Olly Pike – Fantastic Success & Search For A Blue Peter Presenter


Olly Pike is an old student of mine from Fitz and he has been in the West End Show ‘We Will Rock You’, CBBC’s Trapped and is now with the Dora the Explorer touring production. He recently came down to Mushroom to run some workshops and help out with PALS and everybody loved him. Olly has recently sent a show reel audition to Blue Peter and would love you all to watch it, like it & share it on YouTube….

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You can also visit his kids entertainment website www.popnolly.com

The RRAVS Awards

On the evening of Wednesday 29th May 2012 a host of MTC volunteers recieved awards from Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS.)

We would like to say a huge congratulations and a big thank you to our winners: Pat Mitchell, Beth Culver, Rosemary Culver, Dean Shelley, and Pat Wood for their help given over the years!

An extra congratulations must go to Pat Wood as she was the overall winner of the Volutnteers awards for 2012 for Rayleigh and Rochford District Council.

Thank you to the winners and to all the Mushroom Volunteers!

Southend Business Award

MTC were awarded the Southend Business of the Yeart Award. At a star studded ceremony held locally, the MTC crew were deemed winners of the prestigious business award.

MP Congratulates MTC on Great Performance

Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, has offered congratulations to the Mushroom Theatre Company following a performance of their latest show, which took place at Seevic College in Benfleet in late July.

The performance included a variety of musical numbers, several soloists and also a number of sketches, which were performed by the company’s mixture of fully able bodied and handicapped children, to a full house of over 100 people in the college theatre.

The Mushroom Theatre Company, which has its base at Lubbards Farm, on the Hullbridge Road just north of Rayleigh, is an organisation which is allied to the charity Equal People, which provides an environment in which both handicapped and fully able bodied young people can participate in dance and drama.

Commenting on the Mushroom Theatre Company’s performance, Mark Francois said: “I have seen a number of shows down the years, with everything ranging from school plays to Les Miserables but I can honestly say that I have never seen anything quite like the performance from the Mushroom Theatre Company last week. The sheer energy which these young people put into the performance is wonderful to behold and it is also great to see both able bodied and handicapped kids working so closely and enthusiastically together to deliver the show. When you see a production like this it really puts a lot of day to day frustrations into perspective and I absolutely recommend anybody who has not seen this company before to get a ticket next time they lay on a show.”

The Mushroom Theatre Company and its related charity, Equal People, are seeking to raise funds for a new theatre of their own and anyone interested joining the company or assist in their fundraising effort is encouraged to contact the company on 01268 780596.

Mushroom Students Blitz Exams

Hugh Congratulations to all the dance and drama students who took their exams this year.  All mushroom students passed the professionally accredited exams and we couldn’t be prouder.

Well done guys! Keep up the hard work!