Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Don't Leave The Southsea Show To Soon!

The Southsea Show, Saturday 3rd August has a fun-packed schedule of events in store for all the family. But don't leave to soon as at 7:00pm the much-raved about Seaside Special will kick off and run until the final curtain falls at 9:30pm.

The creative team have put together a fantastic line up of talented world famous acts.

The incredibly talented headlineChesney Hawkes will get the crowds to their feet, with an extensive repertoire guaranteeing a performance featuring all the fan favourites, with Chesney’s equally as floor-filling band accompanying him.

Carl & Dave’s Comedy Magic & Illusions performance will bring together slapstick magic with large-scale illusions, dashed with impressive moments of madness, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a jaw-dropping finale. The Stage reviewed their act as highly original, and filled with knock-about fun and mind-blowing illusions. Carl and Dave have been winners of the International Comedy Magic award for two years in a row, and the show has been tailored to fit the Southsea Show’s family-centric atmosphere perfectly.

Danny Oliver will take to the stage with a tribute performance to Michael Jackson. His performances have led to him being billed as the world’s top MJ tribute act, and he most definitely has the moves to match the music.

The Show Girlz from Manic Stage Productions will provide glamour and beauty in abundance, with some gorgeous girls performing stunning choreography in a wild array of costumes, feathers, and frills.

Renowned aerial acrobat Valerie Murzak, an extremely successful solo artist featured in a number of prime-time TV shows, on cruises, in theatre, and at corporate events. She recently performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, and has toured the world as Poison Ivy in Batman Live.

Joe Black, a master of ceremonies who lives somewhere between the stages of music, theatre, and comedy, will take the audience firmly by the hand and guide them into a place where the strange and unusual reign supreme. His act has been dubbed by Vanity Fair as ‘not to be missed’.

The crowds will have a chance to sing and dance to the Grease sing-along, grooving out to Greased Lightning and crooning the words of Summer Nights.

And Paper Aeroplanes, the freshest, most dynamic producers and artists to hit the urban music scene in the past decade, will be performing, drawing on the house and hip-hop sounds they’ve been developing through collective efforts with major artists from the UK and overseas.

The Seaside Special finale on Saturday, an excitement-builder for another eclectic programme of widely-anticipated events and activities on the Sunday, has been organised through team efforts between a variety of establishments through the city of Portsmouth, including Portsmouth Guildhall, Steve Pitt of The Cellars, and Manic Stage Productions.
Tickets for the two-day Southsea Show are on sale through Portsmouth Guildhall’s online box office now here. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day. There will be plenty to do come rain or shine, thanks to much of the show being undercover.

Find out more about the all-new Southsea Show 2013 on the website here 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Performing at the Launch

South Coast Fashion Week Launch – Aruba, Bournemouth July 24th 2013.

Last Wednesday night the team took to the stage at Aruba Bournemouth and entertained the large SCFW crowd with their alternative catwalk production featuring dance and quirky choreography ideas!

Along with live music, from Sertari , Ellie Harris and Benn Gunn, our choreographed set and fashion shows, launched the preparations for the first South Coast Fashion Week. 

Wearing clothes from House of Fraser, Manic modelled the stores Summer and Autumn ranges but with our usual original flare and fun!

We love to produce entertaining catwalk shows that really wow the crowds. Adding props and flipping ideas so that audiences young and old are all entertained.

The evening was hosted at Aruba, Bournemouth, on July 24th, by presenters from, Jack fm, who introduced the exciting plans for the event, which will be held at the Bournemouth International Centre 9–11 May 2014.

South Coast Fashion Week will be the biggest fashion event ever to come to the south and judging by the very positive response to the launch, it is clear that this is going to be an exciting event. 

Over 150 unique boutiques, designer labels, and the best in High St brands will take part in this fashion experience in 2014. 
Presenting  the latest catwalk collections, hints and tips from the experts and some of the hottest new designers and graduate talent around, South Coast Fashion Week promises to have something for every fashion conscious individual.
The SCFW team also launched their search for The Face of SCFW, model competition.
The competition is open to men and women over 18 and entrants can register at the next pre show events, to be held at Grosvenor Casino, Gunwharf Quays, September 18th and The Concorde Club, Eastleigh, Southampton October 10th

We will also be performing at these two forthcoming events and we can't wait to put together another fantastic show!

SCFW is sponsored by House of Fraser, Jackfm, The Breeze and Scissors Salons                                                                

For more information and details  please contact Mandy Pearce or visit

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Member of the Month ~ July

So it’s that time again..... Member of the month!
 This month we introduce you to Rebecca Edwards!

