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Event History                                  Updated by dh 16.01.2020

The 1930 -34 shows were performed by the 'Buntingford Bow Belles', which was then re-named to become the 'Buntingford and District Operatic and Drama Society'.

       Date      genre    PRODUCTION TITLE / Director
Jul     2019 play        MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE / Gina Ormerod*
Feb   2019 play        A BUNCH OF AMATEURS / Gina Ormerod*
Jul     2018 play        OUT OF ORDER/ Gina Ormerod*
Feb   2018 panto     LITTLE JACK HORNER /  Lee Baddock*
Jul     2017 play         GOING GREEN / Sarah Nicol*
Feb   2017 play         CURTAIN UP! /  Lee Baddock*
Jun   2016 play          THE ANNIVERSARY /  Lee Baddock*
Feb   2016 panto      JACK & THE BEANSTALK / Sophia Mitchell &  Lee Baddock*
Sep   2015 play           BOEING BOEING / Kim Barker*
Jan    2015 panto      CALAMITY DAME /  Lee Baddock*
Sep   2014  murder mystery DEATH IN BENIDORM/Mary Godfrey*
May 2014 play           CHESHIRE CATS /  Lee Baddock & Chris Richardson*
Sep  2013 play            GOD OF CARNAGE /  Lee Baddock*
Feb  2013 panto        OLD MOTHER HUBBARD / Andrew Coxall*
Jun   2012 one act play #1  CHINAMEN / Mel Powell*
Jun   2012 one act play #2  GOSFORTH’S FETE / Gill Strzelecki *
Jun   2012 one act play #3  WHAT’S FOR PUDDING? / David Hill *
Feb   2012 panto       PANTOSTIEN / Paul Russell*
Sep   2011 variety    WE DID IT OUR WAY 2 / David Hill *
Feb   2011 panto       HANSEL & GRETEL / Sophia Mitchell*
Jul     2010 play           A TOMB WITH A VIEW / Mel Powell*
Jan    2010 panto      PIED PIPER / Lee Baddock*
Sep   2009 play          AFTER THE DANCE / Mel Powell & Dan Herz*
May 2009 variety   WE DID IT OUR WAY / David Hill *
Jan   2009 panto      CINDERS, THE TRUE STORY / Dan Herz*
Jun   2008 one act play #1  BLACK COMEDY / Mel Powell*
Jun   2008 one act play #2  LAST TANGO IN BUNTINGFORD / Mary Powell*
Jan    2008 panto     KING ARTHUR / Debbie Hanson*
Nov   2007 play        ART / Lee Baddock & Dan Herz*
Jul      2007 play        DAISY PULLS IT OFF / Mel Powell*
Feb    2007 panto    CAPTAIN HOOK'S REVENGE / Mel Powell*
Jun    2006 murder mystery   A SHOW TO DIE FOR / Paul Russell*
Feb    2006 panto  ALI BABA AND THE FOUR TEA THIEVES / Claire Costello*
Jun    2005 play      'ALLO 'ALLO / Mel Powell &  Lee Baddock
Jan    2005 panto   SLEEPING BEAUTY / Eppie Hutchings*
            2004 play       EASY STAGES / Ian Hooper
            2004 play        THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND / Mel Powell
 Feb  2004 panto     ROBIN HOOD /  Lee Baddock & Mel Powell*
           2003 variety   LIMELIGHT / Eppie Hutchings
Feb  2003 panto      WIND IN THE WILLOWS /  Lee Baddock*
           2002 play          ONE O'CLOCK FROM THE HOUSE / David Slade
           2002 variety    QEII GOLDEN JUBILEE SHOW / Claire Costello
           2002 panto      CINDERELLA /  Lorraine Hodgkinson
           2001 play          MURDER IN PLAY / David Slade
           2001 variety   MUSICAL VARIETY / Sylvia Clifford
Feb   2001 panto    JACK AND THE BEANSTALK / Kathy Maguire*
            2000 variety PANACHE 2000 /      
Feb  2000 panto    TREASURE ISLAND /  Chris Kirby &  Lee Baddock*
           1999 variety PANACHE 99 /          
           1999 play       AT THE CHANGING OF THE YEAR / Sylvia Clifford
           1999 panto   ALADDIN / Kathy Maguire
           1998 panto   PUSS IN BOOTS /  Lee Baddock
           1997 variety MUSIC HALL / Sylvia Clifford
           1997 play        RELATIVELY SPEAKING / Chris Kirby
           1997 variety MUSIC HALL / Sylvia Clifford
           1997 panto    RUMPELSTILTSKIN /  Lee Baddock
           1996 play       NOT NOW DARLING / Sylvia Clifford
           1996 panto   FRANKENSTEIN / Adrian Reedman
           1995 play       LOVE'S A LUXURY / Sylvia Clifford
           1995 play       SLEEPING BEAUTY / Roger Watson
           1994 play       ELEMENTARY MY DEAR / Sylvia Clifford
          1994 panto    CINDERELLA / Rae Booth
          1991 play         BLITHE SPIRIT / Sylvia Clifford
          1990 play         GASLIGHT / Sylvia Clifford
