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CINDERELLA 2013/14

"However, the star of the evening is undoubtedly the Brummie Buttons, played with gusto and charm by Jamie Brook. His energy and brilliant comic timing help the show whizz along and his rapport with the children is undoubted.”
THE GUILDFORD DRAGON ~ LYNNE MCVERNON


“But then Jamie Brook as Buttons takes over with a combination of friendliness, sharp wit and energy and, largely through him, director Gerry Tebbutt succeeds in building a really enjoyable traditional show…and by the end of the evening the whole Guildford audience is under Buttons’ friendly spell.”
THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ~ BILL ANEVELL


“Yet even during early stages, the true star of the show is evident: Jamie Brook truly revels in the role of Buttons, bounding across the stage to deliver a breathless yet versatile performance overflowing with audience interaction, slapstick comedy and even the odd teardrop moment.”

LIFE MAGAZINE ~ HENRY ASCOLI


“Judging by the audience's reaction, this show should be renamed Buttons, as Jamie Brook works the crowd up into a frenzy and rivals Harry Styles in the number of screams he receives.”
WHAT’S ON STAGE ~ ROZ CARTER


“The energetic and likeable Jamie Brook as Buttons was the heart of the show, and was incidentally my 6 year old son’s favourite character. His biggest fans were on the front row though – a couple of teenage girls who literally screamed with excitement when he was on stage. He handled it all with aplomb, and did particularly well with children brought up on the stage.”
EAST HAMPSHIRE.ORG ~ TOPHAT


“…alongside her hapless, but ever faithful Buttons played by the marvellous Jamie Brook.  Brook did an admirable role in entertaining the audience through his slapstick performance, his interaction with the audience and his obvious mastery of the art of pantomime acting; getting the kids vocally involved and having some friendly banter with adult members of the audience.”
THIS IS OUR TOWN ~ JAMES MARTIN


“But most of all the children loved Buttons, and rightly so. Jamie Brook is completely natural as the chirpy faced chappie smitten with Cinderella and he is funny without ever being patronising. An inspired addition to the plot involved him writing in his diary about his beloved Cinders which was somehow very touching.”
SURREY LIFE ~ TINX NEWTON


ALADDIN 2012/13

"In the opening scene of act two we are treated to a rather different but lively rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas from Jamie Brook as PC Pongo… superb timing and interacts with the audience fantastically.”
THE GUILDFORD DRAGON

 

SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARVES 2011/12
It helps that it has a strong and able cast with no weak links.   Show highlights include an hilarious Strictly Come Dancing routine, in which Jamie Brook temporarily abandons his Egor role to become a rather convincing Bruce Forsyth.
THE STAGE

ALADDIN 2008/09
"Jamie Brook, playing P.C.Pongo is already making his professional debut having graduated only this summer. He is learning the hard way what show business can throw at you, literally, being the butt of custard pies in the face, a helmet full of cream, as well as being put through a mangle and having a cluster of tin cans fall on his head - perhaps retaliation for his liberal use of truncheon in an earlier scene? He survived some impressive vanishing tricks too, as well as being tested with Hendy's tongue twister."
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE


"Bonuses include a pretty outstanding performance from Jamie Brook as PC Pongo. Not the most famous character in this panto, the GSA graduate still manages to make his performance memorably entertaining."
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2007
"Jamie Brook's Fezziwig was as full of bonhomie as Father Christmas himself."
SURREY ADVERTISER