Category Archives: Bloxwich Library Forum

Sexton Blake Strikes Back – at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre!

Sexton Blake Strikes Back Poster

Edwardian London is being held to ransom – and who can rescue the capital from arch-villains ‘The British League of Underhanded Scoundrels, Traitors, Extortionists and Rapscallions?’

Only one man – the world-famous detective Sexton Blake, ‘The Prince of the Penny Dreadfuls’, can save the day!

In Sexton Blake Strikes Back!, the latest live on stage theatrical production by legendary professional theatre company Don’t Go Into The Cellar, presented by Bloxwich Library Forum, theatre-goers can expect derring-do, last-minute escapes, narrow scrapes and fates worse than death in this affectionate homage to the way heroes used to be.

Stuart Williams, Vice Chairman of Bloxwich Library Forum, said:

“Sexton Blake is one of the great literary adventure heroes of the 19th-20th century, standing proudly alongside such mighty figures as Sherlock Holmes, Denis Nayland Smith, Biggles and Hercule Poiroit.

“Created by Harry Blyth in 1893, Sexton Blake adventures appeared in a wide variety of British and international publications (in many languages) from 1893 to 1978, running to over 4,000 stories by some 200 different authors.

“Blake was also the hero of numerous silent and sound films, radio serials and a 1960s ITV television series which many remember fondly.

“Now the legend that is Sexton Blake is coming to Bloxwich, in a play by the invariably excellent Don’t Go Into The Cellar – so adventure, excitement and huge fun can be expected in equal measure!”

Sexton Blake Strikes Back! is live on stage for one night only – this coming Saturday 20th April 2013, at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, Elmore Row, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 2HR.

The play starts at 7.30pm.

Ticket prices are £8.00 or £6.00 concessions.  Tickets can be purchased from Bloxwich Library and reserved by telephone on 01922 655900.

Click on the mini-poster at the top of this item for a larger version.

Bloxwich theatre marks anniversary with Christmas Open Mic Night

Christmas Open Mic

A popular little theatre in Bloxwich is marking the second year since its’ re-opening with a special Christmas Open Mic Night this Friday 14 December at 7.30pm for 8pm – and admission is free!

Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, part of the Bloxwich Library/Bookmark Bloxwich complex in Elmore Row, was formally re-opened in December 2010 after being closed for more than a year for major refurbishment together with Bloxwich Library.

The library itself was first opened in 1960 as a state-of-the-art facility for Bloxwich and district, and it was always planned that a theatre would be added for drama, music, film shows and educational lectures.  That theatre – originally known as Bloxwich Library Theatre – was later added as an extension to the library building, opening in 1964, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, Elmore Row, Bloxwich
Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, Elmore Row, Bloxwich

Since re-opening after the much-needed refurbishment, the life of the theatre has been rejuvenated not only by additional facilities such as the new café bar but by the efforts of local people, in the form of Bloxwich Library Forum, a volunteer group which manages,  raises funds for and supports the theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library.  The Forum has worked closely with theatre technical manager Bruno Edwards and library staff over the past two years to book and present plays, live music, film shows and many other public events.

Stuart Williams, Vice Chairman of the Forum, said:

“We’ve had a lively couple of years with many great acts and events and after a busy and successful 2012 for the theatre it’s certainly time for a celebration!  This Friday night there’ll be music, poetry, costumes, Bayard’s Colts songs and with any luck – mince pies!  What’s more, admission is free!

“Our regular Open Mic Nights offer a place for singers, song writers, poets and musicians to play, jam and try out songs and poems on our full PA.  If you don’t play or perform then do come along and listen.  The venue and stage are fully accessible, as is the well stocked bar!

“Anyone interested in booking a slot to perform on the night should contact Bruno Edwards – email: or telephone 07973 492387.  Christmas costumes optional!”

For more information on Bloxwich Library Forum and Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, check out the Forum website:

Knoxville Highway is rolling into town again!

Knoxville Highway at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre by Stuart Williams.

Country and Western fans will be high-tailing it down to Bloxwich next month to catch up with ‘Knoxville Highway’ – as the band roars back into town like a mighty freight train!

Former Bloxwich police officer Bob Gessey is all set to bring his talented posse of Black Country cowboys – and gals – back to his old stomping ground.

And they’ll be live on stage on Saturday 1st December with their Country Music Show – a Journey through the Heart and Soul of Country Music.

But don’t leave it too late to book your tickets – they sold out in quick-draw time on their last visit to Bloxwich’s premier venue – Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in Elmore Row!

The show features classic County songs authentically performed by the storming six-piece band – with that great Nashville sound, elements of Bluegrass and even an excursion South of the Border into Mexican Mariachi!

Featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and many more, right through to The Eagles and Modern Country artists with a sprinkling of Blue Grass classics, this will be a great night for listeners and those who want to sing along.

