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BaCStage are GO! Anything could happen in the next half-week or so.
We have constructed all 5 stage sets – park, barn, house, brick museum and shrubbery – and worked out how to light them all.
The park has 4 real benches! The brick museum has real bricks! The barn has an actual barn door! The shrubbery has (bits of) real shrubs! The house has real chairs and an actual phone! Heck.
All 3 plays have been well and truly rehearsed and the actors are raring to go.
We have had 2 full rehearsals in the Bluntisham Village Hall already.
There is just 1 more dress rehearsal, and then we’re good to go!
We’ve even made it into the Hunts Post. Not bad as we haven’t even performed yet.
At one point during set-up day it looked like the “flat foot gang” might live up to their name and delay proceedings. We even thought they might rival the legendary hand rail team. Fortunately a responsible adult with a clipboard stepped in and sorted them out, and now each flat is standing on its own two feet.
So what can our loyal punter expect from BaCStage this Autumn?
Our show begins with a sideways look at modern life in Alan Ayckbourn’s A Talk in the Park. In this sharply observed comedy five strangers have each headed to the park to escape their troubles and find a bit of peace and quiet. Each is more than happy to unburden themselves at great length to anyone who will – or won’t – listen.
After a short interval, our second play is In Need of Care by David E Rowley. This poignant and thought-provoking drama tells the story of Shirley and Rita, two girls who have run away from school and spent the night hiding on a farm, in a barn. Early next morning they are discovered by the farmer’s son and his friend, but will the boys help them or turn them in?
Then there will be an interval, featuring the customary BaCStage raffle.
We complete our program with Night at the (Brick) Museum, a boisterous comedy by Wendy Rolph. Four siblings are home for the school holidays and looking forward to lashings of ginger beer, Mrs Grimm’s splendid cakes and spiffing adventures all round. They get far more adventure than they bargained for thanks to a suspicious tutor, a mysterious spy and a local who is not quite what he seems. The future of civilization as we know it is at stake and only Lucky the Labrador can save the day! (we’d like to point out that all children and dogs in this play are in fact played by adults).
Tickets are on sale now at Bluntisham Service Station. We’d love to see you there!