PUKKA’s YouTube Channel

Added a link to PUKKA’s new YouTube Channel. Also did some updating last night, and added a pile of new photos to the 2013 Black Tie Ball.

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PUKKA’s Second Black Tie Ball

On Saturday 23rd March 2013 the PUKKA Parents and friends were treated to the second annual PUKKA Black Tie Ball. The performances were brilliant, the food was great, and the company was… well, it was OK. Just Joking! Read the full account and see the pictures here…

PUKKA’s 2013 Black Tie Ball – An Appetiser from PUKKA Productions on Vimeo.

 

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Once Upon a Christmastime

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December 2012. It was brilliant! An evening of quiet stoty-telling between Granny and her Grandchildren, illustrated by the brilliant kids! Read the slightly bigger story and see the photo’s here…

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PUKKA Perfection rock The Ship

On Sunday 4th November, that talented bunch, PUKKA Perfection provided two hours of brilliant entertainment at The Ship Hotel in Barry. With a show including solo performances and choral pieces, old favourites and the latest songs, there was entertainment for every taste. Brilliant!

PUKKA Perfection at The Ship, November 2012 from PUKKA Productions on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Grace, Zen, Rowan, Emma, Sophie. Molly, Chloe, Sam and Harrie for their performances, to Sara for the accompaniment, Duncan for the sound, and Sarah (who must be obeyed) for the organisation.

The on-line video is a medley about 20 minutes long, and to my mind a bit juddery (I blame the broadband!). The original is available as a DVD, about 60 minutes long and less juddery, but more shaky! And that’s the fault of the cameraman! Want a copy? Well, Sarah doesn’t have one yet, so you might have stand in line!

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Music For Dan

Spent most of the evening at a concert organised by PUKKA’s music and singing coach Sara. Entitled “Music For Dan”, it was raising money for the Daniel Downton Cwtch Fund.

Two year old Daniel Downton was diagnosed with a rare and malignant tumour at the top of his spine just before Christmas 2011. Money raised by the Cwtch Fund is being used to support LATCH and CLIC Sergeant, who help Daniel’s family, as well as keeping Daniel smiling during his intensive treatment.

Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

Music for Dan from PUKKA Productions on Vimeo.

The evening was a concert involving performances by a large number of people, mainly between 8 and 16. The performances were all brilliant, including guitar, piano, vocal, cornet, trombone, recorder, and clarinet performances. Some were seasoned performers, others were performing for the first time in front of an audience. A BIG (but appreciative) audience.

PUKKA Plus’s's’s Sophie sang “Turning Tables” (an Adele number) and “God Help the Outcasts” from the Hunchback of Notre Dam, and Chloe, Rowan, Grace, Zen and Gabby from PUKKA Perfection sang “Caravan of Love” and “Hit Me Baby One More Time”.

The evening was rounded off by performances by the organisers, Sara, and Jo Weaving (who was apparently Sara’s music teacher – that dates her!) on clarinet and piano.

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Father’s Day Tribute

On Sunday 17th June, PUKKA got together at the Ship Hotel where the Theatre School children sang songs to their Dads. Well, that was the idea anyway. As it turned out the weather that day was one of the better ones of the year, the pub was packed and HOT, and perhaps we should have adjourned to the beach? “No!” said Sarah, “you’re here to enjoy yourselves, so get on with it!”

The show started at 2pm with PUKKA Perfection performing a number of songs, including their own take on Broccoli Spears “Hit me baby one more time”. Then came PUKKA Potential, with Celyn and Rhianna hamming it up for the video, plus a few more unusual “Rap” items. After a short break to refill glasses, PUKKA Plus (well, some of them!) performed a medley of numbers from Wicked, plus a number of Abba hits. Finally the PUKKA Petites were introduced to the audience, and they sang their own tribute to the dads. The finale involved the whole “cast” in a number of upbeat numbers. I’m sorry, it’s past midnight, and the creative writing braincell has given up for yesterday.

Tell you what, why don’t you just have a shufti at the video… it’s excerpts only, still 32 minutes long, with shaky camera work (it was a bit of a bullfight!) and a rowdy background to the soundtrack. But if you were there, you were part of it, and if you weren’t there – why not?


PUKKA celebrates Father’s Day, 2012 from PUKKA Productions on Vimeo.

I’ve also taken the opportunity to move the Black Tie Ball to its own page – just need to find the photos to go with that page!

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Pukkas First Black Tie Ball

Wow what a fabulous night. This just has to be an annual event !!!!! The theme was Magic and it lived up to the name. The kids were brilliant and what a talented bunch who really really seemed to enjoy themselves. The penquin dance by Potential from Mary Poppins was especially delightful as was the Petites “you got a friend in me”. Pukka Plus showed their amazing talent in both wonderful harmonies and fabulous dancing. Rachel’s rendition of ” I’m not that girl” from Wicked was really quite moving. ( I filled up….nicely done Rach.) First outing for Perfection lived up to the hype, little bit off the wall, some great voices, great harmonies and some great moves.
All in all a very impressive evening, enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Sarah, Nic, Sara, Cola and Lou, the Pukka Team and all the Pukka Performers……Tables looked good too……

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Craft Day survived

We had a fab craft day at Crossways  Church today. I will admit to being surprised at the high skill levels shown by all the pukka kids from the youngest right up to the Pukka plus’s and the Pukkateers who got stuck in too. Great ideas from all the adults from paper plate angels to sweet cones and table mats. Anything that needed laminating was very popular and some of the stamped, glittered and embossed decorations were fab. Well done everyone looking forward to the next one with lots of great ideas.

Thanks for all your hard work Pukkateers and helpers.

 

cheers sue

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Craft Day

The Saturday (17th December) PUKKA will be rehearsing for the Crossways Church Nativity – it’s the least we can do, as they are so helpful with rehearsal space for PUKKA.

Running from 11am to 4pm,  there will be a mix of Christmassy Creativity, including Christmas Art and Craft, singing, dancing, and the creation of a Nativity. We are asking for a donation of £10 per child to cover our costs, but it will give you a few child-free hours to get the last-minute shopping done.

The Nativity will be performed in the church at 11am on Sunday 18th and all families and friends are welcome.

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Tired Now!

Seven shows in five days! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m kn…. tired!  Weary Nearly fell asleep during the after-show party. It seemed to go well though! Just need to sort out the photos, videos, Christmas, the nativity next weekend…

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