The 2015-2016 season

ECC: Dick Whittington (18, 27, 28 June)

The ECC is auditioning for its January 2016 Pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Magical Cat, which will be taking place at the Auderghem Cultural Centre from 8-10 January 2016.

Auditions will be held at The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Schaerbeek on:

  • Thursday 18 June 8-10pm
  • Saturday 27 June 11am-1pm
  • Sunday 28 June 2-4pm

There are speaking and chorus parts for both adults and children, so come along and enjoy the fun. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance for the auditions.

For further information email conradtoft@gmail.com.

Green Parrot: Peter Pan (14 Sept – 8 Oct)

Green Parrot is auditioning for its 2016 performance of Peter Pan the Musical, which will be taking place at the Woluwe Cultural Centre from 17-20 March (six shows).

Auditions will be held at Ter Ijse, Stationstraat 8, 3090 Overijse (2nd floor).

Auditions are open to anyone and no preparation is necessary.

We are looking for a cast of 130 including 10 adult principals and 10 teen/child principals. There are also lots of chorus parts for both adults and children, so come along and enjoy the fun.

For further information visit the audition notice on our website atwww.greenparrot.eu

ECC: Mrs Klein (22-26 Sept 2015)

by Nicholas Wright
Warehouse Studio Theatre, 22 – 26 September at 20:00

Melanie Klein has just lost her son in what appears to be a climbing accident. His death brings the long-standing conflict with her daughter Melitta to a sharp climax. Professional rivalries mix with visceral family resentments – and taboo-breaking psychoanalytic theories. Caught (or carefully positioned) between the warring mother-daughter pair is Paula – Melitta’s friend and Mrs Klein’s would-be protégée.

Tickets (€15) can be booked at http://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/ecc

ATC: Death of a Salesman (7-11 Oct 2015)

Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Glenn Vaughan

Marking the 100th anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth, the ATC is proud to present his greatest classic, Death of a Salesman, for our October main stage.

Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity—and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.

Bronks Theatre
Rue du Marché aux Porcs 15-17
Brussels 1000

General admission: €18
Group discount (10 or more tickets): €12

Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the show.
Evening performances will start at 20.00
The Sunday matinee with start at 14.30

To book your tickets click here

BSS: Faust/Wulf (13-17 October 2015)

BSS Faust/Wulf PosterDirected by Stephen Challens, these adaptations of two mythic tales – Marlowe’s ‘Dr. Faustus’ and the Anglo-Saxon tale ‘Beowulf’ – are given a modern re-interpretation.

At the Chapelle De Boondael, Square du Vieux Tilleul, Ixelles 1050 from:
13th-17th of October 2015 at 20.00
17th of October 2015 at 14.00
Tickets: Adults €16, Discounts €14

If you cannot access our tickets page via the link beliow please reserve by sending an email to bss.boxoffice@gmail.com.


ECC: AGM (21 Oct 2015)

21 October 2015, 8pm
The Bar Room, Rue Waelhem 73, 1030 Brussels

The AGM will be followed by a play reading session of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound – this promises to be a lot of fun! All are welcome to participate, or simply enjoy listening to others read this very funny play.

The committee is always keen to welcome new members, if you feel you would like to be more involved in the running of the club please let one of the committee members know, email our Chair Lyn at chair@ecc.theatreinbrussels.com or just turn up on the night!

To register your intention to come to the AGM, or to ensure your regrets are recorded, please sign up via our Doodle Poll: http://doodle.com/poll/gwxca4vednepdbuu#table

PLEASE NOTE: We are required by law to circulate the minutes of the previous AGM. To facilitate this we have updated the September 2015 Ecco, and you will now find the minutes of the October 2014 AGM and a Nomination Form for officers and members of the ECC Committee for 2015, attached to ECCO here: http://ecc.theatreinbrussels.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-September.pdf. If you wish they can be printed off from this link.

ITG: Quietly (3-7 Nov 2015)

The Irish Theatre Group presents Quietly, Owen McCafferty’s powerful story about truth and forgiveness, directed by Lyn Wainright.

The action is tightly concentrated: seventy-five minutes, three characters, one act. Jimmy and Ian, two middle-aged Belfast men, are meeting tonight for the first time. They have a shared past. They need to talk.

