Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and consumed by "scream time". To reclaim their bond, they cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. 

 

The eventful adventure across America takes them out of their element and into run-ins with their cousin Itt and other kooky characters – it’s a movie not to be missed this autumn. 

 

Showcase Cinemas UK General Manager, Mark Barlow, said: “We’ve loved seeing our customers return to the big screen and watching guests enjoy the cinema experience with their families is amazing to see. We have so many exciting new releases coming out this autumn, so what better way to celebrate the family-friendly film, The Addams Family 2 than with a creative and creepy competition. We can’t wait to see the entries and look forward to welcoming the children and their family to a complimentary screening at their local Showcase Cinema.” 

 

To enter the ‘Scaredy Kids’ competition and be in with a chance of winning one of 10 family tickets to see a film of your choice between 1-30 November, simply email a picture of your child dressed up in their favourite trick or treat outfit to showcase@wearebrazenpr.com

 

The Addams Family 2 lands in cinemas nationwide today, to book your seat at your local Showcase Cinema, head to the website here: https://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/film-info/the-addams-family-2https://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/film-info/the-addams-family-2

PINKTOBER - Hard Rock Cafe supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October

 

  • Hard Rock Cafe supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October – with its annual PINKTOBER fundraising campaign including three NEW burgers, live music from female artists and more at its London restaurants. 
  • Three new pink-themed burgers – with £1 from every burger sold supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.
  • Female up-and-coming artists take to the stage to entertain PINKTOBER guests on 13 and 14 October.
  • Limited-edition merchandise includes a PINKTOBER-themed Hard Rock t-shirt and a newly designed PINKTOBER pin, with 10% of proceeds donated in support of breast cancer awareness causes across the globe.
  • Proceeds will benefit the Caron Keating Foundation, the fundraising charity set-up by TV presenter, Loose Women panellist and presenter of BBC’s Rip Off Britain, Gloria Hunniford.

This October, Hard Rock International launches its annual PINKTOBER® campaign as the brand comes together to support breast cancer awareness and research with limited-edition menu items, merchandise, and local events.

Throughout the month, Hard Rock’s London restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe London – the first and original restaurant on Old Park Lane which celebrated 50 years in June – and Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus will be hosting fundraising events to support the Hard Rock Heals Foundation®, the charitable arm of Hard Rock, with proceeds benefiting the Caron Keating Foundation – a fundraising charity set-up by television presenter Gloria Hunniford and her sons Paul and Michael. Gloria lost her daughter Caron Keating in 2004, at the age of 41, after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

Television presenter and Founder of the Caron Keating Foundation, Gloria Hunniford said, “Hard Rock has been an incredible support to Caron’s Foundation over the years, and after this unprecedented time with the pandemic, their support means even more. It is wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel with the return of real-life fundraising events like PINKTOBER. I can’t wait to come down to the Hard Rock Cafes in London on the 13 and 14 October, to see people unite for breast cancer awareness and research. From female vocalists to pink-themed burgers, it’s going to be a lot of fun and we hugely appreciate anybody who wants to come down and get involved. Most of all, enormous thanks to all Hard Rock personnel for their continued support

PINTOKBER events in London: 

The Flavours of Pink – 3 new burgers 

Throughout October, guests to the London restaurants or those ordering on delivery can enjoy a limited-time menu of pink-themed items such as a Mushroom & Bourbon onion burger, the ultimate “pub” burger and the Blue Cheese & Bacon Burger, with a new Tropical Margarita to wash it all down. £1 from every burger sold will go to Hard Rock Heals to support PINKTOBER

PINKTOBER Takes the Stage – with entertainment from female artists 

Powerhouse female vocalists will amp up the PINKTOBER celebrations at Hard Rock Cafe London on Wednesday 13 October and Piccadilly Circus on Thursday 14 October, with performances from 6.30pm. Artists include:

Hard Rock Cafe London 

  • Natalie Shay - an indie pop artist hailing from North London with influences including Haim, Little Comets and Fickle Friends.
  • Erin Bowman – with music inspired by pop artists of the 90’s.

Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus 

  • Laura Jeanne – singer, songwriter & artist with a powerful, lush voice. 
  • Natalie Shay - an indie pop artist hailing from North London with influences including Haim, Little Comets and Fickle Friends.
  • Brooke Law - taking on influences from a number of iconic female artists such as Annie Lennox and Joan Armatrading. 

Limited-Edition Pinktober Merchandise

This year, Hard Rock International will offer uniquely designed, limited-edition merchandise in support of breast cancer awareness and research, which include a PINKTOBER-themed Hard Rock t-shirt and a newly designed PINKTOBER pin. Additionally, through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, 10% of all proceeds will go to charities that help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Those looking to shop the PINKTOBER merchandise can visit the Rock Shop at Hard Rock Cafe London and Piccadilly Circus or the online Rock Shop at https://shop.hardrock.com.

Hard Rock continues to live out its mottos of “Love All – Serve All” and “Take Time To Be Kind” with its steadfast support throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the goal of lending a hand to the people and communities that need it most.

To help Hard Rock Cafe in supporting Breast Cancer awareness and research, make a reservation via the websites below:

PINKTOBER Menu Details

  • MUSHROOM & BOURBON ONION BURGER - 2 stacked burgers topped with bourbon onions, mushrooms, bourbon aioli and Swiss cheese, served with shredded lettuce and vine-ripened tomatoes.
  • THE ULTIMATE ‘PUB’ BURGER - 2 stacked burgers topped with house-made pub sauce, American cheese, bacon, pickles and shoestring onions, served with shredded lettuce and vine-ripened tomatoes.
  • BLUE CHEESE & BACON BURGER – 2 stacked burgers topped with blue cheese crumbles, classic buffalo sauce and bacon, served with shredded lettuce and vine-ripened tomatoes.

