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Wow! What a finish to an emotional week! Hospital Food was dedicated in memory of Paul Jenkins, Scott and Elliot's dad and Babs the raffle guru's husband. His fond memories of working as a Butlins red coat always made me chuckle. He loved performing and would have been so proud of this weeks young performers and his family.
I can't begin to tell you how these young people have approached and inspired all us coaches. Especially Jess who lost her dad to cancer, George who's nana is currently fighting, Isaac's Nan god bless her, my own uncle Kevin who is smiling above us and my Auntie also fighting this terrible illness. Last night an old dear theatre friend, Sally was supposed to be watching and has been admitted back to hospital this week. A teaching colleague, friend and mother also fighting and the many other families currently facing the ripples of its grip.
Thank you just doesn't seem enough for those supporting and who watched the play, which in all honestly is a very difficult thing to sit through. We hope in performing this play we help those that feel alone with the illness, that the young people have an outlet to talk (if they want) about their feelings and that together we can shine light in to those dark places cancer spreads to. We're just trying our best to do good work in our community. All the companies who have supported the production, raffle and various parts of the play a big thank you too.
They say 3's the magic number... yes it is, it's the magic number! This week three directors, took three casts, for three nights, with three different interpretations! We have roughly worked out we have raised around £3,000 pounds... for Duchess of Kent, Sue Ryder hospice, another place striving to do good work in difficult times. Kind wishes to all who have donated. A special mention to Tilehurst cast member Tom Bailey for raising over £700 too. A challenge it sure has been, but on many levels a thing of real beauty.
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Easter School 2017
Believe in yourself as you dance, sing and act...
This four-day theatre course will be based on the hit film Disney’s Descendants.
Our fun filled week will include games, mime, music, singing, dance, team work, make-up, costume and so much more...
In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King ‘Beast’ and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption to the trouble-making teenaged descendants of defeated villains exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains’ descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes’ kids.
This Easter school promises to be a Disney spectacular, working on scripts, songs and dances from the film.
So it’s time to Believe in yourself and jump straight in, meet new friends and go berzerk!
EASTER HOLIDAY 2017
Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April, 10am – 4pm
Show at 3.30pm on Thursday 13 April
SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE
21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
Limited spaces available
EARLY BIRD PRICE: £100 if you book before 1 March
This week Elf opened at The Alan Cornish Theatre at The Oakwood in Woodley. We are delighted to be performing to sell out audiences and you can see our Five Star review here. Heartfelt thanks to all that have supported the production and bought tickets to attend.
We were very excited to be given the opportunity from Artangel to provide a youth theatre performance piece inside the prison. For one night only, four of our classes created work on a promenade theatre piece based on the other infamous inmates at Reading Gaol.
We are proud to once again be providing the children and young people for Ballet and Opera International's production of La Bohème at The Hexagon. We know all those involved will have a wonderful experience being involved. For more details click here.
MAKE Reading's Santa's Grotto - Saturday 3rd Dec
Ho, ho, ho... Santa's back for the last ever appearance at Reading's iconic Jacksons department store.
Each session including Christmas Crafts, the Elves and Santa lasts approx 30 mins.
This year at Jacksons... jelly, Berzerk Productions and Spirited Events are back for a third year presenting an immersive Father Christmas to spread even more Christmas cheer for Reading's believers...
For groups of up to 7 children at a time (they can come with friends) they will get creative and then cookie decorating with the crafty Elves, a visit to Santa's grotto for games and story time with Father Christmas.
This year there is an option of a personal Santa selfie photo, new grotto surprises and a gift.
Many happy parents expressed their delight in the experience for the last 2 years and how it created a warm feeling for their children, many of whom saved their gold coin to leave for Santa on Christmas eve. Come see and feel the magic for yourself.
Bookings limited so don't delay.
Other Dates available:
Saturday 3rd December
Sunday 4th December
Saturday 10th December
Sunday 11th December
Here's just a few comments from last 2 years believers...
Andrew Taylor @apomd - 5 Dec 2015
My boys loved @thejellyReading and @BerzerkPro Santa's Grotto. Perfectly pitched and brilliantly played to each child's nature. #makeRDG
Sarah Hacker @mayorofreading - 6 Dec 2015
Heading to #MakeRDG shortly and taking the boys to the best Santa in town then @Thehexagon for panto & collecting for my charities #rdguk
RONNIE PIE-KERING @fuelled_by_pies - 29 Nov 2015
Just visited Make Reading at Reading Town Hall. Beautiful crafts on sale, and best Santa ever! Give it a look #rdguk #rdg #makerdg
Sarah Hacker @CllrSarahHacker - 29 Nov 2015
I can wholeheartedly recommend the #makeRDG Santa's Grotto which is open tomorrow too. #rdg #rdguk @thejellyReading
New Term Details
Term starts back week commencing 9th January 2017. We are very much looking forward to seeing all our students, new and old for a term of banging workshops. We trust you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year! #GoBerzerk
St Edwards School
St Edwards School take to the stage in their production of The Lion King, next week. We are very excited to be performing at Leighton Park.
New Drama Factory Venues
We are proud to be providing the Drama Factory club for Reading's newest free school The Wren Classes are held on a Thursday after school and for full information drop us a mail to
Battle Primary Academy have also joined our little hub of schools providing the drama factory workshops. We are delighted to be coaching there and look forward to creating some inspiring work at the school.
Berzerk are going straight in to Compton!
Our new class has taken off in Compton with three full classes. We look forward to our first term in our newest location and hope everyone enjoyed the open evening.
Due to the massive success in our Little Char-Actors class for the ages 4 to 6 in Pangbourne and Tilehurst we are proud to announce that we are starting a new Little Char-Actors class in Caversham and Woodley in 2017. The classes are only a price busting £47 per ten-week term. With many years of working with this age group in our school classes, we are excited to now offer them at our private centres.
Our specially designed workshops focus on many aspects of character and personality building, alongside our confidence, self-esteem and vocal work for this age group. Only 10 places available. For information please email
or call 07863 734 830. Have fun! Do Good!
Berzerk have provided their "silent short film project" in over 8 schools this year. Potion X, Theseus and the Minotaur, Robin Hood and Jekyll and Hyde. Thanks for those schools that have booked us for the second or third year running!