But this is not the beginning of a beautiful friendship, more the reaching of a plateau of understanding.

The performances will take place from 3 – 7 November in the Warehouse Studio Theatre, rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Schaerbeek, at 20.00. Tickets cost €15 and are available from https://thelittleboxoffice.com/itg

ECC: The Real Inspector Hound (5, 8, 11 Nov 2015)

AUDITIONS for cast will be  held:

Thursday 5 November 7pm
Sunday 8 November 12-1pm
Wednesday 11 November 3pm

All at: Rue des Atrebates 27, 1040 Brussels
Very close to Montgomery Metro – Contact Janet for more details

The Real Inspector Hound
Janet writes:  The Real Inspector Hound is a wonderfully funny play which I am looking forward to hamming up a bit.  I am looking for actors who have either retired from the stage or who have not yet plucked up the courage to perform – as well as some more experienced actors – by allowing the security of lines on stage if this will enhance the actors’ security.  How this will happen is secret at the moment!Subject to availability of the cast, rehearsals will be twice a week, and I would like to have at least one of those as an afternoon rehearsal, perhaps both, subject to progress (ie we might need to add a third rehearsal).Characters
Moon – M or F – any age
Birdwood – M
Mrs Drudge – F – older
Simon – M
Felicity – F – any age up to 50s
Cynthia – F – any age up to 60s
Magnus – M – older
Inspector Hound – M or F any age
Radio Voice – M or F
Body – M or F – No lines, just needs to lie still!  But this is a comedy …
Other – 6 or 7 people to act as audience.Dinner For One
Hugh writes:
  Dinner for One is a two handed sketch lasting 18 minutes involving an elderly lady being served dinner by an increasing squiffy butler. The joke’s dependent upon the old lady confusing the butler with her many lovers: the ending is mildly risqué. Its claim to fame is that German TV executives, catching sight of it live in the UK in 1963, thought it would do at a pinch for New Year’s Eve television. Since then it has unaccountably become a part of required German, Swiss, Swedish, Danish, Faroese and heaven-knows where else’s required Hogmanay viewing. Most northern Germans know it off by heart. So funny little sketch or cultural phenomenon, take your pick.If either of If these plays interests you, please come along to audition!  Janet and Hugh would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to register their interest or have further information.

Janet: 0495 94 2991 or middletonjanetk@gmail.com
Hugh: 0494 33 7025 or hughjamesdow@gmail.com

We are also hoping to encourage new back stage crew – so if you’ve had a secret hankering to become involved without having to perform on stage, now is your chance to let us know!  We will find you someone to help you along the way, so please don’t think you’ll just get thrown in and left to flounder.  To register your interest, please contact Janet – or just come along to the AGM.

ETC: Amour et Musique (11-14 Nov 2015)

Act 1: “AMOUR ET PIANO”, a one act farce by Georges Feydeau, performed in English, with surtitles in French. Director Hugh Dow. The play hinges on an important misunderstanding between a feisty young woman and a pushy young man, and things go downhill from there…

Act 2: “MR CHOUFLEURI RESTERA CHEZ LUI LE.. .. .. “, a one act comic opera by Jacques Offenbach, performed in French, with surtitles in English. Stage Director Anna Holmén, Music Director Elizabeth Flynn. This small gem of a piece tells the tale of a young couple caught up in her father’s ambition to put on a musical evening to show off to his friends, and what happens when it starts going wrong…

Théâtre Le Petit Varia, rue Gray 154, 1050 Ixelles.
11th-14th November 2015 at 20.00.

For more information see http://www.europeantheatreclub.eu

Tickets €16 (€14 for 10 tickets or more): tickets.etcetera@gmail.com 
Tel: 0479 687 503

ECC: Dick Whittington (8-10 Jan 2016)

Following on from the successful productions of Jack & the Beanstalk in December 2013 and Aladdin in January 2015, the ECC is proud to present a brand new panto –Dick Whittington and His Magical Cat! This well-loved British tale is (very loosely!) based on the legends surrounding Richard Whittington (Lord Mayor of London from 1354-1423) and is told with humour and energy and promises to be great fun for all the family.

