100 not out for Bolsover Drama Group

The 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 week 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 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. Vice-chairman Chris Peck said: “We always love welcoming new members who can offer the group new ideas and skills.”

Bolsover Drama Group has also achieved several NODA awards and nominations for their pantomimes, plays and youth musicals. Chairman Mick Whitehouse said: “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.

‘See How They Run is at Bolsover’s Assembly Rooms from May 14-16 at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets £8, £7 (concessions). Contact 01246 850402.