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Review: Afternoon tea at The Chesterfield

Charlie and the chocolate factory afternoon tea I’m a self-confessed fan of an afternoon tea. It’s an experience. And this one was no different. What’s on offer A Charlie and the chocolate factory themed afternoon tea at The Chesterfield in London. You’re greeted by a waiter/waitress offering fizzy lifting drinks for all. It’s a cranberry juice, cream soda and popping candy concoction that gets you in the mood for something special. We were also offered our choice of everlasting gob stopper by Willy Wonka himself. I’ll admit Mr Wonka was a slightly odd addition to the party. Complete with sunglasses and pimp cane and brandishing ‘golden tickets’ (the possibility of winning a free glass of champagne or stay at the hotel upon your next visit), his patter wasn’t particularly Wonka-esque. The food and drink This was an unlimited afternoon tea, which meant we could have refills of all the sandwiches, pasties and Wonka treats we wanted! This was a major plus. The sandwiches were really tasty and being the veggie, I got my own plate …

Review: On The Edge

This is a bit of an experiment, flexing my reviewing, analytical muscles with a potential review for an improvisational show I saw in Nottingham at the Lakeside Arts Centre called ‘On The Edge’. I’d never seen Kevin Tomlinson before so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but here’s what I made of it. On Kevin Tomlinson’s ‘On The Edge’.      ‘On the Edge’ is a highly energized improvisational comedy performance that seeks to portray moments of our lives when we might be ‘On The Edge’ and certainly had moments of poignancy coupled with hilarity that made for an entertaining experience. As the name might suggest, he uses a variety of highly exaggerated characters and emotions which, as comic as they are, everyone can recognize. This mirroring of our own daily struggles portrayed in an overstated manner combined with the off the cuff, unscripted performance and audience participation also kept the audience engaged and attentive.     Used for prompts and direction, the performance became the audiences’ script and the potential to influence the on-stage action …