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Tickets for the award winning British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society's 45th production, "Sleeping Beauty", are on sale NOW. The British Airways affiliated entertainment society will perform its annual pantomime from Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th January 2016 at the Watford Palace Theatre, Hertfordshire. Oh yes it will! Proceeds from the production will be donated to charity

More than thirty cabin crew, both past and present, from all British Airways fleets at Heathrow and Gatwick, will tread the boards to make this year's inaugural Watford production one to remember. You'll never look at your cabin crew the same again!

Will Princess Harmony, Prince Handsome, Dame Nanny McNophee, and the three fairies be able to overthrow the nasty Maleficent. Will good overcome evil? With your help, it will. Once you've taken your seats, you will be transported to the magical Land of Nod where your two hour extravaganza of laughter, singing, booing, spectacular dancing, glitz and glamour, and good old panto' fun for all ages is guaranteed. Oh yes it is!

Only a 30 minute drive from Heathrow and just off junction 19/20 of the M25, or junction 5 of the M1, this will be BACCES' first time performing at the magnificent Edwardian Watford Palace Theatre, having previously performed at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, since 1988. The theatre is well served by transport links, including the London Underground (Metropolitan Line), London Overground, and excellent bus (nos. 142 &258) and road links. In addition, there is a great number of restaurants, cafés, pubs, and other amenities within easy walking distance of the theatre.

Tickets for this year's production cost between £16 and £19 and can be purchased on line via the Watford Palace Theatre web site. Follow the link: http://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/local-company/sleeping-beauty Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly from the Watford Palace Theatre Box Office on 01923 225671. If you are a current British Airways employee, BACCES members will be able to answer your questions and help with bookings in CRC adjacent to the coffee shop throughout December. They will also be in Waterside on select dates. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

This year, BACCES will be supporting eight charities - six of which are based in, or near to, Watford - to benefit from the proceeds of "Sleeping Beauty":

Watford Mencap; The Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy (WTCC); ASCEND; Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers; Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association South Herts branch; and Nicki's Smile. In addition, BACCES will be supporting Mind, and Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA).

Representatives from each of these charities, along with other local charities, care groups, schools, and other worthy causes, have been invited to a private preview of the show on 13th January in the afternoon.

So, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. See you in Watford!

More details can be found at our Box Office or on the BACCES Info-Line on 020 85130507.


BACCES is delighted to announce that it will be supporting eight charities to benefit from its forthcoming production, "Sleeping Beauty".
Proceeds from the show will be donated to each. In addition, each has been offered complimentary tickets to a private preview of the show. The eight were chosen by BACCES members following a shortlisting of potential beneficiaries and considerable deliberation. Six of the charities are based in the Watford area and were selected following an article in The Watford Observer in April requesting applications from local charities and worthy causes.

The six are Watford Mencap, The Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy (WTCC), ASCEND, Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association South Herts branch, and Nicki's Smile.In addition, BACCES will be supporting Mind and Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA).

For more information on the each of these, please follow the link by the listed charities on the right hand side.

¬ the world famous London Symphony Orchestra recordS tracks for BACCES' next production, "Sleeping Beauty"
Members of BACCES gathered at Angel Studios on London's Gaskin Street on Thursday 17th September to listen to the world famous London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) record five tracks for BACCES' next production, "Sleeping Beauty". 

The LSO has been generously volunteering an afternoon of its time to BACCES to record some of each production's bigger musical numbers every year since 1983. 
Many BACCES members would admit that being allowed to sit in the studio among the musicians while tracks are being recorded is a real privilege. BACCES member, Lucinda Starling, said, "I get goose bumps every time I am in the recording studio listening to these amazingly talented people who are among the best musicians in the world. This really is very special."
The music for any given BACCES production is arranged by the society's musical director Bobbie Field, who also held the baton at Angel Studios on Thursday. BACCES would like to thank all those LSO members who continue to support the society and for the incredible work they do.

Members of BACCES gathered at Step by Step's Aldershot premises on Crimea Road on 24th April to donate a cheque for £500. The donation was made from money the society raised during their last production, "Jack and the Beanstalk".

Jenny Jackson, Step by Step's Corporate and Community Fundraiser was there to welcome the BACCES members and to explain all about the homeless charity, its origins, the work it does, and the challenges it faces. She started by explaining the charity's mission statement, which is "To empower homeless people and those facing adversity to achieve their full potential." The charity focuses very much on positives, referring to the shelter as an "aspiration station". They are aiming to help 1,500 people this year.

