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01 Jul

Talking Faces Episodes 1-3

Please see our first three episodes from our online Talking Faces series! We are raising money to help with our ongoing costs during lockdown, if you can please help by donating a small amount to our GoFundMe page it would be really appreciated

Episode 1 – I’ve Been Sat Here – Written & Performed by Siobhan Edge

Episode 2 – Panic Button – Written & Performed by Barbara Ashworth

Episode 3 – No Choice – Written by Joanne Shepherd – Performed by Paddy Darnell-Walsh

11 Jun

Talking Faces

“TALKING FACES” – A new digital series from BlackburnDrama Club COMING SOON… 🎭

As we won’t be having any on stage performances for the remainder of the year, we are gearing up to kickstart a new series of Lockdown Monologues, in the style of Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads”, as something to watch for our members and audiences alike.

We have many talented writers in the Club and we are calling out for people to pen a 5-10 minute script telling the story of someone during lockdown. These can be humorous, or dramatic, emotional or satirical. Suzanne Nolan has very kindly offered to “ghost write” any story ideas that people may have but not able to write themselves. Anyone else willing to help Suzanne with this, please let us know! Anyone who would like to write and act/film their piece great, if not please send us your scripts and we can find an actor for you!

Your options are as follows:
1) Write AND record own Talking Faces piece.
2) Write piece but submit for someone else to perform and record.
3) Bullet point ideas for a piece for Suzanne or someone else to write.

If you are solely interested in acting someone’s monologue or writing up the ideas of someone else please let us know!

This is open to everyone, whether you have worked with the BDC before or not! Once we start receiving a few entries we will start to put a schedule together when we can start releasing them for the world to watch! ❤️

11 Jun

Chair’s Newsletter

Hello members! I hope you are all keeping safe and well and looking forward to eventually getting back to normal, albeit a new kind of normal.

I trust you have all found time to complete and return nomination forms for the ACT ‘Out Of The Spotlight Awards’  which recognise all those sterling people who work behind the scenes to ensure our productions run smoothly.

NODA Northwest AGM and Regional Awards Gala which was to be held at The Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, has had to be cancelled but will hopefully take place some time in the near future. We will keep you informed.

On Tuesday of this week, 28th May, we held a BDC committee meeting via ZOOM, to discuss our immediate future plans for the club.

Due to uncertainty regarding the re-opening of theatres it is hard to plan ahead with any conviction or confidence. For this reason we had to make the sad decision to suspend all events including our plays for the start of the coming season. This was a very difficult decision to make but we must put the health, safety and well-being of our members, audiences and volunteers first.

With no clear guidance from the government as yet, and amidst rumours that London theatres are unlikely to re-open until January 2021, action was necessary in order to try to plan accordingly. Therefore I can inform you that our new short season will commence in the New Year with our first play most likely to assume the March slot already reserved for us.  Our final play will hopefully be staged in May.

Amy’s View still holds priority as it is fully rehearsed and was ‘ready to go’ before lockdown but we cannot confirm which plays or which order at the present time. Confirmation will follow when we receive more assurance and information from the government.

Dates  for Your Diary

AGM Tuesday 16th June   Our Annual General Meeting will have to be held via ZOOM at 7.30. pm. We welcome all members old and new.The Grand Opening of our lovely new club room will have to be held at a later date when  members can see for themselves the benefits of our refurbishment.  Plays for the season beginning September 2021 through to May 2022 will be revealed in due course.

Members’News  The very talented James Lilley who we last saw in Little Voice alongside Beth Turnbull in the title role, celebrated his 21st birthday during lockdown, 11th May. Beth, (now his girlfriend!) invited some of us to contribute to a video she compiled where everyone filmed their fondest and funniest memories of James. Needless to say James was thrilled and delighted.

Beth, famous for roles in BDC’s productions  Little Voice  and Boeing Boeing is now approaching her final year studying Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University. We wish her every success and a good agent!

Dylan Allcock, former member, now living in London and working professionally as an actor, composer and writer has written a new play, Two Steps From Hell  which he is hoping to bring to the northern stage before too long. I am sure we will all try to support him in this venture.


The greatest applause must go to those in our midst who take the great risk of leaving home each day, working throughout lockdown to help keep our country functioning properly. I’m sure there are many such workers amongst our members, and I can’t name you all but four members of our committee deserve a special mention:

Martin Cottam:   NHS worker, clinical engineer at Royal Blackburn Hospital, part of whose job it is to service the anaesthetic machines and ventilators within Theatres and Critical Care Unit.

Neely Jillings  :  Working for HM  Prison Service

Claire St Pierre : Education  Teaching children of Key Workers

Paddy Darnell-Walsh :  Northern Rail   Driving trains

Much respect to each one of you. You are putting yourselves at risk every day.  You truly are our unsung heroes so I’m singling you out now! Thank you, from all of us.

A big ‘Thank you’ also to every member of BDC committee for contributing so ably to the smooth running of our drama club.

Finally, a big ‘Thank you’ to all members for your continued support of our club and for all the messages and emails supplying me with jokes and stories to keep me laughing during this crisis. They really have been appreciated.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as your Chair and I know when I hand over the reins to Paddy his energy and enthusiasm  will continue to take our wonderful drama club onwards and upwards.

Au Revoir,

See you on screen on 16th June!

Very Best Wishes, Stay Safe, Keep Well.

Jenny Hodkinson  (Outgoing Chair BDC)

18 Mar

BDC Statement

Blackburn Drama Club Statement:

Following the latest government advice, Blackburn Drama Club have been in talks with Blackburn Empire Theatre regarding this week’s production of Amy’s View. Blackburn Empire have confirmed the theatre will now be closed until at least 1st May 2020.

