WEW 3

Well, here we are: My very first blog! What more is there to say? Err, lots, actually. Surely that’s the whole point of a blog, isn’t it?

So, my team at Simon Greenhill Entertainment, and possibly more importantly in this instance, my digital marketing team at WUWO Media asked me to write a blog post. This blog post will open what will undoubtedly be a really fun and informative series of blog posts over the foreseeable future, written and distributed by a team of skilled professionals. No pressure on me then!

Well, actually, as anyone who knows me, I am not averse to being in pressured situations or putting myself out of my comfort zone. In fact, I feel comfortable being uncomfortable – if that makes any sense whatsoever!

Although I’m not really one to look back, I have my eyes firmly fixed on today and tomorrow. It is funny when your mind sometimes wanders off and you begin thinking about how on earth you have arrived where you are.

Let me give you an example.

When & where: Saturday evening, somewhere in The New Forest.

Cast: Simon, his beautiful wife and his three incredible children who fill him with more surprise, delight and pride then anyone will ever know.

Background: Simon has always found camping in the countryside exciting, from his first experience as a little boy with his own parents and brother and sister. So, to take his family away on their first camping trip as a responsible adult filled him with a large amount of fear, but mostly, with pride and a massive helping of excitement.

Writer’s notes: So, the important words in that sentence are “responsible adult”. Responsible adult? Really?

Narrative: As they sat in an idyllic spot on Saturday evening around the campfire (slight exaggeration, it was actually a camping stove with gas canister), drinking hot chocolate and the kids roasting marshmallows on said “campfire”, Simon sat looking at the stars. Which, unlike the campfire, were not only real, but shining ever so brightly. His mind wandered and started to think about how wonderful life really is! Simon is incredibly thankful for what he has and is grateful for the people around him!

OMG this is getting kind of deep for a first blog! Bear with me reader!

For a boy who left school at 16 years old, I have not done too badly. Let’s go back to the point I made about my “comfort zone”. I have never shied away from taking the path or making the choice that will hopefully lead me to where I want to go, rather than taking the easy choice.

As a result of this, I have been to places, that as a boy, I only ever dreamt about visiting. I have had the fortune as a performer to perform in stadiums and theatres around the world, where even today, I literally pinch myself at the thought of it. I have met and created a network of weird and really wonderful people from different industries, nationalities, creed and colour.

What I pride myself on mostly is that I have my own set of principles, ethics and outlook on life that I vehemently try to uphold every single day. I hope that this comes across in our blog posts in the future, as well as our entertainment, our team building and our hospitality.

So, please enjoy our blog, feel free to leave us your comments and I look forward to getting to know you.

Simon x

You might be thinking to yourself: what on earth has The Ashes got to do with team building at Simon Greenhill Entertainment? Well, actually, more than you may think.

Team building is all about a group of people learning how to communicate with each other, identifying what their strengths and weaknesses are, feeling valued and motivated, establishing common goals and improving team productivity. This year, Australia has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. We’ve seen them plummet into crisis, humiliate themselves and lose hope as the world has watched on in pure dismay. We’ve seen them fall apart, and fail to get themselves back together or learn from their mistakes. We’ve seen a complete breakdown in team morale: a lacklustre, unenthused and embarrassing set of performances.

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Image via Daily Telegraph

At the other end of the spectrum, we’ve seen England prevail. England cricketer Stuart Broad stated that, “Four-to-one sounds better than 3-2. You work very hard to gain upper advantages in the series and we want to make sure we are ruthless this week… There’s a lot of determination to finish this series really strongly”, highlighting England’s ambitious and impressive attitude to complete a 4-1 series victory over Australia tomorrow. Australia certainly has their work cut out in order to recover from what we’ve witnessed this year at The Ashes. They now need to focus on learning from what’s gone wrong, and move forward in a productive and meaningful way together as a team.

