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Well done to all the casts and crews that were involved in our plays in our 2016-2107 season!

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Auditions are taking place in June in our rehearsal rooms in the Arts Centre at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. For more information, see our Auditions page.

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Blackburn Drama Club has taken part in two festivals this year, the Lytham St Annes Arts Festival and the All England Theatre Festival, with a two-hander called ‘Address Unknown’ by K. Kressmann Taylor.

Along the way the Club collected no fewer than 9 Festival Trophies, ranging from Best Male Actor to Audience’s Choice, with extremely appreciative responses from all the audiences. 
Now the cast and crew are back at their home in at Thwaites Empire Theatre. On October 8th, we will be performing ‘Address Unknown’ at the theatre and will be joined by the East Lancs Concert Band who will play a specially chosen programme of 1930s music.

Friendship / Betrayal / Murder / Revenge – this one-act play has it all! Plus a chilling history, as the political and social situation that is presented here in 1932 became a reality for many over the following war years.

Originally a radio play, it is set (and was written) at the beginning of the second world war and is about 2 friends, an American and a German, whose friendship changes dramatically as the Nazis gain power.

It consists of an exchange of letters between Max, a Jewish owner of an art gallery in the USA and his former business partner and friend, Martin, who has returned with his family to his roots in Germany after an affair with Griselle, Max’s niece. It is 1932 – Martin joins the National Socialist Party and his son becomes a member of the Hitler Youth. This is of great concern to Max in San Francisco as he begins to learn of the treatment of the Jews in Germany. When Griselle, an actress, appears on stage in Germany, she is tormented because she is Jewish and, subsequently, seeks help from Martin. First published in 1938, it was banned in Nazi Germany but gained high praise in the USA and much of Europe.

The two roles are played by Andrew Smith and Steven Derbyshire and the play is directed by Dorothy Perkins.

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