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Interview with Mister Maker

Posted in Cbeebies, News, theatre, tours, TV with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Mister Maker is currently touring the UK with the Shapes and you can get tickets here.

Mister Maker tour 2016

How is the mammoth tour you have just embarked on going?

Actually we had a two month stint last year, which actually launched in September and went through until November. Weekends, half-terms that sort of thing and that ran until the end of November, then I went into a pantomime the next day. Then straight of the pantomime into the Mister Maker tour. It has been pretty full and lots of fun.

We were in Lowestoft yesterday and got back just after midnight so just catching-up today on interviews and phone calls today.

What can people expect in the show? I know the Shapes will be joining you onstage.

I think expect the unexpected is the answer I have given on this before. What we’ve done with the theatre shows is take what the CBeebies audience expect, both the children and adults, the creativity and the heart of it, then transferred it quite literally onto a bigger stage. We have turned it into a live event, it is a but like a party, a bit like a pantomime and it is much bigger in its production value than the TV show can be because of course a lot of the TV show is filmed in close-up and carefully directed. We show in close-ups so the kids at home can watch and learn.

We make everything bigger, so we have a huge set and big wooden shapes that are pushed and spin around onstage. We have a massive screen at the back of the stage, which looks like a big picture frame. In the middle of that something is always happening, be it  shape puzzle or a live camera feed. We have a camera operator onstage who beams everything that is happening onstage onto the big screen.

It is hard to turn a TV show into a stage production as it is a totally different environment?

Definitely, you are absolutely right. I think that was the biggest challenge, a couple of years actually when I sat down and thought about putting this into a live show, how do you make it enjoyable and watchable for a small child who may be sitting in the very back row of the theatre. Normally they it at home watching on TV or a tablet.

We use the big screen and the camera, plus we make things bigger on the stage for the Big Makes. We want the kids to feel encouraged to be part of the show, no matter what seat they are in. We ask for volunteers to come up on stage, the kids and also the grown-ups which is fun as well. Every single person who comes and sees the show will make something on the stage I won’t give too much away about how we do this. It is quite a simple idea in essence but quite complicated sometimes when you have a 1,000 people in the audience. It is a tricky thing to carry off, but great fun.

You are playing fair sized venues like the Blackpool Grand and the Victoria Hall in my home town of Stoke-on-Trent.

We were in Blackpool last weekend and a real honour to be there. To walk out on that stage, a beautiful theatre. We are playing a lot of beautiful Frank Matcham theatres. Went to Belfast a few weeks ago and that was absolutely beautiful as well. Back in my home town, I am from Kent.  I don’t live there at the moment but I consider Canterbury as home town and I went to university there as well. I am playing the Marlow theatre there and have played pano there for the past few years. It is a fairly new 1,200 seater and we are doing five shows there which are nearly all sold out. Its amazing what we are doing and so proud what we are doing.

I was surprised at how popular you are in Australia. Obviously we import over some of their TV shows but you have played the Sydney Opera House?

To be perfectly honest nor did we until we went. It is sold to the ABC there and it on every day after school. When did the live shows last year we did two trips and I am fortunate to be going back this June and New Zealand for the first time. This time we are playing the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House. That is just beyond my wildest dreams. It is a real honour to travel to all of these places, like Australia and New Zealand, plus the UK. It is nice to visit the towns and cities where previously only been there for a football match, where all you do is go to the ground or the services on the way.

Blackpool was great the other weekend. As a cast we stayed up an extra night and had a great time at the theatre. The next day we walked up to the Pleasure Beach and the tower.

My son has a question for you – what has been the most enjoyable project you did or thing you made?

You might not like this answer being a dad! It is very difficult to choose as I have made over a 1,000 things now on Mister Maker. But the most enjoyable one was a splat picture where I dipped a tennis ball into a gloppy, paint mixture and then bouncing it a blank canvas. It was great fun and one of those days when I had to stop and think I am so lucky to be doing this as my job.

Who comes up with all these makes?

We have a fantastic production team on the TV show of Mister Maker. It is only  a small tea, there are four in the art team and I write the scripts for the show. There is the producer of the show as well. The art team come up with so many ideas and when I come on board I am really lucky as I get to pick from all these great ideas. It is about a couple months before we start filming and I work with the art team and we work out the best way to put these ideas onto the TV. I then work through the stages and write the scripts for them, then work out the best way to present them. A lot of stuff I have to make upside down or from the side, as I have to make it the best way the cameras can see it.

Even the Minute Make ones I have to practice not only to do in a minute, but also have to make them in a certain way, like gluing from the side and I can’t see what I am gluing! It is  to show it easily for the children at home.

For the live show it is just me and the show’s producer who come up with the makes which will work on the stage.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Because I am so busy with Mister Maker I don’t have free time as such. Mister Maker has taken over my life and I am so happy about that, so proud. Last year we were filming the new series of ‘Mister Maker’s Arty Party’, as well as doing the tour, so I was literally working seven days a week for six months. Monday to Friday in the TV studio, then Friday evening through to Sunday evening doing live shows. My mum gets very worried about me not taking much time off.

I also remember as I started of twenty years ago in kids TV at the bottom of the ladder as a work experience boy. Then a runner’s job for a year doing everything from getting peoples’ lunch to making and painting props. It is one of those things where I gradually worked my way up the industry and now twenty years later to be fortunate enough to put on a live tour and do something I love doing.

