Bacup Community Centre and Theatre Join Forces

by Catherine Smyth Media

A COMMUNITY hall is providing a venue for a two-night production by Bacup Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (BAODS)

The new owners of Broadwater Hall in Burnley Road, Bacup, are delighted to help the amateurs while their home, the Royal Court Theatre, is closed.

Jim Doidge said: “We are allowing the theatre to stage a production for free on October 16 and 17 and they are also rehearsing here for free.

“They approached us and we were delighted to be able to help. We will do everything we can to help then the theatre to get back on its feet because we feel the Royal Court and Broadwater Hall complement each other.”

Secretary of BAODS Juliette Shepherd said: “They have been absolutely lovely with us. It is really wonderful because the theatre is not open at the moment but we are trying to raise funds and Broadwater Hall offered us the venue to stage the show.

“We are going to do a musical show with lots of different pieces of music. We want people to know we have not gone away and we are going to come back.”

Two months ago four friends and former publicans Jim and his wife Jane, Ken Brown and Pauline Clawson took over the hall.

Since it reopened in late June, more than 700 people have crossed the threshold and feedback from visitors has been very positive.

The friends’ plan was to bring entertainment back to the town and on Saturday August 15 Bobby Ball’s sons Harper will be on stage with their unique comedy and singing act. On August 22 there will be a live night of 60s night with The Merseybeats (PICTURED) and Northern Soul singer Vicky Lorena.

Jim said: “We were approached by Hannah Whiteman, from Stacksteads, who wanted to hire the hall for a fundraising fun day for Meningitis Now on August 31 because her son Harrison had meningitis as a baby.

“We offered her use of the hall for free and hope the event raises lots of money for charity.”

September will see the venue host a Northern Soul night as part of the Rossendale 60s Fest on September 12 and an eight-hour House Nation gig on September 26 is already nearly sold out.

The hall is used for everything from a café, to Sunday car boot sales, children’s play area, roller discos, parties and bingo.

To inquire about tickets and future bookings contact 01706 875550.

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