Dawn French is
heading to Merseyside and will boomerang back a few weeks later!
Entertainments and Michael Grandage Company present Dawn French's
latest tour, called:- "30 Million Minutes."
Quoted as "the Queen of British comedy", Dawn begun
her 1st ever solo tour on 5 June 2014 in Sheffield and has not
slowed down since! The award winning actor, best selling novelist
and all round very funny lady has written what is a fantastic show,
based on her life and career. The tour is still traveling across the
UK, playing over 90 dates, until mid-December, where it ends in
Southport Theatre, on 6 December. On the way the tour will also
visit Liverpool, on 11 November at the Empire Theatre. Tickets for
the shows still to go, includeing the 2 on Merseyside are on sale
now and selling faster than a Chocolate Orange at a chocoholics
convention in Dibley... Both shows will be absolutely fabulous
without any doubt...
30 Million Minutes consists of various delights and riches, with the
odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as Dawn
takes audiences through the various lessons life has taught her,
and the things she knows for sure.
If you want to see this dangerous comic genius, book your seat at
one of the remaining show NOW at
TicketZone.co.uk, because Dawn
is convinced it won't be long before she is far too doolally to
The evidence is there for all to see. She is already three quarters
certifiably daft. The other quarter is utterly bewildered. And the
remaining quarter simply can't do maths! With a sharp eye for comic
detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French of
Cornwall shares how she has misguidedly spent her whole life
vigorously attempting to be a fully functioning female human. But
the one thing that adds up is Merseyside has the honour of having
her show visit us 2 twice, so you have no excuse to miss it! So that
spells fun and you will not be playing scrabble that night!
Her extraordinary lack of willpower, combined with an enviable knack
for nosey parking and showing off, has driven her to grapple with
the big stuff of life in public. 30 million minutes of life in fact.
That's how long she's been alive, well when she started the show, we
think. It's also worth coming if only to finally witness what size
she actually is. Can we believe the stolen images of so many women's
magazines? What is the truth? Is she so unfeasibly large that she
can hardly live? Or does she sleep in a matchbox? Marvel at how one
woman can mercilessly murder so much chocolate, and yet remain so
curiously slim…! As a big fat liar once said of her:- "Her
singular attempt to be ordinary fails miserably."
Dawn says:- "I'm sick with excitement about this solo tour. I
am enjoying the fact that I can't categorise exactly what it is, but
it's somewhere between a monologue, a play, and an autobiographical
slide show with a few funnies thrown in. At last, I have one of my
three genie wishes granted, which is that I finally get to work with
Michael Grandage. The other two wishes are as yet unfulfilled. They
are secret obviously, but suffice to say, one is about Barack Obama
in Speedos. The other is about me in speedos, with cheesecake
involved... Enough said."
Catch the show. Or feel like a fool!!!
30 Million Minutes is produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments. The
show is directed by Michael Grandage. Set and Costume Design by Lez
Brotherston. Lighting Design by Willie Williams.
For further information please visit:-
The show is still to visit the following locations and a few tickets
are still on sale for them:-
► Over 1 November to 2 November 2014, the show will be in Coventry at
the Warwick Arts, for tickets call:- 0247 652 4524.
► On 3 November 2014, the show will be in Cornwall at the Truro Hall,
for tickets call:- 01872 262 466.
► On 6 November to 7 November 2014, the show will be in Worthing at
the Pavilion Theatre, for tickets call:- 01903 206 206.
► On 8 November 2014, the show will be in Croydon at the Fairfield
Halls, for tickets call:- 020 8688 9291.
► Over 9 November to 10 November 2014, the show will be in High
Wycombe at the Swan Theatre, for tickets call:- 01494 512 000.
¿ On 11 November 2014, the show
will be in Liverpool at the Empire Theatre, for
tickets call:- 0151 702 7320 or visit the venues
► On 15 November 2014, the show will be in Shrewsbury at the Theatre
Severn, for tickets call:- 01743 281 281.
► On 16 November 2014, the show will be in Swansea at the Grand
Theatre, for tickets call:- 01792 475 715.
► On 17 November 2014, the show will be in Barnstaple at the Queen's
Theatre, for tickets call:- 01271 324242.
