Reallusion Ltd – a new film production company

 Paul Syrstad and Saul Matlock both grew up and still have bases in the Burton area (Paul in Willington, Saul in Swadlincote).

They have just completed principal photography on their latest short film, Rainbowgale; which was also shot in the Burton/Swadlincote area. They have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for festival entries and post-production costs on the film.

You can read a review here:

 Thanks to Saul Matlock for the info.

Brewhouse Events – October


Celebrate and discover Burton’s brewing stories from the 1960’s and 1970’s at the Story Wells of East Staffordshire Festival Weekend.

Friday 3rd October: Exhibition Preview.

Saturday 4th October: Storytelling Performance.

Storytellers Maria Whatton, Peter Chand and Sally Tonge share some real-life Burtonion stories.

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 October Friday 7-9pm Saturday 7pm

Performance £5 for Adults, £3.00 for concessions and Children under 16 go free.



The Lunar Men

Winner of 2013 BASE (British Award for Storytelling Excellence) award for Outstanding Collaboration.

Be transported back to the eighteenth century in this award winning Storytelling and Musical performance by Storyteller Maria Whatton and Musician Sarah Matthews. Meet the genius Eramus Darwin and his Lunar Society friends on a candle lit evening brimming with atmosphere and evocative tales. Extremely humorous, touching and rigorously researched.

Friday 10 October 7.30pm £10 £8 Concessions




With his parents on holiday, Sam’s having a house party. Nothing big, just a few close friends…at least that was the plan until you knocked on the door. Zest Theatre’s groundbreaking , interactive production gives you control of the conversations you listen to through Silent Disco technology. Put on your wireless headphones, step through Sam’s front door and experience the night unfold all around you as you Gatecrash the party!

Wednesday 15 October 6.30pm & 9.00pm £5 (14-17 year olds) £8 (Adults)

Contains strong language Open Auditorium


Stephanie Parrott’s Midland Youth Theatre Company present Sound of Music

Performed by Stephanie Parrott’s Midland Youth Company

Saturday 18 October 7pm £8



Barbed Wire for Kisses

With the passing of the last survivors, the events of the Great War are slipping beyond human memory. In a powerfully moving performance, acclaimed storytellers Hugh Lupton and Nick Hennessey and musicians John Dipper and James Patterson tell the story of ‘the war to end all wars’ through the stories of the families in one small village. Personal accounts of life and death and the memories of families at home open a deeply human window onto the trauma that shaped the 20th Century.

Tuesday 21 October 8pm £10 £8 Concessions



Dance Is Life

After their amazing show in 2012, Charlie’s Angels Dance Academy has decided to take to the stage again. With tracks from loads of different musicals and a Battle of the Boy Bands, you’ll almost want to get up on stage with them!

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October

7.30pm each evening plus Saturday matinee at 2pm

£7.50 Adults £5 Children



Inspiration School of Dance presents ‘DecaDance’

Travel through time with Inspiration School of Dance. A fantastic evening of entertainment from many local talented performers showcasing routines through the years, full of emotion, excitement and enthusiasm. The routines are sure to set your feet tapping, your head bopping and your hands clapping so don’t miss out!

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 October

7.15pm £5



Pat Miller proudly presents Dance Spectacular 2014

Another spectacular showcase of dance starring pupils from the Pat Miller School of Dance. Children and young adults will be dancing their hearts out to some great sounds from the 70s to present day – there is something for everyone to enjoy! It’s guaranteed to get you tapping your feet, waving your arms and singing along!

Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November

Friday & Saturday Evening 7.15pm

Saturday matinee 2.15pm

£9 £8 Concessions



Brewhouse Gallery Events


Storywells’ and ‘What’s Brewing Now’

An exhibition of 2 halves: Downstairs the ‘Storywells’ exhibition explores the history of Burton’s Brewing industry in the 60’s and 70’s through people’s stories. Upstairs; ‘What’s Brewing Now’ people’s photographs explore the impact of the brewing industry on the local landscape now.

