Bash Street Theatre returns to Baysgarth Park
The wonderful internationally renowned Bash Street Theatre returns to Baysgarth Park on Sunday ( July 16) with Bellevue Hotel, a brand new outdoor family show set around a dilapidated theatrical boarding house in a seaside town in the 1950s.
It tells the story of landlady Elsie Lovejoy and her battle with the gangster boss of the neighbouring sweet factory who is determined to buy her out.
But ex-showgirl, Elsie is no stranger to adversity, and when she realises her theatrical guests have some useful talents to deploy, they rally round to save her establishment, and together they do battle with the nasty neighbour and his Demolition Men!
With live piano music, silent comedy, a touch of magic and some hair-raising action. Bellevue Hotel is performed in the inimitable, non-verbal, comic style for which Bash Street Theatre has become renowned.
The show features a two-storey hotel and balcony, alongside the towering chimney of the neighbouring factory. This provides several different levels on which the story unfolds, and where the Demolition Men wreak havoc in a dramatic finale.
Bash Street Theatre has toured throughout the UK and extensively in Europe, with performances in France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, where it won the ‘best street theatre’ award at the prestigious Fira Tàrrega International Theatre Festival. The company has also performed at Macau International Arts Festival in China, Gwacheon and Gwangju International Theatre Festivals in South Korea, and Bat Yam International Theatre Festival in Israel.
The performance starts at 2pm outside Baysgarth House Museum and is free. Bring family, friends, chairs and a picnic. Refreshments are also available from the Museum.