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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.


‘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, 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

There is obviously no piss for the wicked

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

Thursday November 22nd, 7:30pm
Saturday November 24th, 10:30am
Extra audition – Tuesday November 27th, 7:30pm

All are welcome, no previous experience is needed.

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

'Allo 'Allo Audition Poster

If you fail to attend we will be notifying Berlin.

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The magic of radio

Last week we completed a successful run of It’s a Wonderful Life.  The radio-on-stage play format was something new for us, including many roles per actor, lots of accents (and hats), and sound effects created live on stage, among other things.  You can see some photos from the show here, although it must be said that, being radio, they do all look a bit similar.

Here we take you behind the scenes to show you some things the listeners didn’t get to see, if you know what I mean.

Our radio impresario Peter can finally relax now that the broadcasts are finished and we’re off the air.


However, production week was not without its moments of tension.


“I don’t know what I did wrong, Nick, but I’m very sorry and I won’t do it again”.

“Nick?  Is he still here?” said almost everyone at some point during the week.  His and Jackie’s move has been delayed, something to do with planning permission for the 17th shed with warehouse and industrial unit attached.  Our intrepid undercover reporter recently exposed how Nick has been peddling hand rails of dubious quality.  So desperate was he to try to clear his name that he attempted an act of blatant sabotage.


His efforts were thwarted by a higher power, for this is the Holy Hand Rail protected by the Divine Dolphin wind-chime.

Holy Handrail

The BaCStage Radio Theater and Bluntisham Broadcasting Corporation hanging out together, despite being on opposite sides of the pond.


“Welcome to the United Britain of Great Kingdom, old boy”.

There was an awkward moment when Ross demanded to know who had creased a corner of his script.

Ross Script

If you thought the curtains looked a bit creased, it’s because our expert team of ironists were occupied full-time elsewhere…

That’s not how you get your wings, Clarence.


Is it just me, or…

Kevin does Banksy

Maybe it’s just me.

Some pictures lend themselves to caption competitions.


Nope, can’t think of anything for this one.

George and Mary, married in 1932, celebrate their 86th wedding anniversary.

George and Mary

Aww, youth is wasted on the wrong people!

Let’s play a quick game of “who’s Jess?”  It’s like “where’s Wally?”, but different.


Looks like we have a winner.

Speaking of Jess, what’s got 8 legs and terrified Jess on Thursday?  No it’s not Becky’s family (they were in on Saturday), it’s this little fella.


He went to a good home.  We hid him in one of the raffle prizes.  Maybe he was in yours?  Go and check, I would.

With that we conclude another successful BaCStage show.  If you have been paying attention you’ll know what we’re planning to do next…

Last few tickets for Saturday!

Saturday night has SOLD OUT at Bluntisham Service Station and online.  We have a very small number of tickets left for on-the-door sales only.  It’s going to be a wonderful one!

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


Simply wonderful!

We enjoyed a simply wonderful opening night last night.  Here’s what one happy audience member had to say:

“I for one was completely held by your performances.  It was utterly refreshing to see something so different from BaCStage … Assimilating the adverts into the performance was inspired. Sound effects on stage compelling.” 

There are still some tickets left for Friday and Saturday but hurry – they’re almost all gone!

Tickets are on sale now priced at £8 for online sales and £8.50 on the door.

Book now

also available from Bluntisham Service Station SOLD OUT – online or on-the-door only!


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