29th September to 1st Nov


Sight Sound and Social’ 60’s/70’s Music Night.

Friday 3rd October 8pm til late

Saturday 4th October 5pm – 7pm Exhibition Preview in the gallery



Thanks to James Shaw for the info

HONK – Review

Honk!, the Mellow Dramatics at Burton Brewhouse arts centre.

With music by George Stiles and the book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, Honk! draws upon the fairytale of the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.

This timeless tale is given a fresh impetus by Stiles and Drewe as Ugly, the aesthetically-challenged farmyard fowl – which indeed was the title of the show when it first opened – finds first his feet and then his feathers as he turns into a swan.

Drewe believes that this allegory is something that we all can relate to with its main theme of the acceptance of others as they are and not just because they appear to be the same as us.

It is a challenging show in terms of getting us to look at prejudice and also in terms of the lyrics. Unless you are familiar with the piece – or the general works of Stiles and Drewe – you can miss a lot of the humour in the lyrics. It does pay to concentrate to get the most from it.

Having said that, as the story is so well known the plot can be followed quite easily.

With quite a large cast there is plenty to keep your eyes on, with several numbers involving most of the company.

As ever, with the Mellows, the principals put in a good turn and Helen Donnelly – as Ugly’s mother – is by turn humorous and distraught. Ross Harris, as Ugly, is the star of the show as he manages to convey the desire to fit in without compromising what seems to be an inner nerd he is channelling. He is never afraid to appear physically gawkish and ill at ease with his body.

There is a fine piece of business between Natasha Ingham, as the cat Queenie, and her ‘housemate’ Lowbutt the chicken, played by Susan Huthmacher. These surnames appear more than once in the programme as a new generation takes to the stage to entertain the Burton public which is satisfying to see.

Given the constrictions of the Brewhouse stage Mellows manage several transformations by the clever use of curtains, and credit must go to the designers and production team.

The Mellow Dramatics’ Honk! is on at the Brewhouse arts centre in Union Street until Saturday night. The performance starts at 7.30 every night with a matinee at 2.30 on Saturday.

Tickets are £10 for the Saturday matinee and £12 for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Mellows also have their usual family/small group offer: Buy four tickets and get a fifth one free on tickets for Wednesday, Thursday and the Saturday matinee. To book tickets call the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

Mellows – Honk

The Mellow Dramatics



Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 September

Honk is based on the classic tale of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ telling the story of an odd looking duck called Ugly and the quest to find his mother.

Ida and Drake await the birth of their new brood, but this year the nest ha an unusual egg inside, sure enough it cracks open to reveal an ugly little chick who is nothing like his siblings. He even makes a strange honk noise instead of a quack.

Come and join the Mellows ruffling their feathers and see what adventures await Ugly in this colourful tale.

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

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Thanks to Natalie Veasey & Phillip Ingham Photography

Fun Quiz Night with Little Theatre Company

Fancy pitting your wits against the members of Burton’s Little Theatre Company? The group – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – is hosting a quiz night.

There is still a chance for teams of four to register for what promises to be a fun night at The Brewhouse, Union Street, Burton on Saturday September 6 from 7.30pm.

It costs £30 for a team of four (£7.50 each) which includes a chip butty at the quiz interval. Drinks will be on sale throughout the night in the bar area of the Brewhouse.

There will be prizes for the winning team – and the team that finishes at the bottom of the scoreboard.

To find out more, contact Elaine at before Friday September 5

Thanks to Elaine Pritchard for the info.

Anne Lee School of Speech and Drama

The Anne Lee School of Speech and Drama is in its Silver Year and is proud to announce their new premises. are at:

3, Friars Walk, (Off Market Square, Left at St Modwens Church)

Burton on Trent. Staffs. DE14 1HS



Saturday 6th September from 10a.m. until 1.PM.