So Rebecca, tell us a bit about yourself...
How did you get into performing?
The adrenaline rush I experience when I am waiting on the side of a stage to entertain is the most electrifying feeling any dancer could wish to have. I have a strong musical family background and have always had the desire to perform and express myself. I started at a very young age and became a member of Helen O’Grady drama group, where I learnt the basic skills to speak publicly and project myself. 
When did you start your dance training?
A long time ago I with ShowStoppers Dance and Drama Academy. I originally trained in ballet, modern and drama. I have gained my British Arts Awards in ballet and modern. Over the years my classical technique has blossomed through shear hard work which I gain great satisfaction from. I have always been a dedicated team member and have been in many dance shows working as part of a group and also as a soloist competing in London. I came second in the British Arts for Entertainment 2008, competing against other dancers from Europe.
Where did you study?
I am excited to say that I have just graduate from the University of Chichester where I have gained a BA Hons Dance Degree.
What was your experience at University like?
Chichester University has taught me how to be flexible in my career aspirations. The choreography module has required me to use initiative, creativity and imagination, be a good listener to dancers, use enthusiasm and the ability to work alone with little rehearsal supervision. A variety of different contemporary technique classes have given me the understanding of how different people approach teaching dance. From each class I have gained such a broad range of knowledge, I really feel I am equipped to perform and teach in all different styles dance. 
How exciting! How long have you worked for Manic?
I began working for Manic in September 2011, so nearly 2 years now! It's so much fun that the time has really flown by.
What have you done with Manic during that time?
What haven't I done! Work experience is an important element to any career and I've certainly experienced so many parts of this exciting industry through Manic. I have worked as a dance teacher, dancer and model for a Manic Stage Productions. I love working with children it has helped me to understand and develop a different technique in communicating dance. I also work as a Manic dance party host leading games and teaching a small dance routine helping children understand how to work as part of a team. I have performed in many bridal fashion shows under Manic, modelling a variety of wedding and bridesmaid dresses in Hampshire. Alongside this I have performed as a professional dancer in a variety of different events such as Children In Need at the Kings Theatre Southsea, Victorious Vintage and Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and other corporate events and shows. 
How are The SHOW Girlz getting along?
We’re doing really well! It's great to be part of such a talented team. Nicole and Matt have some fantastic contacts which have give us a great variety of work. We recently performed at The Beauty Awards hosted by Amy Childs from The Only Way is Essex, we are helping to promote companies such as Fontwell Race Course and coming up, we are performing at the all new Southsea Show.
Sounds Fab! So what are your plans for the future? 
For the future I am hoping to experience some international contracts and possibly a bit of modelling. I also hope to eventually gain my PGCE in Secondary School Dance teaching!
Thank you Rebecca, we wish you all the luck for the future

To book Rebecca or any of the Manic Stage Production team please contact Nicole on 07977478565 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Could It Be You?

Calling all Street Dance Crews!

The all-new and improved Southsea Show needs willing Street Dance Crews to participate in the ultimate battle to be crowned ‘Southsea Shows Dance Crew 2013’!
On Saturday 3rd August at 4pm – 4:45pm there will be a live ‘Street Dance Crew Battle’ taking place in ‘The Big Top’ as part of the live entertainment for ‘The Southsea Show’. 

Filled with local and national talent, to thrill and entertain everyone, the winning crew will have the opportunity to perform their dance again in front of the crowds and share a stage with other brilliant performers such as; Chesney Hawkes, Danny Oliver as MJ and the magical Carl and Dave illusionists.

Each crew member will receive a FREE pass into the days event which promises to be a action packed weekend of family fun! The Tom Prince Cancer Trust Stage will feature the very best of local cover bands during both days and there will also be gardening demonstrations, competitions, community stalls, carousels, and bumper cars, as well as a petting zoo, sports activities, arts, crafts, and creative making workshops, a dog show, a cider bus, a milkshake wagon, and a whole host of food stalls. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse the wares of local traders whilst buskers provide entertainment in the Market Marquee.
After all the activities the two days will have to throw at you, you’ll want to relax in the Giant Tea Tent where baking demonstrations and workshops will be held, kids’ storytelling sessions will run, and traditional teas and cakes served up during performances from local singer-songwriters.

A Beer Tent and Real Ale Bar filled with folk, bluegrass, country, and roots music will be pitched up for the whole weekend, during which Carnival Costume workshops take place to prepare visitors for the participatory parade at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

But before that you can win a chance to be part of the Saturday night Seaside Special, a good old-fashion ‘End of the Pier Show’ that will take visitors back to the best of the 1970s, offering up some classic family entertainment.

Throughout the Sunday, the fun continues, with a Grand Carnival Procession featuring the IoW New Carnival Company, who are known for their performance at the Paralympics. Also expect local carnival artists, bands, and participants in beautiful costumes created at the workshops, as well as a performance from the spectacular Cirque Bijou, who helped launch the 2012 Olympics and have toured with the likes of Take That.

If you think you’re crew has what it takes you will need to register with Manic Stage Productions ( then arrive at ‘The Big Top’ for 3:45pm and come prepared with a 5 minute (max) dance piece; this track will need to be sent over to us by Monday 29th July (please bring a backup just incase on CD or IPOD).

