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A parting gift from Nick

Our regular reader will already know that after many years Nick and Jackie have retired from BaCStage service to go and collect sheds by the seaside.  However, Nick did leave us one of his famous handrails as a parting gift.


With the safety of the actors assured, the show can go on!

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It's a Wonderful Life



Above and below stairs at Bagshot House

Two weeks ago (already!) we completed our successful run of Secondary Cause of Death.  You can see photos of the production itself over in our production photos section.  Here are some pictures from behind the scenes before, during and after the show.

We’ve finally broken him, if not his sets.  Long-time set-builder and occasional gorilla Nick is retiring to the seaside.  This could well be the last BaCStage show he is actively involved in.  It is indeed the end of an era.


Nick’s construction legacy will live on, though.  We have many instructions to follow.  Whether this bunch of numpties is capable of following instructions remains to be seen, of course.


You couldn’t run us off another dozen or so handrails before you go, could you Nick?

The pace on set-up day was relentless.

Setup daySetup day

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – tea does not drink itself.

Lady Isadora’s hair took almost as long to construct as the rest of the set.

Lady Isadora

We are sticklers for attention to detail at BaCStage including, on this occasion, authentic wartime hosiery.


It was a warm one on opening night.  Fortunately the BaCStage fan club was in attendance.

Fan club

Time for a little game.  Spot the ball?  No.  Spot the dog?  No.  It’s…

Spot the...

… spot the lighting engineer!  He’s in there somewhere.

Spoiler alert – the next couple of photos are plot-spoilers.  Even if you didn’t see the show, you might be able to guess from other posts and photos which plot points they are giving away.  If you did see the show and you still can’t work it out, I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader…

It’s that “bloody” nurse again!

And now, dear reader, we face the final curtain – and what a curtain it is!  It takes seven people just to iron it!

The Curtain Gang 2018

It’s curtains for that lot, and indeed for this production.  A big “well done” to everyone involved, and an enormous “thank you” to everyone who has supported us.

Right then, time to get started on the next one.  More details coming very soon…

We’ll meet again…

…but unlike Vera, we know where and we know when as Bluntisham Village Hall is transformed into Bagshot House for Secondary Cause of Death this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

Set-up day was the usual hive of frenetic activity.


If you stand around long enough, eventually someone will put a cup of tea in your hand.

While Ash and Ron tried to figure out what was missing from this door frame, Nick removed a large gnome from beneath the stage.


We were pleased to see several of our younger members coming along to help with set-up.  Of course, teenagers being what they are, there was a fair amount of this going on.


There were plenty of responsible adults around to set a better example.


Not this particular adult, though.  Kids today, eh?

To be fair, the BaCStage Yoof did do a lot of useful work during set-up.  They also did things like this:


…?  Me neither.

“Cut an inch off the top of that door” he said.  “How hard can it be?” he said.


Sometimes the first cut is not the deepest.

Was there a sighting of a handrail?  Handrails are notoriously nervous and fickle beasts, no doubt because of the persecution they’ve suffered in recent years.  Even the most patient of photographers knows better than to wait around for one – much better to set up a camera trap overnight.


We got one!

It’s been a year since we last erected the stage. At the time, Peter wrote some assembly instructions in permanent pen, then chalked in some instructions on how to use the instructions.


Despite this, he still managed to glue himself to the stage. Nick had to resort to drastic measures to free him.


If anyone finds Peter’s left foot, he’d like it back.

Thanks to everyone’s marvellous efforts we now have the stage set for a “killer” show:

Bagshot House

The last word goes to director Ron:


Now for the village hall!  We do hope you can join us.

(the sequel to Murdered to Death)
by Peter Gordon
April 19th, 20th & 21st 2018 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall

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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.


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

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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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