Goodbye Jack, hello Hannah

Jack Broughton, who has been our comedy and drama teacher since September 2018, is leaving us for pastures new.

We’ll miss him so much and we thank him for all the fun and creativity he brought to lessons, rehearsals and productions. Among many highlights, he wrote a serial drama called Castleford Close about life in lockdown. Our students performed it last year and it was uploaded to our YouTube channel. His final project for us is directing our December 2021 production The Godmother.

All the students and teachers wish him every success in the next exciting stage of his career.

Hannah KirkpatrickBut, as we say adieu to Jack we are excited to welcome Hannah Kirkpatrick back to the team.  Hannah taught our Starlets class when it first launched. She handed over the reins to Meg when she left to have her third child. Now, she’s back and taking over our Saturday morning comedy and drama classes for six to 18-year-olds from January 2022.

Hannah says “I love bringing a sense of fun, inspiration and discovery to class.  There are no wrong answers when it comes to my classes!  Just a chance to learn new skills, explore your creativity and build confidence in a safe and supportive environment.  I can’t wait to get started and explore exciting new projects with the brilliant students at StageScreen.”

Hannah studied Drama at The University of Hull, before training for a Postgraduate Diploma in Acting at The Bridge Theatre Training Company.  She has worked as an actor on stage and screen as well as teaching for performing arts schools across the Midlands.

Tickets for The Godmother now on general sale

Tickets are now on general sale for The Godmother, which will be performed by StageScreen students at The Trinity, Burton on Trent, on December 9 and 10.

Parents of our students have been allowed priority booking, which means that tickets are going very fast.

Tickets are only on sale online via Eventbrite – https://thegodmotherlilythomas.eventbrite.co.uk.

The Trinity, on George Street, is a former church, which retains many original features.  We have created a seating plan that offers seats upstairs and downstairs. Descriptions and diagrams of the seating plans can be seen on the Eventbrite page.

You are invited to choose the area of the building where you would like to sit and you will be emailed specific seat numbers after your payment has gone through.

On the night

Doors will open from 6pm each night enabling you to get a hot, cold or alcoholic drink from the bar before the show starts at 7pm.

Stewards will be on duty to guide you to your seats.

Running time is approximately two hours including an interval. The bar will stay open after the show if you want to linger longer and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.

Parking

There are a few pay and display parking spaces outside the venue on George Street, but parking fees are payable until 8pm.

Parking is free after 3pm in both the Sainsbury’s car park nearby and the central car park run by East Staffordshire Borough Council across the road from Sainsbury’s.

Parking is free for four hours, day and night, in the Middleway retail shopping car park on Guild Street next to Cineworld cinema. This car park is controlled by registration plate recognition cameras. If you overstay, you will get a parking ticket automatically through the post.

Who was The Godmother?

The Godmother is a new play by local writer Elaine Pritchard set in Burton-on-Trent during World War One. It tells the true story of  Lily Thomas and the extraordinary lengths she went to, to help local men survive in German prisoner of war camps.

StageScreen principal Heather Gallagher said: “Our students are excited to be the first people to play these roles on stage. They have been captivated by Lily’s story and we hope our audiences will share that enthusiasm.”

“It’s also special to be performing it at The Trinity. In Lily’s day, and for decades afterwards, it was George Street United Methodist Church and a place where she actually spent time. ”

The play includes music from the period and an original song.