BADAC AGM and Bursary presentations.

The Brewhouse arts centre and cafe/bar has once again played host to the annual Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC) general meeting during which the BADAC Bursary awards 2016 were presented.

Several award recipients gave a concert for sponsors, BADAC members and family and friends in the Brewhouse auditorium.

Being the opening act at an event such as this must be a daunting task but dancer Jessica Woolley, who opened the show with Shut Up and Dance, carried it off well with a routine that was both fluid and spikey and contained some gymnastic elements.

Paige Kendrick-Thorpe treated the audience to an emotional I Don’t Know How to Love Him, from Jesus Christ Superstar, which she grew into as the song progressed. Both Holly Russell, who performed A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and Libby Bromfield, who sang I Could Have Danced All Night, had very pure voices that were a delight to listen to.

Next up was Olivia Harrison who performed an untitled dance piece. Olivia overcame technical difficulties and performed her piece without music and did really well with some wonderful movement that used the width of the stage.

Shania Gaunt gave us her version of I Can Hear the Bells, from Hairspray, which she also danced to. A very good performance during which she held her American accent very well.

As this was a celebration concert for the bursary recipients it feels wrong to single one person out but I have to say that for me Ewan Bourne stole the show with his cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Only Living Boy in New York which was simple yet mesmerising.

Rebecca Fisher sang and tap danced through The Lady is a Tramp, from Babes in Arms, she was light on her feet and was another performer who kept their accent throughout. Ollie Last was up next in a duet of Me and My Shadow with Wil Pearson and they recreated the Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davies Jnr laid back version really well. Ollie will be leaving Burton in the summer to take up a place studying Musical Theatre at Central Lancaster University.

Another two bursary winners joined together for the next number as well as Abbie Jean-Baptiste and Shannon Smith performed Wings, by Birdy, with Abbie singing and Shannon dancing. The duo really complemented each other.

Wil Pearson, who is using his bursary award to travel to New York with a jazz band to perform on New Year’s Eve, returned to the piano for a stylish version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Ballet was the next art to be featured with a smooth, flowing performance of Etude Lyrique from Ella Price, which is a set piece for Royal Academy of Dance’s Grade 8 examination. Ella is set to use her bursary award to attend a Royal Ballet Summer School and I’m sure she will do very well there.

The evening was brought to a smooth and smokey conclusion by James Vickers, who has gained a place at the Liverpool School of Performing Arts, playing Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me as a saxophone solo that had a sultry nightclub vibe.

Following the performances the Mayor of East Staffordshire and President of BADAC, Councillor Beryl Toon, presented the bursaries to the performers commenting on what wonderful talent we had in the area.

During his speech to the AGM, which preceded the concert  chairman Geoff Thompson paid tribute to BADAC member groups from which many of the performers came by saying: “BADAC affiliated member societies provide their own rich variety of  events and performances. We continue to celebrate the opportunities they create for local people to both enjoy and participate in the arts.

“We thank them for their pro-active contribution to the well being and quality of life in our community. BADAC is proud to serve them.”

Mr Thompson also thanked East Staffordshire Borough Council and the many businesses and groups in the town who donate the funds which enable the BADAC bursaries to continue to help the youngsters to follow their performance arts dreams.

Bill Pritchard.


Burton And District Arts Council AGM.

Brewhouse Wed 18th May.

7.30 BADAC AGM. (approx 20 mins)

Break (approx 10 mins)

8.00 pm Short and very informal concert by some of the 2016 BADAC Bursary Award winners followed by cheque presentations.

Anything Goes – review

The Mellow Dramatics, Anything Goes, review

If there is any justice in the world then the Mellows will be playing to packed houses at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre this week.

Quite simply, for me, this is one of the company’s best performances in a long time.

The evidence has been there for a while that Mellow Dramatics members have been growing in confidence and belief in themselves as the younger actors take on more challenging roles.

With Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s music and lyrics are at their peak with numbers such as You’re The Top, It’s Delovely, I Get a Kick out of You, Blow, Gabriel, Blow and of course the title song Anything Goes, while the book, written by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse and then revised by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse is packed with smart and sassy one-liners.

Dan Robb as Moonface Martin is coming on in leaps and bounds and as his confidence grows becomes more natural and relaxed. Tom Brassington as Billy Crocker and Joe Bromfield as Sir Evelyn are strong as the other two male leads, with Brassington’s voice managing the intricacies of notes and lyrics very well.

In what seems to be becoming a highlight in a Mellows’ show, choreographer Catherine Moore brings out some stunning dance sequences from the cast, most notably in Blow, Gabriel, Blow and the title song. Heaven Hop is another energetically performed sequence.

The comic timing of the cast is also progressing well and very few lines were lost under laughter as the cast had the confidence to await the right moment to deliver the punchlines.

The two female leads, Lucy Warner as American heiress Hope Harcourt and Lucy Robinson as the former evangelist turned nightclub songbird who leads a troupe of ‘angels’ are both excellent with Robinson having the more active role in the dance numbers and the larger onstage persona.

Natasha Ingham as Moonface’s glamourous companion Bonnie shows both her comic talents and some nimble footwork when called upon.

