COVID-19 Update

A message on COVID-19 from the Trustees

The trustees of Bispham CastAways took the decision to shut it’s doors during the worldwide pandemic to do it’s bit to stop the spread of the disease. This means that all Sunday rehearsals have been cancelled and our next play, “Bed Socks and Blackpool Rock” by Sharon Sinclair, has been postponed. We are actively trying to support our members through this difficult time, especially as we have a number of vulnerable and at risk members as well as some who are key workers. We are ensuring that communication is kept open and many members have been amazing at offering help to those who are in difficulty. We would like to thank all our members and supporters for their understanding and backing during this time and will continue to keep people updated on further developments. Good luck to everyone…

Stay strong, follow government guidance, stay healthy, be kind and supportive to all!

Nominations Galore

Best Ensemble Drama for Brutal Biology

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!


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Pantomime Success

The Cast of Cinderella

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!

Sell Out Murderous Fun!

Cast take a bow!

Applause rang out from a packed out audience as the cast took a bow after the murderer was revealed in Brutal Biology on Friday the 9th of August. With lovely hotpot and apple pie, plus the fun of a biology related table quiz and a raffle packed with great prizes, there was nothing but laughs and glowing compliments for the evening produced by Bispham CastAways with Sam Bolton and Helen Findlay in charge.

Due to such an amazing demand for tickets, another date for this show has been released – Friday evening the 20th of September – so if you missed this fun-filled event, please email bispham.castaways@gmail.com, contact us or phone 01253 353224 … as tickets are already selling fast!

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New Date Added!!

Brutal Biology Play Again!

Bispham CastAways annual murder mystery, “Brutal Biology” by Belladonna Mysteries and directed by Sam Bolton and Helen Findlay on Friday the 9th of August 2019, SOLD OUT with over two weeks to go! Luckily, we received a phone call from Poulton Rotary and they have asked us to repeat the show again for them on…

Friday the 20th of September.

Doors open at 6.45pm with curtain up at 7.30pm. Don’t forget to bring your own drinks!

Same place, same show, same quality!

There will be extra tickets available for the public. The only holdup is that the CastAways are waiting for a menu choice that could affect the ticket price (which they guarantee will not exceed £10 per ticket) at which point the tickets will go on sale, both online at this website plus via email at bispham.castaways@gmail.com, phone on 01253 35322 and messaging our Facebook page. They have also asked that they can go the full hog and dress up in island/holiday gear, that we always encourage for a murder mystery!

To keep up to date with news of ticket price and release, please signup for the e-newsletter (which is the best way of keeping up to date with all things CastAways) via the pop up box or email at bispham.castaways@gmail.com or use the contact us form.

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Bispham CastAways is a Registered CIO number 1182404

CastAways at Bispham Gala

A few of the CastAways at the Gala parade

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!

CastAways does Pride

Some CastAways brave the storm!

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.

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We’ve Done It!

Yes, we have had email confirmation from The Charity Commission that all of our hard work has paid off. We have become a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and our Registered Charity Number is 1182404. We would like to thank our case worker for his help during the process and all the trustees and members who have supported this bid. Now the hard work starts!

Bispham CastAways is a Registered CIO number 1182404
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Website Launches

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.

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