Give us a clue… doh!

Colonel Craddock’s guests are gathering at Bagshot House.  They had better watch their backs though, and also their fronts and their sides, for peril lurks in every dark nook and cranny.  There is a cereal killer in their midst!

(Shouldn’t that be “serial killer”? – Ed)

Cereal Killer

(Apparently not.  As you were.)

But who is the murderous miscreant?  This is the one and only question that faces us.  And what is their weapon of choice?  (That is two questions – Pendant Ed)  And why are they murdering the Colonel’s guests?  (This is now three questions – Pendant Ed, again)

Is it Cardew Longfellow, with the dagger?

Dagger

Or perhaps it is Count Puchlik, with the rope?

Rope

Maybe it’s Martha, with the spanner?

Spanner

Or could it be Captain Henrietta, with the candlestick?

Candlestick

Or maybe even Cynthia Maple, with the revolver?

Revolver

Surely it isn’t Lady Isadora, with the lead pipe?

Lead Pipe

Could it possibly be Colonel Craddock himself, with the dog?

Woof

(No.  No no no.  For the last time, we are not doing “Inspector Hound“, or “Hound of the Baskervilles”, or “Hong Kong Poirot”, or “Digby the Biggest Detective in the World”.  There.  Is.  No.  Dog. – Dogged Ed)

Very well, but that doesn’t nesse…celery mean that the Colonel isn’t bumping off his own guests for some nefarious purpose, does it?

Who is the multiple murderer?  How many of those inhabitating Bagshot House will live to see another day?  Will Inspector Pratt unmask the miscreant, or become one of the victims?  Join us for Secondary Cause of Death to find out – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

You can buy your tickets online at TicketSource

Book now
or in person at Bluntisham Service Station

Tickets are £8 in advance, or £8.50 on the door.

SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Josef Weinberger Limited

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Don’t mention the War

What’s going on here then?

Count Puchlik

Does this actor have dodgy knees?  Possibly.

Are his trousers overly starchy?  Perhaps.

Or is there something altogether more sinister going on?

Come along to BaCStage’s next show Secondary Cause of Death and find out!  Tickets on sale now.

You can buy your tickets online at TicketSource

Book now
or in person at Bluntisham Service Station

Tickets are £8 in advance, or £8.50 on the door.

SecondaryCOD-18- Leaflet

I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.


SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Josef Weinberger Limited

Somebody’s body

This week we took delivery of the Bagshot House sofa.  Our green sofa has done an excellent job as understudy through rehearsals so far, but now we have the real thing.  We’d like to say a big thank you to the good people of Emmaus Cambridge for lending us the sofa, and also a bookcase; after all, a library isn’t a library without a bookcase.

So here it is, for the first time ever – Colonel Craddock’s new old sofa.

BagshotHouseSofa

Very nice!  But what is that on the sofa, hidden beneath Inspector Pratt’s trademark overcoat?

Has Inspector Pratt fallen asleep?  Never!  He never falls asleep on the job, although he has been known to rest his frontal cranial lobotomy area after a hard day’s detection.

Perhaps it is somebody’s body.  Maybe it’s nobody’s body.

There’s only one way to find out – book yourself in for a stay at Bagshot House Hotel and join us for an evening of murder, mystery, mayhem, double agents, double crossing, double entendres, and Pratt.  Tickets on sale now!

You can buy your tickets online at TicketSource

Book now
or in person at Bluntisham Service Station

Tickets are £8 in advance, or £8.50 on the door.

Secondary Cause of Death

 SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Josef Weinberger Limited

Tickets now on sale for Secondary Cause of Death

About time too, old boy.  Tickets are now on sale for Secondary Cause of Death.

You can buy your tickets online at TicketSource

Book now
or in person at Bluntisham Service Station (from Monday March 19th)

Tickets are £8 in advance, or £8.50 on the door.

Reserve your place at Bagshot House Hotel in the company of Colonel Craddock and his guests for an evening of murder, mystery, mayhem, double agents, double crossing, double entendres, and Pratt.  Even a nice cup of tea is not always what it appears to be…

Secondary Cause of Death

SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Josef Weinberger Limited

Secondary Cast of Death

It’s barely a month until opening night and tickets go on sale next week.  It’s about time we introduced the cast of Secondary Cause of Death.  Get to know them now before they start getting bumped off!


Jason

Jason

Colonel Charles Craddock, retired

Jason is usually found at the back of the hall controlling the lighting and sound effects.  He took to the stage in Take Your Seats (2017), but this will be his first full-length acting role since playing Simon the vet in Deborah’s Party (2013), during which he perfected the “hand up a cow’s bottom” manoeuvre.


Luke

Luke

Inspector Pratt

Luke made his BaCStage debut in Breezeblock Park (2011) and has been difficult to get off the stage since.  He is delighted to be revisiting the role of Pratt that he first played in Murdered to Death (2014).  It has been described as his ideal role; he chooses to take this as a compliment.


