Our last big production:




Thank you for all those involved in our recent, sell out success of Oliver! in March 2016 at The Brentwood Theatre.

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Another year, another show, another sell out success!

Oliver! was an amazing show for us.

Click here for a review from Michael Gray's Arts Blog.

Click here for a review from The Unnammed Critic.

Click here for a review from Tessa Davies from NODA.

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The shortlists for The Brents 2016 have been announced and we are pleased to announce we have three nominations from Oliver!

Wayne Carpenter - Best Performance by an Actor In a Musical

Sian Hopwood - Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical

Gail Carpenter - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Well done Wayne, Sian & Gail.

Check out the full list of nominations here.

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Thank you to everyone who made Chess a sell out success in March 2015! 

Click here for a review of Chess on Michael Gray's Art Blog.

Click here for a review of Chess by the Unnamed Critic.

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For the review of our most recent concert, Musical Moments, by The Unnamed Critic, click here.

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The Brentwood Theatre Awards (The Brents) 2014

NOMINATIONS:

Best Design of a Musical

The Gill Wilson Award for Most Imaginative Costume

Best Performance by a Person Aged 18 and under

  • Matthew Carpenter
  • Nicole Clements

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

  • Nicole Clements

Best Support Actor in a Musical

  • Peter Brown
  • Matthew Carpenter
  • Nik Graham
  • Brian Plumb
  • Bob Southgate

Best Performance By An Actress in a Musical

  • Fiona Whittaker

Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical

  • Wayne Carpenter

The Kramer Family Best Production of a Musical


AWARDS WE WON:

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Nicole Clements

Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical

Wayne Carpenter

Congratulations to all those nominated and especially to Nicole and Wayne for their well deserved wins.


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NODA Award Nomination

It may seem like a lifetime ago, but do you remember Fiddler on the Roof back in April 2013?

Well, we have recently found out that we were actually nominated for a NODA Award in the 'Best Technical' category for our Fiddler scenery.

NODA are the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, an association which looks after the interests of amateur groups on a national scale.

To get any sort of nomination for a NODA award is an amazing achievement in itself. But considering we were up against EVERY amateur group in the East of England, many of them with budgets way in excess of ours, to get a nomination for our scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

A big thank you goes to everyone involved in the scenery at every stage, this nomination is for you! It is recognition for all the hard work that was put in by all those involved in designing, constructing, decorating and creating such amazing scenery.

We were up against two other local groups in this category for the award, Brentwood Operatic and Leigh Operatic Society.

The winner was announced on Sunday 27th April 2014, and unfortunately we did not win, however I would like to reiterate that a nomination in itself is a major achievement to our small society and we should be exceedingly proud.

Well done, once again, Billericay Operatic Society.

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Thank you to everyone who made Parade such a sold out success in March 2014! 



Click here for a review of Parade on Michael Gray's Art Blog.

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NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Review of Parade:

Billericay Operatic Society Parade

Director – Wayne Carpenter
Choreographer - Jane Granby
Musical Director – Ian Southgate

Performed at The Brentwood Theatre on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 7.30pm

This is a completely new show to me so, until I read the synopsis in the programme, I did not know what to expect. Based on a true story set in the deep south of America in 1913, it tells the tale of a miscarriage of justice, deeply rooted southern American prejudices and, ultimately, love.

It is quite a dark story and the music was technically very difficult, as it had a lot of discord and complicated harmonies. The company really did it justice, tackling the intricate music with a lot of confidence, although, just occasionally, they were a little tentative starting the singing but, in the main, an excellent job so congratulations to Ian Southgate, the MD, and the company for being prepared to go with it.

Wayne Carpenter played the lead role of Leo Frank as well as directing the production, a difficult task but one that he obviously relishes. His characterisation of the Jewish businessman, trapped in a dilemma over which he has little control was excellent. Fiona Whittaker played his wife Lucille, with great style and empathy, her singing was outstanding. And she displayed some real warmth in the role which came across to us in the audience.

Nic Graham was terrific as the ex-convict Jim Conley, his songs were real belters and he really did them justice. His characterisation was also extremely good, quite a scary interpretation but on the nail. Nicole Clements was delightful as Mary Phagan, a lovely singing voice and a beautiful portrayal of the innocent girl. Matthew Carpenter (Frankie Epps) also gave a strong performance, singing his songs with energy and real passion.

Cheryl Johnson gave a terrific performance as the victim’s mother, Mrs Phagan; she was consistently acting the part and brought the character to life really well. Bob Southgate (Hugh Dorsey) Mark Clements (Tom Watson) and Brian Plumb (Governor Slaton) all produced excellent supporting performances. Peter Brown gave an excellent characterisation as the reporter Britt Craig, nice to see him back at Billericay!

Unfortunately I simply don’t have the space to mention all the characters by name but they all produced excellent performances with some outstanding singing of a very tricky score. The chorus also provided some lovely performances, there was cohesiveness throughout the cast and no-one let the side down.

The scenery was perfect, very simple but very effective and the scene changes were achieved with minimum disruption to the pace of the show. The costumes were, quite simply, outstanding. As a costume maker myself, I can appreciate the work that went into creating the ladies costumes in particular. The use of themed colours in the various scenes really came across and the dresses in the tea dance were particularly attractive. Sound was good, although I did have difficulty hearing some of the singing and I am not sure of this was because the performer was a bit tentative or the mics were not turned up enough.

Lighting was, generally, good, although a bit late coming up on occasions and it was a pity that on a couple of occasions the member of cast was not standing in the right place for the lighting. However these are very minor criticisms and I am sure will be worked out over the next couple of performances.

Overall, another really great show from Billericay and congratulations on taking the risk with an unknown show, I really enjoyed the performance.

Tessa Davies

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BOS NOMINATED FOR 8 BRENT AWARDS in 2013 

The Kramer Family Best Production of a Musical - Fiddler on-the-Roof

Best Design of a Musical - Fiddler on-the-Roof

Best Actor in a Musical - Wayne Carpenter

Best Actress in a Musical - Gail Carpenter

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Matthew Carpenter

Best Performance by an under 18 - Matthew Carpenter

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical - Fiona Whittaker

The Margaret Hutton Youth Group Award - BOS Under 18 Members

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Thank you to everyone who made Fiddler on the Roof a sell out success in April 2013!


Click here for a review of Fiddler on the Roof on Michael Gray's Art Blog.

Click here for the NODA review of Fiddler on the Roof.