Tim Vine: Tim Timineee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You ~ Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewed by Helen and Garry McWilliams

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Tim Vine’s first tour in four years looked set to be sold out at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham as the crowds piled in and the venue appeared to be as full as we’d ever seen it.

Opening with warm up act, John Archer who not only brought quick-witted comedy which the audience seemed to collectively delight in, but bamboozling magic which is still puzzling us, now! In our opinion, Mr Archer is so much more than a warm-up act and we would be pleased to see him in his own gig. An addition of musical ‘interludes’ completed the multi-talented gentleman’s act and ‘One Direction’ are making us smile at the moment, not for the reasons you might be thinking of! The comedian/magician built up a terrific rapport with the audience and included a hilarious spot of audience participation, well done Craig from Wordsley.

The main man began with a few ‘chimney’ jokes, and from there the one-liners ‘flew’ (pardon the pun!). Vine demonstrates an intricately clever brand of comedy which is so fast-paced and zany that it’s vital to be able to keep up with him. Fortunately, as long-term fans of his work, we were able to keep up and the evening provided many a belly laugh for us. A few props added to the mad-cap humour and of course ‘Pen Behind the Ear’ was a triumph as always! We are also impressed by Mr Vine’s ‘moves’ and promise faithfully not to steal them.

Overall, an entertaining evening with not one, but two comics both at the top of their game, which was a pleasant surprise. We’re slightly disappointed that Vine’s set wasn’t longer, but quality over quantity is not a bad thing.

You can book tickets for the remainder of the tour here: http://www.timvine.com/

Wed like to thank ‘Town Hall Symphony Hall’ for an excellent evening, as usual.




The Basil Brush Show: The Full on Fox Tour 2015 ~ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Reviewed by Helen McWilliams


On Friday 3rd April, the cheeky little fox, Basil Brush landed at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre to entertain his fans of all ages in his latest stage show. Joined by Mr Stephen (Chris Pizzey), this was an energetic show with something for everybody. There was music, dancing, villainy, and not forgetting the ever-popular catchphrase ‘BOOM BOOM!’ Our fifteen month old son came along for his very first experience of live theatre, and if his reaction was anything to go by, this tour is a sure-fire hit.

Brilliantly directed by Chris Pizzey, there’s the right balance of pantomime and slap-stick humour, coupled with well-rounded stories and opportunities for the audience to get up on their feet and join in. I’m not sure we appreciated the soaking, though… you pesky lot…

The set was quite charming and perfect for this kind of show, there was good use of the audio visual screen at the back of the stage, which helps to throw the naughty fox into the era for his current audience. For Basil Brush has been a star since 1968, it’s quite a feat to be continually  entertaining audiences after 47 years in the business.

The highlight of the show was the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ story, I won’t give too much away, but it provided an excellent platform to demonstrate some of Mr Stephen’s talents! There were wigs, hats and intrigue (not to mention a rogue custard pie). Also, throughout the show, watch out for Mr Brush’s nemesis, don’t look him in the eyes, he’s bitter!

It was such an incredible experience to be able share one of my childhood ‘heroes’ with our son, and superb that he is as fascinated with Mr Brush as I was (and still am, if I’m honest!). All that remains to be said is ‘Boom Boom, Basil!’.

You can find tour dates and more information, here: http://basilbrush.com/tour/ and I highly recommend that you try and catch this show, it’s perfect all-round family entertainment.



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