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Brook Street Productions is a professional theatre company run by a small group of friends who woke up one day and thought it would be a great idea to take their acting and performing careers in to their own hands and we've not done badly so far. First of all there was our appearance at The Actors Church in Covent Garden in December 2010. James Beal, Jonathan Niton and Amanda-Jane Short had the honour of supporting such stars as Lesley Garret and Simon Williams at The Royal Theatrical Fund's Christmas concert. The Brook Street team sang a close harmony medley arranged by our very own James 'Jimbo' Beal and we're very proud to say it was wonderfully received.
Next came our Cabaret 'Sing while your Swimming' Performed in April 2011 on board our very favourite cabaret venue (and home from home) The Battersea Barge. Our feast of comedy songs and characters went down a treat with comments from the audience such as:
“wonderful to see so much talent on display!” and “....voices that'll knock your socks off!”
Well that's very nice, we thought. Shall we do another? And so in September 2011 Amanda-Jane Short and Jonathan Niton from Brook Street Productions took to the Kenton Theatre's stage with a production of 'April in Paris' by John Godber. We think it's safe to say that the audience enjoyed that one too. Here's what they said:
“Amanda Jane Short’s direction concentrates successfully on the witty dialogue, at times sparkling, that a play like this requires. Also performing as Bet she produces a compelling performance that rollercoaster’s between hilarious dry humour and at times a poignancy to move the audience to tears. A familiar face at the Kenton Theatre, Jonathan Niton is excellent as her husband Al and the lighting and sound cleverly add to the mood of the piece. This is local company ‘Brook Street Productions’ first offering and we look forward to more.”
The Watlington Times
We were on a role! So at the end of November 2011 BSP, introducing Phillip Short as vocalist and guitarist, took over the gorgeous town hall in Watlington for a night of Christmas magic with 'A Night Before Christmas'.
“A Night Before Christmas proved to be another fantastic production from Watlington’s finest: Brook Street Productions!
The show was a festive treat — a truly original format which brought the old town hall building to life last Saturday evening....Directed from the piano by James Beal, the show was fresh and entertaining, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”
The Henley Standard
'A Night Before Christmas' has become our trademark show and in December 2012 The Kent stage Academy of Performing Arts asked us to come in and produce the show for them using KSA students. It was a great success and not only did we have the great pleasure of working with some future professionals, we also raised some money for Cancer Research. Winner!
Alongside the comedy cabarets and Christmas festivities, BSP have also produced a rehearsed reading of 'Twelfth Night' at The Royal Theatrical Fund's offices, a Theatre in Education Production for schools in Beckenham, Kent to promote healthy eating for kids and in 2012 Jimbo and Amanda-Jane entertained an audience at the Groucho Club for The So And So Arts Club.
We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and thankful for all the opportunities given to us. We hope our loyal audience will continue to support us and encourage others to come and see what we're all about.