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… so his name is – Roger!  What is it, boys and girls?  That’s right – it’s Rumplestiltskin!

Last weekend we completed the run of our latest production, Roger, and a great success it was too.  You can see many photos of it here.

This was one of our largest and most ambitious productions to date.  The size of the cast and the number and complexity of scene changes were just some of the challenges we faced.  Admittedly we didn’t have a handrail to contend with this time, which made the whole thing much simpler than our last panto, but even so it kept everyone in the group – including several newcomers, youngsters and loanees from other local groups – on their toes these past few months.  Thanks to the hard work, dedication and talent of all concerned it was a big success.

As well as revelling in our achievements and extending congratulations to all within the group (you know who you are) I’d also like to extend thanks on behalf of all of BaCStage to Jespal Singh for his help in setting up and taking down our stage.  Our ingenious flat-pack stage is described elsewhere; the headline is that each production week starts with set-up day and that in turn starts with ferrying the stage (including flats and props) from storage to the village hall, a task usually completed by a flotilla of cars and trailers to-ing and fro-ing across the village and a band of willing volunteers brandishing screwdrivers and spanners to put the whole thing together.  For this production we had the stage set up in the ODS for rehearsals, which made preparations better but threatened to make set-up day a whole lot harder as we would have to dismantle the stage before said flotilla could start doing its thing.  This is where Jespal Singh stepped in with his simple – but brilliant – solution:


The whole of our stage (boxes still assembled) plus the flats, props and backdrops all fitted into the back of his truck in one go.  We could even have squeezed a few actors in there too, had any been lying around in the ODS at the time.

One short journey later and the whole lot was at the village hall ready to be unloaded:


Instead of having to be assembled the boxes just needed a quick tightening of bolts and hey presto – instant stage!  This saved us countless hours of time and effort, and for that we are all extremely grateful.

Of course the knowledge that all our stuff fits into one truck does introduce an intriguing possibility – BaCStage on tour!  Now there’s a thought…


Gangnam Style!

Heck!  Posts on this blog are like buses… large, and sometimes “red”.  Geddit?  You thought I was going to say “none for ages and then two come along at once” didn’t you?

So anyway, as mentioned elsewhere on this blog, we’re doing a panto in February.  Oh yes we are… oh, no, let’s not start all that nonsense again.  We will be presenting Rumplestiltskin, or a loose approximation of it at any rate.  As is the panto way, our version includes a number of characters “inspired by” (in other words “pinched from”) other comedy shows.  For example, our story is set in the kingdom of Hamalot and features, among others, the Knights of the Square Table.  I won’t reveal from whence these were inspired; suffice to say that the Kinghts claim to eat ham, jam and spam, and to do so alot [sic].  Or maybe that should be – do so a lot [sick].

However, not content with raiding the comedy archives, our Knights are keen to show that they are down wit’ da kids.  To do this they will be bustin’ some moves (I know all the youth vernacular, me) from one of the biggest chart-toppers in this year’s hit parade.  Here, for the first time in public, I give you the Knights of the Square Table – Gangnam Style!



Now, the more eagle-eyed among you might spot that a couple of our Knights are of the lady variety.  Knightiness is of course a traditionally male preserve, so what’s going on here?  Sounds like a cue for a Christmas quiz to me!

The question is – which ones are the ladies?

Only kidding.  I know these people – some of them may be female, but that doesn’t make them ladies…

The real question is – why are some of our Knights in fact Knightesses.  Is it because:

a) that’s just how we cast them

b) the girls (who know how to dance) are showing the boys (who don’t) what the steps are

c) we had at least one stand-in at this rehearsal

d) some of the above

e) all of the above

f) none of the above.

And the answer is… going to be revealed when the curtain goes up in February.  You didn’t think I was going to give it away, did you?  (as the actress said to the bishop)


An apology and a cake

I’d like to offer our loyal reader an apology.  It has been far too long since anyone posted anything on this blog.  Real life has an annoying habit of getting in the way sometimes.  I won’t waste your time with poor excuses; instead I will pretend that the last post was only a week or so ago and move swiftly on to what we’ve been doing lately.

Phew!  What a… week… it’s been.  In October BaCStage celebrated its 15th birthday with a big cake decorated with pictures from past productions, a suitable quantity of booze and a one-off performance of “Little Grimley Presents Strictly Sex Factor On Ice”, all of which went down very well with the carefully hand-picked audience of family and close friends who were in attendance.  No photos of “Sex Factor” have yet surfaced, unfortunately.  Yours truly was unable to take any piccies because he was on stage acting, dahling, but I did manage to get a snap of the cake before it disappeared, something which it did far more rapidly than a cake of that size had any right to do.


Once the party and Grimley were out of the way, preparations for our next production stepped up from medium- to full-swing.  What, you ask, is our next production?  It’s a panto!  Oh yes it is… oh no it’s not… oh yes it is… and so on, and so on, and so on…

Back in the summer we settled on Rumplestiltskin as our weapon of choice for the panto season.  Things got off to a slightly sticky start when we realised that the size of cast required was somewhat larger than the number of people available, but after some begging, stealing, borrowing, cajoling, arm-twisting, bribery and threats of violence we managed to round up enough bodies to be able to cast it.  BaCStage tradition dictates that February is panto month, more specifically the half-term for the benefit of the junior BaCStagers involved, so next February 14th to 16th we will be performing Rumplestiltskin for the amusement of the good people of Bluntisham and Colne, and indeed anyone else who turns up with a ticket.

Something else we’ll be doing next year is putting more posts onto this blog.  Promise.

Up in the roof

Renovation work continues apace at the Bluntisham Old Day School (ODS).  Recently one brave soul even ventured up into the loft space.


Nice knees, by the way.

But what did they find?  Rumour has it that all the old school records used to be stored up there.  Another, rather less pleasant rumour, says that the loft contains several decades’ worth of pigeon poop.  A third rumour, started on this very page, states that there is a lost and lonely actor who lives in the ODS attic, trapped up there since his mischevious colleague whisked away the ladder up which he had climbed.


This last rumour is given credence by the fact that a potential escape route down the chimney has recently been blocked off.


It seems that all concerned are determined to cover their tracks.


By the time they’ve finished there will be no clue as to the attic’s lonely occupant.  But on stormy nights when the moon is full and the wind whistles around the rooftops of Bluntisham, listen carefully and you may just hear his forlorn voice drifting across the village … “Prompt!  Prompt!  Line please!”

Labouring at the Old Day School

There’s plenty of work still to do at Bacstage’s new home The Old Day School in Bluntisham or the ODS as it is affectionately becoming known.

A few of us took ourselves down there on Saturday morning for some staple removing ( there were hundreds of staples in every piece of wood in the building; windows, doors and  picture rail) old fireplace removing and bricking up the gap and painting..

Here’s a few photos of the work in progress..


The Expert


The Grafter


The cement mixer



Chief staple remover


The stripper!! who can still work with coffee in hand .


The decorating team


and someone making a bit of mess for her owners to clean up later !