Frankenstein, a toothless vampire and all those things behind you


Centre Stage bring their latest highly imaginative panto to life at The Heart of England School later this month as a host of hilarious characters come together for a weekender series of family-fun performances. Centre Stage Chairman Carl Hemming gives us an insight as follows:


“Our pantomime in January is a hilarious action-packed entertainment suitable for all ages. Characters ranging from the dotty Professor Crackpot to a toothless vampire who is frightened of his mummy! Add to the mix a party of schoolgirls to whom havoc is second nature,
an oversized dog, an orphaned girl and a handsome prince and the stage is set. Far from being scary Frankie somehow becomes the hero.”


Frankenstein the Panto


Friday 23rd January 7:30 pm
Saturday 24th January Matinee 2:30 pm
Saturday 24th January 7:30 pm
Sunday 25th January Matinee 2:30 pm



£8.00 full price
£6.00 Concessions


Ticket office 01676 534220 – Sue Zahran


Details on Centre Stage Website :




Balsall Common Festival helps local causes

Balsall Common Festival
Carl Stokes (John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings) – backed the Festival as Main Sponsor [image courtesy of Bill Fine]
The local community came together in unprecedented fashion on Saturday 20th September for the Balsall Common Festival, with approximately 4000 enjoying the party atmosphere across two sites during the day.


Residents took to the streets from around midday to witness around 475 runners, including former British Rugby Lion Tim Stimpson, participating in Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run. The crowds then flocked to The Lant for the fete, market and Party in the Park, complete with children’s activities and wide range of music and entertainment.
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Recording contract up for grabs for Festival talent winner

Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common Festvial takes place at The Lant on Saturday 20th September 2014
Balsall Common Festvial takes place at The Lant on Saturday 20th September 2014

Organisers of this year’s Balsall Common Festival have raised the stakes of their inaugural talent competition, ‘Balsall’s Got the Voice’, by putting a 12 month recording and management contract up for grabs to the ultimate winner, courtesy of new music Company Brumbeat Music Ltd.,


Festival Chairman Craig Burgess explains:


“We were surprised at the high standard of our first group of qualifiers and wanted to go out and find a prize worth fighting for. We’re delighted that Brumbeat Music were similarly impressed and put an amazing offer on the table for one lucky winner.”

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Pantomime cow escapes during rehearsals

Maisy Moo
Maisy Moo – cast members finally caught up with her in Knowle

Maisy-Moo the Centre Stage pantomime cow had an attack of stage-fright on Saturday morning and made a break for it during rehearsals. Shocked cast members were thrown into a frenzied search after she ran out mid-scene and disappeared down the road.  A frantic search ensued in which her trail went cold. For a while at least.


There were a number of sightings reported in Balsall Common village centre before cast-members finally caught up with the nerve-stricken cow on Knowle High Street (pictured).

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