Ocho – Christmas Concerts

Local award-winning vocal ensemble Ocho have announced the dates for not one but two Christmas Concerts in the area.


The Selection Box concerts will feature a wonderful mix of Christmas music plus carols old and new.

Ocho, who recently added the Vocal Ensemble first prize at the Biddulph & Moorlands Music festival 2015, to the first prize in the Burton Competitive Music Festival they won earlier this year, are a group of eight singers who just love to sing together.

The first Selection Box is due to take place at St James Church, Barton Under Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8HU, on Saturday, December 5th.

The concert will start at 7.45pm and tickets, priced at £8, are available from members of Ocho, online at http://www.ochosingers.com/ or by calling ensemble member Derek Gardner on 07767 806677.

The group are promising a little something special for this concert – with some new ‘friends’ joining them for a couple of the songs.

If you fancy a bit of O Holy Night, Away in a Manger or Jingle Bells – as well as a few surprises, come along to St James to join in the fun.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to Rainbows Hospice, in Loughborough

The second concert will take place at The Guildhall, in Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ.

The Guildhall is a Grade I listed timber framed building, with the earliest part dating from around 1390 It was once Leicester town hall.

Once again the Selection Box concert starts at 7.45. There will be refreshments available and a donation will be made to the Rainbows Hospice.

For further information about Ocho or to book tickets go to: http://www.ochosingers.com/

Thanks to Bill Pritchard for the info.


UCS – Messiah

Uttoxeter Choral Society

George Frideric Handel


Saturday 14th November 2015


Denstone College Chapel

Tickets £10

01283 732858


Registered Charity No. 1094168

Thanks to Mary Pollard for the info.

BMTC – Wizard of Oz auditions.

The Burton Musical Theatre Company

February 16th – 20th 2016

The Wizard of Oz.



Auditions for Dorothy and Munchkins

Saturday 10th October 2015

at Ferry Street Stapenhill.

Open auditions for Munchkins-Children from age 8 upwards

Open auditions for Dorothy-from age 15 upwards

Call Annette Smith now to register your interest on:

01283 540781



Thanks to Angela Wynne for the info.

Brewhouse October Events & Activities.

Brewhouse October 2015

Chris Ramsey – All Growed Up *SOLD OUT*

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015

Time: 8.00pm Price: £17.50

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Celebrity Juice regular, star of BBC2’s Hebburn, and the man who once got pizza delivered to a moving train embarks on his biggest stand-up tour yet! Following sell-out runs of his last three UK tours, Chris is back with a brand new show for 2015.


Stephanie Parrott School of Dance Showcase

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015

Time: 19:00pm Price: £8.00

A showcase of song and dance featuring pupils of the Midland Youth Theatre and Midland Youth Ballet.


Literature & Film ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ with Dr Jane Mackay

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Time: 12:30 Price: £6.00

Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’

This was Hardy’s second last novel before he returned to solely writing poetry. Beautifully rendering the countryside he called Wessex, the story was prompted by the death of his beloved cousin Tryphena Sparks, and Tess the character Hardy most loved. The scandal surrounding its publication is as much a tragedy as the story of Tess herself.


Mark Thomas-Trespass

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time: 8.00pm Price: £15.00, £13.00 Concessions

Mark uses his trademark mix of theatre, stand-up, journalism, activism and mayhem to ask the question: if the ramblers of the 1930′s were here now what would they do to open up the cities?  Mark sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk. No-one knows quite where this show is going to end up so join him on his journey!


Doreen Grey: Lip Service

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015

Time: 19:30 Price:

£12.00 , £10.00 concession

Doreen Gray has it all, her own radio show, a high ratings lifestyle programme Up Sticks & Away on Even More 4 and of course her famously youthful looks which rank her up there in the National Treasure list alongside Lulu & Sir Cliff. But how does Doreen stay so young? When she is invited to a school reunion, the headmistress dusts off Doreen’s portrait to reveal a dark secret


Working in Titanium With Lynn Bartlett

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm Price: £85.00 (including materials & lunch)

A one day course exploring a range of techniques from preparation to decoration. You will learn about different resist methods and about colouring of titanium sheet using a gas torch to produce your own design


