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08 Jun 2017

Review of ‘The Breath Of Life’

By Roxana Graves I came away from this performance thinking. I like that. Despite that, it had been an exceptionally warm day and so it felt rather tropical in the bar. Arguably not the best day to imagine being inside a cold, slightly shabby flat on the Isle of Wight. Yet imagine I did. Frances travels to the island specifically to see Madeleine, the ex-mistress of her ex-husband Martin. Their affair, (I hesitate to call it that, it being so […]

01 Jun 2017

Calling All BLT Actors

A number of BLT actors are required to participate in a workshop for potential 2018 directors on Sunday 9 July at 2pm. All potential directors who have submitted plays for the 2018 Season at BLT have been asked to participate in a workshop so that they can exchange directorial ideas and discuss their artistic engagement when directing a play. Some duologue scripts will be available on the day, all from published plays, some for 1 man and 1 woman, some for 2 […]

31 May 2017

Sound and Lighting Training Session

Simon Tyrrell-Lewis and Emma Christmas will be running a special sound and lighting training course at 8pm on Tuesday 20th June in the BLT bar. It won’t be in-depth but will give you a good sense of what sound and lighting entails. We’ll be talking about the technology you need to be familiar with (and learn to handle), and the processes of designing the lighting, sound and video that BLT productions need. Whether you’re a beginner or you already have […]

28 May 2017

Review of ‘People’

By Laura Ings Self A Sunday afternoon stroll around the house and gardens of some ancient great pile, followed by the “sacrament of coffee and walnut cake” – these are the activities that make us quintessentially British. But does our poignant desire for things to be catalogued, retained and restored to their former glory take away from the fact that these cold exhibits with their red ropes were once people’s homes? This question – centring on The National Trust itself […]

02 May 2017

Chair’s Letter May 2017

Looking back over the last couple of years, most BLT members will see that it has been a period of change and development for the theatre and one which is set to continue. Last season saw a large end of year profit, a high percentage attendance for shows, record bar takings and more new actors turning up for auditions. We have an increasingly large pool of  directors wanting to work at BLT and this year, for the first time, we […]

29 Apr 2017

First Fundraising Raffle A Winner

During the run of Power we ran a raffle which raised over £800 towards our Rebuilt Development Appeal. The prize was a football signed by the entire Crystal Palace FC team and was won by Geraldine Turner. We would like to thank Crystal Palace FC for their generosity. The prize for our next raffle which will run during the production of People will be a combined prize of vouchers from COOLINGS Garden Centre and a years membership of BLT for two people. Once again we will […]

29 Apr 2017

A New Liaison

Booking BLT tickets at the Churchill Theatre In a great step towards community theatre co-operation, the Churchill Theatre have kindly agreed to include BLT tickets in their booking system, so from our July show – Nell Gwynn – you will be able to book your tickets at the Churchill Theatre as well as through the usual BLT options. The Churchill will add a £1.50 booking fee to each ticket, and they will only have a limited number of tickets, but […]

26 Apr 2017

Review of ‘Power’

By Taylor Green This play tells the story of Louis, a young king of France who decides that he wants to rule personally. As such, it is a play about the art of politics. The title of Nick Dear’s play is aptly chosen. For Louis to take power he has to escape the domination of his mother, out-manoeuvre one ambitious politician and keep another at a safe distance. And all this is to be done when the state is weak […]

09 Apr 2017

Review of ‘Double Top’

By Peter Yolland ‘Double Top’ was originally written for the Hull Truck Theatre Company. However, this production amounted to a world premiere as the author Ron Rose kindly agreed to revise certain scenes specially for BLT. Set in the North of England, the play revolves around Marie, a recent graduate who sets up a research project with her lecturer Rob – with whom she has an extracurricular liaison – acting as her mentor. Marie’s project is to be based around […]

23 Mar 2017

Review of ‘Jumpy’

By Laura Ings Self There seems to be a rather pleasing theme running through BLT’s 2017 season where strong women and the pursuit of feminism are at the forefront of several narratives. April de Angelis’ Jumpy is no exception – rather it is the ringleader, flying the feminist flag with zeal. Director Colleen Batson’s take on the script draws out each of the different threads of the play’s feminist manifesto as we follow central character Hilary (Julie Binysh) and her […]