I hope there are lots of great nights and days to come.
Well some how we managed to get not only the actors company play but the art exhibition and the RAFA band concert on despite the builders still active in the Blakehay. The Upper studio is a great room for an art display and we had ten local artists all exhibiting as part of the Arts Festival. The RAFA concert Band also linked in with the Arts Festival and we had a day of film with a lecture on pin hole photography and films by Weston Film Society.
RAFA CONCERT BAND
The Refurbishment is now well under way. Over the first few weeks we have had the noise and the dust with tons of soil being taken out to form what will eventually be the ladies toilets. The picture shows part of the rebuilding which was required to support the seats in the auditorium. The beam used to be in the gents toilets which will eventually be the ladies.
We must apologise to the people who have been trying to get in touch with us. As most of you know we only open mornings but the builders have taken over the whole building and have not been able to let any one on site as currently it is a building site. Also we have at various times lost the phone and the internet but please keep trying to get through we do want to hear from you. E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org. The building may not be completely finished in time for the Actors Co next production “Still Life” by Noel Coward but we not be disappointing our regulars so as they say the show will go on.
The Blakehay is getting its long-awaited face lift. Starting Monday we are having the roof sorted and new toilets. Also a new bar area in the lower studio and maybe a bit more If we have any money left. Over the next few weeks I will try to blog about the new works and slip in one or to older photo’s so we don’t forget.
Well done to all the Weston-super-Mare Town Council staff on duty this weekend it was a hot one and the Annual Community show held on the Beach Lawns in Weston was a great success. I could only stay a little while as we had a matinée and an evening show at the Blakehay. But everything looked good our stall was super.
The community stage was going strong entertaining the crowd.
The hard working guys of the ground staff play an important part not only throughout the weekend but in the days leading up to the event. Seen here practising there formation dancing for later that evening.
I’m sorry holidays, meetings and well lots of work has left a big gap in the blog. This week-end the Town Council has street fest on the beach lawns. The weather is set fair and some great music lined up well at least one as my son Johnny Edgar is on stage at 11.30am a bit early especially as I’ll be dropping him off. well all this leaves us a bit thin on the ground so it’s good that we have an addition to the staff in the shape of January, that’s actually her name, January has just finished at Uni and is working for 13 weeks at the Blakehay. So what has this to do with Bob Built well absolutely nothing!
Bob whoever he is, built a set, a box set which for the uninitiated is scenery that usually forms a front room with a window and a door or two. Now the set is well-built and was used at the play house for some years, I performed in a Pantomime at the Play House with Barry McGuigan and remember standing at the side of the stage, waiting to go on, with the Bob built sign right in front of me. The set moved on to Weston college. I know it was used for several shows eventually being used as part of the pantomime set. A set in which my son performed during his time on the performing arts course. Eventually due to lack of space it was decided to throw the Bob Built set out. Pete Tyler (the college techy) could not however bring himself to trash such a well-built set so he asked If we had anywhere to store it at the Blakehay, which we didn’t, but fortunately we had some space in a garage which we rent for storage. We stored it, and used it for the Blakehay actors Co production of Steel Magnolias. The garage became so full that the set, now in need of new canvas, though the wood is still fine, was again in danger, well we cleared out the garage and ditched the remnants of several past shows but Bob Built lives on. Bob, whoever you are, your set built-in the 1969, was it the summer of 69?, is still in tact. If anyone out there would like to donate the canvas I’ll recover the set and who knows how much longer it could go on for.
I have just agreed to help a friend Jason Smith by driving the support vehicle for his teams attempt on the three peaks.
The challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon all in twenty four hours. It involves ten hour driving not to mention the drive up to Scotland and the drive back from Snowdon.
Please help by visiting Jasons web and donating whatever you can.