There were oooohs, aahs, laughs and gasps as Bispham CastAways performed their interactive murder mystery, Cruise of Carnage by Belladonna Mysteries, across two nights on April 8th and 9th 2022. Everyone had a great time helped by a lovely hot pot supper. There were winners and lots of ”I told you so’s” going around as the killer was revealed. We can’t wait for the next one!
A group of seven members had a great time being interviewed by Garry Scott on BBC Radio Lancashire on the 21st of October about the community theatre group and upcoming pantomime. The episode is still available on BBC Sounds, so get listening now!
Everyone at Bispham CastAways would like to thank the people at 1st Bispham Scouts for renting their wonderful facility to us for July and August to prepare our outdoor project that we performed at the end of August for Glen Tanar care home. It was important for us to have a safe place to rehearse and setup our first ever portable, outdoor set as we were without a home at that point. The people at the scouts made everything easy and were unbelievably helpful so we cannot thank them enough. The care home production was a success, in part, because of their generous help. We will always recommend 1st Bispham Scouts on Devonshire Road to everyone.
All 30 CastAways members and their partners who came out for the NODA North West Region 2 Awards evening on the 29th of February 2020 had a lovely evening, filling a long table with laughter all night. Although the Grand hotel did let the night down with problems encountered with the food, service, bar and access, the CastAways set out to have fun and made the night their own. Still amazed that they had received eight nominations in their first full year with NODA, they clapped and shouted for everyone. Their own Tara Stott did a turn onstage singing for the hundreds who attended, to massive applause. They know how lucky they are to have such an amazing group of talented people and hope to have an even better awards night in 2021!
Everyone at Bispham CastAways are currently buzzing after receiving a total of eight NODA North-West Region 2 Awards nominations, covering an impressive three out of the four of their productions performed in 2019. The CastAways nominations were for the following:
- Best supporting actor in a drama – Dave McChrystal as Alex Art in Brutal Biology
- Best actress in a drama – Sue Hope as Mrs Austin in Beside The Seaside
- Best supporting actor in a Panto – Dave McChrystal as Cheryl in Cinderella
- Best supporting actor in a Panto – Dominic Bradley as Beryl in Cinderella
- Best supporting actress in a Panto – Sharon Sinclair as Lady Devillia Hardup in Cinderella
- Most entertaining in a Panto – Adam Smithson as Bispham Bronco in Cinderella
- Best ensemble drama – Brutal Biology
- Best pantomime – Cinderella
We wish to thank all our members for their hard work over the year to create such a successful four productions. Good luck to everyone at the awards evening on the 29th of February!
Bispham CastAways performances of Cinderella by Ben Crocker went down an absolute treat with two very appreciative audiences! The acting was superb and included onstage debuts from Tara Stott as Cinderella, Emma Jelley as Prince Charming, Jennifer Maycock as Snatch and Adam Smithson as Bispham Bronco. The set and a lot of props had been lovingly hand produced through hours of hard work by the extremely talented Gary Tunnicliffe. An amazing amount of sound, lighting and special effects had taken further hours of dedicated searching, sourcing, building and creating by the fabulous Ian Fleetwood. This was a true group effort for the CastAways who are all extremely proud of the fairytale pantomime they created!
Linda at Marsh Mill approached Bispham CastAways to participate in their Halloween Fayre in the square along with singing Disney villains and some strange guests from Transylvania! A group of the undead CastAways members stalked around the square scaring the children with peeling faces and various wounds then performed a special zombilicious dance to the instantly recognisable “Thriller”. This was followed by a beautiful song from our very own Cinders from the upcoming family pantomime, “Cinderella” by Ben Crocker which is on the 13th and 14th of December; Friday evening and Saturday matinee. She sang the song “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus to much applause. We would like to thank all those who participated and came out to watch.
Saturday 20th of July, despite the wind, saw Bispham CastAways members take to the streets around Bispham and Norbreck in the parade at the Bispham with Norbreck Children’s Gala. A few brave souls then took to the area in front of the Rose Queen crowning stage to tell the people about the group and then sang two songs from their upcoming “Dramatic Tales From History” event on the 9th of September. “Beside the Seaside” and “We’ll Meet Again” showed off the musical stylings of the members, who got a lovely round of applause for their effort. We look forward to participating again next year!
Some hardy members of Bispham CastAways braved the rain and winds on the promenade to walk in the Blackpool Pride 2019 parade. Armed with rainbow face paint, jingle sticks, rattling hula hoops, bubble guns and huge smiles, they carried the banner for the group in support of the LGBT community from South Pier to The Metropole.
www.castaways.org.uk officially launches today!
Our tickets for “Beside The Seaside” by Leslie Sands, a comedy set in Blackpool in the 1960s, are on sale online under “Next Production”.
We have just welcomed more new members into our group and are always on the look out for new members. If you are looking for a pastime that can enrich your life, improve your mental and physical health or just want to become a part of a group who are supportive of everyone, do come and meet us any Sunday evening from 6pm to 9pm at Bispham United Reform Church Hall on Cavendish Road FY2 9JR.