COMPETITIONS

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

Image from frontcover for Do Yer Do Nudes, Sir

Anyone who has been an M&D family magazine reader for any length of time is certain to have come across at least one article written by Mike Stevenson, one of our oldest contributors. While perusing his articles, one word is sure to have been flashing in your head. That word is teacher. His articles . . . → Read More: Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

Review: Build & Play ‘Ford Mustang GT’ by Revell

Revell 2015 Ford Mustang GT | Official Photo of the Kit

kit for ages 6+ designed as an easy introduction for young children into the world of modelling… All in all, great model car, nice looking, easy to assemble, pleasure to handle, good fun in imaginative play and surprisingly durable for a model. . . . → Read More: Review: Build & Play ‘Ford Mustang GT’ by Revell

Headless chickens or clever charades

Kids got a parcel with a game and are opening it

When I saw the box of Chicken Charades it reminded me of a funny chicken toy we once had from Hawkin’s Bazaar. My son, being a toddler at the time, could spend hours playing with it. I hoped this game would be as much fun for him and his sister now, ten years on.

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Kafka’s Monkey at HOME in Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in Kafka's Monkey

Both acting and staging come together to bring alive a script that is quintessential Kafka, a grotesque satire of humanity, a probing of forced assimilation, and a questioning of the value of freedom, in a way that makes you laugh as you watch, but cry when you remember. . . . → Read More: Kafka’s Monkey at HOME in Manchester

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Joshua Jenkins as Christopher Boone | The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Lowry

. . . What happened next was truly amazing. Where the book had led me to understand Christopher’s world, the National Theatre’s production led me to feel it. Scenery, props, and soundtrack were all drafted in to assist with the creation of a whole world on stage; the world inside the protagonist’s mind. . . . → Read More: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A field full of foodie fabulousness at the Tatton Foodies Festival 2014

Freshly cooked sugary-hot churros straight from the fryer | Foodies Festival at TattonPark, 2014

We’re always on the look out for interesting days out for our little family; things that will entertain us all and help broaden our horizons. We really enjoy pottering around local farmers markets, trying new things, meeting small producers and helping to support our local economy. When we heard that the Foodies Festival was coming to Tatton Park we couldn’t resist getting tickets and seeing what all the fuss was about. . . . → Read More: A field full of foodie fabulousness at the Tatton Foodies Festival 2014

The Gruffalo at The Lowry

Gruffalo at TheLowry - Classic Picture

The Gruffalo play (musical stage adaptation by Tall Stories) is simple but so much fun. It features a cast of three and lasts for an hour, which is long enough for the audience largely made up of the under 5’s and their parents. . . it is a brilliant Easter treat for families. . . . → Read More: The Gruffalo at The Lowry

Scooby Doo The Musical at The Lowry

Scooby-Doo & The Mystery of the Pyramid |The Lowry

It’s a great piece of Easter half term entertainment for any Scooby loving kids (and adults). The audience was rapt and clearly loved every minute of it. It was a bit scary, but it wouldn’t be Scooby Doo if someone wasn’t in peril at some point. . . . → Read More: Scooby Doo The Musical at The Lowry

The Seagull Review

‘The Seagull’ is a play which probes human nature, and our relationship with each other, but also with the arts and their development, so it is the perfect way for the Chris Honer to bow out as artistic director, and for the Library Theatre Company to move on under a different name at the new arts centre HOME. . . . → Read More: The Seagull Review

Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play

Lola and Sizzles | Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Director: Roman Stefanski Adaptation: Jonathan Lloyd Designer: Laura McEwen Lighting: Douglas Kuhrt Puppeteers: Ceri Ashcroft, Aya Nakamura, Matthew Crowfoot, Sanjay Shelat, Phil Yarrow.

Charlie & Lola’s Extremely New Play has just begun its run at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, Greater Manchester. . . it is so much fun; it’s lively, engaging and most of all perfectly entertaining. . . and the perfect alternative to a pantomime this year. . . . → Read More: Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play