Watch University Of Portsmouth Alumna, Lauren Steadman In Strictly Come Dancing On The Big Screen

The Big Screen Portsmouth — starting this weekend — will screen the BBC One Saturday Night entertainment programme Strictly Come Dancing, supporting University of Portsmouth Alumna, Lauren Steadman.

The University Sports Scholar and World Champion Paratriathlete will dance the waltz with her partner AJ Pritchard on the BBC One show from 6.15pm on Saturday night.

Students and staff have wished University alumna Lauren Steadman the best of luck ahead of her first performance. The video, which can be seen below, features the Vice-Chancellor, Graham Galbraith, Head of Sport and Recreation, Paul Tilley, and students from the Athletic Union. 

Lauren, who completed a Master’s degree in Business and Management at the University, has been a Sports Scholar at the University for the past five years. She recently regained her world title, to add to her six European titles and silver medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The University continues to support Lauren today as part of her quest to win gold at Tokyo 2020.

Don't Miss "Last Night Of The Proms" This Saturday On The Big Screen

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On Saturday, 8 September, the Big Screen will be broadcasting the BBC Two coverage of the Last Night of the Proms, live for the Royal Albert Hall in London from 7:15 PM.

Sir Andrew Davis, the much-loved former Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran steersman of the Last Night, returns to direct the greatest annual party in classical music. The popular nautical theme of traditional favourites by Henry Wood and Thomas Arne is extended in Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, featuring star Canadian baritone Gerald Finley. 

Another British choral classic, Blest Pair of Sirens – honouring the ‘harmonious sisters, Voice and Verse’ – joins Jerusalem in the centenary year of Hubert Parry’s death. 

There’s a dash of Broadway in the touching ‘Soliloquy’ from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, in which the wife-battering Billy finds new eloquence while vowing to change his ways, and a more mischievous streak in Milhaud’s delightful suite Scaramouche. 

Roxanna Panufnik’s new commission rounds off a series of over 40 world, UK or London premieres this season, continuing the forward-looking vision of Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood.

The Big Screen will screen the full programme which will commence from 7:15 PM and finish at 9:00 PM. We ask of those wishing to attend, to bring their own chairs or sit upon the Guildhall steps.

New Series, "The Dog Reporter" Added To The Big Screen

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Today we're adding a new series of videos onto the Big Screen which follows the journey of Buster, a local dog reporter who really is, a good boy!

In the series, the curious reporter travels to many various local businesses, people and charities. Buster interviews each one in a really rather special way on topics such as what they're up to and what they're offering the humans and sometimes dogs of Portsmouth. This includes Southsea Bathing Hut, Aspex Gallery and the Paulsgrove Carnival.

This is a really fun collection of videos that we think will sit perfectly on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square. Dog Reporter is filmed and edited by Familiar Stranger Films, conceived and project managed by Mister Ames and made with help from The Maker's Guild.

You will be able to watch Dog Reporter at 10:19 AM and then every 2 hours after from Friday, 10 August 2018.

A Great Turn Out For The 2018 Royal Opera House Events At The Big Screen Portsmouth

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We're thrilled to share that the Big Screen Portsmouth had one of the highest turn outs in years for the Royal Opera House events, hosted in Guildhall Square. 

Hundreds of you joined us to watch Swan Lake, La Boheme and Don Giovanni from June through to July in 2018. These events took place three times over the summer period and no wonder you all turned out, as the weather seemingly complimented each event.

Additionally this year, the Big Screen offered extra comfort to guests by means of free blow up cushions as well as ponchos to protect them from any rain, if needed. As the weather was stunning each evening, these ponchos will now be kept with us for next year's events.

We also handed out the stunning programme which this year also had a fantastic competition that was being run by The Royal Opera House that would see two guests whisked off to London this December to see The Nutcracker and dinner for two. (Don't forget to post off your entries before those close, if you joined us and are reading this!)

The live streams are organised by the Royal Opera House in partnership with BP who together formed the #BPBigScreens partnership, who beam their performances to many screens located across the UK including Bristol, Swansea, Woolwich and Leeds. The events themselves though are organised by the events team at Portsmouth City Council in partnership with The University of Portsmouth. 

While the season may have drawn to a close with three stunning performances broadcast from London, we're expecting to be able to announce the return of these events for the 2019 season.

Stay tuned to the Big Screen Portsmouth News page for the latest.