Brewhouse Events – Jan 2015

30 Years On Stage

Celebrating 30 years of Burton’s Little Theatre Company and its upcoming 100th production, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, in June 2015. We also look back at its history as part of Burton’s former School of Speech and Drama.

7th January to 24th January Gallery Exhibition.

‘Sight Sound and Social’: 8th January 7pm – 9pm Gallery


Open Mic Night – with Sound Stage Project

Back by popular demand, The ‘Soundstage Project’ is proud to announce another live music event.
This is an open mic night for all musicians wanting to perform. Whatever your style, whatever your ability, if you want to perform live to an audience of passionate music fans, get involved. You just have to turn up and put your name down. But it’s first-come-first-served so get there early.
‘Soundstage Project’ is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers with the aim of nurturing local musical talent and creating a social network for musicians in Burton and surrounding areas. If you like the idea of a thriving music scene in your home town, get involved.

Friday 9th January 6.30pm £1.00 Bar


Brewhouse Workshop Open Day

We are throwing our doors open and welcoming you to the Brewhouse! If you are a new visitor or one of our regulars, we would like to give you an opportunity to come and try out our Active Brewhouse programme for FREE!!

A plethora of taster workshops will be on offer; try out a dance session with your two year old or create a crocheted character – we really do have something for everyone!

Saturday 10th January 10.30am FREE Studios


The Mellow Dramatics Presents: Copacabana

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl…So begins the saga of Lola and Tony in a Broadway-style musical fantasy. Songs by Barry Manilow, dazzling costumes and sensational choreography will give you an evening that leaves you breathless.

Join the Mellow Dramatics whilst they take you through a story of love, hope and dreams with a splash of danger and plenty of pizzazz!

‘There was blood and a single gunshot, but just who shot who?!

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 January

7.30pm each evening and Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm

Tuesday and Saturday matinee: £10.00
All other performances: £12.00

Buy 4, get a fifth free on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat Matinee shows



Darkside, performs: The Pink Floyd Show

Acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute makes its first visit to the Brewhouse with spectacular light and laser show with projected images and of course a passion for the music of Pink Floyd. One half of the show will be dedicated to the whole of the Dark Side of the Moon album.

Saturday 24 January 8.00pm £15.00



The Madhouse presents: Ben Stancome

Ben has provided pre-performance support for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Paulo Nutini, The Kings of Leon and the Saw Doctors.

He is a singer songwriter with true soul. Just check out his version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ on YouTube and you’ll understand what that means!

Saturday 31 January

8.00pm £9.00 in advance and £10.00 on the door. Bar


Classic Film Club Afternoon

Do like to watch a good film? We do as well. We will be holding a weekly classic film afternoon for members of the ‘Brewhouse Film Club’. We will be screening movie classics from mainstream holiday to art house greats. Films will be chosen from the Film 4 – 100 Must-See Films of the 21st Century. A great watch guaranteed.

1st Friday each month 1.00pm FREE


 Brewhouse Box Office Tel: 01283 508100

Brewhouse online booking portal CLICK HERE


Thanks to James Shaw and Nathan Gallagher for the info.



The 2015/16 edition of the BADAC Directory, produced jointly with ESBC Arts, has been published.

Printed copies are available to collect from the Brewhouse box office, Burton Library, and Uttoxeter and Barton-under-Needwood libraries. (Phone venues for availability before making a special journey)

Copies in .pdf format (531kb) are also available to download.

CLICK HERE To Download BADAC Directory.

Thanks go to Margaret Bradshaw, Peter Clemson and Bill Pritchard (BADAC), Dave Topliss (ghost Ltd) , Helen Hardwick and Nathan Gallagher ( ESBC Staff) …..and a very special thanks to Ken Brown (LTC) for all the effort and commitment supporting the BADAC Chair in bringing this project to fruition.

Craft stall at the Farmers’ Market

Tilley Bancroft ( Red Door Studios) and Carol Brown ( Little Theatre Company) have a Craft stall at the Farmers’ Market at Burton Indoor Market on
Thursday 11th December, 9am – 4pm.
We have a huge variety of unique quilted, crocheted and knitted gifts, ideal for a Christmas gift or stocking filler. The Farmers’ Market will be at full capacity with stalls full of wonderful foodstuffs. Please support it and visit the many other stalls or just pop in for a coffee and something tasty to eat from one of the eateries.
Thanks to Carol Brown for the info.

Special offer for Kinesonic

 Special offer for BADAC members (includes members of affiliated societies)

 Kinesonic Evening Performance, Thursday 4th December 6.30pm

 Buy one ticket at the reduced rate of £6.00 and get a free ticket when quoting BADAC KINESONIC at Box Office.

Kinesonic, by Lincolnshire company Vagabond’s Hat, is being performed here on Thursday 4th December at 6.30pm and it really is amazing! It’s a show that includes, theatre, comedy, live music and some incredible circus skills and is suitable for anyone over the age of 5. One of the performers August Dakteris is a world class circus ‘straps’ performer and some of the skills you will see on display are astonishing. It lasts just one hour and tells the tale of 4 unusual characters trying to restart their ramshackle musical engine that is fuelled by imagination, discovery & play. The company describe it as a ‘steampunk fairytale’ and the show is touring all over the UK including here at The Brewhouse.

