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100 not out as Bolsover Drama Group “See How They Run”

Members of the group take to the Bolsover streets to promote the group in the early 1980s

Members of the group take to the Bolsover streets to promote the group in the early 1980s

Bolsover Drama Group celebrates a huge milestone this month by notching up an impressive 100th production.

They have been at the crease since 1981 and they are showing no signs of getting out any time soon.

As VE Day celebrates its 70th Anniversary, the Bolsover Drama Group treat their audiences, this month with a war time comedy ‘See How They Run’ which is directed from one of their founder members, Janet Koszegi – who appeared in the group’s first ever production of ‘Strike Happy’.  Janet has said that she is honoured to be part of this special production and is happy that the group has never been in a stronger position.

However, Janet does recall that back in 1985, when they performed their first musical ‘Bad Day at Black Frog Creek’ the group was on the verge of total collapse, due to the ‘hand to mouth’ budgets they ran on at the time. Janet, along with fellow founder member Rachel Johnson, recalls that sheer determination and a passion for a continual drama group in Bolsover spelled the group’s survival… along with a temporary monetary loan from a former member. They weren’t going down without a fight.

As a result, the musical became a success with a few full houses on key nights. This and a massive change in managing the budgets kept the group to afloat.

Rachel Johnson said “We all love the group in our own individual ways, and being a part of it, making new friends and in some cases with some of our younger adults, husbands and wives is truly fantastic!”

They pride themselves in adapting a family orientated group who encourage anyone to come in and have a go, and if you’re not experienced in stage craft, then join us and learn how. “We always love welcoming new members who can offer the group new ideas and skills” said Vice Chairman Chris Peck.

The Bolsover Drama Group has also achieved several NODA awards and nominations for their Pantomimes, Plays and Youth Musicals.  Chairman Mick Whitehouse has said that “Being nominated and actually winning these awards is beyond fantastic and is a true reflection of the quality and effort that everyone puts into each and every show. As a committee we account for all our group’s finances with the utmost care and always make sure we operate well within our means”

These key areas are vital to a successful community drama group and more importantly all its members who have given the group many years of character and great fun.

A huge congratulations to all involved, whether members, friends of the group, or you just come along to enjoy the shows. You have helped provide 35 years of bringing theatre to the community in Bolsover.

Here’s to the next 100 shows!

Dale Shaw, Publicity Manager