Dick Whittington leaves a country village with his cat, Tommy, to make his fortune in London, where the streets are paved with gold. When he arrives he finds, instead streets overrun by rats.

This launches Dick on an adventure that takes him from London to Brussels and beyond. Along the way, he meets the girl of his dreams, Alice, as well as Alderman Fitzgerald, Sarah the Cook, King Rat and many, many others, including you!

Bursting with humour, songs and magic, this show will delight young and old. Oh, yes it will!

Performances are on Friday 8 January (20:00), and Saturday and Sunday 9-10 January (13:30, 17:00), at the Auderghem Cultural Centre, Boulevard du Souverain 183, 1160 Brussels.

Tickets (€16 for adults, €12 for children) are available fromhttp://thelittleboxoffice.com/ec

ITG: Play reading – The London Vertigo (20 Jan 2016)

We are holding a play reading on Wednesday 20th January at 19:30 (for an 8pm start) at The Warehouse.
We will be reading Brian Friel’s one act play The London Vertigo which is our entry for FEATS 2016 (What is FEATS?). Come along to read and listen. All welcome.

We will be holding AUDITIONS for this play in the weeks following the reading…we’ll provide audition dates and times later (keep an eye on facebook and our website).

ECC: Dinner before Death (8-12 March 2016)

The ECC presents a double bill of one-act shows:

Dinner for One 
written by Laurie Smith
directed by Hugh Dow
The Real Inspector Hound
written by Tom Stoppard
directed by Janet Middleton

The performances will take place at The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Brussels from 8-12 March 2016 at 8pm.
Tickets €15, available from http://thelittleboxoffice.com/ECC

Green Parrot: Peter Pan (17-20 March 2016)


Peter Pan the Musical (17-20 March 2016) – W:Hall, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

Can children really fly? Do fairies truly exist? Will the Lost Boys ever be found?

Find out in ‘Peter Pan the Musical’, based on the play by J.M. Barrie – the only show in Brussels with pixie dust!

Directed and choreographed by Kathy Lemerle and Jenny Clarkson, with musical director David Miller.

To book your tickets, visit www.greenparrot.eu and click on ‘Bookings’.

See you there, but beware pirates and crocodiles…!

ECC: The Government Inspector (3, 5, 7, 10 Apr)

Anna Holmén will be directing the ECC’s production of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector in November in The Studio Theatre. This will be a two-week production. Parts available for all ages, genders, accents and nationalities.

Auditions will be held in the Bar Room of

The Warehouse, Rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Schaerbeek

 on the following dates:

Sunday 3 April – 11.00-14.00

Tuesday 5 April – 19.30-21.3

Thursday 7 April – 19.30-21.30

Sunday 10 April – 14.00-17.00


For further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with Anna: annaholmen@hotmail.com or 0473 870998 or Facebook.
Please note: the characters the Postmaster, the director of hospitals/charities and Bobchinsky will be female.

ITG: Getting to Here (12-16 Apr 2016)

Getting to Here by Lisa Ní Laoire
12-16 April 2016
Warehouse Studio Theatre

If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email: itg.asbl@gmail.com tell us which nights you are available to attend and your contact phone number.

This is a new piece of writing for the ITG. We look back, from very personal perspectives, over some of the key events of the 100 years which separate us from Easter 1916 and the proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Casting both a cold eye and a tender eye on Ireland…more accurately, lending an ear to the histories and herstories of how we got to where we are now.

We use the voices of Ireland to recount the personal tales which, taken together, tell us something truthful. We take a look at where we are now and how we got here.

Box Office now OPEN (if any tickets become available through cancellation the Box office site will be immediately updated.)

BSS: Twelfth Night (20-26 June 2016)

‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare
20st-26th of June 2016
Petit Varia Theatre, 154 Rue Gray, 1050 Bxl

Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated during a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria, each believing the other to be drowned. Viola disguises herself as a man for her own safety and enters the employment of Duke Orsino, with whom she swiftly falls in love. Orsino however seeks the love of the Countess Olivia and sends Viola to advance his suit. Olivia for her part immediately falls for this interesting young ‘man’. Thus Shakespeare sets in motion the classic love triangle of one of his most enduring and popular comedies.

