History

An intimate moment between a duck and a dame Aladdin 2013

An intimate moment between a duck and a dame Aladdin 2013

BISHOP MONKTON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

In 1977, to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, villagers staged a show in the school hall, followed a year later by a pantomime – Cinderella. Both went down so well that a committee was formed to help future productions and B.M.E.G. was born.

B.M.E.G. intention was to bring entertainment to the village and beyond. Over the years we have put on many pantomimes, plays and shows. First in the old W.I. Hall and more recently in the new Village Hall. From time to time we have arranged concerts and entertainment by people from outside the village, both professional and amateur.

We ourselves have been successful on the wider stage. Our entries in the Nidderdale Festival of one act plays have always been well received by audience and adjudicators alike, earning us a lot of respect from other societies. Several of our actors and actresses have won awards for best performance. One play won the Nidderdale Festival, which is the first round of the All Britain Festival, and reached the All England Final before we were defeated. A crowd of us went to Hereford to support them including our then vicar and people from other local societies.

Can you identify this duo from the farthest reaches of BMEG history?

Baz Birchall and Jennifer Barker in “When did you last see your trousers”

Apart from stage productions we have arranged other entertainment barbecues, garden parties, strawberry teas, to name but a few. We have taken part in village celebrations as and when required whether it be bonfire night, floats for The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

Our mission remains to entertain, and this year we are planning  another fabulous ”Afternoon Tea” on the 24th April, plus in early July the showing of the film “Mamma Mia”, and one or two other entertaining dramatic evenings before the year is out!

Everybody who lives in the village is a member of the society, so come and join us.