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Rain Man

Everything is an adaptation now. Whether it's Phoebe Waller-Bridge's blistering Killing Eve screenplay from Luke Jennings' Villanelle novellas, or Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them from JK Rowling's backstory notes, or Great British Bake-Off: The Musical (ok, not a thing), new things are often a reworking of something else

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The Band - Theatre Review

Jukebox musicals are always a bit of a hit or miss affair.  Often cobbling a greatest hits album around a rather flimsy narrative...

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Madagascar The Musical - Our Review

After 6+ weeks of the school holidays, there comes a time when I am fresh out of ideas so safe to say, Madagascar: The Musical at The Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, could not have come at a better time

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Foodie Rich: The Indian YMCA London

There’s curry and then there’s CURRY. I do love a Ruby. But sometimes, it’s just a little ‘samey’, and somewhat ‘meh’! Menus read the same from restaurant to restaurant and melt in to one. Chicken tikka masala, prawn biryani, lamb rogan josh, vindaloo’s, korma’s, Balti’s and so on, these dishes appear everywhere. And don’t get me started on the puddings!

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Summer Holiday Review

We're all going on a summer holiday rang out at the Cliffs Pavillion last night. The audience were all transported back to the early 1960's where a youthful band led by Ray Quinn (playing Cliff Richards) travel through Europe on a London Double Decker Bus.

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Jersey Boys

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to Southend!

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Foodie Rich - The Estuary @ The Arches

Don’t over complicate things. Words I’m certain chef’s the world over would agree with.  

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Theatre Review: Thriller Live

Jackson’s legacy now lives on in Thriller Live! Direct from the West End, it’s billed as a spectacular concert, celebrating the career of the arguably one of the world’s greatest entertainer! Read our review here

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Foodie Rich: SoPa Thai Review

I’m conscious I have yet to review any of the grand new openings in SS9. Still haven’t done Navana Lounge. That’s been there for ages now. What about the Brunch Co, loving the look of that place. Nor have I been to the Corner Club, Toppers and Toast, not even the new Acorn veggie deli! Yeah yeah, the list goes on I know.

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Hairspray Review

It was refreshing to see a much younger audience at Southend Cliffs Pavilion last night to see the revival of the hit musical comedy Hairspray. Kids, teenagers, mums and grandparents were all there to enjoy the show, testament that it is perfect for the whole family and has stood the test of time.

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Frank & Luna’s Review

Westcliff has got an almost village feel about the place.  I guess you could say Westcliff is to Leigh what Shoreditch is to Chelsea! So, people, take a little trip down Canewdon Road in Westcliff and give Frank & Luna’s a go; you’ll see what I’m talking about, it’s a wonderfully friendly café.

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Foodie Rich: The Turk Grill House

Well I’ve got to say Rayleigh you’re certainly stamping your authority on our local gourmet scene.

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The Pearl Dragon Dim Sum – A Sunday Tradition

I’ve said this before; food and travel go hand in hand. Its what those holiday memories are made of right?

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Review: Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno

I was actually quite surprised about how much I enjoyed this show. Yes, I have always been a fan of Strictly Come Dancing, but how would I fare in a 2-hour ballroom extravaganza?

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Kids Review - School of Rock The Musical

What can we say other than.......you have to go! 

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Review: Fat Friends the musical

If you're familiar with red days and green days, weigh-ins and meal replacement shakes, or people telling you to "just drink a glass of water if you feel hungry", there will be wry nods aplenty for you at Fat Friends the Musical, which is showing this week at the Cliffs Pavilion.

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The Market Place Beigel Bar

After a little social media inspiration, it hit me, The Market Place Beigel Bar.  YES, I can now get myself a Brick Lane classic locally.

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Foodie Rich European Tour... The Final Instalment

Pizza you’ve beaten me, I’ve really been put through the ring. I wrote last week, and I quote ‘Lou and I ate pizza every day; yeah that’s right EVERY DAY, and sometimes more than one!’

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Kids Review: 'Coco'

A little something to do this half term...

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Foodie Rich European Tour Part 2

Here it is! Part two of my European tour! Lou and I are in Italy, Rome to be precise, and what a chic place it is. I’m sure we all have that preconception of Italians; whatever the occasion they just look extremely stylish. Gents wearing razor sharp suits, ladies in glamorous outfits, smart shoes, oh and always wearing sunglasses.

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