Ben Faulks is best known for playing Mr Bloom in CBeebies Mr Bloom's Nursery, centred around a gardening nanny who helps children to get involved and inspired by nature.
Mr Bloom is a bubbly allotment owner who loves gardening and being outdoors and shares his passions with the world. He teaches some important life lessons through the wonders of gardening. Mr Bloom is accompanied on his explorations by a group of lively young vegetable puppets. The Veggies consist of Joan the Fennel, Margaret the Cabbage, Raymond the Butternut Squash, Sebastian the Aubergine, and The Wee Macgregors, who all come with their very own personalities and interests.
Mr Bloom's Nursery started off as a piece of street theatre that Ben Faulks wrote himself. It was an interactive walkabout performance piece that engaged with families at festival events. Originally Ben Faulks played a gardener who had dug up his baby vegetables and took them out for the day in an old Victorian pram. The show toured both nationally and internationally and it was during this time that he had ideas for how the show might translate into a television programme for children.
In 2009 Ben Faulks pitched the idea to the BBC and it went on to be adapted and developed for television, so that finally in 2011, Mr Blooms Nursery transmitted. The show continues to develop series by series and Ben Faulks works on it as developer, creative, writer and actor.
Ben Faulks grew up in Cornwall before heading north to train at Bretton Hall School of Dance & Drama. After graduating in 2001 in theatre acting, he moved to Manchester to set out as an Actor & Writer. Manchester was the perfect place to get started and no doubt instrumental in the development of his work.
Early projects included a leftfield trilogy of one-man shows performed under the name of Jonathan Pram that played at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact Theatre, Green Room and beyond. Then, with the help of the MCR based organisation X-Trax, Ben established Plunge Boom, a Street Theatre Company producing interactive theatre shows such as the Troll Kitchen & the Vegetable Nannies.
This then lead onto the pitching, development and subsequent commissioning of Mr Blooms Nursery for CBeebies, which in turn was the first children's show out of the BBC after the relocation to Media City, Salford Quays.
MR BLOOM ONE MAN SHOW
A firm favourite with all the family and always a big crowd-puller, Ben Faulks brings Mr Bloom and his loveable group of Veggies to the live stage with a high-energy extravaganza of singing, dancing, story-telling and music from the TV show. It's 30 minute of fun and education that is guaranteed to have all the children (and perhaps a few mums and dads) singing, dancing and joining in.
The show can be performed on big festival stages or scaled down for the classroom. Perfect for festivals, shopping centres, schools, family fun days and Christmas light switch-ons.
Ben is always happy to remain after the show for a meet a greet with his fans, sign autographs and pose for photos.
Informal planting sessions with small groups of children can also be arranged.
MR BLOOM AND HIS BAND
At the end of a long day’s gardening and once the veggies are asleep, there's nothing Mr Bloom likes to do more than get together with a few friends on the allotment and play some songs in his shed. In fact, it's so much fun he's decided to take his Band out and about...
Mr Bloom & His Band are guaranteed to get families dancing and singing. The show features all the musical hits from the TV shows as well as numerous cheeky covers including Queen, Guns n Roses & Vanilla Ice. There’s plenty of audience participation led by Mr Bloom’s trademark humour, along with a special guest appearance from ‘Peggy the Dancing Bean’, (cue the ABBA cover).
They can be unplugged or plugged to suit the occasion at hand. Duration tailored to suit your requirements but typically 45 minutes.
Amazing! Mr Bloom very friendly!” “We love Mr Bloom!
Mr Bloom was great thank you. All parents, teachers, Governors and especially children, thought that he was amazing. It was a lovely low key event and a great success, so thank you for your help with the booking.
Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom) was lovely to work with, the kids loved him and so did the parents. His stage show is perfect for a family event as it is lively and also engages children with gardening and healthy eating!
We were all very excited to welcome Mr Bloom – he's a firm favourite with all the family and educated youngsters of the healthy benefits of growing fruit and vegetables at home.
I'm just back in the office today after the Christmas Lights Switch On. Ben Faulks aka Mr Bloom did an excellent show... There were over 10,000 people at the switch-on... Please pass on our sincere thanks to Ben as he was a key highlight for the show and it woudn't have been nearly so well received without him.
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