In the early days of Bromfords School, in the 1970s, it was normal for the staff and pupils to put on an entertainment for parents of pupils towards the end of the autumn term. The events consisted of a first half of musical and dancing exhibitions by groups of pupils and a second half of ‘comedy’ skits performed by members of the staff, some of whom could also demonstrate their own musical and/or athletic talents. As the school grew, longer shows, such as pantomimes and plays were produced and performed over several evenings. Among the productions were Dick Whittington, Treasure Island, King Arthur, and Shylock.
An article in the 10th April 1979 edition of the Wickford and Woodham District News included a long review of a musical play called Shylock, written and produced by two members of the staff, Terry Hammond and Richard Stimpson. The play was originally to be performed in November 1978 but the delayed completion of the new School Hall held things up. Some parts were played by different actors on different evenings but the part of Shylock was apparently played in every performance with great maturity by a 15 year old Michael Wood. Staff and pupils were responsible for music, lighting, make up, refreshments and other aspects of the production.
Below are extracts from the programmes for the production of Cinderella meets Spiderman and the pupil cast list for the Kristmus Review.