British Pants in Europe!

British pants in Europe.  Quite by chance, BaCStage have never been more topical…

The significantly-less-than-three years that we have been working on ‘Allo ‘Allo have gone remarkably well so far:

  • The Production Cabinet Committee hasn’t split three ways, and no whipping has been required (any whipping that has taken place has been entirely consensual).
  • No-one has broken away to form an Independent Panto Group.
  • No-one has requested an extension, technical or otherwise, to the rehearsal schedule.
  • No-one submitted any amendments to the script.
  • We’ve even reached an outline post-‘Allo ‘Allo agreement on what our next production will be (more of that in future posts)

Maybe we should raise a people’s army and seize control of the state!  (You vill komplete ‘Allo ‘Allo first or you vill be shot! – Herr Direktor Ed).

Something else we’ve done very well is sell tickets.  A lot of tickets.  Saturday night has sold out at Bluntisham Garage and we have one single solitary ticket left online.  Friday has sold out online and is selling fast at the Garage.  We still have tickets available for Thursday and for the Saturday matinee, but we encourage you to buy your tickets in advance.  We may not have any left to sell on the door!

Click the shopping cart thingy below for online purchases (you will be transferred to TicketSource to purchase your tickets)…

Book now on TicketSource

… or call in to Bluntisham Garage to buy in person.

You can meet the ‘Allo ‘Allo cast here.

Back to the subject of pants (and why not), this is not the first time that BaCStage pants have received a public airing.  The previous public parader of pants (try saying that quickly while gargling your pint) has requested that their anonymity be preserved.  In spite of the ever-increasing editorial staff monitoring this blog, mistakes do occasionally slip through.

Public pantsAnonymity preserved; I think we got away with that one.

Will there be any German pants on display?  Vell, zat vould be tellingk!

BaCStage present ‘Allo ‘Allo
Bluntisham Village Hall
Thursday April 4th to Saturday April 6th 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2:30pm

'Allo 'Allo Coming Soon

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

 

 

 

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‘Allo ‘Allo tickets are selling like hot cakes!

Half of the tickets went on sale on line last weekend, and have nearly sold out for Friday and Saturday nights already!  Fear not, the other half have just gone on sale at Bluntisham Garage, but get in quick!

There are still plenty of tickets for Thursday and the Saturday matinee online.  We also sell tickets on the door if there are any left, but don’t rely on it, especially for Friday and Saturday night – when they’ve gone, they’ve gone!

Click the shopping cart thingy below for online purchases (you will be transferred to TicketSource to purchase your tickets)…

Book now on TicketSource

… or call in to Bluntisham Garage to buy in person.

You can meet the ‘Allo ‘Allo cast here.

'Allo 'Allo Coming Soon

BaCStage present ‘Allo ‘Allo
Bluntisham Village Hall
Thursday April 4th to Saturday April 6th 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2:30pm

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

‘Allo ‘Allo tickets now on sale!

Listen very carefully, I will say this more than once.  You can now buy tickets for ‘Allo ‘Allo online!  Click the shopping cart thingy below (you will be transferred to TicketSource to purchase your tickets).

Book now on TicketSource

If you prefer to buy your tickets in person you will be able to do so at Bluntisham Service Station from March 16th.

You can also meet the cast here.

'Allo 'Allo Coming Soon

BaCStage present ‘Allo ‘Allo
Bluntisham Village Hall
Thursday April 4th to Saturday April 6th 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2:30pm

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

You will be watching…

‘Allo Bluntisham, zis is Nighthawk, Nighthawk calling Bluntisham.  I ‘ave a message for you.  Ze cast for ‘Allo ‘Allo ‘as been assembled and will be ready to perform at Bluntisham Village Hall from April 4th to 6th (if zey are not ready zey vill be shot – Herr Direktor Ed).  Stand by for news on tickets, going on sale very soon!

~ The French ~

AshAsh

René 

After a break of four years he’s back.  Ash last appeared as Fairy Bow-belle in Dick Whittington and His Cat in 2015 (why does he always get the part of the dame?).  Ash has been part of BaCStage since its inception in 1997, when we were known as The Millennium Players.  He is looking forward to this small walk-on part of René Artois in ‘Allo ‘Allo.  Please excuse his French accent.


ChristineChristine

Edith

Christine is BaCStage’s founder member and has both acted in and directed many of our productions.  This may explain why she has most recently taken to playing pantomime villains, as Queen Rat in Dick Whittington (2015) and Bad Fairy in Beauty and The Beast (2017).


SueSue

Yvette

This is Sue’s first production with BaCStage.


RossRoss

LeClerc

Ross most recently starred as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (2018) and chef Larry Tuthill in Secondary Cause of Death (2018), when he was also assistant director.  He played Nobby in In Need of Care (2015), the Wicked Gravedigger in Virtue Triumphant (2016), took various roles in 7 Ages of Man (2016) and Take Your Seats (2017) and has featured in several of our pantos.


