On the 16th of July 2022, Bispham Gala restarted after a three year break for COVID. Bispham CastAways took part again, participating in the parade and performing the karaoke finale from Old Boilers. It was a beautifully sunny day and the rose queens and their retinues all looked amazing in their dresses and outfits. The members taking part in the parade met at the gala field for Hayley to glitter up the girls and Sue to stick posters on everyone’s back. Then armed with whistles, bell sticks and our trusty dog mascot, Marley, we took off on the route. There were unfortunate issues with the parade due to the heat but we all made it back and, following the rose queen ceremony, sung our hearts out… despite the fact we are not a musical theatre group. Fun was had by all and we look forward to going into the community again.
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.
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!
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!