All welcome, any age from 4 upwards.

Trinity London Examinations giving Valuable U.C.A.S. to all Students. 100% Pass rate.


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

Central School London | Trinity London Examiner

 Tel: 01283 517094



Brewhouse Events – September

Gallery Preview & Autumn Season Launch

We’re launching the autumn season in style with a night of sight, sound and social. This evening is an opportunity to view our latest exhibitions, meet the artists behind the work whilst enjoying live music. There’ll be wine, soft drinks and nibbles too so we really hope to see you there!

Thursday 4th September

7.00pm FREE

Brewhouse Bar


The Mellow Dramatics present HONK

Honk is based on the classic tale of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ telling the story of an odd looking duck called Ugly and the quest to find his mother.

Ida and Drake await the birth of their new brood, but this year the nest ha an unusual egg inside, sure enough it cracks open to reveal an ugly little chick who is nothing like his siblings. He even makes a strange honk noise instead of a quack.

Come and join the Mellows ruffling their feathers and see what adventures await Ugly in this colourful tale.

Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 September

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



The mADhOUSE presents Amy Wadge

Amy is one of the UK’s most successful female singer-songwriters and regularly collaborates with Ed Sheeran with whom she co-wrote the EP, Songs I Wrote with Amy. She also co-wrote Ed’s recent hit, ‘Thinking Out Loud’. ‘An irresistible, riveting performer’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Saturday 20 September

8pm £9 in advance £10 on the door



One World Studios

presents a fundsraising event for The Old Museum Yoga Centre Project.

Local singer/songwriter Kyle Munsie and guests will be performing live, to raise money towards the Old Museum Yoga Centre, a community yoga wellness and arts centre dedicated to making health and wellness available to all.

Thursday 25th September 7pm

Tickets £9 in advance/£10 on the door.



Jo Caulfield

Award winning comedian Jo Caulfield (Live at the Apollo) makes her first visit to Burton with a hilarious new show in which she examines why anger is always seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, arrogant shop-assistants, emotionally ‘challenged’ men, drunken girlfriends who always pick the wrong partner, and a husband who continually quotes The Godfather, surely having a good rant – and a good laugh – is the only sensible reaction?

Friday 26 September 8pm

£14 £12 Concessions Suitable for ages 16+



Kitten Pyramid Circus

The Brewhouse is delighted to be welcoming back the brilliant Kitten Pyramid, for their family-friendly ‘circus’. Between 11am & 3pm drop in to experience live collaborative art, local artist market stalls and Kitten Pyramid films screened in the cinema all for free! Then come back from 7pm onwards to experience all of the above, plus quirky comedy stand-up from Burton’s Tom Fermor and two sets from Kitten Pyramid in the Auditorium.

Locally grown, Kitten Pyramid have attracted lots of attention from the music media including The Guardian, The Independent, BBC Radio’s 6 Music, Q Magazine and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and have recently received rave reviews from Classic Rock Magazine (8/10) and Mojo (4/5) for their debut album ‘Uh-Oh!’ From quirky lyrics to folksy, beautiful harmonic sounds, all with a touch of Syd Barrett craziness, this is creative rock at its best!

‘Picasso could have been at the controls’ The Guardian

Saturday 27 September

Doors open 7pm £9 in advance £10 on the door

Open Auditorium


Caroline Lowe: Seeing The Surface


Caroline’s paintings explore how we perceive ‘reality’. She explains; “I would like the viewer to question how reading the surface can distort the truth and therefore how much we really know about the world around us if we only judge it by its edited surface”.

15th August to 20th September


The Brewhouse Shop and Craft Cases

The Brewhouse now has a creative and innovative shop space selling a broad range of unique, affordable handcrafted gifts and cards, much produced by local designer makers. If you’re looking for a unique gift for family, friends or a loved one, The Brewhouse shop is the place!

Open throughout the week, items always on sale


Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Thanks to James Shaw for the info.


