The Russian State Ballet head to Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Time for some culture here on Blazing Minds as we bring you the news that The Russian State Ballet are returning to Venue Cymru in

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The Handmaid’s Tale Season One is heading to DVD

Clear your schedule for one of the most talked about series of 2017 as season one of “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” comes to DVD on 5th March from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The 3-disc set also includes two brand new featurettes that take viewers deeper into the world of Gilead.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning, best-selling novel, “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly known as the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.

The Handmaid's Tale - DVD ReleaseAs one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss; Top Of The Lake, Mad Men) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the castes of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her.

“THE HANDMAID’S TALE” features outstanding performances from Elizabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story – Asylum, Shakespeare in Love), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black), Ann Dowd (Compliance, The Leftovers), O.T. Fagbenle (The Five), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project) and Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black).

The critically-acclaimed series from MGM Television is the winner of eight Primetime Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Moss) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dowd). The series also received two Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Series—Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama (Moss) and three Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series (Moss), and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dowd). The Blu-ray and DVD include two fascinating behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the show, “From Script to Screen” and “Hope in Gilead.”

Don’t miss “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” available on DVD on 5th March.


From Script to Screen: Go inside the premiere episode’s “Salvaging”, a harrowing scene where Handmaids violently participate in the execution of an alleged attacker. Interviews with series Showrunner/Executive Producer Bruce Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd and Madeline Brewer, as well as an in-depth look at the story points, character arcs and complexity of shooting this sequence with Director of episodes one through three, Reed Morano.

Hope in Gilead: Examine the reasons why “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” has captivated millions and become a cultural phenomenon. The cast and crew discuss parallels with today’s political climate as well as the series’ themes of hope, resilience and the fight for freedom.

Fifty Shades Freed Whipped the Crowds into a Frenzy at Paris Premiere

Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Liam Payne, Rita Ora and more walk the red carpet for the Fifty Shades Freed premiere in Paris. The movie which is in UK cinemas on the 9th February looks like it’s going to be another one that has fans of the franchise chomping at the bit to see the continuing saga of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on the big screen.

photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Universal)

photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Universal)

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new instalment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Universal)

photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Universal)

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Liam Payne is photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Contour by Getty Images)

Liam Payne is photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Contour by Getty Images)

Fifty Shades Freed stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman, Arielle Kebbel, Robinne Lee, Brant Daugherty and Marcia Gay Harden. It’s directed by James Foley with a screenplay by Niall Leonard and based on the novel by E L James.

E L James is photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Contour by Getty Images)

E L James is photographed for the Fifty Shades Freed Premiere on Feb.6,2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / Contour by Getty Images)

Official International Trailer

Fifty Shades Free In Cinemas 9th February 2018.

Interview with our Sleeping Beauty Panto stars – this week it’s Vicky Entwistle.

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Vicky Entwistle Pic

Vicky grew up in Accrington, and at the age of 16 she commuted to Blackpool to study drama at Blackpool and Fylde College. For a time, she worked as a “bluecoat” entertainer at Pontin’s in Devon before she was accepted on scholarship to attend Drama Centre London.

Vicky returned to the stage as Hanna in Merlin before gaining the role of Amy in BBC’s Our Tune, Vicky then played Madonna freak Maxine Graham in Like A Virgin and was spotted by Granada Television casting director Judy Hayfield. She was offered the role of machinist Janice Lee in Coronation Street and made her debut on 6 January 1997. She also starred in an episode of The Bill in 1997. The following month, Vicky was told that she would become the mother of the street’s new family The Battersby’s and was introduced to fellow actors Bruce Jones, Jane Danson…

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Review: Aladdin panto at Northwich Memorial Court

We Are Chester

Here at We Are Chester HQ, we’ve been thoroughly enjoying panto season this year. We recently headed over to Theatr Clwyd to watch Sleeping Beauty, as well as squeezing in a cheeky visit to the Forum Studio Theatre to see Cinderella. Oh yes we have! We’ve also enjoyed a trip to Ellesmere Port Civic Hall to watch Dick Whittington, and this time we’re off to Anton Benson Productions’s sister show, Aladdin over at Northwich Memorial Court. Over to Tori Erskine to tell us more. Photos: Tori Erskine.

