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Events                                  Updated  dh 11.03.2020

The 1930 -34 events were performed by the 'Buntingford Bow Belles', which was then re-named to become the 'Buntingford and District Operatic and Drama Society'.
Date             genre    EVENT TITLE                     / Author              / Director
Feb   2020 play        CAMP CONFIDENCE /  Diana Raffle / Sarah Nicol
Feb   2020 play        DINNER FOR ONE /  Lauri Wylie  / Chris Richardson
Jul     2019 play        MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE /  Lee Baddock & Chris Kirby  / Gina Ormerod
Feb   2019 play        A BUNCH OF AMATEURS  /   Nick Newman & Ian Hislop   / Gina Ormerod
Jul     2018 play        OUT OF ORDER  / Ray Cooney  / Gina Ormerod
Feb   2018 panto     LITTLE JACK HORNER / Paul Reakes  /  Lee Baddock
Jul     2017 play         GOING GREEN  /  David Tristram  / Sarah Nicol
Feb   2017 play         CURTAIN UP!  /  Jack Davies and Michael Pertwee  /  Lee Baddock
Jun   2016 play          THE ANNIVERSARY /  Bill Macilwraith  /  Lee Baddock
Feb   2016 panto      JACK & THE BEANSTALK /   / Sophia Mitchell &  Lee Baddock
Sep   2015 play           BOEING BOEING / Marc Camoletti / Kim Barker
Jan   2015 panto      CALAMITY DAME / Tracy Canavan-Smith /  Lee Baddock
Sep   2014  murder mystery DEATH IN BENIDORM  / Chris Martin & Darren Litten  / Mary Godfrey
May  2014 play           CHESHIRE CATS / Gail Young  /  Lee Baddock & Chris Richardson
Sep   2013 play            GOD OF CARNAGE /  Yasmina Reza  /  Lee Baddock
Feb   2013 panto        OLD MOTHER HUBBARD /  Tony Nicholls /  Andrew Coxall
Jun   2012 one act play #1  CHINAMEN  / Michael Frayn  / Mel Powell
Jun   2012 one act play #2  GOSFORTH’S FETE / Alan Ayckbourne / Gill Strzelecki
Jun   2012 one act play #3  WHAT’S FOR PUDDING?   /  David Tristram  /  David Hill
Feb   2012 panto       PANTOSTIEN  /  David Lovesy, Steve Clark, David Pibworth and Mark Niel  / Paul Russell
Sep   2011 variety    WE DID IT OUR WAY 2  /    / David Hill
Feb   2011 panto       HANSEL & GRETEL /  John Bartlett  / Sophia Mitchell
Jul     2010 play           A TOMB WITH A VIEW /  Norman Robbins  / Mel Powell
Jan    2010 panto      PIED PIPER /  Bob Heather / Lee Baddock
Sep   2009 play          AFTER THE DANCE / Terance Rattigan  /  Mel Powell & Dan Herz
May 2009 variety   WE DID IT OUR WAY /   / David Hill
Jan   2009 panto      CINDERS, THE TRUE STORY  /  David Tristram  /  Dan Herz
Jun   2008 one act play #1  BLACK COMEDY / Peter Shaffer  /  Mel Powell
Jun   2008 one act play #2  LAST TANGO IN BUNTINGFORD /  David Tristram  / Mary Powell
Jan    2008 panto     KING ARTHUR  / Paul Reakes  / Debbie Hanson
Nov  2007 play        ART /  Yasmina Reza  /  Lee Baddock & Dan Herz
Jul     2007 play        DAISY PULLS IT OFF / Denise Deegan  /  Mel Powell
Feb   2007 panto    CAPTAIN HOOK'S REVENGE / Richard Coleman  /  Mel Powell
Jun   2006 murder mystery   A SHOW TO DIE FOR / Fiona J Robertson & Paul Phillips  / Paul Russell
Feb   2006 panto  ALI BABA AND THE FOUR TEA THIEVES /  Lee Baddock & Chris Kirby  / Claire Costello
Jun   2005 play      'ALLO 'ALLO / Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft  /Mel Powell &  Lee Baddock
Jan   2005 panto   SLEEPING BEAUTY  /  Norman Robbins  /  Eppie Hutchings