LTC Youth – Auditions

We’re auditioning….

Opportunity for 14-20-year-olds to join LTC Youth.

Do you know anyone aged 14 to 20 who shares our passion for performing and would like to audition for LTC Youth.

We’re holding an audition day for company membership on Saturday, September 13, at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, in Burton. If you know anyone who would like to be considered, please ask them to email for more information as soon as possible.

Unfortunately we’re not able to see anyone younger than 14 this time.

These are the only youth company auditions we plan to hold before we stage Evita from Tuesday, April 7, to Saturday, April 11, 2015 (including a matinee on Saturday).

 Thanks to Elaine Pritchard for the info.

The Needwood Singers Concert

 The Needwood Singers

(Founded 1972 by Stanley Langford)

Conductor – Margaret Langford



A programme of light music for a summer evening

TICKETS £8 (concessions £6)

children 12 and under free

from Sheila Goodwin (01283 716790),

any member of the choir or on the door

Saturday 27th September 7.30 at

St James’ Church Barton under Needwood

Thanks to Jan Whitaker for the info.

Brewhouse Summer Holiday Activities.

 Brewhouse Summer Academy.

Now into its 3rd year, our unique Summer Academy offers the most

exciting and fun-filled arts experience event in East Staffordshire.


Digital Acadamy

If you have an interest in creating digital music, film or photography or even if you want to give it a go for the first time, then our digital academy is for you.With expert tuition from professionals in music, film and photography, you’ll soon be creating a CD or DVD master piece you can take home to share with friends and family.

7-12 years . COST – £13 per day or £55 for 5 days


21st July & 5th August

Music Production

Ever wondered how modern music is produced? Want to learn how to be able to turn your music recordings into professional sounding tracks? It doesn’t matter whether you’re a budding producer dreaming of being the next Pharrell Williams or or just a music fan wanting to get a behind the scenes insight into how your favourite music is made.

 22nd, 24th July & 7th August

Music Video Production and Dance

Join us and get creative as you make your very own pop video! If you have aspirations to be the next Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran and be a pop sensation we will give you the start you need. Day will consist of creating your track, creating a dance routine and filming it. You will work alongside a profession music producer, dance artist and film maker.

 Friday 25th July

Film Production

Create your own short film using just 5 lines! In this session you have the opportunity to work with our professionals to create script, shoot and edit your very own film!


23rd July, 6th & 8th August

Music & Film Production

combining the best of both our music and film sessions, come along and both a go before deciding whether you want to produce a music track or short film.


World War 1 Academy

28th July – 1st August

rehearsals take place on Monday 4th August.

Here at The Brewhouse Arts Centre we will be commemorating 100 years since World War One by giving you the opportunity to create a piece to be performed in the Brewhouse production of ‘World War 1 in an Hour’. You will spend a week specialising and working with professionals in Music, Dance, Drama and Film as you work towards creating your piece. This will be performed on Monday 4th August at 7.00pm to full auditorium of VIP’s, friends and family.

* You will also have the opportunity to complete an Arts Award. Please contact us for more details.

10-16 years

TIME – 9.30am-3.30pm

COST – £60.00


Chance to Dance

East Staffs Dance Collective is the dance programme run by the Arts Team of the Borough Council, it runs school clubs, weekly classes, youth performance companies and additional projects and workshops throughout the Borough.

ESDC has a team of professional dance artists who work with around 10,000 people a year, aiming to make excellence in dance accessible to all young people in the Borough.

Open Sessions

Tuesday 22 July – Tuesday 26 August

Join us at the Brewhouse Arts Centre every Tuesday throughout the holidays. Classes are relaxed and a great way to get fit whilst having fun, making friends and learning some unique moves to the hottest tracks.

11-17 years

TIME – 10.30am-11.30am

COST – £3.70

BOX OFFICE 01283 508100

Thanks to Nathan Gallagher for the info.


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