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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”.

Latest News

Fanfare for Christmas concerts

Published: December 6th, 2018

Our festive ‘Fanfare for Christmas’ concerts are back by popular demand next week! Our first performance on Monday 10th December, for which we will be joined by the wonderful Haydock Band, has already sold out! However, we are reprising the concert (without the band) for another ...

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Dance Auditions for ‘Hello Dolly’

Published: November 26th, 2018

We are holding open auditions to find a set of talented dancers to perform in our upcoming production of ‘Hello Dolly!’. Auditions for both male and female dancers will be held on Wednesday 9th January 2019, at 8-10pm, in BOST HQ. (24a Clifton Road, Birkenhead, ...

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Hello Dolly principal audition times

Published: November 21st, 2018

Thank you to everyone who has registered to attend our open auditions for principal roles in ‘Hello Dolly!’, this Sunday 25th November at BOST HQ. Below are the arrival times for each named character: 10am – DOLLY LEVI 11:30am – HORACE VANDERGELDER 12:30pm – IRENE ...

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