Testimonials – Allo Allo
• A huge ‘Merci’ to all the Valley Actors for giving us a fab night out on Saturday. ‘Allo
‘Allo was hilarious, each and every one of you were brilliant and seemed to be having
a whale of a time which led to the audience wanting to join in the fun – no wonder
there were belly laughs aplenty! Looking forward to Anything Goes x x
• Well done each and every one of you. Fabulous – Paul &
• I are still giggling at Connal ‘pumping Darren Brierley’ and the many ‘hitlers’. Enjoy
your celebrations xxxxw
• Allo Allo was fantastic! Well done valley actors, was well worth coming back up from
London for on a flying visit. Good to see some of your faces too! Can’t wait for the
next one! !
• Congratulations to all the valley actors tonight’s show Allo Allo was fab �� well
done everyone �
• Thank you Valley Academy for making me feel so welcome tonight.
• Fabulous production, not laughed so much in a very long time.
• Well done to absolutely everyone involved. Unfair to single anyone out.
• Well worth the 10000 mile trip ✈�%
• Crawshawbooth went a little continental last week, and i dont mean breakfast, as it
said Bonjour to Allo Allo, a British sitcom set in the town of Nouvion in France,
written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. It was first aired on our screens in
December 1982 and finished 10 years later. Last week the adapted stage play was
brilliantly performed by Valley Actors under the direction of Grant Alistair Bromley.
Every member of the cast portrayed their characters so believable, the audience was
given a glimpse of what life was like living in the 1940s albeit very farcically. From
the moment Rene introduced us to his cafe in wartime France and his wife Edith
wearing bread rolls in her hair we were drawn in like a pack of moths in a light bulb
factory. The whole plot hinged around a stolen painting of the fallen Madonna with
the big boobies hidden in a knockwurst sausage. Yvette and Mimi secretly swooned
over Rene whilst all the while pampering to Edith,s dire musical cabaret numbers.
The Colonel is more concerned about his Wiglet than his troops, whereas Captain
Bertorelli was only interested in driving the ladies insane as a Latin Lothario. Herr
Flick would stop at nothing to recover the painting, even resorting to donning
fishnets and a blond wig in one scene. Helga is pulled from pillar to post being used
to find information regarding the painting and swearing allegiance to all the officers
apart from Lieutenant Gruber who prefers to just sit and gaze at Rene even offering
him a spin in his little tank. Michelle heads up the resistance against the Germans
with help from staff on the inside in the form of the bumbling idiot LeClerc and
relying on Rene to hide the 2 British Airmen. The whole town is policed by Crabtree a
British agent with a french accent so bad Rene doesnt want him talking to anybody
but the staff in case he gets rumbled. This show had everything, peasants being
screamed at, parrots with speakers in awkward places, swedish nature films and
even a rubber inflatable Hitler. This truly was a laugh a minute farce and reactions
from audience members lucky enough to see it said they laughed from the minute it
started until the final line was delivered. Tres Bien to all involved and for those who
didnt see it, “What a mistake-a to make-a.”
• We really enjoyed the show it was absolutely hilarious, brilliant performances by all x
• The show was amazing X
Testimonials – Les Mis
• It feels quite odd to be sitting at home with a glass of wine instead of standing in a
dimly lit backstage area with oodles of people trying to find their particular bit of
• Les Mis has been fantastic and I’ve loved being a tiny part of it.
• I’m always amazed by the standard of Valley Academy productions, but this one was
just incredible. From the principles to every member of the ensemble, you were all
fabulous. You should all be so proud of what you have achieved.
• A special mention for the senior girls. You went from disorganised chaos in the tech
rehearsal (as did we!) to smooth changes with minimal fuss, and always with smiles
and good humour despite umpteen costume changes in the hottest place on earth
• Having moved away from the area, we have been looking for a theatre school a bit
closer to home. There are a couple, but after talking to their directors I can only
conclude that there’s nothing quite like Valley out there.
• Thanks to Grant, Sally, and Milly for your time, vision and enthusiasm week in week
out. Our children are lucky to have you!