Sep   2004 play       EASY STAGES / Nick Warburton  /  Ian Hooper
Sep  2004 play        THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND /  Tom Stoppard  / Mel Powell
Feb  2004 panto     ROBIN HOOD  /  Lee Baddock & Chris Kirby  /  Lee Baddock & Mel Powell
           2003 variety   LIMELIGHT /   / Eppie Hutchings
Feb  2003 panto      WIND IN THE WILLOWS /  Lee Baddock   /  Lee Baddock*
           2002 play          ONE O'CLOCK FROM THE HOUSE / Frank Vickery  /  David Slade
Jun  2002 variety    QEII GOLDEN JUBILEE SHOW /  / Claire Costello
Feb  2002 panto      CINDERELLA / John Morley /  Lorraine Hodgkinson
Oct  2001 play          MURDER IN PLAY / Simon Brett /  David Slade
May 2001 variety   MUSICAL VARIETY  /  / Sylvia Clifford
Feb   2001 panto    JACK AND THE BEANSTALK   / John Morley / Kathy Maguire
Sep  2000 variety  PANACHE 2000 /      
Feb  2000 panto    TREASURE ISLAND  /  Lee Baddock & Chris Kirby  / Chris Kirby &  Lee Baddock
Oct  1999 variety PANACHE 99 /   /    
Jun  1999 play       AT THE CHANGING OF THE YEAR / Sylvia Clifford
Feb  1999 panto   ALADDIN / John Morley / Kathy Maguire
Feb  1998 panto   PUSS IN BOOTS / Norman Robbins  / Lee Baddock
Oct  1997 variety MUSIC HALL /   / Sylvia Clifford
Sep  1997 play        RELATIVELY SPEAKING / Alan Ayckbourne /  Chris Kirby
Apr  1997 variety MUSIC HALL /  / Sylvia Clifford
Feb  1997 panto    RUMPELSTILTSKIN   /  Norman Robbins  /  Lee Baddock
Jun  1996 play       NOT NOW DARLING  /  Ray Cooney  & John Chapman /  Sylvia Clifford
Feb  1996 panto   FRANKENSTEIN   / David Swan  / Adrian Reedman
Oct  1995 play       LOVE'S A LUXURY /  Guy Paxton & Edward V. Hoile  / Sylvia Clifford
Feb 1995 play       SLEEPING BEAUTY / Wilfred Miller / Roger Watson
Nov 1994 farce     ELEMENTARY MY DEAR / Philip King & John Boland /  Sylvia Clifford
Feb  1994 panto    CINDERELLA /  Robert Rutherford  & Wilcox  / Rae Booth
Nov 1991 play         BLITHE SPIRIT / Noel Coward  / Sylvia Clifford
Mar 1990 play         GASLIGHT / Patrick Hamilton  /  Sylvia Clifford
Jan  1989 panto      PUSS IN BOOTS  / John Morley / Rae Booth
Apr  1987 play          ELEMENTARY MY DEAR  / Philip King & John Boland /  Sylvia Clifford
Jan  1986 panto      SLEEPING BEAUTY  / Wilfred Miller / Sylvia Clifford
Jan  1985 panto      BABES IN THE WOOD  / John Morley / Dorothy Robinson
           1985 youth play  SCATTERBRAINED SCARECROW OF OZ / Alfred Bradley /  Rae Booth
           1985 youth play  THE GREY ANGEL /  / Sylvia Clifford
Mar 1984 variety   GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY  /   / Sylvia Clifford
Feb  1984 variety  MUSIC HALL  /  / Sylvia Clifford
Feb  1983 panto     CINDERELLA / Rutherford & Wilcock  / Rae Booth
Jan   1982 panto     MOTHER GOOSE  / Rutherford & Wilcock  /  Rae Booth
Aug  1981 variety  MUSIC HALL /   / Sylvia Clifford
Mar  1980 play         TOP GEAR /  John Dole / Kenneth Carey
Oct   1979 musical OLIVER / Charles Dickens  / Kenneth Carey
Jun   1979 play         THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE / William Douglas Home /  Kenneth Carey
Jan   1979 panto      QUEEN OF HEARTS /  Mary Howarth  /Bunny Lee
Jan   1978 panto      MOTHER HUBBARD / Bunny Lee
Mar 1977 variety   CAMPING CLUB GRAND REUNION/  / Audrey Pitts & Eric Brownless
Jan   1977 panto     ALADDIN / Rutherford & Wilcock  / Rae Booth
Feb   1976 variety  MUSIC HALL /   /  ???
