Hi all,

We hope you are all safe and well and coping with this lockdown situation.

The Three Musketeers production team and the BADS committee have had discussions via Skype and email to work out the implications of the postponed Three Musketeers production and the effects of corona on the rest of the BADS programme for 2020/2021.

We came to the following conclusions:
  1. The Moravian Church Event, scheduled for July. In view of the uncertainty re when we will be allowed again to put on anything involving an audience we felt it was not feasible to schedule a public event in July/August.   Even if we could put one on, we may not get much of an audience. However, because we want to keep the group together and keep momentum going we are looking to arrange some sort of social event, hopefully for July/August. Suggestions welcome.
  2. The three musketeers.   Although we had hoped to reschedule this for the autumn so that cast still know their lines etc., we propose to re-schedule this for March 2021 instead. We discussed several reasons for this. A key reason is the finances. The current production has incurred costs, some of which can be carried over (i.e. cost of script, costumes, props, scenery etc.) others can't (i.e. hall rent, printing etc.).   If we were to re-schedule the 3 musketeers this autumn (e.g. to replace the October play) and put on a different pantomime next March (March is traditionally the pantomime slot), we would incur big production costs twice and we don't feel the finances can take that. Then there is likely to be on-going uncertainty as to how long all this corona business is going to effect public events and it would be too hard to have to postpone it again. And if we had to postpone again we would have incurred more costs, i.e. hall rent. We do propose however that we re-schedule with the current cast, providing they can and want to continue with the roles they had.
  3. The October play.  We propose that we keep the October play dates as scheduled.   It's still far enough away to have some confidence that we can go ahead with that one. Rehearsals don't normally start until late August/early September, so there is enough time to make a decision. The only cost we are likely to incur prior to that is the cost of a script, but purchasing a script licence can be put of until we are more certain we can put the play on. So until we know we can go ahead there are no financial implications.
  4. The Lighter Side of Christmas. This is scheduled for December and no decision re this is needed at present.
So at the moment we are looking at the following programme for the next 12 months:
  1. July/August: BADS social event (nature, date and venue to be confirmed as soon as at least some of the restrictions are lifted)
  2. September: BADS AGM (date and venue to be confirmed, again as soon as at least some of the restrictions are lifted)
  3. October 15, 16 and 17: October play.
  4. December: Lighter Side of Christmas (date to be confirmed)
  5. March: The Three Musketeers (dates to be confirmed)
We sincerely hope we can stick to the above programme and see you all in July/August. Please let us know any suggestions for a social event and keep in touch with everyone.

Stay safe and well,
Chair BADS

BADS Brockweir, an amateur dramatics group based in the Wye Valley. 

In 1984, a group of Brockweirdos performed an entertainment for the Senior Citizens lunch, in the Brockweir Inn. Judy Hooper --( from Wyevern)--wrote " Here we go round the Nursery Rhymes"--actors included Mavis and Granville (landlords), Janis Williams, Stuart Merritt, and several others, including Brenda and myself.

1985 saw us perform an "Old Tyme Music Hall" in the pub, a collection of 'party pieces'--dances, songs and a melodrama, featuring a larger cast, dancing drag fairies, heroes and villains, and an unforgettable can-can, performed by 'The Sues'--Watson, Calderwood, Birch and Merritt. Flushed with success, we inflicted this show on an unsuspecting public at the Mac hall, and BADS was born!

Next was our first full script, " The Brigands of Brockweir", penned again by Judy Hooper, and directed by Sue Calderwood. A wonderful script and witty adaptations of G & S songs attracted a good audience and MONEY was made on the door and at the bar in exchange for dubious performances and much alcohol ( consumed probably more readily by cast than audience!). A full supper was provided by the newly formed Social Club (forerunner of BEST), to provide better value for money!.

Social Club needed funds as it grew ,to provide Summer and Christmas events for seniors, and a Christmas outing for the children, as well as many imported entertainers, dances and dining events. BADS was able to fund |(or at least underwrite) these events , and so a partnership grew between the two groups--BADS put on shows and made money, Social Club provided some of BADS logistics (food/ bar/ front of house etc) in exchange for our profits---the village as a whole benefitted from a hugely improved social scene.Eventually, Social club became self-sufficient and BADS was able to begin its charitable donations.

For several years, Sue Calderwood (" Madame La Directrice" as she was known) attempted to direct BADS and performances increased to twice yearly, with an ever increasing and changing cast, who were all required to answer the questions--? can you act?, can you dance? can you sing?--any 'yes' answers were rejected--all 'no' answers accepted with open arms.So the reputation of an Am Dram Soc which didn't take itself too seriously was born .

Backstage, footlights were acquired to complement 4 naked stage bulbs--Very illuminating, but highly dangerous with exposed wiring, sometimes causing fuses to blow if water , people or props got too close.( Health and safety consisted of telling the kids in the audience not to put their fingers too near the lights ) Mercifully, before any fatalities, the refit of a London Theatre provided us with free new lights from the sister of the electrical engineer there.This lighting was in use for 25-30 years , lightening our darkness mostly, but with the odd blackout as their high power consumption blew the hall circuits,  

Sound was provided by John Marsden( a hugely talented pianist--able to change key to 'join' any singer who had little knowledge of tune (many of us ). Also, Social clubs new sound system , operated by Andrew Naylor ( BBC Bristol) gave us sound effects previously undreamed of.

After several years, Sue C vacated her directors chair, and Judy H moved on. Many thought that would be the end of BADS--not so--along came new writes, directors, backstage crew, and

 actors to ensure its continuation. THAT was the 'learning curve' that taught us how necessary change was to the ongoing success and vitality of the group.

Todays BADS we believe continues to reflect the core values we had in those early days--namely

1) Our major aim is to bring together the community to have fun

2) Money raised is given to charity

3) BADS is an inclusive group open to all

4) FINALLY--work hard but don't take yourself too seriously --ie--it doesn't matter too much if you can't act/dance/sing--you're IN IT!

Thanks to Milly for this contribution.

BADS , currently have four events each year, with a pantomime performed in spring, a fundraiser in the summer for the local church, an autumn play and a contribution to the annual village Christmas variety show.  Whilst we are not a registered charity all profits from our various performances go charity.  If you would like to get involved either treading the boards or behind the scenes then please  /contact-us

Brockweir is a village in the Wye valley, straddling the border between England and Wales, Chepstow is 7 miles to the south, Monmouth 9 miles to the north and the Forest of Dean 5 miles to the north west. Most rehearsals and performances are held in Mackenzie village hall in Brockweir http://www.brockweirvillagehall.co.uk/ although our Autumn production does visit other local venues.

Scenery Building, set design, catering , wardrobe manager, front of house are some of the roles that are key to any successful production so if you fancy joining a diverse but lively group then please contact us /contact-us

Peter Pan March 2019

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