Andy Fairweather Low

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015

Time: 20:00pm Price: £20.00pm

The legend that is Andy Fairweather Low comes to the Brewhouse for the first time for an evening of superb live music with his band The Low Riders. He first came to prominence as the lead singer of Amen Corner where his hits included Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy and If Paradise is Half As Nice. Andy has also worked with just about every major artist there is, including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Roger Waters


Brewhouse Lates: 1970′s storytelling soiree

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 19:00pm – 21:00pm Price: £5.00

Dig out your flares and your tank tops for our 1970′s Storytelling soiree, inspired by the Story Wells project. Come and join us for cheese and pineapple sticks, a glass of white and fabulous folk tales and anecdotes told by award winning Storytel


Sean Kelly Live

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Time: 20:00pm Price: £15.00, £13.00 concessions 16+

Auctioneering star of the TV show, Storage Hunters, Sean Kelly found fame through stand up comedy. Now he brings his live comedy debut to the UK! Sean is a fascinating guy, he’s been a Sales Trainer, Publisher, TV Presenter, Producer, Motivational Speaker and has even served in Iraq! The show will end in an auction for charity with items bought along by the audience.


King King

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Time: 20:00pm Price: £16.00, £18.00 OTD

Winners of an incredible 7 awards at the 2014 British Blues Awards (including Best Band for the third year running), the amazing and quite frankly awesome King King pay their first visit to Burton for the very first night of their latest UK tour for a stunning night of original rock & blues. Plus support TBC.



Open Mic Night: Soundstage Project

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 7.00pm Price: £1.00

More impressive local talent come to the Brewhouse. 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, come along and enjoy this famous evening. You just have to turn up and put your name down. But it’s first-come-first-served so get there early.


Introduction to Enameling with Tamizan Savill

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm Price: £85.00 (including materials)

An intensive one day course where you will learn the basics of enamelling on to copper and silver, using a range of sifting, sgraffito and stencilling techniques, for both torch and kiln firing methods


Brewhouse Family Fun Day: Our Teachers a Troll

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time: 11:30am – 1pm Price: £4.00, £10.00 (includes tickers to Our Teachers a Troll)

Join us for a morning of fun drop-in activities the whole family can enjoy. Make a Lego Troll, Monster mask mayhem plus storytelling activities for everyone to get stuck in to with a few fairytale surprises along the way.


Newcomers Ukulele Class

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Time: 18:00pm – 19:00pm Price: £5.00, £4.00 concessions

Always wanted to have a go at playing the Ukulele? Well now you can! This six week course will provide a fun and friendly introduction for those new to this to this quirky and infamous instrument.


Robert Newman: The Brain Show

Date: Friday, October 30, 2015

Time: 20:00 Price: £15:00 (concession £10:00)

After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in love, Rob emerges with more questions than answers.  Can brain scans read our minds? Are we our brains?


Pewter Casting with Anna Roebuck

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm Price:

£85.00 (including materials & lunch)

A one day introduction to casting in pewter using various techniques including making moulds, delft clay casting and cuttlefish casting.


The Madhouse Presents: Henry Priestman & Loved Up Les

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time: 20:00pm Price: £10.00, £12.00 ONT

Henry’s album, The Last Mad Surge of Youth, is a brilliant album.


In the Gallery:-


Paul Hodson Walker: Contrast

Gallery Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 to Saturday, October 17, 2015

Paul, a local self-taught photographer, has worked on many successful projects and has exhibited his work at a number of locations, always being well received.


Joward Johnson: Sarawasti, Mist and Light

Gallery Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 to Saturday, October 17, 2015

Inspired by a chance opportunity and a long standing interest in Asian Culture this project was born.


Midlands Potters Association: Firewall

Gallery Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 to Saturday, November 21, 2015

‘An inspiring exhibition of work produced by The Midlands Potters Association in a range of clays, glazes and ceramic techniques.’


Workshops :


DJ Labs

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Price: £5.00, £4.00 (concessions)

If you’re interested in learning to DJ, would like to expand your knowledge of music and enjoy being around people that share your passion then come and join our monthly workshops


App Labs

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 19:00pm – 20:30pm. Price: £5.00, £4.00 concessions

Learn how to create fun and digital media such as music, video, photography and graphics using different Apps available on smart phones and tablets.


