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2007 Variety Show Cowardy Custard 'Allo 'Allo Entertaining Angels Bedroom Farce

2007 Variety Show

BAD Company’s first production was this fund-raising concert in October 2006 in anticipation of mounting its first original production - “Romeo and the Pirate Princess” written and directed by Don Jowett - in February 2007.

As the publicity said, the show featured a “cornucopia of our local talent” including the BBC (better known as the Blockley Blokes Choir), Exotic Belly Dancers, the Blockley Tappers and “many talented singers and instrumentalists”.

Cowardy Custard

Cowardy Custard tells the life story of the theatrical giant Noel Coward in words and music.  It was chosen by BAD Company as an ideal production to lift Blockley spirits after having been locked down for some eighteen months by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Pictured above are (top to bottom):Sue Downing, Sandra Gee, Ruth Reid and Jean Dicks; the play’s set; musical supremo Richard Stephens; storing the tiered seating.

Directed by Sue Downing, highlights of the Blockley production included extracts from Coward’s plays “Private Lives”, “Brief Encounter” and “Hay Fever”. There was also an excerpt from the memorable séance scene in “Blithe Spirit” that had been performed by BAD Company in 2018.

Coward’s songs include “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, “Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage Mrs Worthington”, “Bad Times are Just Around the Corner” and “Someday I’ll Find You”.

Cowardy Custard was devised by Gerard Frow, Alan Strachan and Wendy Toye and was one of the last Noël Coward shows staged during his life, running for 405 performances

'Allo 'Allo

Entertaining Angels

Richard Everett’s play tells how the death of the village vicar Bardolph unleashes revelations, resentment and guilt in equal measure.   We learn that the vicar’s widow Grace resents her role as loyal wife, having made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry in the line of duty. 

We find that Grace’s grumpy missionary sister Ruth has been concealing a guilty secret, having sought Bardolph’s pastoral counsel years earlier when matters got a little out of hand.  As Ruth confesses to Grace: “Suddenly and for reasons that I don’t quite understand even to this day, I took all my clothes off. Then I asked him whether he would mind unburdening me of my virginity.”  Thus Grace’s daughter Jo finds she has a half-brother Jeremy.

The play’s action is interrupted by the comings and goings of the parish’s next incumbent Sarah who is not sure whether she is ready to be a vicar, and Grace does little to encourage her.

The production was directed by Jo Knight and played from February 23-25, 2023.

Bedroom Farce

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