► On 19 November to 20 November 2014, the show will be in Bournemouth:
Pavilion, for tickets call:- 01202 306 126.
► On 21 November to 22 November 2014, the show will be in Poole at the
Lighthouse, for tickets call:- 0844 406 8666.
► On 23 November 2014, the show will be in Plymouth at the Theatre
Royal, for tickets call:- 01752 267 222.
► On 26 November 2014, the show will be in Hull at the New Theatre,
for tickets call:- 01482 300 300.
► Over 27 November to 28 November 2014, the show will be in Buxton at
the Opera House, for tickets call:- 08451 272 190.
► Over 29 November to 30 November 2014, the show will be in Cambridge
at the Corn Exchange, for tickets call:- 01223 357 851.
► On 3 December 2014, the show will be in Coventry at the Warwick Arts
Centre, for tickets call:- 024 7652 4524.
► On 4 December to 5 December 2014, the show will be in Salford at the
Lowry, for tickets call:- 0843 208 6000.
¿ On 6 December 2014, the show will
be in Southport at the Southport Theatre and Convention
Centre, for tickets call:- 01704 500 036 or go to the venues
Ticket Prices are from £25.00 to £39.50, please note that prices
vary according to venue! Remember.... for online bookings
Julia Fordham is
heading to Liverpool!
FOLLOWING on from 2
sell-out UK tours in 2013,
Fordham returns to celebrate
the 25th Anniversary of her landmark album 'Porcelain'.
Julia performs the album in its entirety, accompanied by her long
time pianist and album producer Grant Mitchell. "To this day,
people still stop me in the street and sing songs from 'Porcelain'
to me. They share stories about how much the album connected with
them. So it's an honour to perform the whole album for the faithful
audience that has supported me all these years." she
commented to the media a few days back.
Julia will also perform many of
her other hits and includes a few surprises along the way at the
"Without Music, Life Would Be A Mistake" show on 19 November
2014, at the refurbishment Epstein Theatre, on Hanover St,
Liverpool. for tickets go to:-
LiverpoolTheatres.com or call:-
0871 246 5868. Julia Fordham's remarkable singing and heartfelt
compositions make her a unique voice and talent should make this
night's performance one amazing show, not to be missed!
£7.4 million to
help disadvantaged pre-school children in North West
NEARLY 26,000 young
children in the North West are expected to benefit from a government
scheme aimed at helping prevent them falling behind before they have
even started school. Schools, nurseries and child minders will be
given up to £300 for every 3 and 4 year old from a low income family
in the region, the government has set out.
The Early Years Pupil Premium, totalling £50 million, is designed to
narrow the attainment gap between young children from low income
families and their peers, setting them on a path to a more
successful future. Around 25,800 children in the North West will
benefit from the measure, worth £7.4 million to the region.
In a response to a consultation on the funding, the government has
also announced that 6 areas, including Blackpool, will share £1
million to trial the new support ahead of its introduction
nationwide next April.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:- "It is vital that we
intervene at the earliest possible stage and do all we can to help
young children develop and learn I'm so proud that we've been
able to deliver this Early Years Pupil Premium so that toddlers from
the poorest families get the support they need, which will pay
dividends later in life. In my view, this will be one of the
great legacies of this government, helping create a fairer society
which benefits families up and down the country."
Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah said:- "Ensuring
parents have access to affordable, flexible and high quality early
years provision is a key part of our plan for education. We
know the first few years of a child's life can be make or break in
terms of how well they go on to do at school and beyond. We
want to see this money being put to the best use to ensure that all
children, whatever their background, are getting the best start in
Nurseries will have the freedom to decide how to use the Early Years
Pupil Premium to help 3 and 4 year olds learn and develop,
for example more qualified staff or specialists in activities like
speech and language to give an extra focus on basic skills.
The Early Years Pupil Premium builds on the Pupil Premium,
established in 2011, to transform the way we educate children from
low income families.
