There was no shortage of talent or enthusiasm among the pupils at Cleves Primary School as they rehearsed for their end of term production of Oliver. The Brick Lane Music Hall team, led by Joni Talks, is hard at work, dividing its time between the five participating schools. Working alongside Joni are artists who will be familiar to Brick Lane Music Hall audiences: Hayley-Jo Whitney, Alan McHale and Ross Tomlinson.
Ross, who is pictured above, is also managing to get back to the Music Hall for performances of our Seaside Special. Ross is pictured below – later that same day – on stage with Anna Campkin. The Seaside Special runs until July 8th.
The Outreach team have had a busy week, with a Strawberry Tea in Edenbridge in Kent, sponsored by the Edenbridge Rotary Club, where Brian Walker and Musical Director, Michael Topping, were joined by Peter John and magician, John Styles, to the delight of all.
After a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in Kent, the next day Brian and Michael were in Chingford to attend a 100th Birthday party.
“We were made welcome as we set up, then came the grand entrance of dear old Elsie. She was a woman of some style and humour, her family had piled her gifts and cards in front of her and she sat there holding court while us mere mortals looked on. When we started the music her face lit up and a she sang along with us as much as she could, she even gave us a solo performance, a heroic stab at The Laughing Policeman.” Brian Walker
If you know your Cockney rhyming slang, you should head down to the Roman Road for a chance to win tickets for two to Brick Lane Music Hall! We are offering the winners of a quiz, to be held on Saturday 14 June in the Roman Road Market, two tickets to any performance of our forthcoming saucy Seaside Special, to include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. The event will raise funds for the Whitechapel Mission.
Here are a few teasers of our own. Answers at the bottom of the post!
1. Apples and pears 2. Trouble and strife 3. Adam and Eve 4. Ruby Murray 5. Butcher’s hook 6. Dustbin lid 7. Barnet Fair 8. Dog and bone 9. Duke of Kent
If you get the chance, and would like to win free tickets, you can head over to Gladstone Place, E3, outside the Bow Idea Store, Roman Road, 2 – 3pm.
Translation: 1. Apples and pears – stairs 2. Trouble and strife – wife 3. Adam and Eve – believe 4. Ruby Murray – curry 5. Butcher’s hook – look 6. Dustbin lid – kid 7. Barnet Fair – hair 8. Dog and bone – phone 9. Duke of Kent – rent
Pictured above, The Sixties Show, left to right, Saskia Brynne, Bill Byrne, Hayley-Jo Whitney, Andrew Robley, Anna Campkin, Vincent Hayes MBE, Joni Talks and Paul James. Below, Brick Lane Music Hall regular, Peter John, and his friend with Val and Pat Cody watching the show from the Royal Box.
Peter John is appearing this week in a Brick Lane Music Hall outreach show at Pilgrim’s Hospice in Kent, alongside Brian Walker and Michael Topping. Artists from Brick Lane Music Hall regularly perform in our outreach shows, including Joni Talks, Andrew Robley and Bill Byrne, pictured above. The visit to Pilgrim’s Hospice was arranged by John Oliver who brought a group to Brick Lane Music Hall in order to raise funds for the Hospice. You can read more about our outreach work on the Out and About pages.
Due to the incredible customer reviews we have been receiving on TripAdvisor since joining in the Autumn, we are delighted to announce that Brick Lane Music Hall is the winner of the coveted Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of its sustained commitment to outstanding service to customers. Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed their feedback, your continued support is very much appreciated. The theatre’s presence on TripAdvisor has been attracting visitors from all over the world, from Canada to Australia, to this small corner of Silvertown: Welcome all.
The soundtrack to our Sixties Show was put together by Paul James. Paul was not only part of the Sixties music explosion with his young band, The Soundcasters, he also worked in the music industry with the iconic stars of the decade – from Cilla Black and Billy J Kramer, to Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Beatles.
We asked Paul how he chose the music for the show.
“I have been writing shows for over forty years and, for me, choosing the music is the fun bit. Choosing songs for the 60’s show was easy with so many great classics to choose from. I always like to choose songs that the audience know and love, the ones that they say “I haven’t heard that for years, but it used to be my favourite”.
With wonderful songs – and a few laughs along the way….. The Sixties Show opens May 30th 2014 – be there or be square!
Pictured: top, Joni Talks with, left Hayley Jo Whitney and right Saskia Brynne. Above left to right, Paul James, Andrew Robley, Vincent Hayes MBE and Steve Galler Let’s Twist Again, 2013.
Don’t forget to get your copy of our 2014 Souvenir Programme – which features a full length interview with Paul to accompany the show.
It’s official! Brick Lane Music Hall is the smiling heart of the East End.
On the day that a Right Move survey was published claiming that the people of the East End are the unhappiest people in England, an ITV News report showcased Brick Lane Music Hall as proof that the East End is still a great place to live. Any East Ender feeling unhappy, they said, just needs to drop in to Brick Lane Music Hall, guaranteed to get them smiling!
The report was presented by ITV’s Glen Goodman, who chatted to customers enjoying lunch before the Divas show. It also featured Vincent Hayes leading the audience in a cheery rendition of Brick Lane Music Hall’s “National Anthem”, Daisy Daisy!
Click here to view the clip on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Divas, pictured above, stars (left to right) Hayley-Jo Whitney, Paul James, Vincent Hayes MBE, Joni Talks, Andrew Robley and Saskia Brynne.
Divas brings to the Brick Lane Music Hall stage some of the great legends of rock, pop, stage and screen, male and female, past and present, from both sides of the Atlantic. The show celebrates some of the stars who have carved out their own place in history, becoming legends in their own lifetime.
1. Barbra Streisand is one of the few entertainers to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Her Tony was for which role? (her only West End appearance, in 1966)
2. Elvis Presley is sometimes referred to by what two-word accolade?
3. Shirley Bassey recorded the only Beatles song to have sold more copies than the original version. What was the song?
4. Which Elton John hit is the biggest selling single of all time?
Simply write the four answers on a postcard with your name (and group name if you booked with a group) and hand to the Box Office on arrival. We will hold a special prize draw EVERY DAY and the winner will receive a bottle of Champagne!
So if you haven’t yet booked, please hurry! Divas is at Brick Lane Music Hall from May 16th – 23rd 2014. Phone Box Office or see website listings for details.
The St George’s Day Show is fast becoming one of our most popular shows, this year spreading over 3 weeks. The show takes us on a dazzling journey from an English Country Garden to Jerusalem via Sherwood Forest, culminating in a spectacular pyrotechnic finale.
Appearing in this year’s show:
The St George’s Day Show continues until May 9th.
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