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15 August 2018

TRAILER: 'Be My Baby'

We dropped in on a rehearsal last night and filmed an impromptu Trailer!
Friday & Saturday at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre Studio.
Willow Theatre Productions (in association with Cou-Cou Theatre Productions) Presentation.
Featuring an all-female cast, this beautifully touching and exceptionally poignant play by Amanda Whittington entertains, consoles and inspires. 



It’s 1964 but the sixties aren’t swinging for Mary Adams: 19-years-old, unmarried and seven months pregnant. She is forcibly sent in secrecy and shame, by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, to St. Saviours, a Church of England mother-and-baby home run by a formidable Matron.
With scenes interlaced with well-known songs from the female icons of the sixties, such as The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups, Be My Baby has a nostalgic feel about it. 
“You don’t have to be young, female or unmarried to find it intensely touching” The Times
Friday 17th August 8pm and Saturday 18th August 3pm and 8pm. Tickets £11, Concessions £2 off.
To book tickets for Willow Theatre Productions’ Be My Baby, visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/event/be-my-baby/, call 01253 290190 or visit the Grand Theatre box office on Church Street.

13 August 2018

'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' 25-29 Sept 2018

Fantasmagorical
The most fantasmagorical musical in the history of everything celebrates 50 Years!

To celebrate 50 years one of the world’s favourite films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the musical of the same name will be coming to Blackpool and will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance.
Brought to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre by Blackpool & Fylde Light Opera Company who have had huge success with Grease, Legally Blonde, Hairspray and Sister Act and have received incredible reviews and awards for their productions of some of the world’s best musicals. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will take you on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. 
Based on the beloved 1968 film versionof Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."
Can the loveable but whacky inventor, Potts, along with his two children and the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious outwit the bombastic Baron Bomburst who has decreed that all children be banished from his kingdom? What happens when the children are caught and imprisoned with the other youngsters by the evil Child Catcher? Will it all end happily-ever-after? Well, of course it will!

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family. 
Phil Chapman, Chair of Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company said ‘When we were granted one of the very few licenses for the UK we jumped at it!
‘It will be an honour for us as a company to perform some of the most iconic songs of our childhood. Add to this performing in such a venue as Blackpool’s Grand, this is going to be an incredible feather in our cap. We hope you will join us, this is defiantly a great show for the family’. 


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical adventure fantasy film, directed by Ken Hughes and written by Roald Dahl and Hughes, loosely based on Ian Fleming's 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. 
The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli, the regular co-producer of the James Bond series of films. John Stears supervised the special effects. Irwin Kostal supervised and conducted the music, while the musical numbers, written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman of Mary Poppins, were staged by Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood.
The hit film stars Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Lionel Jeffries, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann and Gert Fröbe.
Andrew Howard, Marketing Manager, Grand Theatre said ‘We’re delighted for Blackpool Fylde Light Opera Company, each year they never disappoint, three incredible shows are to be presented with us over the next two years. This year Me and My Girl in May, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in September, and in 2019 42nd Street, they just never stop, and good on them!
‘We can wait to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and we know our audiences won’t want to miss this one!’  
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will play Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 September 2018, Evenings 7:30pm, Matinees (Thu and Sat) 2pm. Tickets £18, £22, £25, Premier Seats: first three rows in the stalls £27, Concessions £2 off, Under 18’s £19, Family of 4 £70 (select 4 adult tickets and enter CHITTY4), Concessions, Under 18s, and Family tickets not available in Premier Seats. 
To book tickets for Blackpool Fylde Light Opera Company’s Me and My Girl in May, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in September, or 42nd Street in 2019 visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk, call 01253 290190 or visit the Grand Theatre box office on Church Street.

'Be My Baby' 17/18 Aug 2018

BE MY BABY

“If this play were a person, you’d want to hold it and hug it.” The Guardian



Be My Baby is a refreshing treat. It is also a harsh reminder of what the stigma was like to be an unmarried mum-to-be in the sixties and the unthinkable agony that many women went through when they were forced to give their babies up for adoption. This play is a must-see and will have audiences laughing, crying and singing along to our soundtrack of the sixties.

Brought to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre Studio by Willow Theatre Productions (in association with Cou-Cou Theatre Productions). Willow Theatre Productions is a new theatre company that’s focus is on creating intimate, powerful and thought-provoking pieces. The company is dedicated to putting women’s stories at the forefront, using works by female playwrights with strong female protagonists.

Sophie Coulon, Co-Founder of Willow Theatre Productions and cast member of Be My Baby said “It was a perfect choice for our first production. Having toured and done a three week run at Edinburgh Fringe with this play many years ago, I am thrilled to be performing it once again at the beautiful Grand Theatre Studio. It has a very special place in my heart.”

Featuring an all-female cast, this beautifully touching and exceptionally poignant play by Amanda Whittington entertains, consoles and inspires. 

It’s 1964 but the sixties aren’t swinging for Mary Adams: 19-years-old, unmarried and seven months pregnant. She is forcibly sent in secrecy and shame, by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, to St. Saviours, a Church of England mother-and-baby home run by a formidable Matron.

Mary is set to work in the laundry and shares a room with the tough-talking Queenie. Alongside vulnerable Norma and lovable Dolores, the girls’ youthful effervescence keeps breaking through as they bond over a mutual love of girl-group records. When Mary finds she is expected to give up her child for adoption, she begins a desperate fight.

Each one of the characters has a secret that is revealed during the play, and their journeys give us a glimpse of what it was like in the sixties to be unmarried, pregnant and publicly shamed - how times have changed!

Nikita Coulonco-founder and cast member said, “Although we have moved on and the stigma doesn’t exist to the same extent, the real stories of adoption are still not a widely talked about subject. We have found that the play touches many people, and for that we are honoured to be bringing it to life. We feel we owe it to all the mothers to tell their stories and speak out.”

With scenes interlaced with well-known songs from the female icons of the sixties, such as The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups, Be My Baby has a nostalgic feel about it. From the young teens in the audience to those who had grown up in the 60s, the play manages to engage on all levels as they connect with the action onstage.
“You don’t have to be young, female or unmarried to find it intensely touching” The Times

Be My Baby will play next Friday 17th August 8pm and Saturday 18th August 3pm and 8pm. Tickets £11, Concessions £2 off.
To book tickets for Willow Theatre Productions’ Be My Baby, visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/event/be-my-baby/, call 01253 290190 or visit the Grand Theatre box office on Church Street.

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