Collectormania 25 (Showmasters) ~ NEC, Birmingham

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Comic Cons are a must for Entertainment Views, we’d not attended a Showmasters event previously – however this show had so much to offer, we’ll be regulars from now on.

With an astronomical number of star guests signing their lives away for fans as well as posing for photographs with their eager followers, a wide variety of stalls offering memorabilia overload and some props that were out of this world – Collectormania was the place to be last weekend.

If you need any more reasons to go, here are some highlights which might twist your arm:

  1. Guest Stars – the sheer number of guest stars astounds me even now the show is over. From Richard Wilson from One Foot in the Grave (I don’t believe it!), to stars from Wrestling and Sports, there is somebody for everybody and too much choice, in fact. Where else would you get the opportunity to have your photograph taken with six ex-Liverpool football legends? Remember Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon? He was there answering questions on the main stage (a fascinating man to listen to) and meeting and greeting fans back out in the hall. There’s always more to a Comic Con than meeting celebrities, but this event really makes the most of as many fandoms as they can muster.
  2. Organisation – the crew and staff are plentiful, helpful and want everybody to have a good time. From queue control to directing fans to their desired area in the hall – these stewards are the best in the business and deserve all the praise they can take.
  3. Shopping! Comic Cons are the perfect place to find the items you didn’t know you needed in your life – or that you may not have even known about before. I often keep my eyes peeled for gifts, dealer will often give a cheeky offer or two. I am delighted with my Masters of the Universe tshirt, it is one of the best finds I’ve ever happened upon whilst in shipping mode at a Comic Con. Make sure you’ve got plenty of pennies so you don’t have to walk away from must-haves!
  4. Props galore – If cars are your bag then there were a few to get up close and personal with. From the famous blue car belonging to the Weasleys in Harry Potter to a rather cool Batman car which I think we’d have brought home if nobody had been looking! Jurassic Park was also represented which was excellent timing with the next film in the franchise about to be released. Meanwhile, if you fancy yourself as 007, why not stand next to his wheels?
  5. Family Friendly Fun  – Comic Cons are increasingly becoming popular with families, small and big kids alike can enjoy a convention and at Entertainment Views we’ve been asked for advice from many fellow parent pals about which is the best convention to start off with as their toddler would surely love this genre of event (and so would they!). Our little boy is in his element with cosplayers, in the image below he met a few furries who were game for a giggle. We’ll be recommending Collectormania as a perfect place to start, with friendly staff who go above and beyond and more famous faces than you can think of under one roof, it’s been a pleasure, Showmasters! See you soon….

 

Brian Conley – Still The Greatest Entertainer (In His Price Range) ~ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Star rating: *****

Brian Conley is a comedian whom I grew up watching on ITV, back in the day when we only had four channels to choose from! “It’s a Puppet” will be his catchphrase for all eternity, however catchphrases aside, as a performer and entertainer he is in a league of his own. The show he currently has on the road provides a mixture of pure comedy genius, combined with musical moments and indeed Conley can be serious to – when he’s not trying to coax an unwitting audience member into putting her hand down his trousers!

Like all of the greats, there are jokes you would associate with Brian Conley is you know his material. I know it inside out so I was slightly ahead with the punchlines, however far from spoiling the experience, his familiar humour proved to be as much of a hit today as it was years ago. He interacts with the audience effortlessly and naturally, his ‘victim’s’ are not scared to engage with him and that speaks volumes in itself.

We were treated to a number of his musical theatre characters with Conley’s velvet tones lending themselves beautifully to ‘Hush-a-bye Mountain’ from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘ and what a superb surprise for him to include a performance as Fagin in the mix. Jolson was a big hit for the master of comedy and no evening with Brian Conley is complete without an excerpt or two from the show. Although no evening is complete without ‘The Devil Went down To Georgia’ either, if you know the violin trick Conley does, you’ll howl with laughter as if it was the first time you’d seen it. If you haven’t seen it before, just you wait.

There are few entertainers who are able to grab my attention and hold it for a full two hour show without any waivers – Conley held me to rapt attention and I would watch this show again and again without hesitation. Catch this tour while you can, if you miss it you’ll have missed out. It’s like watching Tommy Cooper, with a dash of Russ Abbott and a sprinkling of Morecambe and Wise. Let me tell you, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

 

British Soap Awards 2018

The British Soap Awards are always a must-watch at Entertainment Views HQ, we are avid soap fans and love to find out who the public has chosen as their soap opera favourites. Hosted by Phillip Schofield, this was the first year the awards show had gone live and the selected venue – Hackney Empire Theatre was a good choice. The show ran to time, almost, slightly thrown off-kilter when 80’s small screen legends Cagney (Sharon Gless) and Lacey (Tyne Daly) arrived to announce the winner of Best Soap. Their banter was one of the highlights of the evening, it was fantastic to see the pair reunited.

