It's nearly time for Up Pompeii! Read on for a host of news about Little Theatre Company members and friends.
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Tuesday June 24 to Saturday June 28 will see the Brewhouse stage converted to the home of a wealthy senator in ancient Rome as Up Pompeii takes to the stage.

Our June production is based on the original characters from the BBC hit comedy that starred Frankie Howerd, in a feature-length story specially-written for the stage by Miles Tredinnick. 

Whether you remember the show or not, and whether you were a fan of Frankie Howerd or not, we're sure you'll laugh out loud at this comedy of mistaken identities and misunderstandings. As Lurcio the slave attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he is quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.

Why does Ludicrus Sextus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife, Ammonia, and their daughter Erotica return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius’s love poetry improve? Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance – what could that possibly be?

Tickets are £8 with £7 concessions available Tuesday to Thursday nights only. ALL tickets for the Saturday matinee at 2.30pm are £7, You can book in person at the Brewhouse box office or ring 01283 508100. You can also book tickets online through TicketSource/littletheatreco
We are thrilled and delighted to announce that LTC Youth was presented with the first-ever Pride of Burton Team of the Year Award at a glittering awards ceremony at Branston Golf Club on Friday June 6.

Commercial radio station TouchFM put out a call for nominations in 12 categories to recognise and celebrate achievements in our town by groups, businesses and individuals. Judges chose 36 finalists who attended the awards ceremony along with leading figures from public life in the town.

Youth member Katie Ireland and Youth Officer Tom Pritchard represented us and collected our award on stage.They were interviewed by DJ James Watts of TouchFM (pictured below) and by news staff from the station. Highlights from the evening will be broadcast in a special Pride of Burton show on Touch FM from 6pm on Friday June 13.

James Watts of TouchFM with LTC Youth's Tom Pritchard and Katie Ireland

The judges praised the hard work and talent of the teams performing on stage, saying it was matched by the efforts of many volunteers behind the scenes. They highlighted the entertainment we bring to the Burton area, the opportunities we provide for talented youngsters to perform and noted that several former members have gone on to train and work professionally: "Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, the Little Theatre Company (LTC) youth section is driven by passion and dedication".

Freelance writer and LTC committee member Elaine Pritchard was a finalist for Business Person of the Year - and although she didn't win she was delighted that nominations she wrote resulted in three awards for others.
Five LTC Youth winners of BADAC bursaries
Congratulations to LTC Youth members Tom Pritchard, Ewan Bourne, Shannon Lenton, Katie Ireland and Wil Pearson who all successfully auditioned to receive bursaries from Burton And District Arts Council to help further their studies related to performing arts. Tom's bursary will be helping to fund a trip he's making next month to the World Drama Festival in Lingen, Germany. He's playing Edmund in an Anne Lee School of Speech and Drama production of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.
Welcome to two new local businesses who have joined us as corporate patrons.

Elmbridge Tyre ServicesElmbridge Tyre Services is an independent, family-owned business that has been established for more than 50 years.

Based in Swadlincote they only deal in tyres and batteries and specialise in providing honest, straight forward advice. If you need help or advice with your tyres, just call the Elmbridge team on 01283 221288 or email

Delph CreationsOur second new patron is also a Swadlincote-based business - Delph Creations - which specialises in website design and development, graphic design and digital marketing.

Many thanks to Corporate Patrons who have renewed their support for a further year since our last newsletter: Timber Town Trophies, of Woodville, who provide a wide range of cups, trophies, medals and promotional items; Lifestyle Wills, of Branston, who provide will writing services; Caittom Publishing - professional writing services for businesses and organisations and BT Local Business, based in Barton-under-Needwod.

The annual £25 donation that corporate patrons make - in return for a page on our website and promotion in all our show programmes - helps us with the costs of staging our four productions a year. If you know any local businesses who would like to join them in supporting live theatre in Burton-on-Trent, please ask them to use this contact us form on our website and we'll be in touch.

Berta's Big Quiz Night

In 2014 we are holding our major bi-annual fundraiser - which this year takes the form of Berta's Big Quiz night on Saturday September 6 at The Brewhouse.

Elaine Pritchard (who plays the Little Theatre daily fun trivia quiz as Berta2 - long story, don't ask) has set the quiz and the cost of taking part will be £30 for a team of four  (i.e. £7.50 each) which will include chip butties at the interval. The bar will be open to buy drinks throughout the evening and it is guaranteed to be a fun night with prizes for the winners and the team in last place.

