Behind the scenes


I wonder how many of you viewed BLT’s version of the Henry V St Crispin’s Day speech which recently appeared on their website and the Guild’s. I thought the whole idea was quite inspired insofar as it kept them in touch with their audience members by letting them know what was going on behind the scenes during the lock-down blackout and what they had to look forward to when the curtain went up again.

And surely that’s what all our societies should be doing by getting their lock-down activities and post- lock-down programmes on to our BTG website to reach beyond their own faithful followers to a potentially wider audience. This is of course is the aim behind our postponed ‘Fringe Fest’.

We already know that huge sociological changes will result from the present crisis – might one of these just be a public re-awakening to live theatre after months of indoor exposure to TV and mobile screens?

With a host of postponed society productions lining up for autumn, a re-scheduled ‘Fest’ in September could well be much more effective than the one originally planned for June when there would have been no opportunity to take immediate advantage of the ‘Fest’ publicity with the societies’ summer close down.

With this in mind Hayes Village Hall has been provisionally booked for a postponed ‘Fringe Fest’ on Saturday 12 September 2020 when we hope to have a maximum turn-out from all our societies. In the meantime please pencil the date in your diaries. For the present let’s have news of your activities and plans for the future on our website.

Best wishes,

Chris, David, Steve and Brian