The message here is clear: team building is critical. The theatrical approach to team building at Simon Greenhill Entertainment presents the opportunity to challenge employees in a fun and exciting environment, while developing these crucial communication skills and camaraderie between employees. Exercises are tailored to get the most out of a team, and encourage a positive can-do attitude that employees can apply in the workplace. Using a set of established techniques to get the best out of a team of actors enables a team to perform at their optimum, creating a greater impact on the success of your business. The impact of this approach and techniques are aimed at refining team dynamics, ownership, development, loyalty and ultimately performance. Not to mention, it’s also a lot of fun!

Just like we’ve seen at The Ashes this year, working together as a team, communicating effectively and knowing what your role is, is integral to being successful. When these elements aren’t there, cracks start to appear, morale breaks down and failure inevitably follows.

Remember, the team that plays together stays together!

Are you interested in challenging employees and improving their team building skills? Check out Simon Greenhill’s team building packages here.

What is your act?

Magic and mind reading.

How was your act formed?

When my mummy and daddy had a special cuddle.

Who or what inspires you?

Mostly Simon inspires me, but also Star Wars.

When did you start working with Simon?

2014.

Why did you decide to start working with Simon?

He is a very nice man and he begged me to.

What are your highlights from your time at Simon Greenhill Entertainment?

Performing for Barbara Windsor at Stephen William’s birthday party.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I collect dust.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Flight, although I’m scared of heights so I would fly once and then decide, “No that’s not for me.”


To book Neb for your event, get in touch with Simon here.

West End leading lady Sophia Ragavelas talks about the ups and downs of life in theatre, the journey of learning her craft while understudying, and going on to play leading roles in Cats, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. Sophia gives an honest account of life as an actress and how she has found a work/life balance under and away from the spotlight. A must listen for all musical theatre fans.

Best seats in the house: The Simon Greenhill Podcast ep:2 Sophia Ragavelas by Simon Greenhill on Mixcloud

At Simon Greenhill Entertainment, the weird and wonderful is wholly embraced. Why not add something completely different to your event? From fire eating and body burning, to captivating aerial and acrobatic displays, stand out from the crowd with first-class, unique entertainment.

Victoria Bye

Fire eating, breathing, body burning, fire fans, stilt walking and angle grinding – Victoria Bye does it all. Victoria is also trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, improvisation and freestyle. Having performed at 18-30’s Carnival Street Parties as a Fire Performer, One Stop Entertainment & Louise G Productions as a Dance Captain, and Circus Vergas as a Showgirl Dancer, to name but a few, Victoria has extensive experience as an entertainer.

Find out more here.

La Luna

Combining the grace and fluidity of classical ballet with the power and strength of aerial hoop, La Luna is a dynamic and distinctive act, fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular aerial acts. The only one of its kind here in the UK, La Luna has broken boundaries in their unique design, bringing captivating performances to the forefront of venues, audiences and events across the UK and Europe. The creative freestanding design of this act means that La Luna can be performed anywhere.

Find out more here.

Katie & Leyla

Starfiz are international performing circus artists, Katie Hardwick & Leyla Rees, who specialise in aerial entertainment on silks, hoop and spinning silks. Having trained together since the age of eight, Katie and Leyla are a perfectly synchronised duo, providing duo, solo and group acts for corporate events, product launches, event entertainment, cabarets, weddings and outdoor festivals, amongst others. Starfiz provide unforgettable feature acts, ambient aerial performances and bespoke acts. They are also Emma Insley Aerial Creation Fund Award winners, with their unique act Spinning Silks premiering at Glastonbury Festival and The Roundhouse CircusFest.

Find out more here.

Champagne Glitterati

Champagne turns any event into a celebration! When giving your guests something extra special to drink, why not serve it in an extra special way? This world-class aerial act is a fabulous choice for any celebratory occasion, mixing effortless acrobatic skill with oodles of charm. Suspended above your guests, this act performs in aerial hoops or harnesses. With outstanding aerial and musical talents, combined with a selection of exquisite costumes, make your event truly spectacular by adding a touch of The Glitterati.