The set, although simple, manages to convey much more that the sum of its parts without intruding on, or slowing down, the action for which the backstage crew deserve a round of applause. The band also do a fine job without impinging on the action on stage.

So Bon Voyage to the good ship Anything Goes this week. I certainly got a kick out of you.

Anything Goes is at the Brewhouse arts centre, Burton, at 7.30pm every night this week until Saturday with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

For ticket availability call the box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

Mellows – Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the SS American, the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks aboard himself.

The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, Lord Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy.

With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno, whose love he doesn’t return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams – all without hurting anyone’s feelings.

10th to 14th May 2016

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm

(plus Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)

at The Brewhouse Arts Centre,

Burton on Trent

Box Office 01283 508100

Open Exhibition Submission Days

Submission arrangements

Work must be submitted to The Brewhouse on Friday the 29th April or Saturday 30th April between 10am and 3pm.

CLICK HERE for our Exhibition 2016 page where you can download entry forms and guidelines.

The Brewhouse Open Annual Exhibition Of Art and Craft

presented in conjunction with Burton and District Arts Council

5th May to 18th June 2016

Exhibition Award Evening Thursday 5th May 2016 6.30 pm – 9 pm

UCS seek new Musical Director

Uttoxeter Choral Society, Staffordshire are seeking a new Musical Director from September 2016. We are a mixed, non-auditioned, SATB choir of about 40 voices. We have been established since 1881 and are seeking someone enthusiastic to continue that tradition. We rehearse every Thursday in Uttoxeter Guildhall from 7.30-9.30pm and have a varied repertoire of traditional and light music. This is a remunerated position and we would like to hold auditions on the 16th June with a view to the applicant starting 8th September 2016. Closing date for applications 28th May 2016.

Interested parties please contact Secretary Mary Pollard in the first instance.

Thanks to Mary Pollardfor the info.

Uttoxeter Choral Society Concert

East Staffordshire people will have the opportunity to watch and listen to a small orchestra on 23rd April in St Mary’s Church Uttoxeter.

Two violins, viola and cello will be accompanied by 2 trumpets, 2 trombones and 2 bassoons will comprise the ensemble accompanying the Uttoxeter Choral Society in Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Cherubini’s Requiem Mass in C.

The opportunity of watching skilled musicians is not one to be missed. This is not like the TV where the camera moves just when you want to see!

Tickets for the concert are available in advance from 01283 732858 and on the door. Refreshments available in the interval.

Saturday 23rd April 2016 , 7.30pm at St Mary’s, Bridge Street, Uttoxeter

Thanks to Mary Pollard for the info.

Open Annual Exhibition Of Art and Craft

The Brewhouse Open Annual  Exhibition Of Art and Craft

presented in conjunction with Burton and District Arts Council

5th May to 18th June 2016

Exhibition Award Evening Thursday 5th May 2016 6.30 pm – 9 pm


Work must be submitted to The Brewhouse on Friday the 29th April or Saturday 30th April between 10am and 3pm.

CLICK HERE for our Exhibition 2016 page where you can download entry forms and guidelines.

BADAC 2016 Bursary Applications Update

2016 BADAC Bursary Applications now Closed.

All forms received have been acknowledged.

We are currently reviewing and short-listing for Auditions

on Sat 9th April at the Brewhouse.

All applicants will receive an updated email by the end of Tue 5th of April.

If you are being called to Audition/Interview this email will include your appointment time.

CLICK HERE for Bursary info.

LTCY Phantom of the Opera – Review

The Phantom of the Opera – LTC Youth, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton.

The word has spread about the talents of LTC Youth as the five nights of The Phantom of the Opera were sold out weeks ago.

Due to restrictions placed on performances of the show by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, LTC Youth were only allowed to perform five shows under the terms of the licence.

Sadly they could have sold out a summer season such was the demand for tickets from both fans of the show and supporters of LTC.

It is such a shame that more people were unable to see the sterling performances from this talented cast of youngsters.

There was not a wrong note nor wrong step from any of the cast. The ensemble work was stunning with dancers and singers hitting their marks every time. The lead performers drew you into the bizarre world of the disfigured titular character and showed that experience need not be everything on stage when you have passion and understanding.

From a company that are mainly still at school, artistic director John Bowness has pulled a level of performance that would grace a professional stage. From the opening curtain you could have been watching a West End show.

The cast manage to convey emotions beyond their years and the principals work superbly well together to bring the protagonists to life. From weak promoters – out to make money from the opera – to the singers and dancers who perform in the opera and from there onto the divas and ultimately the Phantom these youngsters never falter.

This is a show that relies on strong leads and Jack Hawkins, as the Phantom, Emmie Doyle, as Christine, and Oliver Last, as Raoul, drive the show on to its dramatic climax.

Aaron Titterton, as Piangi, and India Burnton, as Carlotta provided comedy and I found myself wondering who India’s character reminded me of and it was only after I got home that I realised it was Lena Lamont in Singing in the Rain.

LTC youth has a great cast that push forward the drama, both in song and dance, and take the audience through to the dramatic climax. The company are lucky to have so many youngsters that can take on lead roles that it only adds to the depth of performance when some of them play support.


A mesmerising and wonderful night of theatre that sadly some are going to have to miss due to limitations on the number of performances.

Bill Pritchard