The cow's bottom thing

Jason (r) and Luke in Deborah’s Party (2013).
Lift the tail, insert the hand, and …


Nicola

Nicola

Cynthia Maple

Nicola joined BaCStage in 2013 to take the title role in Deborah’s Party.  Since then she has featured in several productions as well as co-directing 7 Ages of Man (2016).  She is continuing her portrayal of the Maple sisters, having played Joan Maple in Murdered to Death (2014).


Lucy

Lucy

Capt. Henrietta Woolmer-Cardington, an ATS Officer

Lucy has appeared in several BaCStage pantomimes, most recently starring as Belle in Beauty and The Beast (2017).  She has also played Nurse Penfold in Hero (2014) and Rita in In Need of Care (2015).  In 2017 she made her directorial debut with Must We Go to Bluntisham?, our play for the Dorothy L. Sayers festival.


Gary

Gary

Count Puchlik of Puszczykowo, a Polish Gentleman

Gary is making his BaCStage debut in Secondary Cause of Death.  His past acting credit includes a production of The Real Inspector Hound, in which he played housekeeper Mrs Drudge.


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Nicola as Joan Maple in Murdered to Death (2014)


Mandy

Mandy

Lily Tuthill, Cook

This will be Mandy’s second outing with BaCStage, following on from playing Laura in Is This Seat Taken (2017).  She has also appeared in several pantomimes with the Players of Earith, most recently as Baby Bear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears (2017).


Julie

Julie

Lady Isadora Pollock

This will also be Julie’s first production with BaCStage.  She has appeared in several pantomimes with the Players of Earith, most recently as the Dame in Goldilocks and the Three Bears (2017).


Jess

Jess

Nurse Ann Parsley

Jess has appeared in our last two pantomimes, most recently as Colette in Beauty and The Beast (2017).  She played Shirley in In Need of Care (2015) and her honour was in peril as Rose Maybud in Virtue Triumphant (2016).


Becky

Becky

Martha Armstrong, Housekeeper

One of the longest-standing members of the group, Becky joined BaCStage (at a very young age) when we performed in black and white.  She has played a wide variety of roles, most recently several parts in Take Your Seats (2017).  She is also an example of our actor recycling policy, having been murdered to death in Murdered to Death (2014).


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Becky (seated) before being murdered to death in Murdered to Death (2014), along with Luke (l), Nicola and Kevin as Constable Thompkins


Jonas

Jonas

Cardew Longfellow, a Thespian

Jonas is also joining us for the first time.  He is best known in his native Scandinavia as “Floating Corpse 3 (face down)” in the Nordic Noir crime drama Grimmfjorden.  Since relocating to the UK, he has written and starred in an impressive number of one-man shows based on popular stage and screen titles including The Blues Brother, The Gun of Navarone, Star War, The One Amigo, Man In Black, Planet of the Ape, One Angry Man, A Dance With a Wolf, Snake on a Plane, Jaw, and his musicals Le Miserable, I Will Rock You, and Cat.


Ron

Ron

Director

Ron re-joined BaCStage in 2014 to direct Murdered to Death.  Since then he has directed two pantomimes, appeared in several productions, sourced a wide variety of props and last year became BaCStage chairman.  We’re not sure what he does in the afternoons.


SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Josef Weinberger Limited

Tickets on sale next week!

Colonel Craddock, in the library, with the brass monkeys

Now, you may not be aware of this as it didn’t receive much coverage in the news, but it actually snowed in some parts of Britain last week.  I know!

Storm Emma, the Beast from the East, an Arctic blast, dozens of cancelled rail services, hundreds of closed schools, the end of the world as we know it, or, as our friends in continental Europe would describe this type of weather at this time of year, “Thursday”.

(Of course, we will only have to put up with this sort of thing for one more winter, then those pesky Europeans can keep their cold weather.  We will take back control of our weather and be bathed all year round in warm sunshine (but not too hot), tousled by light breezes, it’ll only rain at night, we’ll be playing cricket in November, unicorn polo in February and having Pimms on the lawn at 3pm sharp every day – hurrah!  Truly it will be a brighter future – Brexit Ed)

Meanwhile, back in the present day (not to mention the real world – Common-sense Ed) it has been a tad nippy lately.  It might just have something to do with us at BaCStage.  It wouldn’t be the first time we have adversely affected the weather.  We haven’t had a barbecue lately, but our next production is set in early spring and heavy snowfall does play a small part in the plot. Secondary Cause of Death is a send-up of a murder mystery in the Agatha Christie style, where an oddball collection of characters find themselves in a conveniently isolated location and cut off from the outside world by said heavy snow, leaving the murderer (or murderers) in their midst free to carry out their murderously murderous murderousness.  The presence of Inspector Pratt may even prove to be more of a help than a hindrance…

SnowODS
The snow was already starting to melt by the time our photographer dragged himself out of bed to take this picture of the “SnowDS”.  Some of us just aren’t morning people, OK?

Is it just a coincidence that as we are getting into full swing building the set and rounding up props, the heavens open and deliver just the sort of snowfall specified in the script?  Or is the world a bigger stage than you can shake a stick at?  (No, it’s just a coincidence – Snowflake Ed)

SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 (weather permitting) ~ Bluntisham Village Hall
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Josef Weinberger Limited

Tickets on sale soon!