BADAC Bursary Awards

Once again the youngsters of the Burton area have demonstrated the vast array of talent we have performing in the town and its surroundings.

Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC) held their annual general meeting at the Brewhouse arts centre on May 20th which was followed by the traditional concert given by some of the young people who have been awarded bursaries by the organisation.

There were representatives of the arts from musical theatre, drama, solo vocalists, accompanied singers, pianists, a flautist and a percussionist. Coral Gould was the accompanist for some of the performers.

The evening’s entertainment was opened by Wil Pearson on piano who sang Come by Me by Harry Connick Jr, a boogie woogie piece that showed off both Wil’s voice and his piano-playing ability.

Next up was Emma Carter with Better from Little Women which she sang very well.

From the world of drama we had Georgia Evans, as Rita, with a well-performed extract from Educating Rita. Georgia was followed by Rebecca Fisher who sang and tapped her way through I Got the Sun in the Morning” from Annie Get Your Gun. I thought that she appeared to have gained in confidence in the past 12 months.

Following on from the tap dancing was Ewan Bourne who sang The Year Turns Round Again, from War Horse, unaccompanied – both moving and mesmerising. Scarlett Marchant then brought musical theatre to the fore again with a good rendition of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita.

James Vickers, who showed his talent on the saxophone last year, chose to entertain us this time with Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair on piano – for which he showed a delicate touch.

Eleanor Skinner was up next with a great rendition of Freddy My Love, from Grease, which was really lit up by her fantastic last note. Jack Broughton led us into Les Miserables with a well-realised Master of the House. He was followed by Katie Ireland performing On My Own from the same show superbly. With even the trickiest of lyrics perfectly audible.

Syrinx by Debussy was the chosen piece by flautist Rebekkah Lycett during which you could have heard a pin drop such was the attention paid by the audience.

Keely Russell gave a great performance of Popular from Wicked and the evening’s entertainment was rounded off by Will Raybould on a snare drum. Leaving BADAC chairman Geoff Thompson to remark that when Will first applied for a grant he was a little boy behind a large drum kit but now he had grown his kit had shrunk.

There was a round of applause during the concert for all of the fine arts bursary winners and at the end of the performances the Mayor of East Staffordshire and President of BADAC, Councillor Ron Clarke presented the bursaries.

It was noted by the BADAC chairman that for many of the recipients it would be their last time at the awards as many of them were going off to universities and onto drama and ballet schools to further their careers in the arts. Chairman Geoff Thompson also paid tribute to the council and the many businesses and groups in the town who donate the funds which enable the BADAC bursaries to continue.

Before the show commenced there was a special presentation of a Burton and District Arts Council Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to Brian Alston in recognition of the voluntary work he has done for both BADAC and the Brewhouse. Brian ran the BADAC volunteer bar for many years, giving up much of his time to maintain what was a vital service for audiences of our own affiliated groups and all the other public events held at the Brewhouse arts centre.

Bill Pritchard.

Story Wells Project

Bygone Burton Talk with Terry Garner

Local historian Terry Garner is giving a new Bygone Burton talk on Saturday 23rd May, 2pm at the Brewhouse Arts Centre. ‘A further look back at Burton’ introduces a new series of local photographs from throughout the 20th Century.

Cost to adults is £1, children free. Seats in the cinema are limited, so all tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the Box Office on 01283 508 100.

Thanks to Zoë K. Millman for the info.

MD – Bad Girls – Review

Bad Girls, Mellow Dramatics, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union Street, Burton
Tuesday, May 12th, to Saturday, May 16th