          1989 panto      PUSS IN BOOTS / Rae Booth
          1987 play          ELEMENTARY MY DEAR / Sylvia Clifford
          1986 panto      SLEEPING BEAUTY / Sylvia Clifford
          1985 panto      BABES IN THE WOOD / Dorothy Robinson
          1985 youth play  SCATTERBRAINED SCARECROW OF OZ / Rae Booth
          1985 youth play  THE GREY ANGEL / Sylvia Clifford
          1984 variety   GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY / Sylvia Clifford
          1984 variety  MUSIC HALL / Sylvia Clifford
          1983 panto     CINDERELLA / Rae Booth
          1982 panto     MOTHER GOOSE / Rae Booth
          1981 variety  MUSIC HALL / Sylvia Clifford
          1980 play         TOP GEAR / Ken Carey
          1979 musical OLIVER / Ken Carey
          1979 play         THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE / Ken Carey
          1979 panto      QUEEN OF HEARTS / Bunny Lee
          1978 panto      MOTHER HUBBARD / Bunny Lee
          1977 variety   CAMPING CLUB GRAND REUNION/Audrey Pitts & Eric Brownless
           1977 panto     ALADDIN / Rae Booth
           1976 variety  MUSIC HALL / ???
           1976 panto     ROBINSON CRUSOE / Rae Booth
           1975 play         NOT NOW DARLING / D. Williams & K. Hunt
           1975 panto    CINDERELLA / Rae Booth
           1974 play        MIRANDA / Sylvia Clifford
           1974 variety  A WESTERN STYLE EVENING / Audrey Pitts
           1973 play         THE GHOST TRAIN / Sylvia Clifford
           1973 variety  MELODY TIME / Eric Brownless
           1972 play         LOVE'S A LUXURY/ Derek Burton
           1972 play         FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS / Derek Burton
           1971 play        QUIET WEEKEND / Alastair Langlands
           1967 variety  MUSIC HALL
           1966 variety  MUSIC HALL
           1964 variety  MUSIC HALL
           1962 play         THE CAMEL'S BACK / George Bailey
           1959 play         FOOLS RUSH IN / Gillian Aylott
           1958 play         THIRD TIME LUCKY / Jocelyn Chapman
Mar 1957 play         LOVE IN A MIST / Neta Hodge
           1956 play         WHO LIES THERE? / Philip Plumb
Apr 1956 play          ONE WILD OAT / Philip Plumb
          1955 play          MIRANDA / Philip Plumb
          1955 play          WILL ANY GENTLEMAN Philip Plumb
          1954 play         TREASURE HUNT / Philip Plumb
Apr  1954 play         QUEEN ELIZABETH SLEPT HERE / Philip Plumb
Jan   1954 play         ARSENIC AND OLD LACE / Philip Plumb
Nov 1952 play         AREN'T MEN BEASTS / Philip Plumb
           1952 play         QUIET WEEKEND / Philip Plumb
           1951 play         THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE / Philip Plumb
Mar 1951 play         THE BLUE GOOSE / Philip Plumb
           1950 drama    OUTWARD BOUND / Philip Plumb
Mar 1950 play          TO KILL A CAT / Philip Plumb
Nov 1949 play          MADAME LOUISE
           1949 play          THE CRIMSON COCONUT / Philip Plumb
           1949 play          DARK BROWN / Cyril Berry
Dec 1949 play          ORANGE BLOSSOM / George Bailey
Dec 1948 play          GEORGE AND MARGARET / Philip Plumb
Apr  1945 variety   VARIETY 1945
           1944 variety   VARIETY 1944 /Irene Harris
Feb 1943 revue        THE WITCHES BREW
Jan   1940  variety  BARREL OF FUN
Oct 1936 drama      LAUGHTER OF FOOLS
Feb 1936 panto       JACK & THE BEANSTALK
Jan 1935 panto        ALI BABA & THE FORTY THIEVES

Nov 1934 the Bow Bells Society was replaced by the Buntingford and District Operatic and Drama Society

Nov 1933 panto      ALADDIN
Jan   1933 panto      SLEEPING BEAUTY
Jan   1932 panto      ROBINSON CRUSOE
           1930 variety   THE BUNTIES / G. Scarborough Taylor
Dec 1930 panto       DICK WHITTINGTON
Apr 1930 panto        PRINCESS JU JU

Acknowledgements & thanks go to
Ken Clifford
Brian Thompson
Jenny Dingley ( A short history of Buntingford)
Philip Plumb (The archived photographs series - Buntingford)
Mark Dell (Buntingford in wartime)

The research continues, so if you have any historical information or missing posters (those listed above without an asterisk) we'd be delighted if you'd get in touch.