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…and now, a word from our sponsors

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WARBOYS VAN HIRE is the van provider of choice for the BaCStage Radio Theatre. Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, this stage, our equipment, and even the cast, were transported here in a van from WARBOYS VAN HIRE. Their vans can move anything from big bulky items like this stage, to fragile delicate items like these actors, so they’re sure to have the right van for you.
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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.

Peter

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

Sorry

“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.

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.

UBGK USA

“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.

Clarence

Is it just me, or…

Kevin does Banksy

Maybe it’s just me.

Some pictures lend themselves to caption competitions.

Becky

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.

Jess

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.

Spider

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!

~oOo~

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

The most wonderful week of the year

It’s just two days until the BaCStage Radio Theater goes live on air with It’s a Wonderful Life.  Tickets are selling like hot cakes for the Saturday performance, with more available for Thursday and Friday.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime, George.  The chance of a lifetime!”

The chance of a lifetime!

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

Book now

also available from Bluntisham Service Station

~oOo~

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

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.

Handrail

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

Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life are on sale now priced at  £8 for advance sales and £8.50 on the door.


Book now

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

 

It’s a Wonderful Set-up

Production week is here again!  It’s a Wonderful Life takes to the stage this week.  Tickets are on sale now from Bluntisham Service Station and TicketSource.


Book now

Set-up day had barely got started when the wet and windy weather threatened to make it take-down day, as the TV aerial on the ODS threatened to fall down.  This prompted numerous questions including “why has the ODS got a TV aerial?”, “has the ODS got a TV aerial?”, “have we got a video?” and “did Nick put that aerial up?”

ODS TV Aerial

BoltsThankfully, by the end of the day the aerial was safely removed thanks to Ray Edwards, long term village resident, firework maestro and builder.  These recovered artifacts offer a clue to its demise.

Nick was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

DerekElsewhere, set-up day continued apace.  It fell to chairman Ron to inform Derek that he was not to be involved in this production.  Having broken the news, Ron evaded any further peril by climbing some stairs.

Peter

We transported our bits and bobs to the village hall in a van very kindly supplied by Warboys Van Hire, to whom we are grateful as ever.  We transport everything by van, and I mean everything.

Once everything was transported we set about constructing the studio of the BaCStage Radio Theatre.

The Studio

Gordon

There’s the studio, taking shape nicely.

The traditional fish & chip lunch also featured cake, thanks to Gordon whose birthday it was.  Having said that, the way he’s brandishing that knife (on a pre-cut cake, as well) I’m not sure if he’s really sharing.

As our regular reader will know, we take health and safety very seriously at BaCStage.  Thomas did his level best to protect his fellow actors from trip hazards, but unfortunately, despite his best efforts, one careless cast member still managed to come a cropper.

Health and Safety

This photo was in no way staged, oh no.

By the end of the day we were ready to go…

On Air

Join us at the BaCStage Radio Theatre for our presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life.  Tickets are on sale now priced at  £8 for advance sales and £8.50 on the door.


Book now

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

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.

Numpties

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.

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…

Voosh… no more Inspector Pratt!

The storm clouds gathered over Bagshot House on Saturday night but there was barely a drop of rain, much less the snow that features in the plot.  Subsequently it was another warm one for both our near-capacity audience and actors alike.

DirectorRon
Director Ron giving the customary end-of-show speech

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to see Secondary Cause of Death across the three nights.  We couldn’t put on the shows we do without you.  We had bumper crowds each night, and if you had half as much fun watching as we had putting this show together then you’ll have had a jolly spiffing time.  Don’t worry if you lost the plot along the way – this Pratt still hasn’t worked it out!

So is that the last we’ll see of Inspector Pratt?  Not nessa…celery.

Pratt aficionados will already know that Murdered to Death and Secondary Cause of Death are the first two parts of a trilogy.  Part three, Death by Fatal Murder, takes place in the winter of 1940.  Pratt meets the new owner of the house, Nancy Allwright, and soon he is embroiled in more mystery, aided and abetted by Miss Maple and Constable Thomkins.  Upper-crust Ginny and Italian gigolo Enzo help with enquiries but danger soon looms with an unexpected arrival, and a frightening suggestion by Welsh busybody Blodwyn Morgan.

Never fear whilst a Pratt is near!

Hot stuff!

HotStuffIt was another warm one last night. If you were in the audience and feeling the heat, spare a thought for the actors – those stage lights push out more heat than a three-bar electric heater, inside an oven, in a glass house full of chilli plants on a hot sunny day… on fire. If the Inspector had fastened up his coat we’d have had boil-in-the-bag Pratt.  Still, it wouldn’t be Britain if we weren’t complaining that the weather was too hot / cold / wet / dry (delete as appropriate).

Whatever the weather, we’ll be doing it all one last time tonight.  It’s your last chance to find out who is the murderous miscreant of Bagshot House!


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

Tickets still available

You can buy your tickets online at TicketSource

Book now
or in person at Bluntisham Service Station

Tickets are £8 in advance, or £8.50 on the door.

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