• Just over 10 years ago one man dreamed a dream, a vision what was to become a
reality. When Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserable over 153 years ago, I bet he never
envisaged that 123 years later it would be made by Cameron Mackintosh into the
longest running musical in the world. We have had the privilege this week of being
part of one mans dream to stage his vision of this amazing musical. From the
moment the orchestra, under the brilliant musical direction of Julia Taylor, a woman
so passionate about Les Miserable it oozes from every pore, played their first note
we were hooked. As with every other audience member, I sat in awe, bewilderment
and wonderment as each musical number told a story by children as young as four,
with passion and belief in everything they did. This amazing and talented bunch of
young actors drew you in to either loving or hating their characters that they
portrayed. That my friends is an art in itself. You are stars in your multitudes. As I
said earlier, one man had the vision over 10 years ago of staging this musical. That
man was Grant Alistair Bromley. Under his direction, along with his production team
of Mills Hall and Sally-Ann Bromley he has created a musical feast of which we have
all indulged and engorged ourselves in. Some people are good at what they do,
others excel, but this man is a musical genius. To have the audacity and vision to take
the biggest musical, fill it full of kids, half of whom have never been on stage, play it
in a theatre in Burnley and achieve the production he has takes major talent. It’s
obvious from watching this that he not only has self belief, but instils belief in every
member of the production. At the end of the day, I for one felt richer not poorer for
being part of this. I just wished we could have one day more as I am sure the rest of
the audiences have. All I can say Grant Bromley is you should look down because
everyone else in your profession is way way below you. You and your outstanding
team and amazing bunch of talented actors should be very proud of yourselves
because this week you have enriched many many lives and for that personally I
• So glad I snuck out from behind the barricade for one night to watch – it was
amazing!!! All week everybody’s been saying how many tissues they needed so I just
brought a really great big hankie – and I needed it!! Tears, laughter and just general
awe at the way you all acted your socks off. The VA shows get better each time but
this time you just smashed it right out of the park. You told the story and acted your
roles with complete conviction and the singing was amazing – how some of you kept
hitting those top notes night after night I just don’t know. So happy to have been a
small part in helping this amazing thing happen and a huge ‘well done’ to everybody
• To all the valley academy young people you have been amazing this week. You have
moved complete strangers to tears night after night and that is not an easy task for
any performer to do. This was every cast member who stepped on stage from the
principles to the chorus. Each and every one of you lived and felt the story on stage
and that was what made it such a moving experience for the audience. Well done
you deserved every standing ovation, every tear and all the applause.
• I came to watch you all on Tuesday & was so impressed that I brought a group of
friends with me tonight. We have seen Les Mis numerous times but tonight we each
saw something that we’d never seen before. Every song (that we thought we knew)
had a little extra ‘spark’ to it that only comes from elite performers. The amount of
effort you kids have put in around studying for exams, school work & anything else
you have going on in your lives is commendable. The emotion in individual songs was
captivating. Full cast numbers were enchanting. Funny bits were hilarious! The
staging, choreography, lighting & sound were incredible & that barricade is flippin’
awesome!! There was so much emotion oozing from us all that I thought we may
have to swim out of there. Thankfully, heat dries tears quite quickly! � I’m so glad
that Grant dreamed a dream & that so many individuals made it possible. Your time
is now; your day is here…relish every moment. X
• I don’t usually comment on these things but last night I was genuinely moved. The
talent and ability of the students at VA just astonishes me. Each production you do
just increases in quality. Last night everything from the spine tingling singing, the
emotionally charged acting, the fantastic scene setting lighting and fabulous music
all combined to make probably the best show I have ever seen, anywhere.
• Even watching from the wings you can see the intensity and dedication that
EVERYONE is putting in to their performance.
• I feel privileged to have been involved in it and look forward to working with you all
for many shows to come.
• A huge well done to the production team for pulling this off!
• Argh! why did we leave it until the last night to go and see Les Mis? Now we can’t
watch it again! Absolutely fantastic!
• Everyone one of you should be very proud not only because of your performances
over the past week but because of how you all work together as a team. It has been
a pleasure being back stage with you all week and if Maddison turns out half as
polite, talented and dedicated as you all I will be a very happy mum indeed.
• I am very proud that the Thews are part of the valley family xx
• Well we heard the people sing, wished for one more day and looked down . Sorry
folks Nigel didn’t manage to get many of the bows ! The whole audience was on their
feet in front of the cameras! Says it all x
• Wow everyone in Les Mis, you just gave the performances of a lifetime! It was
incredible. Thank you for taking me on the most amazing journey. It was
breathtaking. Congratulations to every single one of you involved in this fantastic
production. Can’t wait for the next one! X
• SENSATIONAL! I am struggling to find the right words even this morning. Every line
sung was with such emotion – I was on the edge of my seat the whole way though.
My heart was bursting with pride for you all – cast & crew. Grant & Sally what you
have enabled our children to achieve is magnificent xx
• I am just recovered enough from last night’s performance to post now. …a little fall
of rain can hardly hurt me now …THANKYOU to everyone who made this fantastic
show happen. My heart is bursting with pride that our children have the chance to
experience something so creative and beautifully executed. The music, the acting,
the quality of the singing, the lighting, the costumes and the staging have come
together to be spectacular. My visiting family who saw the show in London last week
said they preferred last night’s performance! I predict many names in lights in the
future and perhaps even the Barricade could go on tour? It had its own round of
applause! Thank you one and all!
Testimonials – Allo Allo