Literary Festival; Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Not Falling Apart and Broken Hearts – Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing.

This engaging and thought provoking talk between Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink is not to be missed. Christina’s book ‘The Art of Not Falling Apart’ was picked as an editor’s choice in The Bookseller and there have been extracts and related features in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Woman & Home and Red. Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of “A Manual for Heartache”. In this book she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope

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Literary Festival; Sunny Ormonde – One Woman Show

Sunny Ormonde – One Woman Show

Sunny has been playing the “outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy” in Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 18 years and has become one of the listeners most favourite characters!

Her antics have kept the nation gripped and entertained, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the Bull and Cider shed dry with Eddie Grundy, absconding to Costa Rica with her beloved and very recently departed Tiger! (Oh the louse!) or recklessly kicking off her sling-backs and leaping into bed with Tigers brother Paul- Not to mention the Knitting, the Collagen, Calendar Girls and furlong frolics (and almost wedding) with Justin Elliot !

In this show, Sunny will fill you in on all the behind the scenes stories about the Worlds longest running soap opera- an evening of anecdotes, banter, and favourite pieces from Sunny’s long and distinguished acting career- humorous and touching in turn.
PLUS a Q&A session with the audience about the making of the Archers- now in its 68th year. Where did that laugh come from? Did Victoria Wood really pull a pint in the Bull? How big are Toms sausages?And last but not least –A prize for the most original Archers question!!! There is something for everyone!

“Sunny dances in and out of Lilians character with ease, but also with Drama….Shirley Valentine…..Under Milk Wood……stories and anecdotes galore…….an evening to remember!”
You don’t have to be an Archers listener to enjoy this highly entertaining evening!

Literary Festival; Dr Helen Parkhurst

“Deeds Not Words”, by Dr Helen Pankhurst.

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing.

“Deeds Not Words” reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there. Each of the five chapters within the book explores a different theme; politics, money, family & identity, violence and culture. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future.
Helen is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia. She has extensive media experience including national and international radio and print interviews, and was involved in the 2015 film Suffragette.

Photography: Virginie Naudillon

Literary Festival; Amanda Prowse

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing by Amanda Prowse.

Amanda’s stories have amassed thousands of 5 Star ratings. Writing powerful and compelling gritty contemporary fiction, Amanda’s stories feature an ordinary woman who is overtaken by extraordinary circumstances. Amanda’s readers identify strongly with the underdog character and follow the protagonist on a rollercoaster of a journey that will take them through the entire range of human emotion. The road might not be easy and the subject matter sometimes difficult but the underlying message will be positive and uplifting making the reader realise that whatever their personal issues, they have the strength to overcome more challenges than they ever thought possible.

Pantomime ‘Aladdin’

The Weston College FE Performing and Production Arts Students return to the theatre with their annual pantomime.

This year the pantomime will be the classic panto of ‘Aladdin’.

 

SEN Consulatation Event

The theatre is currently researching the possibility of producing regular events and performances at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston-super-Mare that are more accessible for children with special educational needs.

We are in the planning stages of applying for a grant which would allow the theatre to improve accessibility with our theatre performances, such as being able to include sensory theatre performances, or adapting current performances to make them more accessible.

As the theatre is still in the early stages of putting together an application, we would like to invite you to help with our consultation process.

This is aimed at local schools, parents & carers to gain an understanding of the type of events that would appeal to people, and meet the needs of the community.

The National Autistic Society and theatre are hoping you able to attend in order to assist us moving forward with our application.

The event is free but we ask that you book your place so that we can cater to everyone’s need.

The event will be in the form of a presentation about what the theatre would like to offer together with a chance for you to be able to have your input on the ideas and anything that you feel would be of a benefit as well as a chat and a cuppa!

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think would benefit from this.

We are holding two events for the consultation on Thursday 15th November at 4pm & Saturday 17th November at 11am, so we hope that you will be able to attend either of these dates.

The theatre has three rooms that maybe used for the consultation event and the location of the event will be decided after the 1st November 2018.

Therefore, if you require any access provisions to be put in place please could you contact the theatre directly so that we can make this event accessible to all.
This includes Wheelchair users or are unable or find it difficult to climb stairs.

SEN Consulatation Event

The theatre is currently researching the possibility of producing regular events and performances at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston-super-Mare that are more accessible for children with special educational needs.

We are in the planning stages of applying for a grant which would allow the theatre to improve accessibility with our theatre performances, such as being able to include sensory theatre performances, or adapting current performances to make them more accessible.

As the theatre is still in the early stages of putting together an application, we would like to invite you to help with our consultation process.

This is aimed at local schools, parents & carers to gain an understanding of the type of events that would appeal to people, and meet the needs of the community.

The National Autistic Society and theatre are hoping you able to attend in order to assist us moving forward with our application.

The event is free but we ask that you book your place so that we can cater to everyone’s need.

The event will be in the form of a presentation about what the theatre would like to offer together with a chance for you to be able to have your input on the ideas and anything that you feel would be of a benefit as well as a chat and a cuppa!

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think would benefit from this.

We are holding two events for the consultation on Thursday 15th November at 4pm & Saturday 17th November at 11am, so we hope that you will be able to attend either of these dates.

The theatre has three rooms that maybe used for the consultation event and the location of the event will be decided after the 1st November 2018.

Therefore, if you require any access provisions to be put in place please could you contact the theatre directly so that we can make this event accessible to all.
This includes Wheelchair users or are unable or find it difficult to climb stairs.

Buddy Membership

Support your local theatre and become a Blakehay Buddy!

Being a Blakehay Buddy offers you the chance to support your local community theatre. The theatre relies on the community for support to be able to continue to thrive in Weston-super-Mare.

When you become a Blakehay Buddy our printed brochure will be sent through the post to you, you will receive your very own personalised Blakehay Buddy card and a plaque will be commissioned for our supporters board in the theatre foyer.

Blakehay Buddies also have the opportunity to purchase special discounted tickets for certain shows and events. Keep a look out for these in our seasonal brochures and on our website.

Blakehay Buddies will also be invited to our ‘Celebrate the year’ evening in January which is an exhibition to celebrate the shows, changes and achievements at The Blakehay. We look forward to seeing you there.

Individual Annual Membership: £15.00
Couple Annual Membership: £20.00 (one plaque)

Why not Gift a membership for someone else?

Joining is simple and can be completed online, in person or over the phone!
It’s really simple to become a Buddy and start supporting us today!

 

Coffee Morning – Easter Stalls

This month; Celebrate Easter with our stalls and cakes.

Every 2nd Saturday of the month our dedicated team of Volunteers will be in our theatre bar to welcome you to the theatre.

Come and have a coffee, cake, raffle and a chat, as part of our fundraising events for the theatre. Support a local artist with our monthly Art Exhibitions in the theatre bar.

There are opportunities to find out about volunteering, what is happening at your local theatre and to make new friends.

All proceeds from our coffee mornings, goes towards extra equipment for the theatre.

We hope that we will see you soon!