Meanwhile Olivia’s disreputable uncle, Sir Toby Belch, has invited his drinking companion Sir Andrew Aguecheek to pursue his own suit to Olivia. The puritanical Malvolio, Olivia’s steward, also harbours designs on his mistress and wishes to see Sir Toby and his drunken friends sent packing. Toby, with the collusion of Maria, Olivia’s gentlewoman, and Feste the fool, plots Malvolio’s downfall.

The entirely unexpected arrival of Sebastian on the scene adds to the confusion, which descends into mayhem when Olivia meets him, mistakes him for his twin, and marries him.

ECC: Cinderella (5, 18 June 2016)

We are delighted that once again this winter there will be another ECC Panto.

11-15 January 2017

Auditions will be held 2-6pm Sunday 5 and Saturday 18 June at The Warehouse Studio Theatre (Rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Brussels).

All are very welcome to come along, and should prepare a song to sing too (please don’t be put off by this – non singers are welcome as well, but if you can only even vaguely attain a tune you’ll be in the chorus!)

If you are unable to make either of these dates please contact Cath at cath.howdle@gmail.com

BUTT Awards 2016 – Results

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! A link to the photos will appear soon.

Best Show

Dick Whittington (ECC, Jan 2016)

Dinner before Death (ECC, Mar 2016)

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016)

The London Vertigo (ITG, May 2016)

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016)


Dick Whittington (ECC, Jan 2016): Henri Colens

Dinner before Death (ECC, Mar 2016): Anna Holmén

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Kerry Lydon

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Annika Helgeson, Marv Helgeson

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Martin Blackwell, Meera Laurijssen


Getting to Here (ITG, Apr 2016): Lisa Ni Laoire

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Jonathan Stockwell

Quietly (ITG, Nov 2015): Lyn Wainwright

Romeo and Juliet (BSS, Jan 2016): Stephen Challens

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Bridget Peirson-Davis, Vivenne McKay

Stage Management

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Monic Lövström

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Kjeld Jensen, Peter Lemerle

The London Vertigo (ITG, May 2016): Róisin Dore

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Lilian Horner, Erik Jensen, Kjeld Jensen, Marie Rousseaux, and co.

Three More Sleepless Nights (BATS, May 2016): Tim Lejeune


Brian Foley

Andrew McIlroy

Tim Myers

Benedict Noon

Yann Tixhon


Pat Butler

Libby Dix

Noreen Doyle

Esther Pozo Vera

Isabel Walsh


Dick Whittington (ECC, Jan 2016): Sheila Hewitt, Fiona McGinnis

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Iona Hamilton

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Rose Asure, Jenny Clarkson, Jenny Clarkson, Kristina Cunningham, Teresa Lopez, Matilda Ekehorn and co.

The London Vertigo (ITG, May 2016): Sheila Hewitt

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Laraine Alder, Marianne Buekenhoudt, Margaret Cramer, Fiona Currie, and co.


Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Conrad Toft

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016)

Quietly (ITG, Nov 2015): Liam O’Luanaigh

The London Vertigo (ITG, May 2016): Róisin Dore

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016)


Dinner before Death (ECC, Mar 2016): Malinda Coleman, Conrad Toft, Lyn Wainwright

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Kerry Lydon, Megan Ryan, Lyn Wainwright

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Chris Harding, Andrew Williams

Romeo and Juliet (BSS, Jan 2016): Barbara Daw

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Barbara Daws, Chris Harding


Dick Whittington (ECC, Jan 2016): Steve O’Byrne

Getting to Here (ITG, Apr 2016): Jason Glynn, Lisa Ni Laoire

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Peter Ellegeest

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Jeremy Thomas, Micky Morris, Liz Murray, Steve Price

Wulf (BSS, May 2016): Mark Prescott

Make-up and hair

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Sylvie Pinson

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Laraine Alder, Svea Brain Jangen, Jennifer Cleal, Kristina Cunningham, and co.

The London Vertigo (ITG, May 2016): Agnes Andrews, Elizabeth Munklinde

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Janet Gray, Francois Salter and co.

Wulf (BSS, May 2016)


Dick Whittington (ECC, Jan 2016): Boff Muir

Dinner before Death (ECC, Mar 2016): Robynn Colwell,
Sherry Vosburgh

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016)

Quietly (ITG, Nov 2015): Sineád Meehan

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Alan Anderson, Rick Barfoot, Sue Barnacott, Lawrence Kelly, and co.