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Thanks to Nathan Gallagher for the info.

Review – CTC Dear Edwina Jr

Dear Edwina Jr, Cabaret Theatre Company
Brewhouse arts centre,
Guild Street, Burton.

There is a new addition to the local companies to watch out for at the Brewhouse.
Cabaret Theatre Company was formed last year by Sally Everson, principal of the Cabaret Theatre School, to give her senior students the opportunity of performing a musical each year and their debut show at the Brewhouse was a barnstorming success.
Dear Edwina Jr is a little-known show but it is a glorious all-singing all-dancing romp.
The children’s musical by Zina Goldrich (music) and Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics). It is about Edwina Spoonapple, 13, who gives her neighbourhood friends and family advice through musical shows.
Edwina comes from a talented family and because of this she perceives herself to be ordinary.
Yet she has many talents which she uses to give advice to local children through the musicals she organises with her friends.
Her desire is to make it to the ‘Advice-a-palooza’ festival as she feels that will prove she is as talented as her siblings.
Dear Edwina Jr follows her journey through its ups and downs until she realises what is really important to her.
The cast of 20 youngsters, directed by Daniel David Webber and choreographed by Miss Sally showed great poise and professionalism, not to mention style and pizzazz as they took us through the show they put on for the neighbourhood children every Sunday afternoon.
Some of the songs had quite intricate lyrics but they were delivered clearly so the audience was able to catch the wordplay. There were many songs but stand out for me was the first half closer Fork, Knife, Spoon which not only combined a tricky song that had a continuous refrain behind the main duet but also involved the actors brandishing items of cutlery in very close quarters movement and was superbly realised.
The second half did not let up as problems came and were solved by Edwina and her merry band. With Hola Lola and Put it in the Piggy stand out song and dance routines.
A word for Harry Whetton as Scott, one of the two male roles, who gave a great scene-stealing turn as the pig. The company is also looking for more boys to join up for next year’s show.
Every single performer lit up the stage with their presence and there was a wonderful sense of camaraderie projected across the footlights.
A stunning debut by the company on the Brewhouse stage that was thoroughly enjoyable and one that has set a very high benchmark for future shows. It is a pity that there is not a longer run.
Stage manager was a former pupil at the Cabaret Theatre School, Chris Moss.

Bill Pritchard.

Thank-you BADAC – Review

Thank-you BADAC
Brewhouse arts centre,
Union Street, Burton.
A hugely entertaining evening of songs, dance, musical theatre, spoken word, visual art and instrumental entertainment – plus a touch of magic – was performed by past recipients of bursary awards from Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC).
Put together by John and Coral Gould, this fund-raising concert for BADAC gave a few of the many talented performers who have been supported by BADAC the opportunity to show what they have achieved.
The most striking thing, for me, was how the performers showcased in this production have moved on from their bursary-winning presentations. Even those who were bursary winners only this year demonstrated how much they have grown in both stature and belief.
The show’s opener was Wil Pearson, playing piano and singing Mr Bojangles with a voice and a style that belied his years.
In a packed first section Keely Russell caught the eye dancing to both My Lady D’Arbanville and also with her sister Holly in the finale of the half dancing to The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
Also in the first half we had songs from Holly Russell, Shannon Smith, Alisha Khan and Amy Glover and monologues from James Vickers, Tom Pritchard, Libby Cox and Anna Sykes.
Alisha Khan also entertained on the flute, as did Phoebe Hawthorn. Rebecca Fisher introduced a touch of Broadway by singing and tapping her way through 42nd Street.
A strong contender for highlight of the evening was Jack Dent’s magic routine at the start of the second act. He had the auditorium both in stitches – “I’m looking for the most beautiful woman in the audience to help me with this next trick – ok any woman in the audience” – and bemused by his sleight of hand.
Since Jack received his bursary he has studied his chosen craft well and now has a flourishing magic business. He was at pains to point out that he had always wanted to be a magician and that the bursary he obtained enabled him to take up his profession and now he had his own  business and was passing on his skills to the next generation.
Katie Ireland’s number from Legally Blonde was the highlight for me. She didn’t let a technical hitch with her music bother her – and when the track started she just sailed through the song brilliantly. All credit to her for showing a truly professional attitude.
Along with Jack and Katie in the second half, vocally we had Ewan Bourne – always outstanding – Kathryn Monteiro on the cello and Laura Sherratt and Georgia Evans with monologues. Sadly for the audience Emma Monteiro had lost her voice and was unable to perform.
On the visual art front we had artwork from Lucy Halliday and a short film of a work in progress from Sam Pearson.
The evening was brought to a thunderous conclusion by Tom Hawthorn with a drum improvisation.
The Chairman of Burton and District Arts Council, Geoff Thompson, thanked Coral and John Gould for their efforts in organising the evening and wished John a speedy recovery from the ‘flu that had prevented him from attending. He told the performers: “Sometimes, BADAC can feel bogged down and very weary of all the administrative processes involved in operating our annual arts bursary scheme for young people.” “Tonight we have been inspired and feel proud to see the tangible results of your hard work, progress and achievement.” “Thank you for giving us a renewed impetus to continue to support local ambitious, talented youngsters in their efforts to pursue a career in the arts.”
The accompanist was Ania Alecksa.