Jan    1976 panto     ROBINSON CRUSOE / Rutherford & Wilcock  / Rae Booth
May  1975 play         NOT NOW DARLING  / Cooney & Chapman / D. Williams & K. Hunt
Jan    1975 panto    CINDERELLA / Rutherford & Wilcock  / Rae Booth
Jun    1974 play        MIRANDA / Peter Blackmore / Sylvia Clifford
Apr   1974 variety  A WESTERN STYLE EVENING / Audrey Pitts /  Audrey Pitts
Oct   1973 play         THE GHOST TRAIN / Arnold Ridley  / Sylvia Clifford
Mar  1973 variety  MELODY TIME / Eric Brownless / Eric Brownless
Nov  1972 play         LOVE'S A LUXURY /  Paxton & Burton /  Derek Burton
Mar  1972 play         FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS /Austin Steele /  Derek Burton
Dec   1971 play        QUIET WEEKEND / Esther McCracken /  Alastair Langlands
Jun     1966 variety  MUSIC HALL
Jul      1964 variety  MUSIC HALL
Dec   1962 play         THE CAMEL'S BACK /  Arnald Helsby / George Bailey
Dec   1959 play         FOOLS RUSH IN / Kenneth Horne /  Gillian Aylott
Apr    1958 play        THIRD TIME LUCKY / Arnold Ridley  /  Jocelyn Chapman
Mar   1957 play         LOVE IN A MIST / Kenneth Horne /  Neta Hodge
Nov   1956 play         WHO LIES THERE? / Philip Johnson /  Philip Plumb
Apr    1956 play          ONE WILD OAT / Vernon Sylvaine  / Philip Plumb
Nov   1955 play          MIRANDA /  Peter Blackmore  / Philip Plumb
Apr    1955 play          WILL ANY GENTLEMAN / Vernon Sylvaine  /  Philip Plumb
Dec    1954   play        TREASURE HUNT / M J Farrell & John Perry  / Philip Plumb
Apr     1954 play         QUEEN ELIZABETH SLEPT HERE / Talbot Rothwell  / Philip Plumb
Jan     1954 play         ARSENIC AND OLD LACE / Joseph Kesselring /  Philip Plumb
Nov    1952 play         AREN'T MEN BEASTS /  Vernon Sylvaine  /  Philip Plumb
Feb     1952 play         QUIET WEEKEND / Esther McCracken / Philip Plumb
Nov    1951 play         THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE / John Dighton /  Philip Plumb
Mar    1951 play         THE BLUE GOOSE /  Peter Blackmore  / Philip Plumb
Oct     1950 drama    OUTWARD BOUND / Sutton Vane  / Philip Plumb
Mar    1950 play         TO KILL A CAT / Roland Pertwee & Harold Dearden /  Philip Plumb
Nov    1949 play         MADAME LOUISE  / Vernon Sylvaine  / Philip Plumb
Oct     1949 play         THE CRIMSON COCONUT / Ian Hay / Philip Plumb
Oct     1949 play         DARK BROWN / Philip Johnson / Cyril Berry
Oct     1949 play         ORANGE BLOSSOM  / Philip Johnson /  George Bailey
Dec    1948 play         GEORGE AND MARGARET / Gerald Savory / 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.

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