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Sheila’s Island



From Wed 20th September 2023 to Sat 23rd September 2023

by Blackburn Drama Club – 4 shows to choose from.

Sheila’s Island by Tim Firth
Directed by Paddy Darnell-Walsh

A Comedy in Thick Fog
The Office meets Lord of the Flies meets Miranda.

From writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, The Band), Sheila’s Island is a sparkling new version of Firth’s sharp-witted comedy Neville’s Island.

Bonfire night 2019, Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual outward bound team-building weekend. Somehow, Sheila has been nominated team leader, and, using her cryptic crossword solving skills, has unwittingly stranded her team on an island in the Lake District.

Our intrepid heroines find themselves manufacturing weapons from cable ties and spatulas, and create a rescue flag with plastic plates and a toasting fork.

Questions are asked; truths are told; dirty washing is aired.

Is it possible to build an adequate night shelter with a prom dress and a sleeveless jumper? What is Julie’s husband really up to in Aldi? And why are they on this bloody team building exercise when they could be at a spa?


The Opera Boys – A Night at the Musicals



Saturday 4th November 2023 at 7:30pm

For one night only

The Opera Boys return with their sell-out show featuring the biggest
songs from the West End and Broadway.
Immaculate 4-part harmony musical
medleys are combined with stunning solo performances from shows that the
boys themselves have performed in over the years.

From timeless classics like Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera and West Side
Story, to modern smash hits such as Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You and The
Greatest Showman, this is the perfect show for musical theatre lovers both young
and old.
The show also features a selection of beautiful operatic arias that the boys have become known for over the last few years, from La Donna e Mobile to Nessun Dorma.
With beautiful vocal arrangements, spectacular close part harmony and a great
line in humour, The Opera Boys have been delighting audiences all over the
world with their unique show combining beautiful, powerful and emotional
music with funny, engaging and light-hearted entertainment.
The boys trained at some of the UK’s finest schools including The Royal Academy
of Music, and have each become highly successful performers in their own right.

Between them they have performed lead roles on London’s West End and on
Broadway in New York. They have performed as backing vocalists to some of the
world’s biggest superstars including Russell Watson, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones
and Elton John, and in 2015 one of the boys appeared as part of the Belgian entry
for The Eurovision Song Contest, performing to a global audience of 200 million,
and placing a very respectable 4th in the competition!

Together the boys have performed in theatres and concert halls throughout the
UK and have travelled all over the world performing their show. In 2018 they
performed as soloists with The National Symphony Orchestra.
They have been invited to perform at a number of prestigious events including
the 10th Anniversary of the world’s most famous cruise ship, Cunard’s superliner
Queen Mary 2, and the inaugural voyage of P&O’s largest cruise ship Britannia,
launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddy



Friday 2nd February 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Buddy Holly & The Crickets are brought back to life, as they looked and sounded in 1958 when they first toured the UK, by talented musicians Spencer J, JJ King, Gerry Slattery and Spencer Lingwood. Not a stage play, Spencer J & the Copy-Cat Crickets create the feel of a Rock 'n' Roll concert, straight from the fifties.

The band will take you back to the age of the soda shop, the drive through diner and the record hop. Back to when a young Texan first played his heart out to screaming crowds in theatres and concert halls across Great Britain.

Years of research and rehearsal have gone into perfecting this show. The results speak for themselves. At every performance, audiences clap, cheer and sing along. They dance, yell for encores and ask for photographs. And at the end of every show, the question is always "When are you coming back?"

Song choices are based on actual set lists from Buddy Holly's late-fifties performances. Besides legendary hits like 'Peggy Sue', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Oh Boy' and 'Heartbeat', dozens of other gems from his catalogue of over 100 recordings are also featured, as well as hits by the other Kings of Rock 'n' Roll, all of which Buddy actually performed at live shows ('La Bamba', 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Rip It Up', 'Shake Rattle & Roll'.)

In terms of energy, originality and ability to connect with an audience, Buddy, Jerry, Niki & Joe B, the original Crickets, had few equals, beyond Elvis. Through hard work, impeccable musicianship and dedication to authenticity, Spencer, JJ, Gerry and Spencer succeed in re-creating The Crickets' special brand of "feel-good fifties fun" at venue after venue. And whenever they are on stage, fans everywhere agree that, once again, Buddy Holly lives!


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Two Lads & A Barber Shop Chair



Sat 1st July at 2:30pm & Sat 1st July 2023 at 7:00pm

by Made for Stage – 2 shows to choose from.