JulieJulie

Michelle

This is Julie’s first BaCStage performance and the first acting she’s done since she was an angel in her primary school nativity 40 years ago!  However a couple of years ago she was a member of Meridian Singers so has had more recent experience in front of an audience.


BeckyBecky

Mimi

A long-standing BaCStager, Becky most recently played Violet Bick and several other characters in It’s a Wonderful Life (2018).  She has played countless roles in BaCStage plays and pantomimes, and is unique in the group as being the only actor to be murdered in both Murdered to Death (2014) and Secondary Cause of Death (2018).


~ The Germans & Italians ~

RonRon

Colonel Kurt von Strohm

Ron rejoined the group in 2014 and is now Chairman. He has directed three plays and two pantomimes, also appearing in one of the pantos, and has acted in two plays and narrated one short play. His roles include Uncle Billy (It’s a Wonderful Life, 2018) and The Maypole (Virtue Triumphant, 2016). He will be directing our next production. Ron has also acted in and directed productions in Cambridge, Comberton and Waterbeach.


ThomasThomas

Capt. Bertorelli

Allo ‘Allo is Thomas’ tenth production with BaCStage. For each of his previous nine productions, he’s taken on challenging roles. This time he fancied a bit of a break so wanted a role that he relates to, one that doesn’t require much acting: a flamboyant bombastic who believes himself to be very charming and has a keen eye for the ladies, but who loves nobody more than himself. In fact, the only difference between Thomas and Captain Alberto Bertorelli is that Thomas isn’t Italian.


LukeLuke

Herr Otto Flick

Luke takes great pleasure in playing villains such as Mr Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life, 2018) and the wicked Squire Sir Septimus Grope (Virtue Triumphant, 2016) but his favourite role to date is that of Inspector Pratt (Murdered to Death, 2014 and Secondary Cause of Death, 2018).  Everyone who knows him assumed he would be playing Herr Flick in ‘Allo ‘Allo, even his own mother.


Julie-AnnJulie-Ann

Helga

Julie is an experienced actress.  She has appeared in many plays, musicals and pantos in Scotland.  This is her second performance with BaCStage.  She played Lady Isadora Pollock in Secondary Cause of Death (2018). She also belongs to Earith Players.


SteveSteve

Lieut. Gruber

Steve last appeared on stage whilst at school.  In the intervening years he has steadfastly turned down roles in The Bill, Emmerdale, Grange Hill and Eastenders, finally being persuaded to play Lieutenant Gruber in ‘Allo ‘Allo with BaCStage.


KevinKevin

General von Schmelling

Kevin played angel Clarence Oddbody in It’s a Wonderful Life (2018).  He has featured in many of our pantos and plays in recent years.  He is a prolific performer with several local groups ranging from panto to passion plays, has appeared in Shakespeare at The George, in radio plays for Radio Cambridgeshire and had a major role in a radio soap airing three times a week.


~ The British ~

GaryGary

Officer Crabtree

Gary is making his second appearance for BaCStage, this time as Officer Crabtree, the undercover British agent with a less-than-perfect grasp of the French language. Gary’s previous role was as Count Puchlik in Secondary Cause of Death (2018).  His last acting experience dates from the mid-80s, a bit like his VHS copy of ‘Allo ‘Allo.


ZaraZara

Airman 1

Zara has appeared in two previous BaCStage Pantomimes, as a Rat in Dick Whittington (2015) and Willow, one of the talking trees in Beauty and the Beast (2017). She has also appeared with the Wellworth Players.


PhilPhil

Airman 2

Following long and enthusiastic participation in the audience of many BaCStage productions, Phillip has decided to cross the line of the safety curtain to parachute into the role of British Airman.  This is after a non-existent period of time in the RAF, a minor part in the Piddletrenthide Players Variety Show in 1980, and numerous children’s productions which he wrote, directed and produced.


~ Herr Direktor ~

GordonGordon

‘Allo ‘Allo is Gordon’s directorial debut.  He is a key member of BaCStage’s ‘back stage’ team, in set construction and stage management.  He claims to “not do acting” but is very happy to stand in for missing actors at rehearsals.  Along with Jason he created the sound effects for It’s a Wonderful Life live during the show, and voiced Jimmy the Bird, his most prominent on-stage role to date.


'Allo 'Allo Coming Soon

BaCStage present ‘Allo ‘Allo
Bluntisham Village Hall
Thursday April 4th to Saturday April 6th 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2:30pm

Tickets on sale soon

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

‘Allo ‘Allo tickets on sale soon

Tickets for our April production ‘Allo ‘Allo will be on sale soon, online and from Bluntisham Service Station.

Bluntisham, zis is Nighthawk, Nighthawk calling Bluntisham.  Tickets for ze next production will soon be on sale on ze internet (whatever zat is) and from the Service Station of Bluntisham.  I will contact you again when zey are available.

