Review-Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles,

Brewhouse arts centre, Burton.

Should you be lucky enough to be visiting the Edinburgh Fringe this year try to make time to go and see The Alleyne’s Fringe Project’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The project brought their show, adapted by Tim Kelly, to the Brewhouse for two nights.
It is a fast-paced, original adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale which sees Sherlock Holmes and Watson pit their wits against the fearsome beast of Dartmoor and a cunning murderer.
Although the audience was fairly small they made up for it in their appreciation of this young group of actors who pulled out all the stops to entertain us.
From Holmes and Watson’s 100-mile-an-hour arrival at Baskerville Hall to the, if you’ve read the book or seen one of the many films, final familiar denoument the plot races along.
The cast are all excellent but one is compelled to say that George Edwards’ Sherlock lifts the tempo when he is on stage. His playing contains the required maniacal energy that has been brought to the role recently by both Jonny Lee Miller and Bendedict Cumberbatch.
If there were to be a criticism I would ask that the cast learn that they do not have to move all the time; that stillness can be a virtue.
All in all a thoroughly entertaining show and I hope they do well in Edinburgh with The Space UK in Venue #45. The will be performing eight times between August 1 and 9 (no show on August 3).
The Alleyne’s Fringe Project is a group of aspiring actors, technicians, musicians and artists within the Uttoxeter area who have a passion for theatre.
They have used their mini-tour to raise funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Trust based in Staffordshire.
Burton and District Arts Council is delighted to have been able to help towards their visit to the festival with a grant from out funds.
Should you wish to find out more about this talented group or help support their performances at the Fringe then you can contact them at: or visit their website at

Bill Pritchard

Open Exhibition Award Winners.










The Mayor of East Staffordshire and President of BADAC Cllr. Michael Rodgers has formally opened the East Staffordshire Open Art Exhibition at the Brewhouse.

Awards were presented as follows:











 Young Peoples BADAC Prize £50 to Sarah Wilson – Shoe.












ESBC 3D Prize £100 to Diana Cole – Necklace












BADAC £100 Prize Steph Trethowen – Trees.











ESBC Innovation Prize £100 to Heather Horsley – Fish











Music for the evening was provided by River Chickens.

 Over the coming weeks visitors have the opportunity to vote for “The Peoples Prize” which is awarded when the exhibition finally closes on May 10th.

The East Staffordshire Open Exhibition of Arts and Crafts.

The East Staffordshire Open Exhibition of Arts and Crafts.

 The exhibition organised by Burton and District Arts Council’s (BADAC) and East Staffs Arts Development Team will be on at The Brewhouse Arts Centre from April 4th to May 10th.

 The exhibition embraces all the creative work going on in East Staffordshire; it doesn’t matter if people are just starting out, creating art as a pass time or are professional artists; we encourage them to submit work.

 As well as getting the opportunity to exhibit and potentially sell work, there is also a selection of prizes to be won; ‘BADAC prize’, Innovation Prize’, ‘3D Prize’. The ‘Young Person’s Award’ sponsored by BADAC is open to young people aged 11 to 16 years. The ‘People’s Choice’ Award is voted for by people visiting the exhibition and awarded at the end of the exhibition.

 Join us at the exhibition for a glass of wine, some acoustic music and presentation of awards.

 Exhibition Award Evening

Thursday 10th April 2014

6.30 – 9 pm ( Presentations 7.00 pm )

At The Brewhouse Arts Centre

BADAC Spring Newsletter Published

In the BADAC Spring Newsletter, out now, we touch BASE with Peter Bourne, find out how the vice-chairman of Mellows is helping restaurateurs increase their business and hear what a village choir has planned for its 50th anniversary.
Along with this you can also find out which Burton drama school has a date in Germany, who won what at the Eleventh Burton Competitive Vocal Festival and who has been shortlisted for the Van Lawrence Prize.
If you would like a copy of the online newsletter sent to your inbox every quarter please email

CLICK HERE for our Newsletter Page.

Bill Pritchard

Buy One Get One Free Ticket Offer

BADAC members are entitled to a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free ) offer on tickets to Wednesday 2nd April’s performance of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)’at the Brewhouse.

Tickets cost £16.00 and concessionary tickets are £14.00.

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Thanks to James Shaw for the info.

