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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 https://www.facebook.com/JnBLandscapes/ 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.

https://www.noda.org.uk/show-reports/the-woman-who-cooked-her-husband-1574771469?fbclid=IwAR09wL1l43Wc0mKUGXGPRxmYbopWPcvrG1HDq3PAhu1pkcFXANrOvis0zf4

https://actuk.org/Reviews%202019/blackburn-drama-club—the-woman-who-cooked-her-husband.html?fbclid=IwAR36Wy-fhH0byCS29ToRTBl23RJPBNIf1rr5r9YWgJ2_V0znuuLUuNZQvfs

https://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/the-woman-who-cooked-her-husband-empire-theatre-blackburn-1-6386939?fbclid=IwAR3J38U7DuuBSXcWWERI7aPFQ_4OvIF-OvN0a-809HONV-NaLrA7nZRWn2o

 

 

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.

31 Oct

THE WOMAN WHO COOKED HER HUSBAND

Our next production of Debbie Isitt’s black comedy, ‘The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband’ is on at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on 20th to 23rd November, 2019.

Kenneth and Hilary have been married nearly twenty years, but as middle age approaches, Ken finds himself in the arms of another woman. Laura appears to be everything that is missing from Ken’s life with Hilary – young, slim, attractive and a vibrant free spirit – but his little fling quickly becomes desperately out of hand. Juggling the affections of two women, he is soon forced to confront the truth and leaves Hilary for Laura. Only one problem… Laura can’t cook. As time passes, Kenneth mourns the loss of Sunday roasts and haute cuisine, and the life he once knew. When Hilary invites Ken and Laura over the dinner, he readily accepts, unaware of what delicacies Hilary plans to serve. The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is a highly entertaining exploration of the old adage, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”!

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