An enthusiastic audience greeted the opening night of Bad Girls with fulsome applause and much whooping as The Mellow Dramatics brought this original musical to the Brewhouse stage.
Based on characters from the hugely popular and award-winning television drama which was screened on ITV from June, 1999, to December, 2006, this musical is basically about some of theatre’s most popular themes.
There is good versus evil and there is also a love story – ok, it’s not a boy meets girl love story and possibly it’s more lesser evil versus evil than good versus evil but they are familiar themes to anyone who likes a musical.
Bad Girls is set in a fictional prison where a ‘liberal’ governor, Helen Stewart, is trying out the approach of treating prisoners as people not animals in the hope they will respond. However, Stewart, played by Sharon Plummer is up against ‘old school screw’ Jim Fenner, wonderfully portrayed by Andrew Warner.
Backing Fenner in his power struggle with Stewart is fellow warden Sylvia Hollamby, Maria Smith, who brings a spiteful presence.
Ranged against this pair are the prisoners – all claiming they shouldn’t be there, not their innocence, just that they shouldn’t be there.
A death on the wing gives Fenner an opportunity to remove Stewart but can she get the backing of the prisoners and take on the corrupt warder?
Although there are no well-known songs the musical numbers are lively for the most part and eminently well performed.
They say the devil has the best tunes and in Bad Girls I thought the best numbers went to the bad guys. Fenner and Hollamby with Jailcraft in the first act and a showstopping The Future is Bright in the second act.
Suzanne Huthmacher as Sylvia brought a brooding menace as well as humour to the wing and the opening of act two with Amy Glover as Crystal singing Freedom Road with the other prisoners backing her was another standout number.
There is strong backing from the ensemble in both the singing and dancing.
Directed by Donna Stephenson with choreography by Natasha Ingham and musical direction by Rob Murray.

This show contains adult themes and bad language.
Bad Girls is on at the Brewhouse until Saturday at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.

For tickets contact the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard

Picture credit : Phillip Ingham Photography

Ocho ‘In Concert’

Ocho ‘In Concert’

St Peter’s Church, Stapenhill July 4th 7.45


Come along and enjoy an evening of music with Ocho.

A full and varied programme of songs will be performed including our annual ‘Battle of the Sexes’! Some traditional choral music, rousing gospel numbers interspersed with arrangements of modern popular music.

50 % of all profits from the evening will be donated to Rainbows Children’s Hospice. St Peters is a large venue so we hope our supporters will help us make this the biggest and most successful concert ever!

Tickets are £8.00 to include light refreshment (Free entrance to under 16 ‘ s if accompanied by an adult).

Tickets available from Derek on 07767 806677 or will be available online from

Thanks to Tilley Bancroft for the info.

BMTC – ‘Rehearsal Open Evening’


Voluntary Arts Week (May 15 to May 24) is a celebration of amateur creative activity across the UK. It is an opportunity for anyone to go along and see what goes on during a normal rehearsal at the ‘Rehearsal Open Evening’ to be held on Monday, May 18, from 7.30pm.

It will provide an insight into how the Burton Musical Theatre Company (BMTC), an amateur theatre group, gets ready for performances and all of the hard work that is goes into a show. Some people may never have experienced a rehearsal setting before so this will help any prospective members to see what they do. Being involved in this type of activity is tremendous fun and very fulfilling.

Visitors will also be able to see how and where scenery is constructed because the amateur arts isn’t just about performing. If you have a talent for woodwork, painting or general DIY the company is always looking for assistance.

BMTC is rehearsing for their upcoming concerts at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre, in Guild Street, on Friday, May 29 and Friday, June 5,  as well as the musical comedy The Producers, their October show.

The open evening will be held at the company’s rehearsal headquarters in Ferry Street, Stapenhill. Although they are happy for people to just turn up it would be useful to have an idea of numbers due to space limitations when rehearsals are in progress. If you would like to be part of the evening please telephone 01283 547750/07975 562191  for further information or visit the website – use the ‘Contact Us’ tab and register by email.

Thanks to Bill Pritchard for the info.

Brewhouse Events May 2015

Brewhouse Performances May 2015

Literature Talk & Film

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 12:00

Price: £6:00 Plus Discount Lunch12:00pm

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Join Dr Jane Mackay for the first of this season’s fascinating but accessible insights into great works of literature. Jane will give a presentation from 12 – 1pm, then we suggest you stay for lunch in our café between 1pm & 2pm and then we’ll be offering a free screening of a film version of the book in our cinema from 2pm. Jane has a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about literature but presents in a highly accessible and fascinating way. Prior knowledge of the books are not required.

In view of the recent controversy about Lee’s ‘new’ book, now is the perfect time to review what was thought to be her only novel. This classic work deals with racism in a way that is even more relevant today than it was in the days before Martin Luther King.

Open Mic Night – with Sound Stage Project

Friday, May 8, 2015 – 19:00

Price: £1:00 Time: 7:00pm

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.