Dick Whittington (ECC, Jan 2016): Sara Hammerton, Hannah Riley

Getting to Here (ITG, Apr 2016): Meg Chang, Aoife Murphy

Mrs Klein (ECC, Sep 2015): Freddy Coulson, Lilian Eilers

Peter Pan (GP, Mar 2016): Dennis Landsbert-Noon, Jennifer
Landsbert-Noon, Saskia Landsbert-Noon, Lucas Steeno

The Wizard of Oz (BLOC, Feb 2016): Andrea Edwards, Paul Manterfield

Newbie – newcomer to Brussels Theatre

Alice Dielens (chorus in Wizard of Oz, Hope in Urinetown, Kitkat dancer in Cabaret)

Miles Gantney (Did an excellent job in Death of A Salesman, helped with set and singing coaching for and then stepped at last minute to play a leading role in Melancholy Play)

Jason Glynn (Sound Engineer on Getting to Here)

Richard Hampton (assistant stage manager and more besides in Dick Whittington, crew at FEATS)

Elisabeth Munklinde (Make-up at FEATS)

Kenway (lifetime contribution)

Barbara Blackwell (for more years in Brussels theatre than most of us have been alive!)

Barbara Daw (for the years of lighting up our productions for multiple groups)

Róisin Dore (14 years on CAST Committee, many as Treasurer, and a lot of things besides)

Dennis Elslander (Hon. Sec. of BLOC, party organiser, representative at funerals, bar manager, theatre & rehearsal booker)

Celia Perry (loyal member, performing and making hundreds of sausage rolls for BLOC
since the 1980s)

Golden Butt – for particular contribution this season

Lisa Armetta (for helping to get the Wizard of Oz set out of the American School during the November lockdown)

Carlos Carossán (for stepping in with days to go as an actor in Death Before Dinner)

Eileen Sutton and team (for hosting FEATS)

Bryony Ulyett (for throwing herself into many productions across the board)

Glenn Vaughan (Directed for main stage, then first-time lighting designer and worked for hours on sound for Melancholy Play)

Play: Avenida (17-21 Nov 2015)

HartCoeur present AVENIDA: a new play by Rua Breathnach

Directed by Remi Beelprez, with Graziella Boggiano, Chris Baltus, and Rua Breathnach,

Warehouse Studio Theatre: 17 – 21 November at 8.15pm (+ Matinee on Saturday 21 at 3.15pm)

The performance runs for 90 minutes with no interval.

€12 for students and groups (7 people or more)
Reservations: AvenidaBookings@gmail.com or Tel. 0487 / 281 957


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Avenida-727087127397156/

Make-up Workshop (6-7 Feb 2016)

Make-up Workshop
The Studio Theatre
6 & 7 February 2016

The ECC is delighted that Malinda Coleman has offered to share her considerable make-up skills by leading a make-up workshop on the weekend of 6-7 February.

Malinda has not only undertaken running the make-up for a large number of productions (Ed: I am particularly grateful for her incredible transformation of Lyn Wainwright into an extremely old woman in Three Tall Women), but has also already mentored others in this art. Most recently Malinda passed on her knowledge to Bryony Ullyet who then undertook the make-up for our production of Tom and Viv: Bryony has since worked on productions for the BSS and ATC.

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to learn more about make-up techniques for the stage, whether they have previous experience or not. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of the materials used.

Please register your interest, or find out more about this workshop, by contacting ecco@ecc.theatreinbrussels.com

ITG: The Cripple of Inishmaan (1, 7 June 2016)

Auditions for our Spring 2017 production of The Cripple of Inishmaan will be held at

The Warehouse Studio Theatre

**PLEASE NOTE** We have CANCELLED the audition scheduled for Tuesday 21st May because of the public transport and traffic problems expected from the general strike.

New Audition Dates

Wednesday 1st June (from 7:30pm)

Tuesday 7th June (from 7.30pm)

Cruel, sad, sometimes violent, yet achingly funny, the story reveals the characters in a way that makes you realise that people are not always as they seem…

We are looking for actors for male and female parts of a wide range of ages (details).