Brewhouse Events – April 2014

Brewhouse Diary –April 2014

Wednesday 2nd April

The Bible: The Complete Word of God: Abridged

The Good Book Just Got Better! It’s apocalypse now as the three cultural guerrillas of The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sights on the good book with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Yes, it’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to final judgment as the bad boys of abridgement tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelt the way it sounds? Whether you are Catholic or Protestant, Muslim or Jew, Atheist or Jedi, you will be tickled by the RSC’s romp through old time religion.

Brewhouse Auditorium 7.30pm £16.00 (£14.00 concessions)


Thursday 3rd- Friday 4th April

Youth Dance Platform

Presented by ESDC

ESDC runs youth dance activity throughout the Borough, and this platform gives our dancers the chance to perform and show off their class routines. Enjoy high energy, high quality dance and celebrate East Staffordshire’s many young dancers.

Brewhouse Auditorium 7.30pm £7.00 (£5.00 concessions)


Saturday 12th April

All England Theatre Festival- Quarter Finals

The only competitive on-going One Act Play Festival in the country. See 6 winning plays from Stoke, Staffordshire and Shropshire in this exciting Quarter Final of 3 plays in the afternoon and 3 plays in the evening followed by adjudication and awards by Ben Humphrey GoDA Adjudicator.

Brewhouse Auditorium 2.00pm & 7.00pm

£8.00 or £14.00 for a double session ticket


Wednesday 16th- Thursday 17th April

The Hound of the Baskervilles

“Fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining.” An original adaptation of Conan-Doyle’s classic by professional, young performers. The Alleyne’s Fringe theatre group are one to look out for.”- Staffordshire Newspapers

Holmes’ most spine chilling mystery set in the desolate landscape of Dartmoor. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse of death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall, and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned Sir Charles to his death? Is Sir Henry’s Relationship with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?

Brewhouse Auditorium 7.00pm £7.00 (£5.00 concessions)


Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th April

Miss Saigon- School Edition

Presented by The Little Theatre Company

LTC Youth is proud to bring you one of the most spectacular and successful musicals of our time. Miss Saigon is an epic and tragic love story of Chris, an American soldier and Kim, a Vietnamese girl during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Separated during the fall of Saigon, their poignant struggle against the forces of war and prejudice are at the heart of Miss Saigon’s story. Do not miss your chance to see this truly great musical.

Brewhouse Auditorium £10.00 (£8.00 concessions. All Matinee tickets £8.00)

Evening performances at 7.30pm, plus matinees on Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm


Wednesday 30th April- Thursday 1st May

Directing Showcase

Presented by Burton & South Derbyshire College

Level 3 Performing Arts acting student’s from Burton & South Derbyshire College will be showcasing their scriptwriting and performance skills. The evenings will blend together an exciting range of snappy plays written by the 2nd year learners which will reveal the joys, inspirations, puzzling questions and life pressures that stimulated their imagination. The 1st year performers will then take these
stimulating stories from page to stage.

Brewhouse Bar 7.00pm £7.00 (£5.00 concessions)


Brewhouse Arts Centre,
Box Office 01283 508100


Thanks to James Shaw for the info.

Anne Lee School of Speech and Drama

Thursday 20th March @ 7pm, Rangemore House DE14 2ED

A Night of Conversation & Presentation, by the Thursday evening students.

Tickets £4 including refreshments, are available on the night.

 In addition….

The Anne Lee School of Speech and Drama is pleased to announce a new class for ‘budding little stars’ taken by Harriet Toal.

 Every Wednesday from 4.00pm – 4.45pm. for ages 4-7 years for boys and girls.

The class includes poetry, drama performances,music, confidence building, movement, puppetry, singing.

 Rangemore House DE14 2ED

For further information:-

Tel: 01283 517094


Principal Mrs Anne Lee-Draycott Cert. Ed. A.C.S.D.

Central School London | Trinity London Examiner

Mellows – Oh What a Lovely War

 The Mellow Dramatics are pleased to announce their next production:

Oh What a Lovely War,

coming to the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton on Trent in May 2014.


We are reviving Joan Littlewood’s satirical musical to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

When performed according to Littlewood’s specifications, Oh What a Lovely War looks like a Pierrot show – one of those seaside concert parties in front of which generations of British holidaymakers licked ice cream and ignored the wind. Every early 20th-century resort had one, staffed by a gang of all-round entertainers in the pom-poms and pantaloons of the sad-faced clown.

