Secondary Cast of Death

We’re finishing the year on a high.  After a couple of very entertaining and successful auditions at the end of November we have ourselves a cast for our Spring production, Secondary Cause of Death.

Auditions
The green sofa didn’t get the part of Sofa. Although it undeniably has stage presence, and many sofa attributes, its portrayal of 1930s furniture was considered to be not wooden enough. Oh, the irony.

CAST (in order of appearance)

Lady Isadora Pollock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie-Ann
Count Puchlik of Puszczykowo, a Polish Gentleman . . . Gary
Colonel Charles Craddock, retired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason
Capt. Henrietta Woolmer-Cardington, an ATS Officer . Lucy
Cynthia Maple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nicola
Cardew Longfellow, a Thespian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonas
Martha Armstrong, Housekeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Becky
Lily Tuthill, Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandy
Inspector Pratt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luke
Nurse Ann Parsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jess

Director . . . . . Ron

BaCStage aficionados will spot some new names there, alongside some of our regulars.  We’re excited to be welcoming some fresh acting talent to the group, along with all the personas that they will bring, to a story where no-one is quite who they seem.  Well, almost no-one…

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

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Return of the Pratt

Be frayed, be very frayed! Keep your nose peeled, your eye to the grindstone and ears in the back of your head – Defective Inspector Pratt is returning to Bluntisham!

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It was four years ago, in 1936, that Inspector Pratt first came to Bluntisham to investigate the murderous goings on at Bagshot House in our smash hit production of Peter Gordon’s comedy murder mystery Murdered to DeathDSC_3003 Mildred Bagshot’s convivial weekend with her friends took a turn for the worse when she was unexpectedly murdered to death.  Using his unique policing methods Pratt completely failed to solve the crime or apprehend the perpetuators, but he did almost add to the body count when he staged a reconstruction and shot long-suffering Constable Thomkins (or was it Thompson?) in the foot.  Fortunately, local busybody and amateur sleuth Miss Maple was on hand to unravel the mystery.  Pratt attempted to take all the credit for bringing the perpetrators to justice of course, despite not having the faintest idea what was going on.

Bodies pile higher than ever

Four years on and three years later, it is the summer of 1939. The storm clouds of war are gathering over Europe as Inspector Pratt returns to Bagshot House in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Secondary Cause of Death.

Inspector Pratt arrives bearing grim news for Colonel Craddock, but that’s just the beginning

Having inherited Bagshot House, Colonel Charles Craddock has converted the property into a hotel for the discerning visitor. Inspector Pratt arrives bearing grim news for Colonel Craddock, but that’s just the beginning. Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And where does the flamboyant thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? When Joan Maple’s sister Cynthia arrives to stage a murder mystery evening, it’s not long before Pratt’s visit turns into a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher than ever!

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The prospects for the new inhabitants of Bagshot House are looking grim, but we can promise you, as Colonel Craddock would say, a “jolly good show”.

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SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Talking carrots? Monsters under the bed? It must be Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly… jolly baffled by this year’s crop of Christmas TV adverts.  Personally, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for simpler, more innocent times, when a fox and a badger could bounce side by side in perfect harmony on a garden trampoline as a symbol of hope for a future of peace, harmony, togetherness and goodwill to all.

If you feel the need for something a bit more Christmassy to get you in the festive mood, come along to the Bluntisham Christmas Craft Fair next Saturday afternoon.  There will be a wide range of stalls selling all sorts of things.  We will be there too, promoting our next show and running our ever-popular tombola.  I can’t promise you a winner every time, but I can promise you the chance to meet some friendly actors.  Do come along and say hello!

It’s been a busy old Autumn

Two shows in as many months?  Crivens!  We asked Must We Go To Bluntisham? in September before inviting you to Take Your Seats for our 20th Anniversary in October.

