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TANNING VANS AND THONG SHOPS CHANGE BLACKMORE’S HIGH STREET

April 28, 2014

215px-Acorn_Antiques_LogoIf any group is going to raise the temperature of Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques, it has to be Blackmore Players.
Ms Woods penned her wicked mickey take on television soaps some years ago and later turned it into a musical that has stretched adult humour on the tight side.
Never a group to miss a chance for a laugh, Blackmore Players have been busily rehearsing for the past couple of months at their unique theatre, housed in the village sports centre in Blackmore.
It has to be said it is for adult taste, but excruciatingly funny and in the ‘Best Possible Taste’..
Taking the full reins is Blackmore Players’, Rosemarie Nelson, who has bitten off the Queen Anne table leg and taken on the whole thing from directing to choreography, a labour of love if ever there was one for what has been a technical nightmare to achieve the constant volley of laughs.
Ms Wood decided to take her revenge on Crossroads in her 1985 series, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, basing her play on the live TV soap and others, where wobbly sets, overacting and improbable plots fought for the next disaster.
Setting the action in the quaint little village of Manchesterford, the outlandish plots and devilish characters settle on the population with the conversion of an awfully quaint local Antiques Shop, Acorn Antiques run by the squeaky voiced cyber Barbie Doll, Ms Babs.
The highly improbable plot explodes when a frantic version of wonder woman called Bonny, parachutes in with plans to plaster the quaint High Street with a mixture of tanning vans, grot-coffee shops, and a thong and panty hut.
Ms Babs, by now in Barbie hysteria, calls her forces to the flag and gets help from Mrs Overall, the symbolic tea lady with her trusty stained tea pot and home made macaroons, the answer to Armageddon and the excruciating Only Way is Essex, (TOWIE) in one serving.
The musical is an adult pantomime with some forthright themes but none the less hysterical when dripping from the lips of cloned Barbies and past sell by date Great Date Kens.
The show runs at the Nine Ashes Road venue, Blackmore CM4 0QW, and tickets are available from the box office on 01277 200305 from £5 on Thursday evening to £10 for Friday and Saturday evenings, or go on the website blackmoreplayers.co.uk for more information.

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