Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, is the Pantomime of the season – evident by its packed houses and welcoming applause. Perfect for all age groups, it really has something for everyone, so a real family treat.
Our very own National Treasure, the charismatic Gok Wan opens the show as the Man in the Mirror as he is flown across the stage in all his glittering glory, with his droll delivery and witty one-liners, as he draws in the crowd and captures an abundance of new young fans.
Aaron James is highly entertaining as the blundering Muddles whose comedy routines are hilarious, from his A to Z impersonations to the cleverly skilled ‘shopping trolley’ delivered with perfection and aplomb, which the audience adore, which is evident by their rapturous response.
For those of us who were terrified of the Wicked Queen in the original Disney Film, Harriet Thorpe carries this through exquisitely to the present day with her delightful but dastardly Queen Lucretia, who sets out to capture the young Prince, played deftly by Benjamin Purkiss, with some hilarious interjections along the way.
It is quite refreshing too that the Pantomime stays true to tradition with an abundance of innuendos, crass jokes and repetitive banter with the only nod to woke being when the Princess, played perfectly by Rebekah Lowings, proposes to the Prince on one knee with humorous role reversal.
The show is also lavish, with music provided by the live orchestra ensemble and superb dance routines from eight fabulous young dancers, choreographed by Paul Domaine.
The Seven Dwarfs are a true highlight of the show, with their amusing anecdotes and fun banter, in addition to their spectacular ‘knees-up’ and you will have to see the Pantomime to find out exactly what I mean by that.
The run ends this Sunday 2nd January, so be quick You can order tickets online here : BUY TICKETS
The Lotus Clinic is situated on the outskirts of Golders Green, and has the feel of a family run practice and the expertise of the best in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr Michael Frankl is the founder and at the helm of the practice, and has transformed the lives of the rich and famous and people from all walks of life in need of dental rejuvenation and aesthetics.
Dr Frankl qualified at The University of London in 1993, has a degree from the Royal College of Surgeons and is a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has developed particular expertise in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, CEREC (ceramic reconstruction) and laser dentistry. Dr Frankl has brought together an aesthetic medicine team comprising leading practitioners in each particular treatment. He has 25 years of experience in general dentistry, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.
My first impression of the practice was formed by Greg Bewsher the Patient Co-Ordinator, who has worked with Dr Frankl for a number of years, and reassured me that in spite of my horror of the dentist’s chair, I was in good hands and would be pleasantly surprised by the experience and outcome. He also negotiated an attractive financial package for me.
I tentatively booked for my first appointment having urged to go by my own dental urgency, and was immediately impressed by Dr Frankl’s calm and professional approach, coupled with the practically painless first session.
I then went on to book several other treatments including implants which I had avoided at all cost, having had bad experiences of bruising and a terrifying encounter with a dentist who literally hammered an implant into my mouth.
Once again, Dr Frankl seemed to hold the secret of success with a completely painless session, coupled with a speedy and sensitive approach, reassuring me all the way. I had absolutely no bruising, and very little down time.
The Dental Receptionists are also clued up as to any after treatments and assistance, and are equally as supportive, offering drinks and TLC both before and after the appointment.
I have now booked and experienced several appointments with The Lotus Clinic and have to say they live up to their image of a Lotus Flower, without putting too deep a spiritual spin on it, regeneration and rebirth, which in my case it most certainly is, certainly where my dental wellbeing is concerned.
Would fully recommend and go as far as to say, are as good as it gets.
When Sylvia Chrzanowska, arrived in the UK from Poland armed with University Degrees and Masters in Environmental Protection and Polish Civil Law, a career in Beauty was the last thing on her mind.
But the legacy of her Mother as a Beauty Therapist in Poland, inspired Sylvia to pursue the career in which she shines. She explains that the beauty treatments administered by her mother in Poland were always extremely advanced.
Because of this Sylvia qualified as a Nurse and was compelled to adapt her medical credentials to a career she was already familiar with, and one in which she would naturally excel.
Since 2004 Sylvia has been practicing advanced non-surgical aesthetic treatments, described in clinical terms as ‘specialising in facial harmony and volume replacement achieving soft, subtle natural results for full facial rejuvenation’.
When I first met Sylvia I knew immediately that we were compatible as practitioner and patient, due to her calm, friendly but professional approach, the like I had not experienced for decades in either the medical or aesthetics profession
As I began treatment with Sylvia where she practices at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire I very quickly realised that as well as being an exceptional practitioner, she is a genius with injectables, and also had a keen eye and vision for what was best for me.
She also put me at ease very quickly, and I since learned that this is part of her training, both from home and with her present position, originally trained by Dr Tracy Mountford. She explains that administering the treatments are just part of the process and the psychological support is equally as important, and something that comes naturally to her, as I personally discovered.
Sylvia deals daily with patients who suffer from both fear of needles and panic attacks during treatment, and I would recommend that there is no-one better if you are suffering from stress and still want to have any sort of visual rejuvenation.
There is also a natural conviction in the way Sylvia approaches a treatment plan, in ways that are both creative and pragmatic, which instilled me with confidence and any reservations were soon dispelled as she talked me through the plan, and administered the treatments.
Having experienced such high standards of aesthetics, I would always recommend a visit to a highly skilled practitioner as Sylvia, and avoid untrained and inexperienced beauty therapists, choosing those preferably with a medical background, as the results are dependent on their expertise and training, and if they are not favourable can be reversed.
Beauty and Aesthetics is now deeply etched in Sylvia’s DNA, as even when on vacation on a visit to her native Poland, she is summoned to her Mum’s clinic to administer a treatment or two, and in spite of her being there on a break, usually capitulates knowing now that Beauty is truly her destiny and one she has come to adore.
“The most important thing for me is to work with a highly experienced team and having been working at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic since 2014, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”
In the past, Sylvia has also trained fellow nurses in how to administer non-surgical treatments and combines injectables with state of the art technology based treatments to achieve optimum aesthetic outcomes. Sylvia likes to guide her patients through the various options tailored to their individual and specific needs, ensuring they receive the very best cosmetic results time after time with the highest standards in patient care and outcome.