It is with great sadness that BACCES bids farewell to one of its dearest members, CSD Ian Johnson, who tragically took his last curtain call on 8th April 2020.
Ian wowed many, many audience members at BACCES shows over the years in a variety of comedic roles. He was an exceptional and rare talent who was adored and respected. He will be greatly missed.
Everyone at BACCES wishes Ian's family and friends their heartfelt condolences.
For those of you who missed this year's cabin crew panto - Snow White - here is the much-talked-about "BA 100" Finale. It will give you some sense of what our audiences experienced. We hope you'll enjoy it! With special thanks to the BA Heritage Centre (Filmed and edited by Stéphane Scotto di Perrotolo)
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. 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.
Are you or were you British Airways cabin crew? Can you sing, act, or dance? Do you have experience of the stage, or have you ever wondered what it might be like to tread the boards? Then, this might be your opportunity to shine!
BACCES is absolutely thrilled to announce that it has been named the District 2 Winner of the 2020 It's Behind You Award for Best Pantomime by NODA for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which it staged in late 2019.
The following citation accompanied the award:
BACCES delivered yet another artistic success. Congratulations in producing a fast-paced show from beginning to end. Your supportive technical teams must be applauded too for creating some beautiful stage effects. The script writing added some great elements to the show with lovely, modern, witty one-liners. The set design was delightful. The opening scene transported the audience to the snowy village square, and 'The Grand Finale' celebrating the 100 years of British Airways was simply fabulous. (Author: Mike Monk) To top it all off, BACCES' star of stage, the one and only Dame Dolly Dazzler (aka Paul Ewen) was named the District 2 Winner of The Nigel Gravette Award for Best Performance in a Pantomime. Many congratulations, Paul!
'The Grand Finale' celebrating the 100 years of British Airways was simply fabulous.BACCES will be put forward in both categories alongside all other District Winners for the NODA London Region Awards at the NODA AGM this Summer. Break a leg, BACCES! Director Jane Bowditch said: "These awards are testament to the tireless work of every single person involved in our production. I am bursting with pride for a team that has overcome many obstacles. This wonderful collaboration gave BACCES' audience members a show we should all be very proud of. I am extremely grateful to NODA for their support."
The entire cast of BACCES' 2019 production spent the weekend of 12th October rehearsing for what promises to be a magical and memorable show.
The 31-strong cast from all British Airways fleets gathered under the same roof for the first time since rehearsals started at the beginning of September.
Director, Jane Bowditch, commented on how amazing it was to start piecing together the many elements of the show, and to feel the buzz and enthusiasm of all those involved.Come along to see them perform the age-old classic at the Beck Theatre from 27th November to 1st December. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Prices range from £17 to £20 (excluding booking fee) and can be booked via The Beck Theatre box office on 020 8561 8371 or on line at:
BACCES is thrilled to announce that Lisa Bennett won the much-coveted glitter ball at this year's BA Does Strictly in aide of Flying Start at the Thistle London Heathrow Hotel, Bath Road, on Friday 27th September.
The gala dinner event, organised by British Airways Flying Start "champions" to raise money for the charity, invited potential contestants from across the airline to apply for one of the final eight places. Lisa was one of the lucky ones to be chosen from a long list of candidates.
Lisa, who has been a BACCES member for the past twenty years, fought off some stiff competition from seven other finalists, each of whom deftly performed a different routine partnered by a professional dancer. She danced a fast-paced, ninety-second line dance style routine to Cotton Eye Joe.
Many congratulations to Lisa and to all involved!Following feedback from three professional dance judges, an online vote was held to choose the three top performances. After the three were announced, each had to raise as much money in just two minutes by collecting donations from the event's dinner guests. Lisa raised several hundreds of pounds by nimbly moving from table to table with her collection bucket.