BBLOC (Theatre production company)

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The Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company, or BBLOC as it has become commonly known was founded in 1954. The first two shows, ‘Katinka’ and ‘Night in Venice’, were performed at the old Hippodrome Theatre in Boscombe. The company moved to the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, in 1956, and this venue has been our ‘home’ ever since.

In addition to the annual shows, the company has produced many concerts over the years at various venues. They have ranged from big ones at the Pavilion Theatre and the Winter Gardens to tiny ones at little village or church halls out in the wilds of Dorset and Hampshire – complete with spiders backstage, dubiously tuned pianos and outside loo’s - and middle-sized ones in between. It has been a good way of bringing the talents of the company to the notice of a wider audience, publicising forthcoming shows and raising money for charity.

One of the objects of the company is to raise funds for charitable purposes and BBLOC have been very successful in this area throughout their 50 years.

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Alternative Company Names

  • Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company