We will welcome teams of four made up of members, patrons, family, friends, audience members and local people - and it will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVED to book your place. Because this is a fundraiser, and a lot of work is going into it, we  MUST ask for payment upfront to secure your team's place. Booking is NOW OPEN. So if you want to take part please email with the name of your four team members - and the team name you have chosen. You can pay the £30 by cheque or online directly to the Little Theatre Co account. Elaine will send you details on how to pay, and your team will be entered, as soon as payment is received. Don't delay! Book today and spread the word.
Liam Atton with White Horse Theatre CompanyLiam Atton (pictured above left) is currently touring with one of Europe's largest Theatre in Education companies, White Horse Theatre Company.
Based in Germany they tour schools in Germany, Sweden, Denmark. France, Austria, Belgium and even China and Japan, performing  English plays to help teach English and educate about current affairs.
The nine-month tour Liam is currently on began in September and is travelling through Germany and northern Bavaria.
Liam said: "We had a four-week rehearsal period to rehearse three different plays (for different age pupils) then we jump in a van and off we go. So far I have been in more than 260 performances, some days doing three different shows.
"The shows are My Cousin Charles by Peter Griffith for children 10-13 years old. It's  a very slapstick piece, fun and crazy madcap mayhem about a spoiled brat (me) who stays with his cousin and the trouble they cause to the neighbour.
Liam Atton in Promised Land"The next is called Promised Land (pictured left) again written by Peter Griffith for children between 14-16 and is about a Syrian refugee who comes to England and is not accepted on to the street. A gang bullies him and beats him up. This is quite a serious piece and touches on themes of bullying, gang violence and racism and also the Syrian crisis. I play the leader of the gang in this and get to flex my violent, villainous muscles.
"The third play is for ages 17+ and it's  Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn, (which has just finished its run in the West End with Felicity Kendall). I play the character of Greg and it's a proper English farce that touches on romance and trust and deception. It's great to get my teeth into an advanced piece of theatre.
"The company has seven other tours out at the same time covering primary schools to universities with plays written by the company and from John Osborne to Shakespeare. We play in a wide variety of venues from school halls to theatres to gyms! I've had a great time on the tour and it's been an amazing experience."
  • Liam, from Burton-on-Trent, appeared in many LTC shows and still regularly returns to watch and help when work allows. He played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Thenardier in Les Miserables School Edition. He also had principal roles for us in Summer Holiday and Brassed Off and supporting roles in many other productions.
LTC Youth members Tommy Loftus, Fawn Clements and Tom Pritchard recently appeared on the Derby Theatre stage in a black comedy called Heritage (pictured below) by Dafydd James entered by their school - de Ferrers Academy - into the National Theatre Connections Festival 2014.

de Ferrers pupils in Heritage at Derby Theatre 
Next it is the turn of LTC's Bethan Waite who successfully auditioned for the Derby People's Theatre production of a new play called Pulse, which will be staged at Derby Theatre from July 30 to August 2.

Pulse at Derby TheatreBethan said: "This is an amazing show with a large cast of amateur actors, set to music and with several ensemble movement scenes. Rehearsals are three times a week for 2½-3 hours each time and it is proving to be the most amazing experience – like I imagine it is at drama school – but really challenging and absolutely exhausting."

The play follows 24 hours in the life of a fictitious Derby NHS hospital. Bethan plays Betty, the retiring canteen manager, who voices the play’s key message which is how proud we should be, despite all its failings, of our NHS.

Bethan, who had a hip replacement operation at Burton's Queen's Hospital last year, said: "That is something I can totally subscribe to! Hip replacement = new life!"

There are five performances including a Saturday matinee. Tickets are £12 - £9 concessions. For further information, and to book tickets, go to or ring the box office on 01332 593939.
Wishing all the luck in the world to Jack Dent who has opened a magic shop - JD's Magic Box - at 37a Main Street, Branston, next door to The Blacksmith's Arms.

JD's Magic Box
Tricia Stewart with LTC Calendar Girls
Tim Firth with LTC Calendar Girls
Five cast members from our March 2013 production of Calendar Girls had the chance to meet some of the real-life Womens' Institute members who inspired the play and film - and playwright Tim Firth - at a celebration in Harrogate, Yorkshire, marking the end of the period when amateur companies could obtain licences to perform the show that still helps raise money for cancer charities.

Pictured above left are the girls with Tricia Stewart (the inspiration for the character 'Chris') and they are pictured right with Tim Firth. The girls said it was an emotional day of laughter and tears as some great speeches were made and anecdotes were shared. The original calendar was inspired when the husband of a WI member in a Yorkshire village died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma  and the group decided to make a tasteful nude calendar to raise money to buy a sofa for the relatives room in their local hospital. To date they have raised more than £3 million. 

In the run-up to our own production, our Burton Calendar Girls also created a calendar, shot by Tilley Bancroft, which raised more than £2,600 for the local branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Alex Gill Adam Bates Squash Marathon
Congratulations to LTC's Adam Bates and Alex Gill who resoundingly beat the World Record for the longest squash marathon on the bank holiday weekend at the start of May. The world record was 32 hours, 6 minutes - and they played for 33 hours, 8 minutes. 
They also raised more than £1,500 in memory of Adam's aunty Ann for the Wildlife Trusts - a charity that was very close to her heart.
Adam has recently been heard on ITV 4 as part of the commentary team for the French Open.
Jodie and Stephen

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Whitehead.

LTC's Jodie Durbin married Stephen Whitehead on April 26.

Many wishes for a happy life together from everyone at Little Theatre Company.

Jodie will be seen later this month playing Erotica in Up Pompeii.

LTC Youth performs Miss SaigonThank you to everyone who came to see Miss Saigon - the 2014 Easter production by our talented LTC Youth group. The feedback was wonderful, including:
"...Enjoyed an evening of incredible emotion and entertainment courtesy of the amazing talent of LTC youth performing Miss Saigon. Well done cast and crew for such a wonderful production. X"
"I saw Miss Saigon tonight and send huge congratulations to everyone involved. Absolutely amazing. I challenge any professional company to do any better. So good, so very very good."
It was a demanding show for the cast AND the stage and technical crew who particularly excelled in the memorable helicopter scene.
Our youth production April 7-11, 2015, will be Evita.  
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