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“Go on Nancy, give us a tune!”

Published: October 19th, 2017

With our production of ‘Oliver!’ only three weeks away, we thought we’d let you have a little sneak preview of what we have in store for you! Please use the Facebook address below to watch our Nancy (Jennifer Swanepoel) performing her very own rendition of ...

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BOST’s New President

Published: October 10th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Brian Corfe will be the new president for Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust. He will be taking over the role from Aldham Robarts, whom we would like to give an extra special thank you for all his wonderful support over ...

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Our Cast is Complete!

Published: October 10th, 2017

We are excited to announce that we have finally cast our canine star for ‘Oliver!’ and we have certainly hit the “Bullseye” with this one. Bruce is a 5 year old English Bull Terrier and belongs to his lovely owners Fran and Jim from Eastham. ...

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Elsie Kelly

Elsie has been the permanent Director of BOST since 1973. She was for many years Head of Theatre Studies at the Elliott-Clarke College, and was a lecturer on the Edge Hill Theatre and Media course. Elsie is Merseyside’s most experienced Director of musicals, with more than eighty to her credit – many at the Liverpool Empire. She has also directed professional pantomimes at the Empire, Neptune, Floral Pavilion and Theatre Royal, St Helens – starring such artists as Les Dawson, Windsor Davis, Melvyn Hayes and Norman Vaughan.

As an actress Elsie has appeared many times on television, first coming to prominence as Mrs. Tardebigge in the original “Crossroads”. She appeared in all three series of “The Famous Five” as the Housekeeper, and in “Ghosthunters”, “Animal Ark”, “Hearts and Minds”, “Bread” and “Boys from the Blackstuff”. She was also a leading character in all three series of “Harry and the Wrinklies”. On film Elsie played Julie Walters’ Sister-in-Law in “Intimate Relations” and the Grandmother of Jason Isaacs and Nick Moran in “Brotherly Love”. In recent years, Elsie has become best known for playing Johnny Vegas’s mother, Noreen Maltby, in the hugely successful ITV series “Benidorm”. The last few years have been incredibly busy for Elsie; as well as continuing to direct BOST’s major productions, she has appeared in “Skins”, “The Peter Serafinowicz Christmas Show”, the BBC2 play “Occupation 2”, and in the feature film “Late Bloomers”, starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. Most recently she has returned to our TV screens as Noreen in the fifth series of “Benidorm”.

 

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