Make it Mondays

Date: Monday’s

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Price: £1.00 , (Accompanying adult FREE)

We know keeping young pre-schoolers occupied can be quite a challenge! Our range of creative activities are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face, whilst providing them with the opportunity to learn.



Date: Thursday’s

Time: 09:30am – 10:30am Price: £4.00, £1.00 for each additional sibling, Accompanying adult FREE

A session especially for pre-schoolers. Fantastic music and movement sessions for children from 4 months upwards and their grownups to enjoy together. Classes are fun, informal, support children in all areas of their development and are led by experienced practitioners, so come along sing, dance and let yourself go!

Every Thursday during term time Age 4 months +


Brewhouse Family Fun Day: Our Teachers a Troll

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time: 11:30am – 1pm Price: £4.00, £10.00 (includes tickers to Our Teachers a Troll)

Join us for a morning of fun drop-in activities the whole family can enjoy. Make a Lego Troll, Monster mask mayhem plus storytelling activities for everyone to get stuck in to with a few fairytale surprises along the way


Trinity Warriors Academy

Date: Thursday’s

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm ages 6-10 (beginners) & 6:00pm – 7:30pm ages 11+ (improvers) Price: £5.00

We are delighted that The Trinity Warriors are bringing their Academy to Burton. The Trinity Warriors are one of the leading Breakdance Crews, specialising in freestyle break-dance, coupled with clever choreography and explosive acrobatic skills.


Choose to Move

Date: Tuesday’s

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am Price: £2.00

Come and join Choose to Move.

This new session will aim to improve the condition of your heart and lungs as well as testing your balance and co-ordination. These dance based classes are taught in a relaxed and supportive environment, aiming to improve the condition of your heart and lungs, as well as balance and co-ordination.

A great fun way to take those first steps into exercise.


Photography Lab

Date: Monday’s

Time: 14:00pm – 16:00pm Price: £5.00, £4.00 concession

If you enjoy taking pictures, or would like to take better pictures then join us for a relaxed meet up. If you have a DSLR camera or smart phone you can learn useful tips and tricks to have more fun with your photography.



Date: Tuesday’s

Time: 13:00pm – 14:00pm. Price £5.00 (including materials)

Join local knit and crochet designer, Lime Green Lady, for weekly crochet workshops in the Cafe Bar. Learn to crochet and improve your skills in this friendly group who tackle a new theme every 6 weeks.



Day: Wednesday’s

Time: 1pm-2pm Price: £2.00

A fun dance class for adults with learning disabilities.

Come and improve your fitness and co-ordination whilst socialisig and meeting new friends.


Choose to Move

Day: Tuesday’s

Time: 10:30 -11:30am Price: £2.00

Come and join”Choose to Move” designed for our more “mature movers” these gentle dance based classes are taught in a relaxed and supportive environment, aiming to improve the condition of your heart and lungs, as well balance and co-ordination.  A great fun way to take those first steps into exercise



Day: Wednesday’s

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm Price: £2.00

Rebalanced is a creative movement session aimed at people over 65 with mobility issues. It offers an enjoyable way to build upon strength, balance, flexibility and co-ordination. These sessions are mainly seated and provide a safe, social and fun environment to build confidence and physical activity. We ask that all participants are self caring or bring along somebody to assist and join in the fun.



Day: Monday & Wednesday

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm Price: £4.00

Learn the coolest dance styles to the hottest tracks, gain confidence, fitness and flexibility Classes are taught in a relaxed and fun environment and are a great way to get fit and make new friends. No experience necessary, join any time


BYD – Burton Youth Dance

Day: Wednesday’s

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm Price: £50.00 per term

The Brewhouse runs a dance development programme throughout the Borough giving opportunities to work with professional dance artists throughout the year. The Brewhouse is also home to Burton Youth Dance, BYD provides further training and performance opportunities to company members.

For further information please contact Dance Worker. Kayla Howell 01283 508457


Thanks to Nathan Gallagher for the info.

