Q&A With Ben Faulks AKA Mr Bloom

MrBloom at St Davids Hall Cardiff

CALLING all budding gardeners – Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live is coming to St David’s Hall for two shows next month!

Mr Bloom and the Veggies are the familiar faces of CBeebies, and now your tiny tots can see them onstage at 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday 15 February.

Everyone at the Nursery is working hard for a very special occasion – a member of the Royal Family is visiting! Yet, Mr Bloom is worried the allotment won’t be ready in time. Can you lend a helping hand?

All his pals will be there too including Margaret the Cabbage, Joan the Fennel, Colin the Runner Bean, Raymond the Butternut Squash and Sebastian the Aubergine. Let’s not forget the Wee MacGregors too, and Mr Bloom’s trusty machine ‘The Compostarium!’

Ben Faulks (who plays Mr Bloom) said: ‘I know all of the Tiddlers out there like watching Mr Bloom on the television, but this is the first time they will be able to come and see me and the Veggies in their local theatre in our very own live show! I am so excited, so are The Veggies, Colin is packing his suitcase already! It’s going to be a great show so make sure you all come along and say Ello.”

Come and sing along to all your favourite songs such as This Is My Allotment, Meet the Veggies, The Compo Song and Night Night Veggies. Using song, play and interaction Mr Bloom’s Nursery is a fun and inspiring show with strong educational values, which will entertain parents and children alike!

Q&A With Ben Faulks AKA Mr Bloom

It’s that time of year again when we all start making resolutions for the year ahead. Have you made any yourself for 2017? Do you think you’ll be able to keep them?

Afraid not. Generally, I find that the deepest darkest months of the year are not the ideal time to stake claims for bold transformations. Better done in the Summer time.

You’re an actor and as well as your alter-ego Mr Bloom you’ve in recent years starred in Panto and also had a role in Hollyoaks – how does that compare to working with children (and of course, the veggies?).

For me personally, I love the variety of experiences acting provides. This is what I really thrive on. Each medium has its own challenges & that’s the bonus. If I can keep on finding roles that are different from the last, I couldn’t ask for more.

The idea of Mr Bloom evolved from a street theatre production you created which you then pitched to the BBC (and they of course, loved). How successful did you think it would be as a television show? What do you think makes it so popular – even five years and five series’ on?

You can never bank on people liking your work. You can certainly hope they do, but once it’s finished and out in the public domain, there’s nothing more you can do. For my part, I could see the concept, clear as day, working as a TV show. Thankfully, the BBC could too. As for the success it has enjoyed, that’s down to everyone else, not us. It terms of what makes it popular it’s impossible to say but obviously, it’s all a sum of its parts put together by a lot of hard graft & a lot of luck, being the right thing at the right time.

You’re loved not only by the kids – it’s no secret you’re a big hit with the mums too. What do you make to all that? Some of your ‘admirers’ say some pretty fruity things! What do your friends and wife, Mimi make of the attention?!

We have a giggle about it, as we’d no idea a tank top and wellies could be so attractive. But to be honest, given that I’m not on social media I don’t encounter a great deal of what goes on.

You have three children of your own, how does life as Mr Bloom work around having a young family? What do they make of having a famous dad?

They’ve grown up with me dressing up as different characters, so they’ve always got their head around it. Everyone’s Dad does something different. As for Mr Bloom, it was admittedly very special when they we’re younger and in the CBeebies age group, as it was of specific relevance to them. However, it is tough being away from home for extended periods of time, be it on tour or location but that’s the life we lead and it’s important to us as a family to make it work.

When you’re not busy as Mr Bloom, what’s your favourite way to spend a day? Any gardening on the agenda?

Favourite way to spend a day when not working? Everyone sits down together for a slow breakfast listening to Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC6 Music, then I nip out on my own for a quick run or cycle, come home, get cleaned up, make a packed lunch and go out with the family on some sort of local outdoor adventure, return home once again, set a fire, make pizza for everyone, then all sit down to watch ‘You’ve Been Framed’. Happy Days!

Mr Bloom Live Show

So, you’re taking Mr Bloom’s Nursery, live! Tell us more…

Yes! Mighty exciting times ahead. It’s the first theatre tour we’ve undertaken. It’ll feature Mr Bloom & the Veggies.

How will it differ from the television show?

There will be familiar sights, sounds and activities from the TV show BUT this is a completely new story line & adventure. Also, the audience are imperative to the action, so unlike the TV show, they’ve going to need to get involved.

Any treats in store?

Apart from all the familiar things the Mr Blooms Nursery offers, there’ll be the appearance of a VERY special guest.

Info about show and where to buy tickets…

Mr Bloom's Nursery at St Davids Hall Cardiff

Mr Bloom’s Nursery at St Davids Hall Cardiff

This show is aimed at 3-7 year-olds.

Mr Bloom’s Educational Activity Pack is available to download for free from the St David’s Hall website at www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

Tickets are priced £15.50.
A Family Ticket of 4 (with at least one adult) is £50.
Friends of St David’s Hall, under 16s, students, over 60s, claimants & disabled people plus one companion are £2 off.
(All prices are subject to an additional £3.95 Ticket Service Charge per transaction and an optional 95p postage fee).

To book your seats, please visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444.

Karen Woodham
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