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2000-2009


2009

Oklahoma!

Director: Martyn Knight
Musical Director: Ian Peters

Oklahoma!

2007

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Director: Martyn Knight
Musical Director: Ian Peters

Thoroughly Modern Millie

2006

West Side Story

Director: Martyn Knight
Musical Director: Ian Peters

West Side Story

2005

Sweet Charity

Autumn

Director: Martyn Knight
Musical Director: Ian Peters

Sweet Charity

Me And My Girl

Spring

Director: Martyn Knight
Musical Director: Ian Peters

Me And My Girl

2004

My Fair Lady

Director: Martyn Knight
Musical Director: Ian Peters

Martyn has worked in the theatre for the past 35 years – starting off as singer and dancer with a variety of amateur societies. He worked all over the world with a Portuguese dancing troop; with the Black and White Minstrels in the UK and Malta; and appeared in the last 4 years of BBC’s ‘The Good Old Days’. He has also appeared in West End musicals and was Assistant to the Choreographer in ‘SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS’. The highlight of his career was performing in the 1984 Royal Variety Performance in front of HM the Queen. He played in pantomime with Hinge and Bracket in 1990 and then took ‘early retirement’ to direct and choreograph for amateurs in the Watford area, whilst working in the travel business. He then decided to take up directing and choreographing full-time and has received 11 NODA nominations for his chorus work as well as the highest marks for chorus movement at the Buxton, G & S Festival for his production of ‘The Gondoliers’. In 1997 Martyn returned to play in panto and has now directed and choreographed his second pantomime. Martyn also works alongside fellow director, Scott St Martyn, in their company ‘Tailormade Workshops’ going all over the UK teaching all aspects of amateur theatre.

My Fair LadyCelebrating 50 Years of BBLOC

2003

Kiss Me Kate

Director: Ray Jeffery
Musical Director: Ian Peters

‘This show simply couldn’t have been a better choice for BBLOC, and in my opinion it is as good a production as you would see anywhere’ … ’Professional director, Ray Jeffery, has brought out the best in the entire company, and the fact that he is also appearing in the show as Harry/Baptista speaks volumes for his opinion of them. The large chorus is often on stage and is never less than sparkling, lively, well positioned and precise in movement. And the principals, even in the smallest roles, are second to none.’
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Kiss Me Kate

2002

The Wizard Of Oz

Director: Ray Jeffery
Musical Director: Ian Peters

Ray Jeffery joined us as Director for this and the next show. Ray trained as an actor and scenic designer for the stage. His performing career took him all over the UK. He played many diverse roles, from Ibsen to Ionessa/Shakespeare to Shaw. Pantomime seasons, summer shows, national tours and the West End followed. He decided at a relatively early age to concentrate on large scale musical productions and his name soon became synonymous with fast moving, all singing, all dancing shows. Opera and operetta soon crept into his repertoire – and they are still a major part of his life. Between engagements to direct full-scale musicals, Ray tutors for national summer schools, workshops and weekend seminars on many aspects of the theatre.

  • Once again, lots of children, 11 chaperones and a dog. Jasper, a 5 year old Yorkshire Terrier, got the part of Dorothy’s dog, ‘Toto’ – and the pair came to love each other dearly!
  • Wonderfully colourful costumes. The company hired scenery from the Bristol Old Vic who had had it made for their show. The advantage they had over us was that they had a large backstage area at their theatre to store and manoeuvre it, the lack of which we had to quickly adapt to when it arrived in Bournemouth!
  • It was the first time for flying characters – in this case the Wicked Witch and the Monkey.
The Wizard Of Oz

2001

Oliver!

Director: Judi Campbell
Musical Director: Ian Peters

‘Never perform with animals or children’ the saying goes - and here we were with 48 boys of all shapes and sizes, plus their 11 chaperones! The admin work involved in dealing with this number of juveniles was massive.

5 dogs auditioned for ‘Bullseye’ under the watchful eyes of representatives from the RSPCA and Bournemouth & District Dog Training Club. Bliss got the part and was exceptionally well-behaved until the last day when nerves got the better of her and she flooded the floor on OP side of the stage just before she went on!

  • One of the most successful musicals of all time and it certainly proved so for us!
  • Huge audiences and a big profit
Oliver!

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