Alongside this announcement, the Department for Education has asked
charity 4Children to launch a call for evidence on the Early Years
Pupil Premium in November 2014; asking providers to identify and
share good practice around meeting the needs of disadvantaged
The Early Years Pupil Premium is part of the government's programme
of reforms to help children get ready to begin school, especially
those who are from low income families. This includes:-
► Expanding 15 hours of free early education to 40% of
2 year olds;
► Expanding the role that schools play in the early years;
► Tougher inspection and
accountability through a stronger Ofsted framework;
► Improving the quality of staff
entering the early years workforce by introducing Early Years
► Encouraging new providers into the
market including through the introduction of child minder agencies;
and reducing regulation to make it easier for new providers to open
and existing ones to expand through the Small Business, Employment
and Enterprise Bill.
WARNING TO MISCHIEF MAKERS AHEAD BONFIRE NIGHT 2014
MERSEYSIDE Police are encouraging young people and their families to
help keep communities safe over Bonfire Night period and is warning
anyone who commits incidents of anti-social behaviour they can
expect a swift response
Extra officers will be out on the streets across Merseyside over
Bonfire Night period to ensure that people can enjoy the festivities
in their area safely, whilst dealing with the minority who are
intent on causing trouble.
Officers are asking parents to help keep communities safe by taking
responsibility for their children's whereabouts and to be mindful of
any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel
frightened or intimidated.
Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their
actions and not to cause people undue concerns.
The force has been involved in a multi-agency operation to provide a
whole range of activities across Merseyside, organise events and
provide public reassurance.
Information about these events is available on the Merseyside Police
and loacl Council websites.
Chief Superintendent Julie Cooke, said:- "This is a fun time of year
for everyone across our communities on Merseyside and the number of
incidents of anti-social behaviour during the same period last year
was down on the previous year. However, our message during this
period is simple; anti-social behaviour throughout this period will
not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of offence
will be dealt with firmly and robustly. No one should have to suffer
being the victim of anti-social behaviour and I would like to
reassure everyone that there will be extra high-visibility patrols
during this time. I would like to stress that it is only a small
minority of people who cause problems during this time, but there
are lots of organised events and activities going on across the
region for people to enjoy."
Anyone who would like to report incidents of anti-social behaviour
is asked to call police on the 101 number.
It is illegal for under 18s to buy fireworks, shops should refuse to
sell to people under 18 and ask for proof of age if there is any
It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are
under 18. An adult firework is any firework except a cap, cracker
snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent, sparkler or throw down.
Under the Explosives Act of 1875, It is illegal to let off or throw
a firework in a public place.
It is illegal to sell fireworks form unregistered/licensed premises.
Fireworks sold in the UK must conform to BS7114 and will be
categorised as follows:-
► Category 1 - These fireworks should not cause injury to people
standing 1 metre or more away, and
should not cause damage to property.
► Category 2 - Fireworks are suitable for use in relatively confined
areas. These fireworks should not cause injury to people standing
five metres or more away. The fuse fitted to the fireworks should
the person lighting the fireworks to retire to a distance of at
least five metres.
► Category 3 - Fireworks are only suitable for use in large open
areas! These fireworks should not cause injury to
people standing 25 metres or more away.
► Category 4 - Fireworks, which are incomplete and/or are not intended
for sale to the general public. Bought commercially
and used in professional displays. These are highly dangerous and if
you are not professional and you are offered one or sold one, report it to the
Police or trading standards and do not use it!
Don't light fireworks after 11pm, or midnight on 5 November 2014 or
on any night, except New Years Eve. Then you can only let them
off until 1am, but that depends on the area you live and also if you
are near an airport!
Also take note if near an airport! It be hazardous to aircraft
coming into land or taking off and people near an airport were
setting off fireworks! In fact it is a criminal
offence to setting
off fireworks near an active airport as you are putting risk lives,
unless you get authorisation from the airport to do so! The UK's
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is also reminding people not to use
them in flight paths with out contacting the airport for permission.
Manchester Airport has published this
PDF file for advice and also to say when you can use
fireworks with in its airspace. For information about Liverpool
Airport call the General Enquiries number on:– 0871 521 8484 and RAF
Woodvale on 01704 872287.
For more information visit the
'National Campaign for Firework Safety' website:-
If anyone believes they have information about the illegal sale, use
or possession of fireworks, please contact Merseyside Fire and
Rescue Service on:- 0800 731 5958, Merseyside Police on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. Only in an
emergency, when a crime is being committed or life is in
danger, call:- 999!