Braintree: Professional pantomime comes to town

Braintree and Witham Times: Show director Patrick Jacobs (right) with representatives from the Bocking Arts Theatre Show director Patrick Jacobs (right) with representatives from the Bocking Arts Theatre

A family pantomime is being produced by a professional cast of actors this Christmas.

The classic tale of Snow White is being performed at the Bocking Arts Theatre from December 20 to 26.

A team of West End actors, plus performers from the Star Struck Theatre School, will be bringing heaps of family fun and entertainment.

There will be laughs, songs, dancing and special effects to keep all ages thoroughly enthralled.

Show director Patrick Jacobs said: “Snow White is a fantastic pantomime story. It will be a real family show with lots of comedy from the comic characters, dance and song, special effects and lots of joining in.”

Visitors will also have the chance to pop into Santa’s grotto and receive a present from Father Christmas himself.

* Snow White is being performed at the Bocking Arts Theatre, Bocking End, Braintree, from December 20 to 26.

Tickets are priced between £8.50 and £12.50. For full details of prices and show times, visit thebockingartstheatrecomplex.co.uk

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11:58am Sun 16 Dec 12

liam_lawless@hotmail.com says...

Only thing is that the people of Braintree don't want to pay £12.50 to sit in a run down venue !
Only thing is that the people of Braintree don't want to pay £12.50 to sit in a run down venue ! liam_lawless@hotmail.com

1:21pm Sun 16 Dec 12

OMPITA [UK] says...

£12.50 is less than you would have paid for a pint of beer and a jacket potato at this year’s Olympics just up the road at Stratford. Is that really so much considering all the effort that goes on behind the scenes to lay on an event of this nature?

I thought this Christmas malarkey was all about ‘getting into the spirit of things’. Seems to me that most people just want everything to be perfectly presented to them, preferably in a flawless digital format, in the comfort of a four or five star environment - and certainly without the inconvenience of actually paying for it!

Let’s hear a few reminiscences from the last generation, who, when they were ‘orrible little kids during the late ‘fifties gleefully trooped to what was then the Bocking End Institute to take in the magic of Francis Golightly’s annual productions.

Corny and amateurish perhaps they might have been by today’s standards but I doubt if the supposedly ‘run down’ venue - I’ll bet it was a lot more draughty and cold in those days despite caretaker George Claydon’s? battles with the antiquated boiler - had any significant impact on their enjoyment of Madie Russels’ leotard clad little troupers plonking around to the off-beat melody from organ.
£12.50 is less than you would have paid for a pint of beer and a jacket potato at this year’s Olympics just up the road at Stratford. Is that really so much considering all the effort that goes on behind the scenes to lay on an event of this nature? I thought this Christmas malarkey was all about ‘getting into the spirit of things’. Seems to me that most people just want everything to be perfectly presented to them, preferably in a flawless digital format, in the comfort of a four or five star environment - and certainly without the inconvenience of actually paying for it! Let’s hear a few reminiscences from the last generation, who, when they were ‘orrible little kids during the late ‘fifties gleefully trooped to what was then the Bocking End Institute to take in the magic of Francis Golightly’s annual productions. Corny and amateurish perhaps they might have been by today’s standards but I doubt if the supposedly ‘run down’ venue - I’ll bet it was a lot more draughty and cold in those days despite caretaker George Claydon’s? battles with the antiquated boiler - had any significant impact on their enjoyment of Madie Russels’ leotard clad little troupers plonking around to the off-beat melody from [Roy Cloughton’s?] organ. OMPITA [UK]

9:29pm Sun 16 Dec 12

liam_lawless@hotmail.com says...

My friend has been to a few events there and found them to be cancelled since the council signed the venue over - not really acceptable ! Plus loads of local groups have been forced to leave over price hikes - I thought it was Bern passed over to local community not professional money makers !
My friend has been to a few events there and found them to be cancelled since the council signed the venue over - not really acceptable ! Plus loads of local groups have been forced to leave over price hikes - I thought it was Bern passed over to local community not professional money makers ! liam_lawless@hotmail.com

11:43pm Sun 16 Dec 12

OMPITA [UK] says...

According to Wikipedia, the facility – built in 1863 - was ‘bequeathed to the citizens of Braintree’ by George Courtauld and his family.

In light of Liam’s comments above, the question that naturally emerges – just as we approach the 150th anniversary of this charitable act - is ‘Who does it actually belong to right now?’

Has it – as Liam appears to imply - been ‘signed over by the council to a commercial interest’? Or does it still remain as an asset belonging to the citizens of Braintree’?

Can anybody provide a definitive answer?
According to Wikipedia, the facility – built in 1863 - was ‘bequeathed to the citizens of Braintree’ by George Courtauld and his family. In light of Liam’s comments above, the question that naturally emerges – just as we approach the 150th anniversary of this charitable act - is ‘Who does it actually belong to right now?’ Has it – as Liam appears to imply - been ‘signed over by the council to a commercial interest’? Or does it still remain as an asset belonging to the citizens of Braintree’? Can anybody provide a definitive answer? OMPITA [UK]

1:03pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Must be mad says...

It's now privately owned, my daughters dance school used to be held there every weekend and the shows every 2 years always on the same date. Since the new owners took over they double booked our show date at last minute. They were given a big grant (unsure how much but certain it was in the thousands) to re decorate and freshen the place up and all they did was paint one wall in the hallway but the owners had a nice new car each! Coincedence?? The dance school has now moved after countless complaints to the owners about the hygiene and state of it. In my opinion they don't care about the building all they see is £££'s!
It's now privately owned, my daughters dance school used to be held there every weekend and the shows every 2 years always on the same date. Since the new owners took over they double booked our show date at last minute. They were given a big grant (unsure how much but certain it was in the thousands) to re decorate and freshen the place up and all they did was paint one wall in the hallway but the owners had a nice new car each! Coincedence?? The dance school has now moved after countless complaints to the owners about the hygiene and state of it. In my opinion they don't care about the building all they see is £££'s! Must be mad

2:49pm Thu 20 Dec 12

OMPITA [UK] says...

This sounds like a perfect subject for some classic investigative journalism.

Does anybody know of any newspaper that might be capable and prepared to pursue this on behalf of the citizens of Braintree?

I’m afraid I can’t think of any myself.
This sounds like a perfect subject for some classic investigative journalism. Does anybody know of any newspaper that might be capable and prepared to pursue this on behalf of the citizens of Braintree? I’m afraid I can’t think of any myself. OMPITA [UK]

10:20am Fri 21 Dec 12

brain1 says...

OMPITA wrote:
This sounds like a perfect subject for some classic investigative journalism.

Does anybody know of any newspaper that might be capable and prepared to pursue this on behalf of the citizens of Braintree?

I’m afraid I can’t think of any myself.
How about the Braintree And Witham Times?
Any investigation needs to consult with ALL groups that used to rent the venue and what has happened to them now.
I understand they have a Comedy Club what an apt name for the place and administrators
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [UK][/bold] wrote: This sounds like a perfect subject for some classic investigative journalism. Does anybody know of any newspaper that might be capable and prepared to pursue this on behalf of the citizens of Braintree? I’m afraid I can’t think of any myself.[/p][/quote]How about the Braintree And Witham Times? Any investigation needs to consult with ALL groups that used to rent the venue and what has happened to them now. I understand they have a Comedy Club what an apt name for the place and administrators brain1

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