The Great Pennybridge Barbecue

ryder cup 2010

Rain, rain, go away!

The Ryder Cup fell foul to this awful weather we are having over the last few days. Those southern softies have only had 2.5 inches of rain to contend with!. I am sure that if the Ryder Cup wasn’t being played then there would have been a full card of local Welsh members cavorting round the course singing in three part harmonies as they played. Here in Manchester, of course, we can also manage 2 inches of rain and still have a party. No need to cancel anything.  I have to admit that I had to put a jumper on as it was just on the cold side of T-Shirt weather. This was expertly proven by a few hardy (should that be foolhardy?) souls.

Kay looking very regal

The great Pennybridge Barbecue took place on Saturday 2nd October 2010 and we even got the marquee up. Thanks to Matt, Kay, Sally and Kay’s fella for coming and also to Anita, Jane, Andy and Alan.

The barbecue was lit at about 7.30pm and the food was cooked to perfection. We had interesting conversation ranging from theatre stuff through to Pork and Tomato sausages, the fact that both the UK sausage champion and the UK chip champion reside in Urmston was remarked upon with surprise. Then we moved on to the colour of black holes (which are probably white due to a reason which you can ask me next time you see me) and whether micro black holes ever exist outside of the Hadron Accelerator. Not sure they have existed inside it yet. A debate over the speed of light gave me a headache because I had to accept something I am not sure I understand and moving clocks tick slower than stationary clocks relativity speaking

Albert Einstein as he might have looked if he had appeared in our 1922 performance of Tom Jones

Just to give you a potted taster, a train which is 100 yards long is travelling at 1 mph slower than the speed of light. Apparently, in physics terms it is theoretically possible. You are on the train at the very back and you run as fast as you can, say 5 mph, to the front of the train. Then you must be travelling 4 mph faster than the speed of light for that 100 yards?!? Apparently not as Albert Einstein and his Theory of Relativity will tell you and we had the Maths to prove it. Fantastic eh. And you thought backstage at the theatre wasn’t an education.

We now have to add Ann and Peter to the list of helpers who have assisted in the stage building. I was particularly intrigued by Peter who fashioned a piece of 2 by 1 into a spearhead and then cut joints in it and a piece of dowelling to fit them together. Gosh, how good is that. As we begin to move towards the finer detail of the set we managed to recreate some buns in plastic for the Baker in the opening number and also the rose. The buns were that good, one member of the Saturday party picked one up to eat before we pointed out they weren’t real. Both have been lovingly pictured for your delight and delectation.

Our first rose attempt. And don't it look great?

Not Quite a Baker's Dozen

Beauty and the Beast is being performed at the Poolside Theatre, Urmston Leisure Centre, Bowfell Road, Urmston, M41 5RR between Tuesday 26th October and Saturday 30th October 2010. Tickets available on 0161 408 1288 or by visiting the website at All seats are allocated upon purchase so book early and reserve your seat for this brilliant and exciting show.

~ by UMT Stage on October 3, 2010.

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