Old Day School, Bluntisham

Colonel Craddock, in the library, with the brass monkeys

Bluntisham and Colne Stage Group

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…


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)

(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!


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