Crewe Company Hosts Star-Studded Film Screening at Lyceum Theatre

One of the biggest security companies in the region, Alpha Omega in Crewe, drew stars of stage and screen to a special cinema night at the town’s Lyceum Theatre.

Break star Sam Gittins with Alpha Omega managing director Ken Lawton

The company, based on Crewe Business Park, welcomed the director and leading cast members of the British-made independent film Break which has won much acclaim since its drive-through premiere during last autumn’s lockdown.

Alpha Omega, a major South Cheshire employer, provided security at the socially-distanced event at Brent Cross Shopping Centre where the audience tuned into the film’s audio via their car radios.

Alpha Omega owner Ken Lawton and directors Amaka Lawton and Andy Taylor (centre) with Sam Gittins, Scott Peden, Michael Elkin and Joe Egan

The film, written and directed by Michael Elkin, tells the story of Spencer Pryde who is a gifted young snooker player trying to turn away from a life of crime.

In the lead role is heart-throb young actor Sam Gittins, 28, who has appeared in TV dramas such as Masters of the Air, Mr Selfridge, Ripper Street and Call the Midwife and films including Howl, Await Further Instructions and Obey.

Alpha Omega managing director Ken Lawton (centre) with Sam Gittins, Scott Peden, Michael Elkin and Joe Egan of the film Break

Sam joined more than 100 VIP guests at the Lyceum Theatre for a drinks reception and screening of Break before a local audience including civic dignitaries and friends of Alpha Omega.

Among them were Michael Elkin and cast members Joe Egan and Scott Peden. Joe, a former boxer, is well-known for appearing with Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes, and Scottish singer/actor Scott has appeared in Emmerdale and films including To Be Someone, The Wee Man and Rise of the Footsoldier II.

Alpha Omega managing director Ken Lawton, directors Amaka Lawton and Andy Taylor with Sam Gittins, Scott Peden, Michael Elkin, Joe Egan and Bobby Davro from Crewe Lyceum’s panto Sleeping Beauty

The evening proved a full cinema experience right down to popcorn and hotdogs!

Alpha Omega managing director Ken Lawton said: “The original world premiere of Break was planned to take place in Leicester Square last April but had to be scrapped due to coronavirus.

“A later socially-distance drive-through screening took place at Brent Cross Shopping Centre and we were pleased to sponsor security.

“Step forward to this year and we were proud to welcome an illustrious audience to our local theatre for a special screening.

“Everyone enjoyed the film. It’s a heart-warming tale of triumph over adversity with an excellent cast. The director and actors were delighted with the feed-back.”

Break has toured other drive-in venues and is now on DVD and available for streaming

Mr Lawton added: “As a Crewe company, it was good also to showcase what an asset the Lyceum is to the area. An historic gem of a building, drawing families from miles around.”

Alpha Omega, established in 1997, provides services to protect clients and property including mobile security, static guards, CCTV monitoring and key-holding.

It works with a variety of high-profile companies and local authorities. Over the years its workforce has swelled to more than 250 and there is active recruitment in many roles.

The company supports many South Cheshire causes including Mid Cheshire Hospital Charity’s Merry Miles festive fundraising drive for children’s emergency care at Leighton Hospital.

For more on Alpha Omega services and job opportunities go to alphaomegauk.com