Jenny works with 5 colleagues who need to raise around £500,000 this year alone to maintain the charity's work. The funds raised will cover existing service delivery across the charity’s areas of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

The charity was formed in 1989 after a local parishioner met someone who simply had nowhere to call home and who had little access to information and support. The initial ambition for the charity was to set up a night shelter for homeless people in the local community. A house was soon purchased from money raised. This, however, barely scratched the surface. A further five houses were subsequently purchased in the Aldershot area to cater for the needs of the homeless and to provide office space for staff.

In 2011, a new purpose-built shelter was opened to serve as a "foyer" offering training facilities, accommodation, and a drop-in centre where staff could work closely with social services, the police, local councils, housing associations, and schools, all of whom are able to give referrals for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The charity works with eleven to twenty-five year olds, offering accommodation to sixteen to twenty-one year olds. More recently, the charity has also been offering and promoting their LGBT group.

Step by Step works with young people to get them into work, education or training. It operates a "dry house", meaning that those being accommodated are not permitted alcohol, drugs, or energy drinks. As it stands, Step by Step is only able to accommodate 1 in 5 of those who need shelter, such is the demand.

The charity currently has foyers in Basingstoke, Havant, and Gosport, in addition to that of Aldershot. The charity also works with supported lodgings, where host families accommodate the young people in their homes. This is a more suitable environment for some of the young people Step by Step work with. They can collectively accommodate up to 202 people each night. Needless to say, there are a wide variety of reasons as to why someone ends up requiring the facilities Step by Step offers.

The Aldershot foyer is very much about integration while offering a strong support network. Currently, they have five women and ten men in their Step 1 accommodation. This phase offers 15 bedrooms. Each room comprises of a bed, desk, drawers, and en-suite shower room, and all residents are encouraged to interact with each other. Regardless of their circumstances, individuals are encouraged and supported in developing their life skills, compiling CVs, and filling in job applications. All are required to abide by curfew rules and to assist with the cooking of meals. They are also asked for £12 per week to cover the cost of their subsidised food.

In the foyer's Stage 2 accommodation, which is available for up to twelve months, fifteen individuals are offered apartment-style living. Each apartment has three or four bedrooms. The Aldershot branch currently has nine women and six men in this phase. Residents must be in training, education, or employment. They are required to pay their own bills, cook their meals, clean, and sign a tenancy agreement. This is seen as the final stage in what will hopefully lead to an individual's full integration and independent living.

The charity relies heavily on donations and BACCES are delighted to have donated £500 to enable them to continue their good work with young people in need.


2016 Charities

Would you like to get involved in our 2016 production?

If you would like to be part of our Front of House team, then please contact our Front of House manager, Kevin, by e-mailing him at kevinpodwyer@hotmail.com

If you would like to be part of our Backstage team, then please e-mail our stage manager, Brian, at brian_stubbington@hotmail.com

If you would like to get involved in any other area, then please e-mail Jane at bacces@hotmail.co.uk

Any time or help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dates for the diary:
21st & 22nd November 2015 - All Day Rehearsals #2 & #3 - 9:30am - 5:30pm (College Town Junior School, Branksome Hill Road, Sandhurst, Berks. GU47 0QE)

3rd January 2016 - All Day Rehearsal #4 - 9:30am - 5:30pm (Venue TBA)

8th & 9th January 2016 - All Day Rehearsals #5 &#6 - 9:30am - 5:30pm (Venue TBA)

10th January 2016 - "Get In" - Watford Palace Theatre

11th & 12th January 2016 - All Day Rehearsals, inc. Dress/Tec. Rehearsal (Times TBA)

13th - 17th January 2016 - BACCES stages "Sleeping Beauty" at the Watford Palace Theatre


BACCES is a non-profit charitable organisation which was originally set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA) stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. The national press heard of this venture and prompted "Jak" of the Evening Standard to publish a cartoon lampooning the efforts of BA cabin crew. Since that time the company have been producing reviews and, more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources.

In 2008 BACCES won the Flame Award for Inspirational Excellence in Theatre from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for their 2007 production of Cinderella.

In 2012 and 2013, BACCES not only won The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy for Programme Design (Souvenir Class) in the London Region, it also won the National Award. Congratulations Carole Jarratt and Lucinda Bowditch (Programme designers)!

In 2014, the nominations kept on coming:
The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy - Programme Design (Souvenir Class)
The Shelly Lemesh Award - The Unsung Hero
The Louise English Trophy - Contributions Made by a Young Person
The Sheila Rawlings Lifetime Achievement Award
The 'It's Behind You' award - Best Pantomime
The Kathleen Oyler Trophy - Chorus Work
Of the six nominations, BACCES walked away with three trophies for: Best Programme Design (Souvenir Class)(Lucinda Bowditch); the Unsung Hero (Brian Stubbington); and, perhaps most excitingly of all, Best Pantomime.


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