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  1. One of my all time favourite films as a teenager was Fame so I was delighted to see Fame - The Musical was on tour and coming to the Bournemouth Pavilion!

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    The Musical is based on the 1980 pop culture film and follows a group of students at New York’s High School for the Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.  The show explores the issues that confront many young people today including prejudice, literacy, sexuality and perseverance.

    The energetic and very talented cast are simply amazing on stage with each character having their own story and dream for the future.  If you enjoy different styles of dancing then you’ll be in for a treat as the cast perform perfectly choreographed scenes which include Latin, Modern and Hip-Hop routines.

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    Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter gave a delightful performance as ballet dancer Iris and soul star Mica Paris wowed the audience with her solo ‘These are my children’.  Carmen explodes onto her scenes with sass and energy but decides to go to LA when she’s promised her own fame (I won’t say how that ends for her).  The rest of the cast cover a whole scenario of modern day problems including rejection, the pressure to be thin and dyslexia with some of the students taking their work very seriously and others being quite light hearted and amusing.

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    I had a really great night out with my friend but the highlight for me was when the gang performed the familiar Fame tune which I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be singing all the way home!

    Fame – The Musical is on at the Bournemouth Pavilion until Saturday 31 August 2019.  For more details and tickets, please visit BH Live.

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    Dorsetmums was invited to the performance of Fame for the purpose of a review however all words are my own.

  2. I had planned to make brownies with my daughter yesterday but when I went to make it I realised my husband had eaten the vital chocolate required so we needed a new plan!

    I had all the ingredients to make a normal sponge and spotted coconut in the cupboard along with a jar of passion fruit curd which is made by ‘From Dorset With Love’.  I adore the taste of this curd so I thought we’d make a variation on jam and coconut sponge.

    I pretty much stick to my cupcake recipe for everything now as it always turns out good.  If you’d like to have a go at making this summery and sticky cake then you’ll find the recipe below.
     
    Ingredients:

    110g softened unsalted butter
    110g caster sugar
    110g self-raising flour
    2 medium eggs lightly beaten
    A few drops of vanilla essence
    Dash of milk
    Jar of Passion Fruit Curd
    Desiccated coconut (no idea how much, I just sprinkled loads on)
     
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    Pre heat the oven to 180C/170C fan and line an 8” square tin or use cupcake cases in a muffin tin.

    Cream the butter and sugar until it goes white and fluffy but don’t overdo it. 

    Put the vanilla essence drops in the egg and then add a bit with a little flour to the butter and sugar, beat and then repeat until all the egg is gone.

    Sieve in the flour and gently beat or fold whilst adding a dash of milk. 

    Pop in the tin or cupcake cases and bake for approximately 20 mins if using a tin or less if cupcakes.  When it’s golden brown take it out the oven and gently smear the passion fruit curd on top and then sprinkle on the coconut.  Put it back in the oven for just a few minutes and be careful not to burn the coconut.

    When you take it out of the oven give it a few minutes in the tin before attempting to put it on a cooling rack as the curd will be a bit oozy.

    It made 8 pieces because one broke when cutting and fell in my mouth for the purpose of quality control hehe.

    Now I know I’m no Nigella and I’m not very good with presentation but my 3 year old did a brilliant job and they tasted amazing!  I took the cake on a picnic with friends and although they were a bit messy everyone commented on their scrumptiousness.

    Because the baking made the curd quite sticky I think I’d like to make a Victoria Sponge next time and add the curd and whipped cream in the middle………  Actually, I want that now!

    Dorsetmums accepts no responsibility for burnt cake or weight gain blah blah blah.
     
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