Grand Opening Celebration

Equal People Performing Arts, the new home of Mushroom Theatre Company, is pleased to announce itsgrandopening3

Grand Opening Celebration
Sunday 25 January
11.30am – 4.00pm
29 Brook Road Rayleigh

Come along and see our newly-built fully-inclusive studios, and take part in a free MasterClass taster session!


Time Studio 1 Studio 2
11.30-12.00 Baby Ballet
Modern & Tap
Primary Ballet
Modern & Tap
12.15-12.45 Junior
Musical Theatre
1.00-1.30 Junior
Special Needs
Musical Theatre
1.45-2.15 Junior
2.30-3.00 Singing Senior
3.15-3.45 Special Needs
Musical Theatre

There’ll also be face painting, entertainers, raffle, tombola, refreshments, special star guests, gift bags, discounts and special offers.

For more information call Penni on 01268 906470 or 07985 422485 or Contact Us.

Places on the Master Class sessions are limited, and advance booking is required.

Can you help….?

Five weeks ’til showtime, eek!
(update – only 2 now, extra eek!)

Our Celebrate show is a really special event for us, celebrating ten fantastic years, and many great achievements. We want to make the show accessible to as many people as possible – physically and financially – and also use it as an opportunity to continue raising funds towards our vision of an accessible performing arts venue in the area.

To that end, there are a number of ways that individuals and local businesses can get involved in supporting us as we Celebrate!

Raffle Prizes

We’ll be holding a raffle at each of the shows, and also at our Curry Night. If you are able to donate a prize or two that would be great. It could be a physical item – maybe even an unwanted Christmas present – or a service… maybe you run a salon and can donate a manicure, a gardener may offer an hour’s work…. you get the idea?

Advertising and Sponsorship

We have a number of opportunities for local businesses and organisations to advertise in the show programme from just £10, or even to sponsor a show or our VIP Charity Reception. Show sponsors would have an opportunity to promote themselves at the show, receive free tickets, be promoted in our programme at all shows, and also be promoted through our Social Media channels, and those of the company that is organising the sponsorship for us.  Advertising starts at just £10 for a box ad or £50 for a full-size ad. Show sponsorship is £500 and could be classed as advertising/marketing or charitable donation if the accountants ask.

Match Funding

We have many other fundraising plans for 2014, some of which we have secured match-funding for from local and national businesses. If you work for a Company that offers charity match funding we’d love to hear from you!

Building work…

Finally we have some much-needed building work to commission, which will enable us to expand what we currently offer to local children and young people, in particular those who are disabled or have additional needs. To that end we’re also keen to hear from any builders or tradesmen who may be able to offer services or materials to the Charity.

If you’d like to help, want more information or have any suggestions that may help us achieve the next step of the journey please share them through the contact form below. Many thanks!

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Alternatively, add a comment below or speak to one of the Team.

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: