Sussex gin fest arrives in brighton! by Matt Rigby


McKenzie Associates are thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring the main stage at the Sussex Gin Fest happening in Brighton next to the i360 on September 1st and 2nd. 

This juniper-infused endeavour will consist of lots of Sussex gins, artisan food, and plenty of entertainment! Sussex Gin Fest is the perfect way to mark the end of summer with a cocktail or two. There will be live cocktail demonstrations as well as gin tasting, and a free gin-based cocktail on entry! All entertainment for this festival has been sourced by McKenzie Associates, and we are happy to say that The Sundaes will be performing alongside some other special guests. 

So far, five of the best Sussex Gin brands are on board, with more to be announced soon, so why not join us. Premium tickets are available, which will cost just £5 more, and will grant holders a flight on the i360 on the day of the festival.

Tickets are on sale now, and you can purchase them by clicking here!

For more information, please visit the website below:

Family Panto Returns to Brighton! by Matt Rigby


McKenzie Associates is thrilled to announce the return of Brighton Family Panto, and we cannot wait to be involved once again! With a little help from a few magic beans, we’ll be bringing the family magic of panto back to Brighton.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a panto, so head down to the Hilton Brighton Metropole between the 20th and 29th of December for what promises to be a magical show!

The show will be bigger and better than last year, and we cannot wait for you to see it. We will be doing more dates, more shows, and seating more people than last year. Our performance run will also consist of 19 showings, with Christmas Day excluded. The Christmas Fayre will also be returning for 2018, so head down early and grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a wonderful family day out. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Tickets are on sale now, and you can buy them by clicking here.

Focus 10k by Lukas Wojcik

Focus 10K 2018

McKenzie Associates is proud to be supporting the Focus 10K on behalf of Chailey Heritage Foundation. This 10K race will take place at Borde Hill Garden on June 3rd, and is a fantastic opportunity to run around the beautiful grounds of a wonderful venue. The Chailey Heritage Foundation cares for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs. You can purchase tickets from the link below:

The Sundaes to perform at Brighton Fringe by Lukas Wojcik

Sundaes - Brighton Fringe Festival 2018

The Sundaes are delighted to be returning to Brighton Fringe for one night only with their hit show 'Diva Las Vegas'. In this one hour, show-stopping spectacular The Sundaes pay homage to their favourite divas from Vegas with stunning vocals, a generous scoop of comedy and outrageous costumes. Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Sundae serve up a delightful dish of pure joy in this unmissable extravaganza. It’s like being in Vegas but without the jet lag! 

Don't miss out for a chance to see the Live! Tickets on sale now! 

McKenzie Associates Finish Second in The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay by Matt Rigby


Not only are we passionate about celebrities, but we're also passionate about running and fundraising. The team from McKenzie Associates achieved their best ever result at The Grand Brighton Half Marathon Corporate Relay. With fierce competition from other teams such as British Airways i360 and The Brighton Academy, McKenzie Associates came a magnificent second overall. From left to right, our team comprised of Paul, Lukas, Gus, Danilo, and Lloyd. 

With the results in, McKenzie Associates were only beaten by The Focus Group, a team comprised of extremely keen runners, and a company who has over 300 employees. At McKenzie Associates, we have a slight size disadvantage, as our entire team is comprised of only 9 (soon to be 10) people. The Focus Group lead the way quite significantly, with a time of 01:26:28, whereas McKenzie finished with a time of 01:43:22.

McKenzie Associates finished the same event in 2017 fifth overall, and with a time of 01:57:59. We are extremely pleased to have moved on to the podium for 2018, and slashed our overall time by almost 15 minutes. Our small team is aiming high, and next year we hope to finish in an even quicker time.

McKenzie Associates were also involved in organising some entertainment for the event, as one of our managed acts ‘The Sundaes’ performed outside The Grand Hotel. We also organised to have people on stilts at the start/finish line greeting the entrants of the Kids Mini-Mile. Overall, the day was a roaring success, as well as a success for McKenzie Associates’ involvement. We look forward to being involved again for 2019.

Competition and business aside, the reason behind organising The Grand Brighton Half Marathon is to raise money for The Sussex Beacon, a magnificent local charity in Brighton that helps men, women, and families living with HIV. McKenzie associates also came second in the fundraising competition, raising a fantastic £925, only bettered by The Focus Group.

McKenzie will return to The Grand Brighton Half Marathon next year, and will once again book a place in The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay. We hope to out-do ourselves both in terms of overall time and fundraising amount, as The Sussex Beacon is such a wonderful cause. See you on the start line next year!

The Starr Trust Champions Visit McKenzie Associates by Matt Rigby


The world of auditioning can be extremely daunting, especially for people less fortunate than others. At McKenzie Associates, we’re always extremely happy to offer advice and guidance to help people understand how best to present themselves in an audition situation. Last week, some of The Starr Trust Champions came to our office in Palmeria Square to talk about how to pursue their dream careers in show business. It’s always an honour to show people the ropes of our industry, and this was no exception.

Our boardroom was filled with people who all had very different ideas for their career path, including musicians, actors, and an aspiring director. Our session offered help with getting your CV noticed by agents, how to make showreels, and how to choose material to present at auditions. We also helped each of these Starr Trust Champions to identify a unique selling point that would be useful for them when it came to auditions.

The session was hosted by Lukas Wojcik, a director of McKenzie Associates, and Stuart Dawes, an agent with us who has been working in showbiz since he was 7 years old. We would like to thank each and every one of the children who came down to see us. It was a pleasure getting to know you. We would also like to thank Mel Stoner from The Starr Trust for organising the workshop.

The Starr Trust is a wonderful charity based in Brighton which aims to help children ages 10-18 achieve their goals. It does this by offering financial assistance to those less fortunate people who may otherwise lack the monetary means of achieving what they want to achieve. The Starr trust helps children in the BN postcode area of England, but it’s reach is felt far beyond. You can read more about the wonderful work they do on their website.

McKenzie Associates' Brighton Half Marathon Team Are Aiming High. by Matt Rigby

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The Brighton Half Marathon is fast approaching, and next weekend, a team of McKenzie Associates' finest athletes will be taking part in the corporate relay. This will involve 5 people running the race in a relay fashion, with two prizes being awarded. One for the team that finishes first, and a second for the team that has raised the most money. Proceeds from the corporate relay will go towards The Sussex Beacon; a pioneering HIV charity based here in Brighton, and a charity with whom E3 have worked very extensively over the past 5 years.

Starting the relay race will be Lukas Wojcik, who is the director of McKenzie Associates, a sister company to E3. His determination lead the team from McKenzie Associates to win the fundraising medal in the 2017 event; a success he hopes to replicate this time out. Also taking part will be E3’s brilliant graphic designer, Danilo Rainó. Having joined the team in October 2017, he is a comparatively new face at E3, but has nonetheless dived head first in to the challenge of fundraising for the Brighton Half Marathon. The rest of the team at E3 and McKenzie Associates would like to wish the runners good luck, and hope that they achieve their goal of a medal. The event will be held on Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

For those who wish to donate towards the team’s fundraising efforts, you can do so in the JustGiving link below.

The Sundaes are in the final of 'all together now' by Matt Rigby

We at McKenzie Associates are thrilled with the success of The Sundaes on BBC One’s new talent show ‘All Together Now’. They were unfortunate to be knocked off the top spot by the last contastant, but still made it through to the final in 5 weeks’ time via the sing-off. The Sundaes are exclusively represented by McKenzie Associates, and we love seeing our managed acts do well.

Their first performance of ‘No More Tears (Enough is Enough) by Donna Summer saw 88 of The 100 stand up and sing along with them, easily enough to put them in first place. This was then bested by the very last act, Michael Rice, whose performance of ‘Proud Mary’ got all 100 of the judges singing along.

With The Sundaes in second place, the sing-off beaconed. Keris Lea (A.K.A. Chocolate Sundae) has since told us that she was nervous to sing again, but they blew the competition away with their rendition of ‘Shout’ by Lulu. They even beat their score from the first round by getting an incredible 92 of The 100 up and singing. The Telegraph has since described them as ‘infectiously entertaining’, and we couldn’t agree more. If you wish to watch them perform, please see the videos above.

The Sundaes successfully joined Michael Rice in the final, and will be singing again on the 3rd of March. Please make sure to tune in and support them in the final, as we know everyone at McKenzie Associates will be doing the same!

The Sundaes will be contestants on ‘All Together Now’ on BBC One by Matt Rigby

McKenzie Associates are thrilled to announce that The Sundaes will be appearing on the first episode of the new prime time BBC One talent contest ‘All Together Now’, starting on Saturday January 27th.

This new show is a shake-up of the standard talent show format. It features a range of talented singers who will take to the stage to perform in front of The 100. This group of people is a unique mix of singers and musical experts from across the UK, and will be headed up by former Spice Girl, Geri Horner. The aim of the show is to get as many of The 100 to stand up and sing along with you.

Geri says: "I'm so excited to be part of this show. It's about celebrating talent, uniting people from all walks of life, feeling good AND singing! It's a whole lot of joy standing up together on a Saturday night."

Everyone at McKenzie Associates is thrilled for The Sundaes, and we will all be tuning in to watch them on TV this weekend. We hope all of you will be watching as well!

Cinderella's West End cast stuns Brighton by Matt Rigby


When it comes to imagining the perfect family Christmas, you surely couldn’t create a list that didn’t have panto somewhere near the top. The lack of traditional family panto in Brighton was something that we at E3 felt needed addressing, so for Christmas 2017, we produced Cinderella. The idea was warmly welcomed by the people of Sussex and beyond.

A nationwide search for Cinderella began, and we were initially contacted by more than 300 people. Open auditions were held in Brighton in September, and more than 60 people arrived from as far away as Scotland. Some tough decisions had to be made, but Hannah Bailey was the eventual winner. Those who came to see the panto will agree that we definitely made the right choice when we picked our Cinders!

Our performance schedule of 13 shows kicked off on December 22nd, and ran through to December 28th (with a welcome break on Christmas Day). There was also a Christmas Fayre full of food and drink for our fans of Cinderella to come and enjoy before each show. The Hilton Brighton Metropole was the venue for both the Fayre and the performance, and we welcomed more than 7,500 people through the doors in total.

Upon entering the auditorium, many were surprised by the large screen that was used as a backdrop for the panto, with artwork designed in-house by E3’s graphic designer Danilo. The screen was also used for our very special video guest star David Essex, whose tale of being lost aboard a Southern Rail train for the many years made the whole crowd laugh.

The first seven shows from December 22nd to 26th were completely sold out, such was the massive response from people wishing to come and see Cinderella. Laughs were had by adults and children alike as the West End cast danced, sang, and performed their way through the two-hour long show. David Hill of E3 also featured in the cast, portraying one of the ugly sisters, in what marked his return to panto for the first time in 13 years. He starred alongside Alasdair Buchan portraying the other ugly sister, in a pairing that caught the eyes of many. We also had the pleasure of casting Lou Nash and Alex Baker from Juice 107.2’s breakfast show to make appearances as Lord and Lady Chamberlain.

Praise went out to each and every cast member, but an obvious stand-out to start with was Keris Lea as The Fairy Godmother. Keris’ band ‘The Sundaes’ are signed exclusively to McKenzie Associates, and her singing ability lit up the room. She was undoubtedly the perfect fit for the part.

Praise was also lauded upon The Prince (Jon Robyns) and Dandini (Joseph Peters), for managing to form an on-stage partnership that will live long in the minds of many. Throughout rehearsals, they seemed to almost become a comedic double-act, and this transferred perfectly to the stage. This was especially prevalent during the 12 days of Christmas song, in which Dandini managed to cover most of the front 5 rows in onion rings. Undoubtedly a favourite of the children would have been Dean Kilford as Buttons, who smiled all the way through his performance, and even did a singalong with some children from the audience. His ultimately doomed quest for Cinderella’s love earned him many a sympathetic ‘aww’ from the audience.

Our production ran it’s 6-day course without a hitch, and we are already looking forward to bring Aladdin to Brighton in December 2018. We would like to thank every single person who came along to see Cinderella, as in doing so you helped raise awareness and money for four local children’s charities that lay very close to the heart of E3; Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Rockinghorse, and The Starr Trust.

Cinderella marked event two of twenty for E3’s project 20; a series of diverse events throughout 2017/18 that mark the twentieth anniversary of the company’s foundation. Project 20 is aiming to raise £20,000 to be spread out evenly between 5 local charities.

Cinderella was a co-production between E3 and the Brighton Academy.

McKenzie Associates was proud to support and sponsor this fantastic event.

Photo credit:

Photos 1-4: Graham Franks

Photos 5-12: Nick Ford