"'Allo 'Allo" by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (April 2019).
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.
What they said about 'Allo 'Allo:
"Thought it was a great show last night. Well done to all!!"
"Fantastic show tonight. You were all brilliant 👍"
"A very good night. Very funny and enjoyable"
"Cast and scene changers were so good. Very enjoyable evening."
"Really enjoyed the performance last night. Well done to all involved 😃"
"Very good performance well done you all 👏👏"
"Excellent - will never be able to take Steve Deighton seriously after a brilliant performance!"
"Airman 2 was outstanding and his delivery “word” perfect!"
"Allo, Allo. Brilliant show. Thanks to all who worked so hard on this, it was hugely entertaining. Enjoy your last two performances tomorrow."
"I attended the sat pm and enjoyed enormously. Shall definitely look out for next show. Well done to all concerned."
"Brilliant performance last night, well done everyone we really enjoyed it."
"Just have to write and say what a wonderfully funny the Allo Allo show was last night Friday and say well done to everyone who took part and back stage as well as Front of house, sound and technical a truly funny well presented play."
“Brilliant performance last night, well done everyone we really enjoyed it”
“Not laughed so much since Granny squeezed her t*ts in the mangle”
“What a great production last night, not only did we enjoy it, but it seemed you were all too!”
“What a splendid evening light hearted banter, excellent acting, friendly atmosphere”
“Keep it up…. And I don’t mean the sausage”
“Just arrived back home after an excellent evening, the hall was packed and you could see that everybody had a good evening”
René . . . . . . Ash
Edith . . . . . . Christine
Yvette . . . . . . Sue
Michelle . . . . . . Julie
Mimi . . . . . . Becky
Colonel von Strohm . . . . . . Ron
Helga . . . . . . Julie-Ann
Captain Bertorelli . . . . . . Thomas
Herr Flick . . . . . . Luke
Officer Crabtree . . . . . . Gary
Leclerc . . . . . . Ross
Lieutenant Gruber . . . . . . Steve D
General von Schmelling . . . . . . Kevin
British Airmen . . . . . . Zara & Phillip
Radio voice of London . . . . . . Gary
'Nature Loving Norma' voice-over . . . . . . Luke
German Officer (off) . . . . . . Dan
Screaming Peasant (off) . . . . . . Dan
Edith's Mother . . . . . . Nicola
Herr Direktor . . . . . . Gordon
Stage Manager . . . . . . Denise
Set design & construction . . . . . . Ron, Graham, Steve C, Phillip
Lighting & Sound Design . . . . . . Jason, Dan
Scenic Artist . . . . . . Pete
Publicity . . . . . . Peter, Jo
Poster Design . . . . . . Thomas
Costumes . . . . . . Sharon, Jane
Production assistant & continuity . . . . . . Ann
Programme Design . . . . . . Gill
Front of House . . . . . . Helen & team
Photography . . . . . . Gordon, Dawn
Compere . . . . . . Gordon
Costumes supplied by 'Allo 'Allo Costume Hire, Aladdin's Cave and BaCStage members
BaCStage would like to thank the following, without whose help this production would not have been possible:
Our sponsors: Bluntisham Service Station ~ Bluntisham Butchers~ Cole & Day, Somersham ~ Earith Timber Products Ltd ~ Elglaze Ltd, Earith ~ Envar Composting Ltd ~ Warboys Van Hire (equipment transportation)
BAWDS Drama Group and Combined Actors of Cambridge (loan of props) ~ Bluntisham Parish Council ~ Impressions Village Scene ~ The Herald, the newsletter of the Meridian Benefice ~ Colne Parish Council Newsletter
Our thanks also to the groups who were unable to use their usual accommodation at the Village Hall during production week:
Sue Stopps – Ballroom dancing ~ Badminton Club ~ Tracey Davidson (Cambsfit – HIIT, Pilates and Zumba) ~ Tuesday Badminton Club ~ Wednesday Badminton Club ~ Sunday Badminton Club