Find out more here.

Aerial Hoop

Set in a white hoop suspended in the air, this is an exceptionally enchanting act for any event. The aerialist moves gracefully in the air, using the hoop, while the beautiful and haunting melodies add to this elegant performance. A seamless and one-of-a-kind blend of strength, flexibility and balletic movement come together in this act to create a unique style that will both move and elevate the audience.

Find out more here.


To book any of these acts for your event, click here.

Simon Greenhill Entertainment boasts a vast and diverse network of exceptional talent, and at the heart of it are clever and accomplished people who are passionate about what they do. Take a look at Simon’s selection of top 5 acts – each one unique with something special to offer any event.

Operatic Singing Waiters

The Operatic Singing Waiters started out as a revolutionary act in the UK. This is where it all began for Simon Greenhill, and the act that put him on the map. The Singing Waiters have performed in over thirty countries, from smaller, intimate gatherings, to large award ceremonies and weddings. The Singing Waiters are undeniably original, top-notch entertainment for any event. Some of the West End’s biggest stars have even donned the famous chef’s hat! What sets these waiters apart is the sheer attention to detail in storytelling, ensuring an unforgettable experience of music, characters and magnificent performances.

Find out more here.

Jon Hart

Hailed as ‘the next big thing’ and ‘a terrifically accomplished musician’, Jon Hart’s list of accomplishments extends further than most people’s in a lifetime! From hosting the London Guitar Night at the Troubadour, to appearing on Gibson’s new music channel, Jon Hart certainly does raise the bar to impressive heights. Not to mention, he also won the Best Musical Act at the National Wedding Industry Awards. Jon’s impressive repertoire of music means that he is not only the perfect choice for weddings, but any kind of occasion too.

Find out more here.

Chicks ‘n’ Tricks

Redefining the concept of the conventional magician, Chicks ‘n’ Tricks are set to revolutionise the entertainment industry. Chicks ‘n’ Tricks are the world’s only super group of female magicians, performing their own wonderful style of magic. They have wowed audiences at parties, balls, award ceremonies, film premieres, weddings, exhibitions stands and launches, in fact any event that requires a bit of flair and glamour. Whether it’s close up, mentalism, street magic or grand illusions you’re after, Chicks ‘n’ Tricks can do it all… but with a little added glamour, elegance and style.

Find out more here.

Vibetown

Vibetown are a marvellous 6-piece that specialise in playing pop, rock, funk and soul. They are made up of some of the UK’s finest musicians, who collectively have played with some of the biggest names in pop music – we’re talking Westlife, Five, The Australian Pink Floyd, Pixie Lott and Kelly Rowland, to name but a few. Vibetown are now one of the most sought after live corporate and function bands in the UK, and with good reason. They have played over 500 functions, weddings, parties and corporate events to audiences up and down the country, as well as abroad. Vibetown are the number one Yorkshire function band, wedding and party band, and also the 2015 winners of the prestigious Best Wedding Band Award at The Wedding Industry Awards.

Find out more here.

Dan Cutting

Dan is a football freestyler, with his skills taking him to over twenty countries and allowing him to work alongside some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Coca Cola, Sony, Adidas and London 2012. Dan’s impressive ability to combine his football skills with entertainment means a huge and varied audience can enjoy what he has to offer. He has performed at a number of different events, from school assemblies for children with learning disabilities, to corporate events for companies and brands. He is a natural born performer who has a passion for entertaining people of all ages. Not only this, he also has five standing World Records – he certainly is at the top of his game!

Find out more here.


To book any of these acts for your event, click here.

Jeremy Secomb tells his story of growing up in the outback in Australia, to his life in London’s West End, with appearances as The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer the Opera, Evita and currently the title role in Tooting Arts Clubs extraordinary production of Sweeney Todd.

Best seats in the house: The Simon Greenhill Podcast ep1: Jeremy Secomb by Simon Greenhill on Mixcloud