During the Dorothy L Sayers Festival we hit upon a new way of enticing in the punters:

01 DLS Cakes

Preparing for our 20th Anniversary sketches, Lucy applies make-up to Ross…

02 Ross

…before applying beard to Jason:

03 Beard

Ash was on hand to check the straightness of the beard:

04 Ash

Jason has grand plans for a handlebar moustache:

05 Tache

Jess loves playing with her “Girl’s World”:

06 Girls World

Is this seat taken?  Yes, it is.

07 Seat

Hey mate… got a squidgy?

08 Squidgy

BaCStage actors – driving directors to drink for twenty years and counting…

09 Drink

A couple of swells:

10 Swells

A couple of (role) players:

11 Ladies

…and a couple who absolutely, positively, don’t do acting:

12 No acting please

Right, that’s that lot finished.  Time to start on the next one!

Happy birthday to us

We enjoyed another good turn-out for part two of our birthday celebrations at Bluntisham Village Hall on Saturday.  We say it every time, but we really do mean it – thank you to everyone who comes along to see our shows and support us, we really do appreciate it.

It must be said that Saturday night didn’t entirely pass off without any hitches.  There was a noticeable delay before the start of the raffle.  Rumours of raffle fraud were starting to circulate, but then a suspicious-looking character was found lurking in the bar with the tombola.  Having a bar on-site is always risky when there are actors involved.  The gentleman in question cannot be identified for legal reasons, but I can reveal that his name sounds like “Snick”.  As in, “who’s that?”  “Snick”.

On a more serious note, we know that there were problems with restricted visibility for those people sat at the back and this is something we will try to address if we do another “no stage” show in Blunty.  For our next production we’ll be back to our usual arrangement, up on stage and with cabaret-style seating.

On an even more serious note, now that the show is in the bag it’s fair to say we nearly didn’t have a show at all.  We had originally wanted to put on a production of It’s a Wonderful Life but were unable to cast it (it is something we want to return to in future though).  We looked at a couple of other plays, needing progressively fewer actors, but were unable to cast them either.  For a while it looked like we wouldn’t have a show at all this Autumn.  Then three things happened in relatively quick succession – someone (I’m not sure whom) realised that this year was our 20th anniversary, Ron suggested Is This Seat Taken? and offered to direct it, and Jackie volunteered to put together a selection of sketches and music.  At the 11th hour we got ourselves a show, and like Cinderella we could go to the ball after all (alright!).  Both Jackie and Ron deserve a lot of credit for putting Take Your Seat together, and doing so in record time after the delays and set-backs we suffered earlier in the year.  Credit too should go to the actors who learned their respective parts on a much reduced rehearsal schedule.  Parts of the show were still coming together in production week, when normally we’re swanning around in our costumes and planning the after-show party.

Chairman Ron is keen to avoid such problems for our next production and so we’ll be making a start on that almost immediately.  Those of you who Took Your Seats will have heard his announcement of what that show will be.  For the rest of you, I can reveal that we will be… giving more details on our website soon.  Always leave them wanting more!

Now, as it’s our birthday, you haven’t got any more of that delicious cake, have you…?

One down, one to go!

Our 20th anniversary celebrations got off to a flyer last night as the good people of Colne (and beyond) joined us at Colne Village Hall for the first of our two nights of Take Your Seat.  So many of them took their seats that we almost ran out of seats!  It was more or less a full house.  An enormous thank you to everyone who came along.

Right, time to get back on the tour bus and head off to Bluntisham for tonight’s show!

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The actors are there to feed the dog

The dog is there to bite the actors if they don’t perform.

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Take Your Seats – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

Tickets are on sale now.
Book now Also available from Bluntisham Service Station, or on the door.

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No dogs or actors were harmed in the making of this post.

How will you be taking your seat?

It’s only a few days until we invite you to Take Your Seats and join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary.

How will you be choosing to take your seat?

You could buy your tickets online…
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…or buy them in person from Bluntisham Service Station (supporting one of our sponsors at the same time)…

…or be spontaneous and buy your tickets on the door.

Whichever way you choose, we do hope you’ll come and join us!

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‘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
Book now

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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Bluntisham and Colne Stage Group