Our production of Oh What a Lovely War borrows the clothes and the organising principle: our actors play many parts – soldiers, generals, suffragettes, politicians, profiteers and spies, parading before you, the audience, in a series of quick-fire scenes.

You will enjoy a musical packed full of familiar songs such as ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up Your Troubles’ and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ from the First World War era, as well as other familiar tunes. Oh What a Lovely War is a powerful comment against war in general and its message remains relevant to modern audiences.

The first act is designed to draw the audience in with the sentimentality of the songs, as the first explosion does not take place until the end of Act 1 during ‘Goodbye…ee’. Act 2 then brings the reality of war to the production.

Oh What a Lovely War at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton

13th – 17th May 2014

For more information go to

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
(plus Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)
Tuesday and Saturday Matinee: £10.00
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings: £12.00
Family/Small Group Offer: Buy 4 tickets and get a 5th one free on tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday Matinee shows

Box Office – 01283 508100

Thanks to Natalie Veasey for the info.

RoDSEC – Buffalo Gals

 Rolleston on Dove Special Events Committee (RoDSEC)


Buffalo Gals

Sunday 6th April 2014

7:30pm Rolleston Club (DE13 9DN)


Another Live & Local special event, supported by Staffordshire County Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council and Arts Council England.

“A feast of fiddle and banjo-led tunes and song in the high lonesome sound of the South Appalachian Mountains. Led by kate Lissauer, a champion American fiddler and dynamic singer, they mix ballads, blues and spirituals with soaring harmonies and dazzling displays of percussive step-dancing” The Word

Buffalo Gals is at the forefront of the American roots music scene in the UK and Europe, and represent a revival of the string band tradition in its most vibrant form. Their intoxicating style, incorporating Appalachian, Blues, Gospel, early Bluegrass, and novelties from the heyday of early country music, is punctuated with the stunning and thrillingly syncopated step-dance that has become one of their trademarks. Combining a love of traditional sounds with an enthusiasm for fresh arrangement and a talent for lively entertainment, they appeal to audiences of all ages and types, whether they be aficionados of old-time country music or completely new to its charms.

The visual and musical appeal of their performances, as well as their humour and rapport with their audiences, have made Buffalo Gals one of the most highly regarded acts on the roots music circuit

“…so vibrant, exciting and energetic…” Maverick Magazine

Tickets £8.00

Tickets available from RoDSEC members

& Starbucks News 35 Burnside Rolleston on Dove 01283 813122

 Thanks to John Phillips for the info.

Review-History Boys

Carrying the epithet ‘The Nation’s Favourite’ – whether it be a play, poem or person – immediately places an added pressure of expectation on performers’ shoulders.

Last night at the Brewhouse the cast of The History Boys made light of this burden and turned in some tremendous performances that fully did justice to Alan Bennett’s piece and to their acting skills.

Set in a Sheffield grammar school the play deals with a group of sixth formers and their teachers as the boys prepare to sit the entrance exam to Oxford and Cambridge. The play contains strong language and adult themes.

The majority of the action takes place in the classroom with some added filmed scenes, shot by Geoff Thompson, that help move the story through time.

Once again the Little Theatre Company showed that no matter what artistic director John Bowness asks of them they are able to not only rise to the challenge but to bring out performances that will remain in the memory.

The on stage cast of twelve – four teachers and eight pupils – work well to put flesh on the bones of Bennett’s characters and the end result is a fast-paced roller coaster ride through a few months in their lives.

The ‘grown-ups’ – Carol Brown, the only female on stage, Matt Bancroft and Leon Ratcliffe are led superbly by Peter Clemson as Hector, an eccentric teacher who loves knowledge as an end rather than the means to an end.

The ‘schoolboys’ – Alex Gill, Richard Stonier, James Clarke, Tom Kounnas, Tommy Loftus, Daniel Tunks, Tim Robinson and Jack Hawkins – create the sort of ‘gang’ mentality seen in groups of testosterone-fuelled boys who have gone through school together brilliantly well.

Although at times there was much happening on stage none of it distracted from the main action.  A wonderful piece of ensemble work by a cast whose pleasure at being on stage together shone through.

Tickets for Little Theatre Company’s production of The History Boys, are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100. The show is on at 7.30pm every night until Saturday with a matinee on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm.

 - Bill Pritchard