ALL PINKTOBER BURGERS £11.50 Add a side of fries £5.25 | Make it a Triple Stack £3.00 

£1 from every PINKTOBER burger sold will go to Hard Rock Heals to benefit The Caron Keating Foundation.

  • TROPICAL MARGARITA £12.75 Patrón Silver Tequila, house-infused with fresh strawberries, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, and the fresh flavours of guava, pineapple and lime juice. 
  • UPGRADE TO A SOUVENIR MASON JAR FOR £14.10

PINKTOBER menu poster is available to download here: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/piccadilly-circus/files/5467/USJ210527_-_HRC_EU_-_PINKTOBER_MENU_-__London_-_Piccadilly_.pdf

 About The Caron Keating Foundation

The Caron Keating Foundation is a fundraising partnership set up by Gloria Hunniford, Paul & Michael Keating and Russ Lindsay. The Foundation will offer financial support to professional careers, complementary healing practitioners and support groups dealing with cancer patients, as well as individuals and families who are affected by the disease. It also financially helps a number of cancer charities with their ongoing quest for prevention, early detection and hopefully an ultimate cure. For more information, please visit www.caronkeating.org.

LADY LANE KITCHEN X The Canvas Cafe

Culture meets food meets empowerment - London at its finest 


Lady Lane Catering Co and The Canvas are proud to bring you Lady Lane Kitchen: a veritable pop-up feast during the month of October and beyond. 
The cooperative brings together six women from all different backgrounds who tell a story of their love, their lives and their dreams through their food. 

These women set up Lady Lane Catering Co in 2020 and they haven’t even let a pandemic stop them. They have persevered and have made it to this standout London pop up, even as other hospitality businesses are struggling.

Strong women coming together through a love of food, a fierce drive to succeed, and a vision to bring their family and heritage recipes to more people. These single mums and superwomen unite to collaborate in an explorative and culinary experience. Five of them will be sharing their skills and flavours at this pop-up, which kicks off on Wednesday 6 October.

They all have an important story to tell and do so with passion and flavour. 





Single mum Leila has created a Caribbean menu and  is quick to point out the parallels between cultures; "Pilau rice is used in Caribbean cooking too - food shows us that we're not so different after all!" Leila runs Munchbreaks, an eclectic multicultural catering service from the heart of East London (a bit like the person behind it).


Woin, Ethiopic Kitchen is passionate about making traditional Ethiopic food 100% vegan and has created her business to create high quality, plant-based menus, full of rich flavours.


Aseel’s Kitchen was started 5 years ago by Sophia, a mother of four lovely children. Providing for her family and friends great quality and scrumptious food has always been a point of great joy and pride and she specialises in providing great flavoursome dishes from the southern Mediterranean, Levant and Arabian Peninsula kitchens.


Dadu’s Kitchen LDN opened in 2019 as a way of spreading love and joy through full bellies! Syeda, a mother of 6, and a grandmother has had over 40 years of experience cooking a wide range of Bangladeshi foods, using aromatic spices from the south of Asia. Her passion is to extend the joy and love for her food beyond her family and friends, with a vegan twist! Syeda has a bad leg and walks with a stick. But her daughter and friends are supporting her in the kitchen to make this happen for her, because, as she says: "this is the opportunity we've all been waiting for." 



Amiira started making her own hot sauce Basbaas (which means chilli) after she lost her job in 2017. She noticed there was a gap in the market for Somali foods and condiments, and decided to use this downtime to launch her own business, as it had always been a dream of hers.


Lady Lane Kitchen is a cooperative of women in partnership with business and government: 


● Tower Hamlets Council 

● The Canvas - East London Profit for Purpose Cafe hosting the pop-up 

● Heura Foods - proactive vegan meat brand who are donating products for the ladies' menus 

● Lady Lane Market - London’s first women-led market, in east London 


The pop-up restaurant will be happening Weds-Sat evenings over the month of October. 


About The Canvas 


Their purpose

The Canvas unites people with space and support to solve local problems and make life better for everyone around us.


Our values

1. We are locally rooted.

2. We champion solutions to global issues.

3. We incubate and support good ideas.

4. We're people people.

5. We work hard. We deliver the best.

6. We set a good example.


https://thecanvascafe.org/ 

Twitter @TheCanvasCafe 

Facebook @TheCanvasCafeE1 

Instagram /@thecanvascafee1


About Lady Lane Catering


Lady Lane Market is an East London women-only market running in Wentworth Street every Friday 10am - 3pm. Lady Lane Market provides a supportive environment that encourages more women from all backgrounds to trade at traditional street markets. While the last pots, pans and kitchens are being sorted for that, our traders are keen to bring their delicious food to East London as soon as possible. Enter the Lady Lane Catering Company! Six of our very best chefs are working together to cater lunches for your next gatherings and functions, cooking up food that is sure to have your guests coming back for seconds, and maybe even thirds… Our traders, Hosna Begum, Leila Dansie, Sadiya Khan, Sophia Mohamed, Syeda Hussain and Woin Tegegn have culinary inspiration from around the world.


For more information check out..

Twitter @ladylanemarket

Facebook @adylanemarket 

Instagram @ladylanemarket 






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