Welcome to the Blakehay Theatre, we offer a stimulating and inclusive programme of events at the heart of Weston-Super-Mare’s cultural life, appealing to theatregoers of all generations.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. Whilst we can’t physically be with you, we have created your ‘Virtual Blakehay Theatre’ creating and bringing together online content to keep you entertained and lifting your spirits at this uncertain time.

Stay safe and please share our content as The Show Must Go On!

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Where are the best places to look for Theatre content?

Alongside our Virtual Theatre, which you can view in our Facebook Events or in our dedicated section on our website, there are several places we would recommend checking:
-YouTube (lots of live streams are left available for a week of two)
- Netflix (e.g. Dreamgirls, Burlesque & La La Land)
- BBC iPlayer (similar to YouTube, plays broadcast are often available for up to a month)

Let us know what you find and what you've enjoyed!

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Our History Wall

We’re so pleased to be able to share these pictures with you of Our History Wall, now proudly hanging in our Foyer.

When we reopen, you’ll be able to learn about our history when you visit us.
There will also be an additional free pamphlet which you can read with further historic information.

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This Week @ the Virtual Blakehay Theatre 🎭

We are currently looking into how/when we can open our Studio space again and recommence our Community Classes.
If you haven't already, please participate in the poll on our Facebook page and comment your thoughts.

As always, find some of our chosen highlights below.

Have a lovely week & stay safe, from all of us here at the Blakehay Theatre.

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Technician - TimMy first professional job as a technician was at Butlins for a summer season carrying out various tasks within the Entertainments Department.

My next job was back in my home town at the Theatre Royal Windsor.

Then came my first real break into the glitzy world of showbusiness when I went to Chichester Festival Theatre for a summer season – which lasted thirteen years!

It is here that I really learnt my trade, not only as a sound engineer and designer, but also as a lighting technician. The resident maintenance engineer also taught me the basics of electrical installation.

From Chichester, I worked as a freelance sound engineer and designer – mostly in the West End of London.

After a short sabbatical in Israel, I ended up in Stratford upon Avon working for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Again, I only went there for the season and ended up leaving twenty four years later.

At the RSC, I was a part of the Sound Department as sound operator, engineer and designer. Over the years there were many changes in performance spaces in which I was involved in remodelling the sound systems. The technology in recording and playback also evolved in this time from analogue to digital. Again, I was deeply involved in the redesigning of the dubbing room installations.

The RSC has a major programme of large and small scale touring and I designed the touring sound rigs for many other venues.

A very busy period in my life, but twenty four years on I decided that it was time to move on. A stage management colleague wanted to open a Tea Shop and I agreed to take on the role of Manager. This was something very new to me as I was a “backstage” boy! It meant working and interacting directly with customers. I was so nervous – I’d never done that before. I soon learned, however, that I had a rapport with the patrons and thoroughly enjoyed it! Despite the tea shop becoming a huge success, it was eventually time for me to leave Stratford upon Avon and retire.

So, here I am in Weston super Mare. But there was no way I could actually retire: I had to be doing something. I tried quite a few different jobs before seeing an ad in the local paper for casual FOH staff at the Blakehay Theatre.

At my interview, the management were apparently impressed with my CV, and so I was employed as a casual technician as well as FOH. Later I was taken onto the staff full time. My past knowledge and experience in commercial theatre has enabled me to suggest many small adjustments to the technical set up.

When the idea of Coffee Mornings came up, once again my experience in a tea shop was invaluable. I had knowledge of food preparation, food hygiene, baking and customer service. This last, of course, is important in all aspects of caring for the patrons of the theatre.

Working as a team, the staff of theatre are constantly looking for ways to make improvements in the customer experience.

On the technical side, there are still many projects in the pipeline to improve the technical facilities for incoming productions. Many companies who visit us have complimented us on the helpful and friendly reception they receive. We also have plans to improve audience satisfaction.

The staff at the Blakehay and myself have evolved into a close knit team. I hope this is reflected in the overall customer experience of Weston’s theatregoers.
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Happy Saturday - it's a new month!

Let's hope August brings us plenty of sunshine so we can enjoy the summer holidays.

Remember to be kind and stay safe - enjoy!

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