MTC receives Gold Award

MTC has several different partners in the community, one of them being theYouth Service.

As part of this partnership we are required to under go inspections. Consequently, last term our Senior Drama classes where observed by members of the Youth Commissioning Team and we are pleased to announce that we received a Gold Award for our class delivery, and apparently not many organisations manage to achieve this. So we are very pleased with ourselves.

The award can be seen in reception.

Award-winning success

Thanks to everyone who came to the Awards/BBQ at the weekend. We raised £616.98 towards the building fund, and it’s been great to see so many comments on photos on Facebook too.  We’ll get some of the photos and video online as soon as we can.

Particularly honoured to have had Patron of Equal People, Lee Mead, there to present the awards and certificates to our fantastic students, and to also be joined by members of the Lee Mead Appreciation Society – or “Meadaholics” – who are undertaking a great deal of fundraising for the new building also.

Mamma Mia, starring Penni Bubb


For those who missed it, ITV’s Surprise Surprise arranged a very special surprise for Penni Bubb, with a little help from a few of the many parents and teachers whom she has inspired over the past nine years after setting up Mushroom Theatre Company. You can view the full programme on ITV Player, but the following extract is also available on YouTube

Local Dance Teacher recognised by “Surprise Surprise”

STATUS – Restricted until 20:00 UK-time Sunday 22 September 2013

Screenshot_2013-09-19-22-31-05-1Local Dance Teacher recognised by “Surprise Surprise”

Local dance teacher, Penni Bubb was recognised for her contribution to the community by Surprise Surprise this week. Penni, who founded Mushroom Theatre Company (MTC) nearly 10 years ago, was nominated by one of her students, Sam Burling.

ITV had been in correspondence with staff at MTC since February and filming had been arranged on the pretext that it was for a potential documentary programme. Penni may have suspected that there was something afoot, but nothing prepared her for the surprise that the team had planned.

She was whisked away back stage and later reappeared, performing with the cast of the West End production of Mama Mia!

The staff, students and parents/carers at Mushroom Theatre Company wanted Penni to know how much they appreciate the hard work that she has put into the company since 2004. As a fully inclusive theatre company, MTC integrates able-bodied performers alongside disabled children, or those with special needs. Penni works tirelessly to promote the social and therapeutic benefits of performing arts. MTC’s sister organisation, Equal People is the fundraising arm of the business, and the aim has always been to have their own theatre which would be totally accessible to all.

Over the past few years, Penni has been searching for a building that would be suitable to convert.

This has proved to be an almost impossible task, and Penni began to make plans to refurbish the existing premises. Unfortunately, being a mushroom shed, this building presents many obstacles to providing a fully inclusive service. Refurbishment is still an option, but the search for new premises is on-going, and has recently brought some exciting possibilities. Any refurbishment of the existing premises or adaptation to a new building will require a great deal of planning and work. MTC would welcome enquiries from any local business/individual that would be willing to provide quotations, services or sponsorship.

Penni makes it quite clear that although she was recognised by the ITV programme, everyone at MTC works together to ensure that children and young adults have the opportunity to enjoy performing arts.

Penni says ‘It was a wonderful, unexpected and exciting experience appearing on the show and I would like to thank Amanda Hart and all the staff and my family for working so hard to make it possible. However, Mushroom Theatre Company is and will always be a team effort and my staff and helpers work way beyond the call of duty and I could never thank them enough for what they do for me and the students at MTC’ .

Penni can be contacted through the website:

Charlotte Wins Award

Mushroom Theatre’s much loved Charlotte Spink-Hart won an award last week at the Rayleigh Town Councils Annual Town Meeting.

The event awarded various local individuals for their successes and achievements.

Charlotte received and won the award for High Achiever Disabled Adult.