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'Allo 'Allo Coming Soon

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

Taking comedy very seriously

We take our comedy very seriously at BaCStage. You have to play comedy absolutely straight or it just isn’t funny.

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‘Allo ‘Allo presents some interesting new challenges, not least of which is to portray a group of characters who are well known and much loved from off the telly (explainer for our young reader: “the telly” is “YouTube for old people”). We can’t just impersonate the originals; we must find the characters for ourselves.

Ron
Ron, yesterday

Some of the cast are going to great lengths to find their characters. Chairman Ron, for example, has already been on three holidays this year.  Historical accounts of World War II don’t give much detail on how long the occupying German forces in France spent topping up their suntans, but Ron generally knows what he’s doing so far be it from me to question his methods.

Peaky Blinder
There has been ein mistake…

Our Herr Flick, meanwhile, has been all the way to Berlin in search of inspiration (good luck claiming that on expenses – Ed).  We’re not sure he’s read the stage directions, or even the script at all for that matter, but on the other hand should the Peaky Blinders ever decamp to Germany he’ll be in with a good shout of getting a part.

Back at the Old Day School rehearsals have been progressing, but not always in the right direction.  One of us thought we were putting on Das Boot, while some others decided to enact Brexit through the medium of interpretive dance.

Das Boot

However, Herr Direktor Gordon is on the case.  When the actors step out of line he gets off the case, gets onto the stage and directs with ruthless efficiency.

Listen very carefully
Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once…

BaCStage presents ‘Allo ‘Allo ~ April 2019

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

‘Allo ‘Allo, what’s going on ‘ere then?

Welcome to 2019, dear reader. Don’t be deceived by a lack of blog activity lately; we have been busy rehearsing ‘Allo ‘Allo. There is at least one thing in this country related to Europe that is going well…

It’s hard work, being an actor, but someone has to do it!

Prepare to consume some Knockwurst Sausage

Picture the scene: Europe is divided and Britain stands alone, its values, its way of life, even its continued existence threatened as never before by the relentless onslaught of far-right extremism…

But enough about Brexit; let’s talk about World War II instead.

In April 2019 BaCStage will be saying ‘Allo ‘Allo to René and all the regulars at his café. 

Based on the hugely successful British television series than ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of hapless café owner René in occupied France.  You’ll see all of your favourite TV characters in the flesh, including René’s tone-deaf wife Edith, Crabtree the British spy who thinks he can speak French, and Herr Flick of the Gestapo.

René and his wife have stashed a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them.  Communications with London using the wireless that is disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments this intrepid proprietor endures in the company of his patrons.  News that the Führer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the café.  Meanwhile René summons all the wit he can muster to save his café and his life.

After three successful and entertaining auditions we’re delighted to be welcoming some new faces to BaCStage as well as welcoming back some original BaCStagers who we haven’t seen much of recently.

The French

René . . . Ash
Edith . . . Christine
Yvette . . . Sue
LeClerc . . . Ross
Michelle . . . Julie
Mimi . . . Becky

The Germans / Italians

Colonel Kurt von Strohm . . . Ron
Capt. Bertorelli . . . Thomas
Herr Otto Flick . . . Luke
Helga . . . Julie-Ann
Lieutenant Gruber . . . Steve
General von Schmelling . . . Kevin

The British

Officer Crabtree . . . Gary
Airmen . . . Zara & Phillip

Director . . . Gordon
Stage Manager . . . Denise
Sound & Lighting . . . Jason & Dan

'Allo 'Allo read through
Herr Direktor’s vord ist final!

 We are diluted to be finishing the year on such a hoe.  Merry Crustmess to every win of you!

This amateur production of ‘Allo ‘Allo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once (more)

We have just one more audition for ‘Allo ‘Allo, on Tuesday evening.  All are welcome to come along any time between 7:30pm and 9:30pm.  It’s been great to see new faces at both of the auditions we’ve held so far, and we’re well on the way to casting the show, but it’s not too late to get involved!

Extra audition – Tuesday November 27th, 7:30pm

Download the ‘Allo ‘Allo Audition Pack for more details, including a description of each of the characters.

'Allo 'Allo Audition Poster

Tempted to audition? Just turn up!

We had some new faces at our first audition for ‘Allo ‘Allo last night.  We have two more auditions, on Saturday morning and Tuesday evening.  If you fancy giving acting a go, just turn up – you don’t need any previous acting experience, you don’t need to bring anything – you don’t even need to tell us you’re coming.  We like surprises at BaCStage!

Open auditions for our next production Allo ‘Allo are taking place next week at the Old Day School in Bluntisham.

Saturday November 24th, 10:30am
Extra audition – Tuesday November 27th, 7:30pm

Download the ‘Allo ‘Allo Audition Pack for more details, including a description of each of the characters.

'Allo 'Allo Audition Poster

Bluntisham and Colne Stage Group