Without further ado, here are the winners, together with Entertainment Views‘ opinion on the chosen ones:

Winners — 2018

Voted by the British public

Best British Soap

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We agree! It’s pushed boundaries in the past twelve months and Phelan (Connor McIntyre) has kept us gripped. Worthy winner.

Best Actor

Jack P Shepherd

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: Yes, David Platt is a fantastic character and Jack P Shepherd plays him like a second skin.

Best Actress

Lucy Fallon

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: An unsurprising win as Lucy Fallon is the girl of the moment.

Greatest Moment

Hotten Bypass Crash

Emmerdale (2016)

Entertainment Views thinks: Spectacular, Emmerdale at its finest.
Voted by the panel

Villain of the Year

Connor McIntyre

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: Who else?

Best Male Dramatic Performance

Ross Adams

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views Thinks: We’d always thought he had been un underrated actor, so this award goes to show how much his talent is appreciated in the industry.

Best Female Dramatic Performance

Lucy Fallon

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We refer you to our comments above – this girl can do no wrong at the moment.

Best Comedy Performance

Ian Midlane

Doctors

Entertainment Views thinks: A worthy winner, it’s great to see Doctors being included – it’s not often they win a public vote, however the panel can be relied upon to give them a shout out.

Best Young Actor

Isobel Steele

Emmerdale

Entertainment Views thinks: A talented young actor, her recent storyline has really brought her to the fore.

Scene of the Year

Bollywood Proposal

Doctors

&

Lauren & Abi’s Rooftop Fall

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: A tied vote, eh? We agree that both scenes stood out in their individual ways and you probably couldn’t judge them against one another, really. The rooftop fall was a heart-stopping scene.

Best On-Screen Partnership

Malique Thompson-Dwyer & Theo Graham

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: Hollyoaks have some of the best on-screen partnerships.

Best Newcomer

Lorraine Stanley

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: She’s phenomenal, if this had gone to public vote we’d have backed Lorraine to win.

Best Storyline

Lily’s Self-harm

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: This storyline was so on point that we often found it difficult to watch. Hollyoaks do hard-hitting drama like no other.

Best Single Episode

Three Mothers, Three Daughters

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: Absolutely spot on, a glorious episode which explored emotions like no other.

Outstanding Achievement

Rudolph Walker

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: Yeah man! A perfect choice who has long deserved an accolade.

Tony Warren Award

Kieran Roberts

former Executive Producer – Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We remember Kieran from when he joined Emmerdale, continuing drama are lucky to have him, as are the ITV.

Photo Credits: BBC & ITV

*** Feature Show *** ~ Aladdin

If I ask if you’ve seen Disney’s Aladdin – the vast majority of you will put your hand right up and might even give me a chorus of ‘Friend Like Me’ the popular big number sung by the incomparable late great Robin Williams who played the Genie. If you’re a theatre fan (or even if you’re not much of a theatre-goer) you’ll have to have been living in a cave not to have heard of the West End’s version of Disney’s Aladdin which has been wowing packed houses at Prince Edward Theatre.

My question is, have you seen it yet?

If the answer is no, would you like to find out some excellent reasons why you shouldn’t miss this spectacular West End show?

If the answer is yes, maybe the reasons I’ll hit you with will inspire you to go again…

  1. It’s Disney! ~ need I say more? Disney sprinkles its inimitable magic whether it be on screen or stage and to step inside the theatre and see this show is to absorb a whole new world of Disney magic (pardon the pun!).
  2. A famous Princess ~ maybe you’ve heard of Jade Ewen? She’s made a name for herself as a popular singer before joining the show and she makes for a perfect Princess Jasmine.
  3. Sing-along ~ unlike some musicals, this one boats so many well known songs that you can’t help but sing along.
  4. A glorious theatre ~ if this is your first time in the West End then you couldn’t pick a better theatre to start with than the Prince Edward Theatre. The atmosphere in the beautiful auditorium alone will astound you before curtain up!
  5. Watch the trailer and let that speak for itself! 

Are you convinced? Would you like to know a secret?

Thanks to the magic lamp, we have an offer you’ll LOVE! No booking fee for performances from 4 – 28 June 2018. Sound like a plan? Go for it: Aladdin Tickets

 

 

 

Photo Credits: Aladdin the Musical Website 

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