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FOR ALL YOUR ENTERTAINMENT NEEDS

VRA Entertainment is a production and events company based in Christchurch, Dorset.

We offer top quality entertainment, a friendly service and value for money.

Together with a host of highly experienced industry professionals and contacts, we specialize in creating and sourcing innovative and exciting entertainment for a range of venues and budgets.

 

With a friendly professional approach and an excellent eye for detail our aim is to grow a concept into a memorable experience, with visionary ideas, exceptional logistics and first-rate talent. 

  

We love where we live and we hope our entertainment services 

provide something unique and special for everyone, in Dorset, Hampshire and beyond.

BEN GOODRIDGE

Managing Director

Ben has been involved in the entertainment industry in one form or another for as long as he can remember. He began performing from the tender age of three and hasn’t really looked back! 

Ben’s professional career spans over twenty years in Theatre, Film, Television and Voice Over and, like Emma, his adventures have taken him all over the world, performing to audiences from Lands End to John O’Groats and as far afield as the United Arab Emirates and Syria. While his main focus has been performing, Ben has an abundance of experience in managing production logistics, teams of people, stage management, theatrical production and directing. His years spent touring with some of the biggest names in family entertainment throughout the UK have given him invaluable knowledge into adapting theatre shows, products and events to innumerable venues and performance spaces,  both indoor and out to the highest possible standards, often with limited time and budget.

Before fulfilling his “calling” and entering into the world of professional entertainment, Ben had a short career in retail management working for some of the UK’s biggest retailers. It was here that he learnt some vital lessons, not only about personnel management but also about the upmost importance of customer service, focus and satisfaction. Being able to utilize these skills within the entertainment industry has been paramount to Ben’s continued success. 

Since his arrival back on the south coast, Ben has been involved with the Arts University Bournemouth’s production of Oh! What a Lovely War!, assisting the production team to deliver a unique experience never tried before and obtaining excellent results.  

Originally hailing from Hastings, East Sussex Ben then spent nearly ten years living in London. Having now re-located to this beautiful part of the world Ben is delighted to be back by the seaside with his family, hoping to give his young son all the benefits that he was fortunate to have growing up.

EMMA GOODRIDGE

Administration & Marketing

Over the past two decades, Emma has clocked up a wealth of experience in the world of entertainment, a career which has taken her all over the United Kingdom and on occasions, around the World. 

After beginning her professional career as an Assistant Stage Manager, she went on to train at Italia Conti in London, graduating with a 1st class BA (Hons) Acting. Following her graduation, Emma worked regularly as a Performer, Director, and Voice Over Artiste before turning her hand and her heart to production, administrating for The Production Suite and as a Creative Producer for Pantoni Pantomimes.

In 2013 Emma began working for the Ambassador Theatre Group at one of their production companies: First Family Entertainment. In her role with the company Emma worked with many high-profile artistes, coordinating marketing and artiste logistics and working on ten large-scale theatre productions a year. Emma also oversaw the organisation of the fundraising for the company, raising over £100,000 for the children's charity, When You Wish Upon A Star; something she is very proud of.

Over three years ago, she took a career break to have her son, but is really enjoying helping her husband Ben to bring this new entertainment venture to life.

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