Random Ramblings

Panto Script Writing Promo

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It’s that time of year again when we start think about Christmas.
(WHAT? IT’S ONLY MAY!!)

A PDF version of my promo booklet can be downloaded here – promo-booklet

Full Pantomime Scripts are available for just £75 – with unlimited show usage for the 2017/2018 season.

choose from
ALADDIN
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
ROBIN HOOD
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
CINDERELLA
and soon – THE MAGNIFICENT 7 KNIGHTS OF CAMELOT Read the rest of this entry »

Worcester Music Festival – A Brief History of Stress and Gratitude.

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When ‘The Big Book of Worcester Who’s Who’ is written (you never know, it might one day) I hope the authors will find it in their hearts to include the following as a lasting reminder of a small town boy who dared to dream. 

“In 2007 I had a dream. A dream that would bring musicians, venues, music lovers and the general public together in a festival of love, appreciation and enjoyment of live music whilst helping those less fortunate than ourselves. This dream was a dream I dreamt and foolishly tried to make it reality. And a reality it became, born with the co-operation of like-minded people my dream was fulfilled and I could live my life knowing that I had achieved something, and I saw that it was good.”

That is what I hope they’ll print.

In reality I probably won’t get a mention or possibly, if I’m lucky, they’ll write
“Chris Bennion, nice guy, put on a few gigs, called it Worcester Music Festival and then gave up.”

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Free Gigs and Reasons Why I Quit. 

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I was asked recently, by a nice old lady  if I could book some live music for a local event. “What’s the budget?” I asked. The woman looked at me like I’d molested her pet parrot. Confused, worried and a little shocked she said “It’s a community event.”

Still looking at me like that had answered my question she continued “It’s to raise money for the local parish. There’ll be hundreds of people there.”

“So there’s no fee?”

“I’m sure we can offer them a cream cake and as much tea and coffee they want.”

I have put on gigs in a variety of venues in Worcester. The Marrs Bar, Drummonds, Keystones, Coach and Horses, St Swithuns Church, Cap n Gown, Boston Tea Party, The Pheasant, Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester Arts Workshop, Eagle Vaults, Tudor House Museum …. (jeez, that’s a lot of venues. I’d forgotten about a lot of these until writing this list.) Read the rest of this entry »

We Shall Remain!

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Okay, you can all stop this in/out bickering now. The fact is WE WILL REMAIN part of the EU.
How do I know? 

I know because we British are scared of change. No matter how green the grass seems on the other side we will always stick with the brown and muddy patch of land that we know. We don’t like things to change. We like the familiar. 

Why else would we have voted for the Tory party (and a Labour Party that was strikingly blue) so many times?

We may not like things the way they are but the way things are are safe. We know what we have and we know what we don’t have.  

Change is bad. We enjoy being stagnant. It gives us a sense of belonging in the world. 

We will remain in Europe because we think no one really likes us and we are scared no one else will have us. 

So, debate over. Let’s get on with our lives. 

Disclaimer – I’ve not eaten since midday and just drank two pints of strongish cider. It could be the apples talking. 

Oh, my ride is here. Time to go home.

The Secret Ingredient Is …

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img_1093Here’s a sentence that not many people can say. “I have a job that I enjoy.”

Yes, you heard right. I actually enjoy my job. Okay so there are days when I could quite happily walk out, catch a bus to the coast and stare into nothingness and forget about work for  month, but doesn’t everyone and there are of course  times that I have not enjoyed work. Things may have gone wrong or some people may have rubbed me the wrong way, but the fact remains, I do enjoy my job. Read the rest of this entry »

A Singer Songwriter Salsa Dancing Hip Hop Event … with Ukuleles. 

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Where else will you find such a diverse array of musical acts on the same bill.
A ukulele duo, a couple of singer songwriters, a salsa dancing act and a hip hop soul band.
Only at Lazy Sunday at Cafe Bliss, the heart of the Worcester Arts Workshop.

The second lazy Sunday of the year was blessed with an unseasonaly hot sun. It was a beautiful day and beautiful people were in the courtyard of cafe bliss for some fine live music and some of Eloinas famous Belize Cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »

Schrödinger’s Europe

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So, who knows exactly what will happen if we leave the EU?
Not long now until the big decision. One that could change our very way of life. A choice that if we make the wrong one could disrupt our way of living, cost us millions of pounds in lost business, result in the possible outbreak of World War 3 and begin the ultimate downfall of a once great country.

Or everything could stay exactly the same, or get slightly better or maybe slightly worse.

There are always at least two sides to an argument. Read the rest of this entry »