The perfect thing for me is to make a nice cup of tea at home just the way you like it. I will put my feet up and watch an episode of ‘Friends’ or ‘Frasier’. They are the shows I chill out and catch up with my family. I love to see my mum and dad and catch up with them.

Message for your fans…

All the mini-Makers in the UK  I am very pleased you watch the shows on CBeebies. Come and see the live show, it is lots of fun. My main message is to make some noise. That is the theme of the show and the opening number in the show. Because we are all about arts, crafts and making things, but the live show is about making noise and have some fun. Not just the children but the grown-ups to and have some fun, plus dance with the Shapes of course.

A really nice person and a pleasure to interview. Do go & see one of the shows, be you young or old!

BELLOWHEAD FINAL TOUR DATES + DELUXE 2CD/DVD RELEASE

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

NAVIGATOR RECORDS – APRIL 8TH 2016
Bellowhead’s final set of live dates will be accompanied by the release of a CD/DVD release, ‘Bellowhead Live : The Farewell Tour’ on 8th April 2016 (Navigator Records). This deluxe 2 CD+DVD compilation features 52 tracks recorded during the band’s November 2015 tour, along with a 24 page booklet.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS – THE FINAL BELLOWHEAD TOUR

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 13

SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 14

CITY HAL, SALISBURY *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 15

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 16

ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 17

DOME, BRIGHTON *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 18

PHILHARMONIC, LIVERPOOL *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 19

GLASGOW – ABC *SOME TICKETS REMAINING* Wednesday, April 20

CITY HALL, SHEFFIELD *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 21

HEXAGON, READING *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 22

PALLADIUM, LONDON *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 23

CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 24

VICTORIA HALL, HALIFAX *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 25

DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 26

GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 27

CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 28

OPEN, NORWICH *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 29

ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 30

TOWN HALL, OXFORD *SOLD OUT* Sunday, May 1

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RUNRIG say their studio farewell in 2016

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

RUNRIG CELEBRATE THEIR FINAL STUDIO ALBUM “THE STORY”
NATIONWIDE SCOTTISH/UK TOUR STARTING 10 FEBRUARY 2016

RUNRIG release The Story – their 14th and final studio album on Friday 29 January, 2016.  The 11-track album brings the curtain down on a remarkable and unique recording career.  The new album will be released on Deluxe CD format that comes with an exclusive 32-page booklet, a 2-disc gatefold vinyl with bonus track (The Story – radio edit), and digital download. The band will support the new album with a 14-date Scottish/UK tour that starts at the Aberdeen Music Hall on Wednesday 10 February.  Visit the official UK web release page here: http://bit.ly/1Ni4oQf.

Scottish shows can be booked online from ticketmaster.co.uk or from the 24 hour box office: 0844 844 0444. UK shows can be booked online from bookingsdirect.com or from the 24 hour box office: 0844 338 000. The title track, The Story, is accompanied with the official  music video – a powerful uplifting short film about one man’s relationship with his culture and with his past, and the hold these memories still have over his life and the stories inside all of us.

Having celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013, Runrig have taken the decision to embark on one final creative journey into the studio. The result is The Story; an album of emotional resonance and reflection, placing at its heart, a narrative that is very much part of the band itself. “This is the band’s last studio recording, a hugely significant milestone for us all and one that we really want to celebrate,” says Rory McDonald, Runrig’s bass guitarist, backing vocalist and one of their original founding members.

“One of the highlights of the album was being able to go to Prague to record the 32- piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, says Brian Hurrren, who produced the new album and plays keyboards, accordion and sings backing vocals. “It was an incredible experience and it really helped to bring out the emotion in the songs.”  Adds original founding member, percussionist and songwriter Calum MacDonald – “There are many stories on the album but none more so than that of the band itself. It’s fair to say that a number of the songs have a definite reflective quality.”

RUNRIG – ‘THE STORY’ FEBRUARY 2016 UK TOUR

Aberdeen Music Hall                                     Wednesday 10 February (Sold Out)

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall                        Thursday 11 February (Sold Out)

Dundee Caird Hall                                           Friday 12 February

Edinburgh Usher Hall                                    Saturday 13 February (Sold Out)

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall                 Tuesday 16 February

Gateshead The Sage                                      Wednesday 17 February (Sold Out)

Birmingham Symphony Hall                       Thursday 18 February

Portsmouth Guildhall                                    Friday 19 February

Ipswich Regent Theatre                                Saturday 20 February

Manchester o2 Apollo                                   Tuesday 23 February

Bristol Colston Hall                                         Wednesday 24 February                                                 

Sheffield City Hall                                           Thursday 25 February

London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire        Friday 26 February

Cambridge Corn Exchange                           Saturday 27 February

Hebridean Celtic Festival                            Saturday 16 July

Edinburgh Castle                                             Saturday 23 July

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO UK TOUR 2016 – REGISTER NOW!

Posted in ELO, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Fans can now register for the UK tour with Ticketmaster. Sign up right away to gain first access to tour information and Pre-sale access.

https://elo.signmeupfor.com

Still no official tour dates announced but they are due soon 🙂

Jeff Lynne’s ELO are on the UK TV show TFI Friday this Friday 6th November at 8pm GMT.