You may have noticed that Britain’s Got Talent is back on our screens.
I’ll admit to having an ambivalent attitude to the programme. It’s not something I go out of my way to watch but when I do I find it generally entertaining.
Although it is somewhat predictable and carefully managed you do see a wide variety of entertainment – some of which is very, very good. And from time to time something that is totally different (but I think we’ve seen enough performing dogs now).
But let’s look wider than the TV schedules. In a similar way that the 2012 Olympics encouraged us to take up sport, could Britain’s Got Talent encourage us to look for live entertainment closer to home?
Last weekend, my alternative to BGT was an excellent Simon and Garfunkel tribute act at The Plaza in Romsey. The week before it was The Spitfires band.
What are my options for the next few weeks?
Saturday 7th May: The Pirates of Penzance at The Point
Eastleigh Operatic and Musical Society is performing The Pirates of Penzance at The Point. This is described as “A marvellously nostalgic show, still as charming and witty today as it was when it first premiered in New York”. I’ve been told that this production has a novel twist on the traditional operetta – but not what that twist is.
EOMS production of The Pirates of Penzance, The Point: Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th May
Saturday 14 May: One Man, Two Guvnors at Thornden Hall
Thornden School presents One Man, Two Guvnors at Thornden Hall – “One Man; Two guvnors. That’s one man, two jobs, and one thing on his mind! Food!”
Thornden School production of One Man, Two Guvnors, Thornden Hall, Friday 13th and Saturday 14 May.
Meanwhile, at The Hilt (Hiltingbury Community Centre), Miss Madonna is performing a tribute to Madonna.
21 May: CODA – a Tribute to Led Zeppelin at The Point
Another tribute act – this time to Led Zeppelin is performing at The Point. Coda are billed as “UK’s most authentic-sounding tribute to the mighty Led Zeppelin”.
CODA, The Point, Saturday 21st May
God of Carnage: 17th – 21st May at Plaza Theatre Romsey
If this is a bit loud for you, how about a trip to Romsey’s Plaza Theatre to see Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of God of Carnage, a “Rumble in the Living Room” – sounds interesting!
RAODS production of God of Carnage, The Plaza Theatre, Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st May
Entertainment in and around Chandler’s Ford
This is just a small selection of what you could do on a Saturday night rather than stay glued to the box.
I’ve looked at only a few local venues for the next three Saturday nights. But if this list has whetted your appetite, have a look around to see what else is available.
You don’t have to travel far, or pay a fortune, for top quality live entertainment.
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