‘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.

Mellow Dramatics present: Bad Girls

Tuesday, May 12 – Sat 16 2015 – 19:30

Price: £12, Tues/Sat Mat are £10

Time: 19:30, 14:30 matinee on Saturday

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Bad Girls is a fresh, funny and original British musical, based on characters from the award winning and hugely popular television drama.

Set in the fictional HMP Larkhall, it’s the story of new idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. It also follows the love story that develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade. Other featured characters include Shell Dockley and her runner Denny Blood, old-timer Noreen Biggs, The Two Julies and the ultimate Top Dog, King-of-Gangland’s missus, Yvonne Atkins.

A tragic death on the wing – in which Jim Fenner is implicated – leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it’s clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Jim Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail Jim once and for all.

£12 tickets £10 Saturday Matinee & Tuesday Evening tickets


Friday, May 22, 2015 – 19:30

Price: £12.00/£10.00/£8.00

Time: 7.30pm

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Josephine is putting on a play – Boris and Sistahl help. It’s about anorexia, but don’t let that put you off. Unflinchingly they confront big issues (and extremely tiny ones) and today they will tackle a particularly thin elephant in the room.

Obsession, addiction and not wanting to get out of bed… an extraordinary play with songs.

“One of the best shows I’ve ever seen at the Edinburgh Festival… so moving but also soooo funny. Strongly recommended.” Simon Hollingworth, Brewhouse Creative Programmer

Prices £12.00 Concessions £10.00 Student £8.00


Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 19:30

Price: £12.00/£10.00

Time: 7.30pm

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This award-winning Modern Blues power trio are fast becoming one of the must see Blues/Rock acts on the UK circuit today! Known for their high energy shows and featuring three top musicians including both an award winning guitarist and drummer, this is a concert not to be missed! (link is external)

£12.00 £10.00 Concessions

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 19:30

Price: £10 £8 £6 see above


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Infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old. European Arts were recently endorsed by Stephen Fry who came to see their previous show ‘The Trials of Oscar Wilde’ and this production has been adapted by Wilde’s own grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor from the company.

Tickets £10.00 Concessions £8.00 Students £6.00

Susan Calman – ‘Lady Like’

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 20:00

Price: £14.00 or £12.00

Time: 8.00pm

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Award-winning comedian Susan Calman is embarking on her first ever UK tour.

If you’ve seen her before, ‘Lady Like’ will be a reassuring couple of hours spent with the woman her neighbours call “the mad cat lady”. If you don’t know who she is, ‘Lady Like’ will, at the very least, make you feel better about your own life. A show about being older, wiser and liking yourself whatever anyone might say.

Comedy from Calman, as seen and heard on The News Quiz, Calman is Convicted (Best Radio Comedy 2013 – Writers Guild Award), QI, HIGNFY, Fresh Meat and Would I Lie To You.

Burton Operatic Society: Bop in the Bar

Friday, May 29, 2015 – 19:30

Price: £7.50

Time: 7.30pm

Burton Operatic Society (soon to be Burton Musical Theatre Company) performing songs from Musical Theatre in a relaxed environment in the Brewhouse Bar. Ensembles, Solos, Duets, Full Company Numbers for your entertainment and enjoyment.

The Madhouse Presents: Paul Liddle

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 20:00

Price: £10 advance £12 on door

Time: 8:00pm

Paul’s show is something very unique! His songs often start off with just him and his guitar, but by the end he is surrounded with lots of

and instruments as he builds songs in front of your eyes in a stunning unique style…ONE MAN FULL BAND!! (link is external) other voices


In the Gallery…

THE BREWHOUSE OPEN 23rd April – 6th June

Organised by The Brewhouse and Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC).

The Annual Open Exhibition is an opportunity for all artists in the region to exhibit their work within our gallery setting. The exhibition showcases an interesting mix of styles, techniques and media ranging from traditional paintings to film.

 Thanks to Nathan Gallagher for the info.

Annual Open Exhibition Of Art and Craft

There was a packed bar at the Brewhouse arts centre for the official opening of its latest exhibition.

The Annual Open Exhibition Of Art and Craft presented in partnership with Burton And District Arts Council (BADAC) was unveiled at a Sight and Sound event at the Guild Street venue.

