Hello to Au Revoir

Local primary school children taking part in the Au Revoir review at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. Hawes Side Primary School mopping up on Church Street.

Local primary school children taking part in the Au Revoir review at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. Hawes Side Primary School mopping up on Church Street.

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Pay attention at the back – the Au Revoir Review is back at Blackpool Grand Theatre from July 9 to 11.

For three evenings the venue’s main stage will be filled with music, song, dance and comedy from budding primary school performers.

Following the success of the last four years, this unique event returns to the Grand for three performances celebrating the achievements of children from across Blackpool in their last year of primary school.

Like its older “brother” the Au Revoir Review will feature youngsters showcasing their many talents and abilities as they bid a fond farewell to the schools that have given them their foundations for life.

Participants will be sharing their memories and special moments in a display of music, dance and visual presentations.

Show organiser Graeme Dow of Anchorsholme Primary School said: “It’s that magical time of year again where Year Six children from across Blackpool perform on the Grand Theatre’s stage to mark their very special transition from primary school.

“As in previous years, the real magic of Au Revoir Review is that it includes all children in Year Six – not just those who are dancers, singers or performers. Although the show is now in its fourth year it very much has its roots stretching back more than 10 years to when I was part of the group that established its forerunner, the hugely successful Schools Alive.

“In 2009 general manager Neil Thompson offered the Grand for an additional school event. I had no hesitation in accepting his offer and so the Au Revoir Review was born.

“The continued success of this annual show will guarantee an opportunity for every child in Blackpool to appear on the Grand Theatre’s stage at least once during their time at school. This year there are once again three lovely nights of entertainment with lots of smiles, laughs, sighs and, of course, the odd tear.

“I know the backstage staff love both Au Revoir Review and Schools Alive and are always staggered by the talent and confidence of our primary children.”

Performances begin at 7pm. Adult tickets are £5, children and seniors £3.50. A booking/transaction fee applies.

Advance booking is advised. Call the Grand Theatre box office on (01253) 290190, go online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call into the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.