Hello and welcome to another fun-filled week on the South Coast. Here are five things you need to know about this week…
1. Dr Seuss Day – Monday 2nd March
Tomorrow is Theodore Geisel’s birthday and to celebrate, it’s Dr Seuss Day. Super exciting: publishers have unearthed a lost manuscript, and What Pet Should I Get will be published in July. I’m so excited about the release of the 47th Dr Seuss book I might pop.
I have two fun facts about this one: first, did you know that depending on which of his stories you heard, Geisel was rejected by between 20 and 43 publishers for his first book – so there’s hope for us all!
Second: The Cat In The Hat was written in response to a report that said children weren’t learning to read because their books were boring. He was given a list of 250 words a publisher thought children should learn to read, and asked to put them into a book… he managed to cram 236 of them into The Cat In The Hat. Remember that bit where he’s piling all that stuff on his head, while he balances on a bal?
2. Edward Scissorhands at the Mayflower from Tuesday 3rd March
The stage show based on the amazing Tim Burton movie is coming to the south. It’s a contemporary dance adaptation rather than a musical, and the story has been changed slightly. Apparently there’s more of Edward’s back story in this show, and it’s set in the 1950s, whereas the movie was late 80s. The screenwriter and composer from the original movie helped to develop this show though, so it’s still bound to be fairly true to the original.
3. World Book Day – Thursday 5th
Just in case your children haven’t already hounded you for costumes or money for books – Thursday is World Book Day! This year there are loads of £1 books for children including Geek Girl, Michael Morpurgo and The Dinosaur that Pooped. Schools and nurseries are bound to have events going on; there’s usually fancy dress. Don’t worry if you’re stuck for ideas; the World Book Day website has a few tutorials for really simple costumes.
4. Still Alice released – Friday 6th
Julianne Moore has been queen of the awards lately, and from what I’ve seen of the trailers for this movie, it’s well deserved! Still Alice is the story of a university professor who develops early onset Alzheimers. It’s received great reviews from people with Alzheimers and their families, and if the movie is half as good as the book by Lisa Genova, it’s sure to be amazing.
5. World War II Weekend at Portsmouth Dockyard – 7th and 8th
Love Southsea, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Action Stations have collaborated on this great weekend of entertainment. There are boat displays, fashion shows, interactive singalongs, hair and fashion styling (not sure how much they can do for Simon!), costumed characters and demonstrations of how to cook with wartime rations. And the No. 6 cinema is showing The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe!
Well, that’s us done for another week. Thanks for reading/listening and I’ll be back again next week with another 5 things.