Oklahoma! – Review

Oklahoma! The Mellow Dramatics, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton

There are some excellent individual performances on display in the Mellow Dramatics production of Oklahoma! at the Brewhouse this week.
Chief among these is Andrew Warner as Curly McLain who sings his heart out from before he actually steps on stage. Making his entrance from a side aisle we hear Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ before we even glimpse the leading man.
He is ably abetted by Helen Donnelly’s Aunt Eller, along with Rachel Wallis as his love interest Laurey Williams. The other couple whose on/off love affair is charted during Oklahoma! – Ado Annie and Will Parker played by Hannah Parker and Rhys Jones – provide many of the comic moments that lighten the events in the show. They are ‘assisted’ in their endeavours to find true love by Ali Hakim, slickly played by Calum Launchbury.

For me however, the person that caught the attention was Joe Bromfield – I don’t think I have seen a more sociopathic Jud Fry than the performance he delivered.
The dance numbers were lively and the 15 minute dream ballet sequence caught the eye.

There were times – such as the build up to the title song – when some of the dialogue was difficult to hear and I felt that opening night nerves may have slowed the pace of the show down.
However, the Mellows prove once again that while they are able to bring new work to Brewhouse audiences, such as Honk! and Bad Girls, they still retain the ability to bring new life to old favourites.

Oklahoma! continues at the Brewhouse arts centre until Saturday with performances at 7.30pm every night and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

For ticket details contact the Brewhouse box office on Burton 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

Mellows – Oklahoma

The Mellow Dramatics present


Oklahoma! was the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and marked a revolution in musical drama. The show features classic songs such as ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’,’I Can’t Say No’ and it’s tittle song ‘Oklahoma!’ This musical is a treat for all the family, full of wonderful songs and lively dance routines; there is lots of comedy to enjoy, as well as a love story or two.

Brewhouse: September 15th -19th , 2015 – 19:30

Price: £10.00/£12.00 (Saturday Evening)

Brewhouse Box Office: 01283 508100

Theatre Cats Celebrate Exam Success

Burton Stage School Students Celebrate Exam Success For 7th Year Running

Fifty children from the Burton, Swadlincote and Derby areas are celebrating after passing their speech and drama exams with flying colours.

The children aged between five and 16 from Theatre Cats Stage School which has classes in Burton, Newhall and Mickleover took drama exams run by Trinity College London and every student passed.

They had to prepare monologues, mimes, recite poetry, discuss their chosen work and engage in story-telling to pass the exams. Some even had to write their own pieces and improvise during their exams.

The exam process was purely optional for every student and 50 decided to take the plunge.

Theatre Cats principal Catherine Budworth said: “The weekend of exams ranging from grade 1-8 in speech and drama and acting skills were a huge success with every student achieving the required pass-mark.”

“The children and their parents were absolutely thrilled when we gave them the news. We look forward to presenting the certificates to the students in September. We are really proud of our students – they have all worked so hard.”

Theatre Cats offers theatre classes for five to 16 year olds in Staffordshire and Derbyshire and they will also be opening classes for adults and pre-school children soon.

The children have just started rehearsals for their upcoming musical in December – Honk! A musical tale about the story of the ugly duckling and finding out that being different is ”eggciting.”

Although several Theatre Cats classes are already full, enrolment is now open for available September classes. More information as well as a coupon for a free taster class is available by calling 01283 337953 or emailing info@theatrecats.co.uk.

Thanks to Bill Pritchard / Cat Budworth for the info.

Brewhouse-Sight, Sound and Social

We hope you can make it along to the latest Sight, Sound and Social on Thursday 10th September at The Brewhouse; a free event, just drop in anytime between 7 and 9pm.

This is a chance to view our latest exhibitions and meet the artists who created them whilst enjoying some live entertainment and maybe a drink from our cafe/bar.

October’s Sight Sound and Social supports our exhibitions:

- Paul Hodson-Walker: ‘Contrast’ in The Bar Bistro Gallery

- Howie Johnson: ‘Sarawasti, Mist and Light’ in The Loft Gallery

- The Association of Contemporary Jewellers: ‘Sleight of Hand’ in The Craft Cases.

Our musical backdrop will be provided by Peter Goodyear on Sitar and Andrew Faint accompanying him on Tabla. Peter is returning for a second Sight Sound and Social as his music was so well received last time; visitors commented on what a great atmosphere the music created and how nice to hear something different.

In addition to this, we’ve free taster sessions for our forthcoming workshops.We have our App Lab, Photo Lab and DJ Lab workshops as well as taster sessions in Crochet, Dress making and Ukulele to sample throughout the evening.

