Kettering theatre company through to finals of National talent competition

Second Class Entertainment wowed the judges and audience alike at the regional finals of Britain Does Variety in Birmingham with their comedy “The Adventures of Willy and Jonny”. Now they head into the Grand Final, being held in January at the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough.

Cam Conway, who founded the group back in 2010 with lifelong friend James Hay, said, “We are extremely excited and proud to have passed the initial audition and then storm through the Regional Finals in Birmingham back in November with the audience and judges on our side.

“James and I have been writing sketches and comedy together in many different forms since we were as little as 8 years old. We have always been creative and have a shared vision and sense of humour when it comes to any kind of production, be it stage or screen. We bounce off each other extremely well and have amazing on stage chemistry which only grows every performance we do together. We both trained professionally at different colleges and then formed our theatre company. ”


The sketch also stars the writer, Nick Shelton who has made quite an impact on the group since joining in 2016, and relative newcomer Ashleigh Hammond, who brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her BA in Musical Theatre, and Masters in Popular Music Performance.

The group are hoping to make the most of their home advantage when they perform in front of Industry judges from the likes of Syco Entertainment (the company behind Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor), and agents from across the entertainment business. However, the decision for who will win the £1000 cash prize is in the hands of the Castle Theatre audience.

“The audience gets to vote for their TWO favourite acts of the evening. There will be up to 30 amazing acts to choose from, all variety acts from all over the country looking to impress and win the £1000 cash prize.  Of course, we would love our hometown crowd to vote for their hometown act!”

Britain Does Variety Grand Final is on Saturday 13th January 2018 at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. Show starts at 7pm, and tickets cost £20. Tickets available directly from the acts performing, or


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