Remember as part of this fantastic event, every dancer taking part will get a free entry to ‘The Southsea Show’ and there is plenty of wonderful things to get involved with throughout the day! Please register by Friday 26th July via email and you will be sent an ‘entry form’ which we will need back along with your music by Monday 29th July.
We look forward to seeing what local talents have to offer!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Meet Joe Black

Introducing Mister Joe Black

Joe Black; the cabaret and musical comedy extraordinaire will be the famous host for The All New Southsea Show’s Saturday Night Seaside Special, ‘A Family Friendly Big Top Variety Show', starting at 7pm on Saturday 3rd August. 

As a regular resident at the Kings Theatre Southsea, Joe Black is no stranger to the South Coast and we are thrilled to have plucked him from his usual role as Compere and master of ceremonies of the unique, weird and wonderful show "House of Burlesque" Joe and his entertaining flare and charisma have been christened by Vanity Fair Italia as "Not to be missed!"

As a leading figure in the dark cabaret genre, Joe Black has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, Australia and America, taking audiences into a realm of strange and unusual supreme. Using his creative yet genius imagination, Joe has performed at the famous ‘Kerrang!’ Awards, headlined music and art events and toured with likes of The Tiger Lillies, David J, Voltaire, Toyah Wilcox and Duke Special. 

“Joe Black is a constantly evolving cabaret chameleon, blurring the lines of decency within entertainment and continues to drive music and performance into strange new realms.”
"Black is out and out the best performer I’ve seen this Fringe. He is a living cartoon. Larger than life, buzzing with frenetic energy. You might almost believe that, like an animation, he can contort reality as suits" - Fringe Review

Catch Joe on his marvellous tour of 'House of Burlesque' at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on 13th October 2013. 

But before then head to the Southsea Show and see for yourself the dazzling ways in which Joe will lead you through a fun filled night of family friendly variety show spectacular also featuring mesmerising illusion acts and breath taking ariel acrobatics along with traditional sing a longs and glamourous Show girls.

We’re just as excited as you are to witness the brilliance that Black has to offer as a performer and compare, for what is to be one of the biggest entertainment opportunities Portsmouth has seen this year. 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Friday, 5 July 2013

The All New Southsea Show!

Roll up, roll up and get your tickets to The All New Southsea Show

The stage is set for a fantastic weekend of fun with lots of things ready to entertain you and all the family. Families should not miss this great event which will be held on Southsea common the weekend of 3rd and 4th of August 2013. 

The weekend will be full of wonderful FREE things to do. A Big Top full of entertainment, beautiful market stalls and loads of refreshment tents to fill those hungry tummies. Each evening pop into the big top tent and be prepared to be entertained by fabulous big named acts!

Transformed into a showground of amusement, The Southsea Show presents artists such as ‘The One and Only’ Chesney Hawkes and gymnastic spectacular, Cirque Bijou who helped launch the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony!

Saturday the 3rd pinnacles with a traditional ‘End of The Pier Show’ The Saturday Night Seaside Special, taking you back to the 1970s of timeless family entertainment.  Sunday the 4th engages the community with a Grand Carnival Procession featuring the Isle of Wight New Carnival Company, who represented the South with their performance at the Paralympics!

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust stage will be set up to present a variety of local bands, surrounded by beer and ale tents, even a giant tea tent, a milk shake wagon and an assortment of food stalls for all tastes, close at hand. 

Families can enjoy a waltz on the carousel and wiz around on the bumper cars along with visits to the petting zoo and lots of FREE things to do.  Keen sporting individuals have the chance to participate in the sporting activities however if you fancy a relaxed rest, why not sit back and enjoy the dog shows?

Worried about traditional British weather ruining the weekend? 
Fear not as there is plenty of covered entertainment. From storytelling sessions, carnival costume workshops, baking and gardening demonstrations along with arts and crafts to name just a handful of exciting opportunities. 
With ticket prices at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions for under 16s, over 65s, and Portsmouth Leisure Card holders, as well as the fantastic offer of £24 for a family of 4, it’s an event not to be missed out on! 
This exciting community event is brought to you by The Guildhall, The Kings Theatre, New Theatre Royal, Wedgewood Rooms, The Cellars, Love Southsea, Manic Stage Productions, Express FM together with Aspex Gallery, Technical Services and MG Security. All supported by the Portsmouth City Council. 

Gates open at 10am each day with the event closing at 9.30pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday, purchase your tickets now through the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office: 023 9282 4355 or on their website

Car parking is available at Canoe Lake, the D Day Museum and Clarence Pier which are all accessible via the main Seafront road. There are also a number of on street metered spaces available.
Don’t miss out on the biggest South Coast event of the year. Grab your free pull-out programmes from The News in the weeks to come and head down for two fantastic days of fun and entertainment!

Check out the Website HERE
We will be there and we can't wait to see you!