Review: Postcard from the Pier at The Queen’s Hotel

The bygone era of end-of-pier variety shows and Donald McGill’s saucy seaside postcards are brought to vivid life in a duo of entertaining plays in the gardens of The Queen’s Hotel Southsea. Co-produced by New Apollo Theatre Co. and Cop the Needle, written by Stuart Olesker and John Stanton, and directed …

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Lower Than Atlantis at The Pyramids Centre

Mayhem Magazine, a locally-produced and free-to-pick-up culture and lifestyle publication for people of all ages throughout Portsmouth and the surrounding region, wrote this review of Lower Than Atlantis’ appearance at The Pyramids Centre yesterday evening: Hitting the South for their penultimate date, Lower Than Atlantis did not disappoint. Since releasing …

Review: King Charles at Wegdewood Rooms

I remember my introduction to the song ‘Bam Bam’ quite well, when I heard it I did a little chuckle, the same kind of chuckle I did when I first heard Mumford & Sons, retorting “that will never catch on”. People that know me will tell you that I have the …

Review: Jake Bugg Portsmouth Guildhall

Jake Bugg, Portsmouth Guildhall. Pictures Tom Langford Photographer Nottingham’s very own Jake Bugg returned to the UK this week after playing a number of venues around Europe and America as part of his tour including Amsterdam, Texas and Switzerland. Jake has previously played Portsmouth but at a much smaller …

Review: Bastille ‘Bad Blood Tour’

  Tickets for this gig at the Mo’Club sold out within the hour when they went on sale a few months back, which is no surprise as Bastille have built up a feverish following. The Bastille boys Dan, Woody, Kyle and Will were clearly loving life right now and their …

Pantomime review: Snow White at The Kings Theatre

Cast members from Hollyoaks, Milkshake, and Emmerdale stole the stage at The Kings Theatre last night with a solid pantomime performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Both children and adults ended up almost peeing themselves out of laughter, with slapstick for the young’uns and a bit of cheekiness …

Review: Mumford & Sons at Portsmouth Guildhall

It’s rare for a band to sound equally as good as they do on their studio-recorded album whilst performing live, and even more unusual for them to sound better. But Mumford & Sons blew away all my expectations with their gig at Portsmouth Guildhall last night. It’s very unfortunate that …

Review: Russian State Ballet’s Swan Lake

Last Friday night, we went along to the incredible Kings Theatre, one of my favourite buildings in Portsmouth, to see Swan Lake. I’ve seen loads of live music, festivals, West-End plays, etc. in my time, but never a ballet, so I was very honored to go and see the Russian …

A Chef's-eye View of the Palmerston Road Farmers Market

Chef John Brooks recently visited the farmers market in Palmerston Road for a look around, and wrote his opinion on the whole thing. Obviously, being a chef means that you very rarely get a chance to visit a farmers market, but today, I managed to visit the one in Palmerston …

Romeo and Juliet at The Kings Theatre: Review

Romeo and Juliet has been around for centuries. Playwrights and troupes worldwide have nipped and tucked Shakespeare’s infamous classic into endless interpretations, venturing between many genres and theatrical forms, from ice ballets to large-scale professionally-choreographed dance shows. The tragically romantic tale became a successful Leonardo DiCaprio-starring feature film a few …