‘Take Your Seats’ and you will be watching…

As you may have gathered from recent posts like this one or this one, we have a show “Take Your Seats” coming up to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

“Really?  When’s that then?”

Friday October 13th at Colne Village Hall

Saturday October 14th at Bluntisham Village Hall

Both shows start at 7:30pm ~ Raffle and bar at each venue ~ Tickets on sale now

“But what’s in this show?” I hear you ask, “and who’s in this show?”  I’m glad you asked.

We have something old – some of our favourite sketches and songs from our first twenty years…

… something new‘Is This Seat Taken’, an award-winning one act comedy by Sean Baker about using role play as a means to rekindle a failing marriage – how to do it and how not to!

… something borrowed – set, costumes and props including a good selection of beer, wine and spirit bottles (emptied before the actors are allowed anywhere near them)…

… and some things a little blue, such as…
Shag

“Thought so.  I knew you loved me”

“No I don’t.  I just think you’re a great…

 

Is This Seat Taken by Sean Baker

Featuring

Luke

Luke
Mandy

Mandy
Richard

Richard
Cynthia

Cynthia
Directed by
Ron

Ron

~ ~ ~ o O o ~ ~ ~

Comedy sketches and songs

Featuring

Gill

Gill
Jess

Jess
Ben

Ben
Jason

Jason
Ross

Ross
Becky

Becky
Luke

Luke
Lucy

Lucy
Ash

Ash
Jane

Jane
Richard

Richard
Nick

Nick
Directed by
Ron

Jackie

~ ~ ~ o O o ~ ~ ~

The (Stage) Management Sound and Lighting
Denise

Denise
Gordon

Gordon
Jason

Jason
Dan

Dan

Take Your Seats: BaCStage’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday October 13th at Colne Village Hall
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Saturday October 14th at Bluntisham Village Hall
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Tickets for both nights are also available from Bluntisham Service Station

Both shows start at 7:30pm ~ Raffle and bar at each venue

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It was 20 years ago today

Actually it was 20 years ago a week last Tuesday, give or take a month or two either way, but who’s counting?

Back in 1997 Christine had the idea to start an Am Dram group.

Christine

And so it came to pass that the Millennium Players (as we were known back then) were born. Those who were at the very first meeting still talk of it in hushed tones. One, who shall remain nameless, speaks of going along to “volunteer to help with publicity” only to be told in no uncertain terms by Christine that “you look like an actor to me”. Maybe that ignited some latent theatrical spark, or maybe he was too afraid to say no, but either way he went on to star in many productions (as well as helping out with publicity).

The millennium itself came and went and we became BaCStage.  To date we have put on forty shows, ranging through comedy, farce, drama, melodrama and, of course, pantomime (oh yes we have).

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Panto audience participation in the last millennium

We have performed at several local venues including the Green Man and Village Hall in Colne, St Helen’s Primary School, the Baptist Chapel and St Mary’s Church Hall in Bluntisham and, as part of our 2016 World Tour we ventured as far as Pidley.

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“We’re BaCStage from Blunty, you must be Pidley!”

Our main venue for more than a decade though has been Bluntisham Village Hall, ever since it was built to our exact specifications.  OK, so, I’m exaggerating slightly there, but if you’ve been to Blunty Village Hall have you ever wondered why the doors are so tall? It is not to accommodate actors and their big heads and enormous egos but instead to allow ingress and egress for our stage sets and assorted other bits and pieces, and to allow actors to make their entrances and exits on a raised platform without need to stoop or risk of banging their heads (the “raised platform” is called a “stage” – Theatrical Ed).

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Bluntisham crowds can get rowdy, especially when the twins are in

Although some of those early pioneers have retired from acting service many have stayed in touch and remain part of the wider BaCStage family. We have also welcomed many new faces to the group, and are truly blessed with some very talented individuals both on-stage and behind the scenes. We have had a lot of fun along the way, many friendships have been forged and, we like to think, we’ve entertained a few people too. We also have plenty of exciting ideas for future productions. Here’s to the next 20 years!

But how to mark such a momentous occasion as our 20th birthday? With a show, of course!

As soon as we decided to put on a show to celebrate our 20th, Nick got to work building us a set. This led to an awkward exchange at the first production meeting.  “We want a travelling set with minimal carrying, not a ten-tonne set with a mediaeval abbey in”

TheSet

At least he hadn’t started on the drawbridge.

TheDrawbridge

Oh well, I’m sure someone will find a use for it.

Yes, after the fun we had “travelling light” on our 2016 World Tour we decided to once again opt for a stripped-down approach for our 20th Anniversary show “Take Your Seats”. After all, it’s only right and proper that we perform it in both Bluntisham and in Colne, and getting our full stage and set constructed usually takes the best part of a weekend on its own. Those gallons of tea don’t drink themselves you know.

We do hope you can join us at one (or both!) of our anniversary shows. Tickets are onsale now through TicketSource and from Bluntisham Service Station.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering what those forty previous shows are then pay a visit to our back catalogue page.

Ladies and gentlemen please take your seats…

…for BaCStage’s 20th anniversary celebration!

This autumn BaCStage turns 20 and we are celebrating this milestone with a production we are calling “Take Your Seats“.

We will be performing Is This Seat Taken?, a festival-winning one act comedy play by Sean Baker (author of our last two pantos).

We are also performing some of our favourite sketches, and are welcoming back some old friends alongside our current crop of talent.

What’s more, in an exciting new innovation (for us, at least) you can buy tickets online – read on for more details!

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We are inviting you to take your seats at

Colne Village Hall on Friday 13th October 2017

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and at

Bluntisham Village Hall on Saturday 14th October

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Both shows start at 7.30pm and there will be a bar and raffle at both venues. 

Tickets cost £6.50 and are available via the buttons above, or from Bluntisham Service Station.

We hope you can join us for our celebration!

Calling all Wimsey fans

Whimsical CockerBluntisham’s most famous resident Dorothy L Sayers is being honoured next weekend in the Spirit of Sayers festival taking place at St Mary’s Church on Saturday and Sunday.  Oh DeerAs part of the celebrations BaCStage are performing a specially commissioned short play Must We Go To Bluntisham? at 3.30pm on each day.

Demonic Goings On

As the actors are performing mid-afternoon there is no danger of it becoming a Gaudy Night.

(No actual whimsies were harmed in the making of this post – Ed.)

Deeply Truly Madly

Who is this flaxen-haired rock god…

Deeply

… and what has he to do with our upcoming 20th anniversary show?

Purpley

We’ll be getting the band back together as we’re joined by some former ‘Stagers making welcome returns, and we’ll be performing a mix of classic hits and new material.  More details coming soon…

Let’s rock!

‘Spirit of Sayers’ festival

In a couple of weekends from now we will be taking part in the Spirit of Sayers festival.  This is a community arts festival taking place at St Mary’s Church, Bluntisham, on 16 and 17 September, celebrating the creative spirit of Dorothy L Sayers who spent much of her childhood in Bluntisham.

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BaCStage will be performing a specially commissioned short play called Must We Go to Bluntisham? on both days at 3.30 pm.  Details of all the festival events are in the programme, including a concert featuring the Meridian Voices; a flower festival; art, local history, and craft displays; a vintage tea room and an historic Bake Off competition.

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We hope to see you there!