As we took our seats in the theatre, on stage we were greeted by a bright, glimmering curtain with Aladdin written on it, ready to go up for the show to begin. The theatre was filled with excited families, and also a number of adults scattered around to watch the show too – proving panto is for everyone, not just the kids.


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Review: Cinderella panto from Tip Top Productions

We Are Chester

We Are Chester’s Tori Erskine heads into the city for a festive treat courtesy of Tip Top Productions. Now join in, if you will. ‘Oh no she doesn’t!’ ‘Oh yes she does!’ Photos: Tori Erskine.

Panto season has well and truly arrived at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester, and with an unbelievable bang too.

Filled with all the ‘He’s behind you!’ and ‘Oh no it isn’ts!’ you’ll ever need, Cinderella is sure to get you set for the festivities.

Admittedly, the last time I had been to visit a pantomime was when I was in primary school (it’s very scary and shameful to admit that was about 15 years ago), so I was ready to relive my childhood and enjoy some fairytale magic.

Magic of Christmas

This show is perfect for little ones, with Buttons’s (Dan Ellis) sing-a-long songs and getting the audience involved in the show. It also…

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Interview with our Sleeping Beauty Panto stars – this week it’s Charles Burden.

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Charles Burden Pic

This will be Charles’s twenty first Pantomime for UK Productions, and he was thrilled to be asked to appear at The Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl for this year’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”.  Charles is a very experienced and versatile performer in Cabaret and Theatre. For thirty five years he was part of the double act Burden & Moran until the death of his stage partner.

During this time he appeared as an Ugly Sister with his partner for twenty five years, as well as appearing as Dame in other Pantomime productions. In Summer Shows he appeared with his late partner presenting an illusion act. Performing stage illusions, escapology and dog production.

Channel 4 featured Charles and his late partner in an hour long documentary about their career on Mavis on 4.  Pantomime has seen Charles in many guises as Dame appearing as, Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington, Nurse…

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Review: Monty Python’s Spamalot at Storyhouse Chester

We Are Chester

By Nala Rollo with photos courtesy of PR

Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue. What’s, uh, what’s wrong with it?

I would like to start this review with an admission, dear reader, that I’m a Monty Python fan, so this review may be biased.

Ten or so years ago, I sat with a pair of promotional half coconuts in Trafalgar Square in London as part of a world record ‘coconut orchestra’ attempt to promote the original West End cast show, before a free open air screening of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the film on which this musical is ‘lovingly ripped off’ as the promotional materials all state.

Biased in favour or not in favour, I’m not sure, but it’s not going to be an entirely impartial review. I guess when a show is working with such source material it’s always going to be hard to write…

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SciFi Wales and the tale of the Chocolate TARDIS and more!

Once a year geeks and nerds arrive at Venue Cymru for a celebration of SciFi fun and this year, the 3rd SciFi Wales, saw cast from Doctor Who and more.

Source: SciFi Wales and the tale of the Chocolate TARDIS and more!

Escape the crowds – The best places to eat in Ubud 

The Wildlife Travel Report

Ubud is so busy that sometimes it feels impossible to escape the crowds. If you’re sick of generic takes on Indonesian dishes and listening to pop music then head down one of the quieter side streets and eat at a warung – you’ll feel a world away from the bustling centre and you’ll get to taste some authentic Indonesian cuisine.

Where you choose to go in Ubud can make or break your stay!
After literally sweating my tits off walking around I can tell you that the best place to head to is Jalan Arjuna (just off the top of Jalan Monkey Forest). It’s quiet and there are several excellent warungs to eat at. The best two are Sinduk and my favourite, Budi’s. The food is cheaper than the beer and you can get a meal for less that £2. Both served the best food that we had in Ubud…

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