We can therefore confirm this week’s production of Amy’s View has been postponed.

Furthermore, unfortunately we can confirm we have also postponed our Annual General Meeting and May’s production of Death of a Salesman.

We now find ourselves in a difficult situation, financially and are calling on you our devoted and loyal audiences to help.

We are a registered charity and local community theatre company, run totally voluntarily for the local community. Whilst we endeavour to refund any purchased tickets, any donated ticket money for the postponed productions would be gratefully received as we look to recoup our costs.

Finally, stay safe and we look forward to receiving some better news in the future so we can welcome everyone back for our 2020/21 Season.

Blackburn Drama Club Committee

13 Feb

NODA District 3 Awards 2020

On Saturday 8th February, we attended the 2020 District 3 Awards at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel. We are absolutely delighted to announce we received a whopping TEN awards on the evening and had a fabulous night! Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to District 3 rep Paul Mason for recognising our achievements in 2019. Full list of winners are as follows:

Best Female Comedy Performance – Jackie Green – One Man Two Guvnors
Best Youth in an Adult Production – Louisa Harkness – My Mother Said I Never Should
Best Leading Youth Performer – Louisa Harkness – My Mother Said I Never Should
Best Actress in a Drama – Jenny Hodkinson – My Mother Said I Never Should
Best Actor in a Drama – Dominic Dwyer – The Importance of Being Earnest
Best Choreographer – Zoe Taylor – One Man Two Guvnors
Best Director of a Drama – Elizabeth Holland – My Mother Said I Never Should
Best Drama – My Mother Said I Never Should
The Victor Booth Award – Louisa Harkness
The Special Achievement Award – Blackburn Drama Club
13 Feb

We’ve had a makeover…

We have been having a makeover 👀

Check out the pictures of our rehearsal room refurbishment… what a difference!! 😱

Many thanks to our treasurer Pearce for organising it all, our hardworking committee for hours of prep work, decluttering and furniture moving & the Co-Op Community Fund for a huge chunk of the money towards the upgrades! ❤️

Finally thank you to for an excellent job 👌🏽

19 Dec

NODA District 3 Nominations 2019

🎭⭐️We are delighted to announce we have received 24 Nominations for the NODA District 3 Awards! Many thanks to NODA and Paul Mason for this fantastic recognition of our 2019 productions and congratulations to all those nominated. The Awards evening will take place on 8th February, 2020 (nominees will be sent booking information soon). Nominees are listed below: 🎭⭐️

Best Female Comedy Performance – Jan Burrow (Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest)

Best Female Comedy Performance – Jackie Green (Rachel Crabbe in One Man, Two Guv’nors)

Best Male Comedy Performance – Stephen Claxon (Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guv’nors)

Best Male Comedy Performance – Steven Derbyshire (Kenneth in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband)

Best Male Comedy Performance – Stephen Claxon (Algernon Moncrief in The Importance of Being Earnest)

Best Supporting Female in a Play – Claire St Pierre (Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest)

Best Supporting Male in a Play – Steven Catterall (Alfie in One Man, Two Guv’nors)

Best Direction of a Play – Clive Stack (The Importance of Being Earnest)

Best Direction of a Play – Clive Stack (One Man, Two Guv’nors)

Best Direction of a Play – Elizabeth Holland (My Mother Said I Never Should)

Best Direction of a Play – Carolanne Connolly (The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband)

Best Youth Performer in an Adult Production – Louisa Rose Harkness(Rosie in My Mother Said I Never Should)

Best Leading Youth Performer (Plays & Musicals) – Louisa Rose Harkness (Rosie in My Mother Said I Never Should)

Best Female Lead in a Play – Joanne Shepherd (Hilary in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband)

Best Female Lead in a Play – Jenny Hodkinson (Doris in My Mother Said I Never Should)

Best Female Lead in a Play – Siobhán Edge (Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest)

Best Female Lead in a Play – Neely Jillings (Laura in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband)

Best Male Lead in a Play – Steven Derbyshire (Kenneth in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband)

Best Male Lead in a Play – Dominic Dwyer (Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest)

Best Choreographer – Zoe Taylor (One Man, Two Guvnors)

Best Play – My Mother Said I Never Should

Best Play – The Importance of Being Earnest

Best Play – One Man, Two Guv’nors

Best Play – The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

10 Dec

Co-Op Community Fund

We are delighted to announce we have received £1921 from the Co-Op Community Fund!! We are so very grateful for these funds which will go towards the renovation project of our club room (watch this space!). We are thankful to our treasurer, Pearce Darnell-Walsh, for securing this. Below is our Chair Jenny Hodkinson, Secretary Neely Jillings and committee member Alison Smith collecting our cheque from the Livesey Branch Road store in Blackburn

02 Dec

Our Latest Reviews!

We are absolutely delighted with the audience reactions to our last production of THE WOMAN WHO COOKED HER HUSBAND! Please see links below to our NODA, ACT & Lancashire Life Reviews.—the-woman-who-cooked-her-husband.html?fbclid=IwAR36Wy-fhH0byCS29ToRTBl23RJPBNIf1rr5r9YWgJ2_V0znuuLUuNZQvfs



31 Oct

Blackburn Drama Club is 75!

Last month, on Friday 13th September, we were delighted to celebrate Blackburn Drama Club’s 75th Birthday at Foxfields Country Hotel in Billington. We were delighted to be joined by members and friends, both past and present. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the club’s achievements and for friends to get together to reminisce. On the evening Eric Nolan and Andrew Smith were presented with their NODA Gold Awards for 50 Years Service to Blackburn Drama Club.

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