Thanks to Anna Roebuck for the info.

Anne Lee Open Day – Enrolment

Anne Lee School of Drama


Open Day and Enrolment


Little Stars, Youth Drama, Drama for all Ages


Communication Studies, Interview Techniques and Confidence Building


Saturday 5th September 2015-10.00am to 12.30 pm

At the school:

3 Friars Walk, Adjacent to Market Place, Burton on Trent, DE14 1HS

Tel: 01283 517094

Email: anneleeschoolofdrama@btconnect.com

Thanks to Colin Draycott for the info.

Brewhouse Events September 2015

Brewhouse Performances September 2015

Literature Talk and Film ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ with Dr JaneMackay

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – 12:30

Price: £6.00 (plus discount lunch)

Time: 12:30pm

Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’

This 1952 novella draws on the years Hemingway spent living in Key West in Florida and fishing in the Gulf. Based on a true story about a Cuban fisherman and his solitary battle with a great marlin, this is the book that resorted Hemingway’s flagging reputation and contributed to his getting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Come and enjoy this life-affirming book. (plus discount lunch)



Sam Sweeny’s Fiddle: Made in the Great War

Date: Thureday, September 3, 2015 – 19:30

Price: £15.00, £17.00 OTD

Time: 19:30

Join us for an extraordinary evening of music and storytelling by the great Sam Sweeney who is the violinist from folk super-group Bellowhead. As well as including some staggeringly poignant, beautiful and also stirring world class live music, the show also tells the incredible story of Sam’s violin, which was made in 1915 by Richard Howard who died in 1916 in the First World War.


The Mellow Dramatics: Oklahoma

Date: September 15th -19th , 2015 – 19:30

Price: £10.00/£12.00 (Saturday Evening)

Time: 7.30pm

Oklahoma! was the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and marked a revolution in musical drama. The show features classic songs such as ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’,'I Can’t Say No’ and it’s tittle song ‘Oklahoma!’  This musical is a treat for all the family, full of wonderful songs and lively dance routines; there is lots of comedy to enjoy, as well as a love story or two.


Tom Adams: Howl at the Moon

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 – 20:00

Price: Pay as you go

Time: 8:00pm

It’s July 1969. The Apollo 11 Rocket is going to the moon and on board are Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Two of them are destined to be the most famous men on the planet. You are about to meet the third… As Michael visits the dark side of the moon, out of radio contact with the rest of humanity, he has 60 minutes to think about home and the nature of existence…



O’Hooley & Tidow Summat’s Brewin’ Micro Tour

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015 – 20:00

Price: £10.00

Time: 8:00pm

Join much-loved Yorkshire folk duo, Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow as they travel the land in Birgitte; their trusty old camper van, to play 30 micro gigs in 30 real ale venues. Known for their exquisite harmonies, sublime musicality and cheeky northern banter, the duo will perform a new show of contemporary and traditional drinking songs in celebration of real ale, real music and real people, in really intimate venues.


The Madhouse Presents: Gary Edward Jones Band

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015 – 20:00

Price: £12.00/£10.00 OTD

Time: 8:00pm

The first time I heard Gary and his band play, I felt the same as I did, the first time I heard Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young ….Yes – he really is that good! His debut album, The Cabinet Maker, is without any shadow of doubt, a masterpiece. Every song has the potential to be a classic; every song is crafted with care; there are no filler tracks here!


Gallery Events:


Sleight of Hand: Association of Contemporary Jewellers Exhibition 2015

The Brewhouse is excited to be the first venue for this year’s exhibition from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery. It’s all about magic: the magic of making, illusions, pulling ideas out of hats and thin air.

Magical, marvellous and mystifying pieces will be on show from 29 jewellers from as far afield as Vienna and Australia, as well as all corners of the UK.

Gallery Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015, to Monday, September 28, 2015


Joward Johnson: Sarawatsi, Mist and Light

Inspired by a chance opportunity and a long standing interest in Asian Culture this project was born.

Howie has worked with new and old friends to create this series of work; applying a variety of layering and texturing techniques to his photographs to create the final images.

Gallery Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 to Saturday, October 17, 2015

 Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

 Thanks to Nathan Gallagher for the info.