Bill Pritchard.

Thank-you BADAC- Concert

Thank-you BADAC

Past Bursary Winners perform a Fundraising Concert

At the Brewhouse Auditorium

Monday November 17th at 7.30p.m


The Concert will include Instrumental items, Dance, Singing, Music Theatre, The Spoken Word and someVisual Art.

Tickets available from The Brewhouse £6.00

Box Office 01283 508100

Thanks to John Gould for the info.

Cabaret Theatre Company presents DEAR EDWINA Jr

Saturday 22 November

Cabaret Theatre Company presents DEAR EDWINA Jr.

Join Edwina and her friends in Paw-Paw Michigan’s premier advice giving show, live from the garage! Filled with poignant songs, warmth, and laughter, Dear Edwina is an inspirational musical about the importance of friendship and fun. Suitable for all the family, guaranteed to raise a smile and touch your heart.

2.30pm and 7.30pm £10 Adults £5 Children

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Needwood Singers – Carols by Candlelight



Margaret Langford


Carols by Candlelight

Friday 5th December

7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Yoxall

Sunday 14th December

7.30pm Alrewas Methodist Church, Alrewas

Tickets £8 each – Concessions £6, Under 12yrs free

from 01283 716790 or any member of Needwood Singers or on the door.

Thanks to Jan Whitaker for the info.


Brewhouse Events – December

Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 December

Burton and South Derbyshire College presents Danceworks 14

This event brings together the performance talent from dancers across all levels of Performing Arts from level 1 to Foundation Degree. Learners will be showcasing their skills in different techniques from tap to Jazz, contemporary to urban and everything in between. A night not to be missed!

7pm each evening plus Free schools matinee at 2pm on Tuesday 2 December

Tickets £5 and £8 (Tickets to both £8 and £10) Auditorium


Thursday 4 December

Vagabond’s Hat


At the heart of every piece of music there is a machine that keeps each tune alive. If that machine stops the music is lost forever. Under the bumbling leadership of Victor the Victorian, an unlikely team of 3 workers as odd as the world they live in, must pull together and perform a series of extraordinary tasks in an attempt to restart their ramshackle musical engine. A musical machine fuelled by imagination, discovery and play.

Vagabond’s Hat uses a quirky mix of high skill circus, slapstick comedy and innovative music making, to weave together the uplifting, surreal, steampunk fairytale that is Kinesonic! The Brewhouse is delighted to be welcoming this new and exciting company to Burton for the very first time.

1.30 pm & 6.30pm £8 £6 Concessions and Children

Suitable for ages 5+ and families. Duration approx 60 minutes. Auditorium


Friday 5 December

Into the Shadows

Into the Shadows recreate the unique sounds of The Shadows. From 1960 they had 35 hit records, and were in the UK Charts for 310 weeks. Into The Shadows play all their hits, and perform many of the early Cliff Richards hits when The Shadows were his backing group.

7.45pm £10 Auditorium


Saturday 6 December

The mADhOUSE presents Gary Edwards Jones Band

‘The first time I saw Gary play was as a member of an invited audience in Orchard Studios. And I felt exactly the same as the first time I heard Paul Simon, or Joni Mitchell. Yes…He is that good! This will be the best pre-Christmas present you can give yourself’! – Alan mADhOUSE

 8pm.  £9 in advance £10 on the door Bar


Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 December

Burton and South Derbyshire College presents Dick Whittington

Join BSDC once again for their festive pantomime spectacular. This year they will be following the journey of Dick and his faithful cat to London to seek his fortune! Expect singing, dancing and that good old audience participation for a festive treat for all the family!

7pm each evening plus Free schools matinee at 2pm on Tuesday 2 December

Tickets £5 and £8 (Tickets to both £8 and £10)


Friday 12 December and Saturday 13 December

Stephanie Parrott School of Dance pupils performs Mary Poppins

A family favourite not to be missed!

7pm each evening plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

£8.50 Auditorium


Thursday 18 December

Festivities with Friends

Formerly ‘Coral’s Christmas Concert’, come join us for an evening of Christmas songs and carols to really get you in the festive spirit.

7.30pm £8 Auditorium


Friday 19 & Saturday 20 December

M and M Theatre Products:

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime

Jack is a poor boy who lives in the forest with his mother. One day she tells him that their evil landlord, the evil Squire Bogie, has raised their rent. They are so poor that he must take the cow to market to exchange it for some money to pay the nasty squire. On the way Jack meets an old mysterious women who gives Jack five magic beans in exchange for the cow. On his return, his angry mother throws the beans into the garden…. But we all know what happens next, don’t we?!

With a beanstalk that will grow right in front of your eyes and an actual giant, this funny and exciting story is traditional fun for all the family!

7pm Friday 2.30pm &7pm Saturday

£8 £7 Concession £25 Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) Auditorium



Thanks to James Shaw for the info.