This year the exhibition has been expanded with two prizes for young people and the catchment area for artists extended to a 15-mile radius of the Brewhouse.

As well as the Sight and Sound event four of the five awards on offer were handed out.

BADAC chairman Geoff Thompson opened the evening with a welcoming speech and also introduced gallety officer Anna Roebuck from the Arts Development Team who presented the first award.

During his speech Mr Thompson thanked artist and gallery technician Tracey Parr for her help in both the cataloguing and displaying of the two and three dimensional arts and crafts on show. He also thanked BADAC volunteers Margaret and Rae Bradshaw and Bill Pritchard for helping on the submission days.

The first presentation was the cheque for £200 for the East Staffordshire Borough Council Innovation Award which went to Diana Coe for her piece Eternal Consequence.


Ms Roebuck said: “The judges were looking for something that was a little bit different – something that made it stand out from all the other entries in the exhibition – and we believe that this piece fulfilled that criteria.”




Next up were the two Young People awards, with a prize of £50 each, which were presented by Ms Parr.

The awards went to Heidi Elliott, in the 16 to 18 year old category, for Indifferent,




and to Charlotte Holmes, 11 to 15 age group, for Georgia.

In making the awards Ms Parr made mention of the number of entries submitted by William Allitt School and hoped that in coming years more schools would encourage their pupils to submit work for the show.

The last award of the evening, the BADAC prize, worth £100, went to Andrew Henry for Bridge in Snow 2. In closing the awards ceremony Mr Thompson made mention of the final award which will be made when the exhibition closes.

The People’s Choice Award is made by visitors to the exhibition who are able to fill in a ballot form for the work they like most. This award is worth £50 to the winning artist.

The exhibition, over two floors, is on until June 5th and voting forms are available from the box office.

Following the presentations the audience were entertained by cellist Kathryn Monteiro.

She provided a wonderful atmosphere for the audience to enjoy while they viewed the entrants to this year’s Open Exhibition.

Kathryn, who has performed and won at Derby Arts Festival is due to take up a music scholarship in Repton School’s sixth form in September.

She is the youngest member of the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed a cello concerto in Derby Cathedral.

Bill Pritchard.

UCS – Spring Concert

Uttoxeter Choral Society’s Spring Concert is due to take place at St Mary’s Church, in Bridge Street, Uttoxeter, on Saturday, May 9th.

Anthony Rose will be conducting the choir in a medley of familiar songs as they take you on a Journey to the Seaside via a Teddy Bear’s Picnic to find out what happened to the Goslings.

The Spring Concert will get you in the mood, take you over the rainbow and allow you to Begin the Beguine. Tickets, priced at £10, are available from the box office on 01283 732858 or online from chairman@uttoxeterchoral

The concert starts at 7.30pm.

 Thanks to Bill Pritchard and Mary Pollard for the info.

Annual Open Exhibition Of Art and Craft

The Brewhouse Open

Annual Open Exhibition Of Art and Craft presented in partnership with Burton and District Arts Council

In The Gallery: 24th April – 5th June 2015

Exhibition Award Evening:

Thursday 30th April 6.30 – 9pm

The awards will be presented at 7pm on the Exhibition Award Evening, after which there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition, chat to the artists and listen to some live music from up and coming cellist Kathryn Monteiro..

Peoples Choice

Which piece of art do you like best? Visitors can vote for The People’s Choice winner throughout the exhibition. The winner of this award will be announced on the BADAC website, after the close of the exhibition.

Mellows – Bad Girls the musical

The Mellow Dramatics presents

Bad Girls the musical

at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton.

From 12th – 16th May 2015

Evenings 7.30, Matinee 2.30 Sat only.

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

Brewhouse Box office 01283 508100


Bad Girls is a fresh, funny and original British musical based on characters from the hugely popular television drama. Set in the fictional HMP Larkhall, it’s the story of new wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with Officer Jim Fenner and his ever faithful sidekick Bodybag. It follows the lives of the girls whilst behind bars and their individual stories, though their hatred of Jim Fenner unites them all. Can they all join together and deal with him once and for all.


Be warned these girls aren’t just bad, they’re wicked!

Thanks to Natalie Veasey for the info.