A local lad walks into a barbershop in Whalley, sits down in the first available barber's chair and the rest you could say is history. People always ask how Made for Stage all started. It's simple really. It's a story of a chance meeting between two local lads and barbershop chair that some people may call fate. This is a showcase of everything that has happened since the two Simon's lives crossed paths. Our very own junior and senior casts will take you all on the whirlwind ride that has been the first 12 months since we opened our doors.


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Whole Lotta Shakin’ – The Shakin’ Stevens Story



Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

The Award Winning tribute to the UK's biggest selling singles artist of the 1980's – WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN'- THE SHAKIN' STEVENS STORY is a nostalgic celebration, jam packed with feel-good Rock 'n' Roll!

Performing as Shakin' Stevens, West End star Rebel Dean will guide you through a full audio-visual spectacular with his live band, including rare footage and images which tell the story of the rockin' Welsh boy and his rise to chart-topping superstardom.

The show features unforgettable hits including 'Green Door', 'Oh Julie', 'You Drive Me Crazy' and 'This Ole House'….as well as the classic songs which were covered by Shaky from artists such as Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and Elvis Presley.

Put your bopping shoes on, dust off the double denim, slick back your hair and get ready to sing-along, dance-along and join in with the biggest and best 'Shaky' party to hit UK theatres….ever!


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We’ll Meet Again



Monday 6th November 2023 at 2:00pm

For one night only

This 1940’s Variety Show is a light-hearted, yet respectful look at wartime entertainment known as E.N.S.A. Your host and 40’s vocalist Mervyn Francis returns along with comedy multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup, ukulele virtuoso Anthony Mason, and our own forces sweetheart Beryl Johnson. Together they re-create stars of the period in “Workers Playtime” with tributes to Donald Peers, Gracie Fields, Frank Randle, Anne Shelton, Jack Buchanan, Rob Wilton, Vera Lynn and more.

Join us for our grand finale… "LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY"


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Tiny Tots Showcase



Sunday 18th June 2023 at 2:30pm

by Made for Stage for one night only

Made for Stage Tiny Tots cast step out on stage once again but this time in their very own show. Come and be blown away as they sing, act and dance to household musical theatre numbers. The show will be intertwined with solo numbers from members of our senior cast but it will be the Tiny Tots who are going to be stealing your hearts.


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Typically Tina



Saturday 8th June 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Tina Turner is one of the most enduring and iconic music legends of all time. With a career spanning over 50 years, she has sold over 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the biggest selling recording artists in history.

Typically Tina is an amazingly accurate tribute to The Queen of Rock & Roll featuring so many of the great woman’s biggest hits including ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and ‘Simply the Best’ to name but three.

The look, the voice and most importantly the attitude is beautifully captured and all brought to life by Karin Bello.


Women in Rock



Thursday 2nd November 2023 at 7:30pm

For one night only

From wowing audiences of up to 120,000 across the UK & Europe, Women in Rock are ready to take you on a spectacular journey through five decades of female rock music!

Featuring soaring vocals, choreography, audience interaction, striking costumes and backed by a band of world class musicians, this must-see show celebrates the phenomenal female rock songs of Cher, Blondie, Janis Joplin, Republica, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Tyler, P!nk, Suzi Quatro, Tina Turner & many more.

Women In Rock are guaranteed to get you on your feet. Grab your tickets and let’s get ready to sing, dance and ROCK!


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The Story of Ireland



Friday 8th September 2023 at 7:30pm

For one night only

As we hear the beautiful underscoring introduction of a well known Irish melody a man walks on stage and recites a famous Irish poem and blessing "May the Rose Rise to Meet You” and talks about all those people who over the years for one reason or another have left Ireland, be it in search of work, to find their fortune, to be with loved ones, to escape trouble, to go on an adventure or to make a better life. The scene is set for a journey through the story of the Emerald Isle.

Through narration, poetry and song we are taken through Irish history from the Celtic times, through various famous historical moments, famous characters who helped shape the culture of the country, right up to the music we know and love over the last number of years when we hear stories of the Titanic build, the 1916 Rising, the forming of the Dubliners, and finding peace in Northern Ireland.

Music featured in the show include classics such as Danny Boy, Galway Bay, The Last Rose of Summer, Ill Take You Home Again Kathleen, Raglan Road as well as toe tappers such as Black Velvet Band, The Wild Rover, Seven Drunken Nights and Galway Girl plus many many more. If you like Irish music, and all things Irish this show will pull on your heartstrings and make you smile in equal measure. Featuring a cast of seven actor/singer/musicians.