Bob Gessey said:

“It promises to be a great night.

“You wouldn’t normally see a line up like ours outside of Nashville – there’ll be something for everyone I’m sure.”

Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm, and there will be a bar.

The event is presented by Bloxwich Library Forum as part of the Bookmark Bloxwich Live Music Review gig series.

Tickets cost just £5 and are available by contacting Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900.  Advance booking is strongly recommended.

Tickets can also be booked online via the band at:

Rock Halloween in Bloxwich with Red Venice this Saturday!

Red Venice

Horribly good heavy rock and metal covers band Red Venice will be blowing the roof off in Halloween style at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre this Saturday 27 October.

And gig-goers are welcome to turn up turned out dressed in their spooky best for the frighteningly fantastic rock-fest at the popular venue in Elmore Row, Bloxwich.

The band which launched the return of live music to the former Bloxwich Library Theatre cover the greatest rock anthems from Journey, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Cream and many more!

So with tickets costing just £5, why not celebrate All Hallows Eve and rock the night away?

Doors open 7.30pm, and the show starts at 8.00pm.  There will be a bar.

Telephone Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900 to book tickets now!

Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre is managed by Bloxwich Library Forum in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

Spine-chilling re-imagining of Jack the Ripper will stalk the Bloxwich stage!

Jekyll the Ripper production picture by Gary Archer
It is 1888.  A long-dormant and ungodly terror is soon to be awakened in Victorian London.

Fear will spread like a contagion from the theatres of the West End, to the slums of Whitechapel.  And the cobblestones will soon be awash with what the Horror needs… BLOOD!

‘Jekyll – The Ripper’ is the latest production from talented theatre company ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar’, who are returning to the Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in Elmore Row, Bloxwich, Walsall on Saturday 13th October with their classic yet highly-original spine-tingling and spooky tale of Victorian horror to get you in the Hallowe’en mood!

Victorian chills and Steampunk collide in this macabre re-imagining of the legendary Robert Louis Stevenson tale and the infamous crimes of the Whitechapel Ripper!

Stuart Williams of Bloxwich Library Forum, which manages the theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library, said:

“Our good friends ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar’, who last wowed local audiences in Sherlockian style with ‘Holmes Alone’, are all set to give a classic blood-curdling performance as they stalk the Bloxwich stage, intent on combining fearful frights with hair-standing hilarity as they reveal the untold secret story behind the mystery of Jack the Ripper!

“This fun-and-fright-filled play is the ideal start to the Hallowe’en season, and surely not to be missed!”

7.00pm doors open for a 7.30pm performance start, and there will be a bar.

Tickets cost just £8.00 with £6.00 concessions and are available now.

Advance booking is highly recommended – contact Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900 or drop in to the library in Elmore Row, Bloxwich.

Downloadable poster image – click on the picture below:

Jekyll the Ripper poster
Jekyll the Ripper poster

Get into the summertime groove at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre!


 DC Fontana 2011

Bloxwich Library Forum has released the latest list of acts and events coming to Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre this summer, and there’s something for everyone – both in the way of live music and opportunities to join in and have a go yourself!

Apart from the regular and highly popular FREE Open Mic Nights – two each month, for youth and adults – there’s some great live music lined up.

Talented Black Country Prog Rockers ELIGH TOADD plus support are playing at the Bookmark (the 1964-built venue formerly known as Bloxwich Library Theatre) in July, with a gig on Saturday 7 July at 8pm.

For just a fiver, music-lovers can expect a heady blend of classic progressive rock covers together with the Toadd’s very own unique Black Country-themed prog anthems – not to be missed!

August sees a real highlight for Country Music fans in the Midlands as the legendary GEORGE HAMILTON IV treads the boards at Bloxwich for the first time ever with his Gospel Show on Saturday 4 August at 7.30pm.

This will be a rare treat since as far as we know Mr Hamilton has never been to Walsall in his long international career!  Again, tickets cost just £5.

And last but definitely not least, top exponents of Art & Soul and Sixties vibe DC FONTANA are returning to Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre with a new line-up to blow the roof off once again on Saturday 8 September from 8pm. 

A top night out full of great original material and sixties covers for only £5.

Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, in Elmore Row, Bloxwich, is managed by Bloxwich Library Forum in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

For more information, including full details of the events listed and more, including Open Mic Nights, check out the Bloxwich Library Forum website.

Please telephone Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900 to book tickets.

Take tea with the Queen and see her Coronation in Bloxwich!

Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, 1953.

With national Diamond Jubilee celebrations imminent, Bloxwich Library Forum is doing its loyal duty by joining forces with Bloxwich Library and Walsall Council to mark the historic event in style.

On Saturday 9th June, local library users are being invited to ‘take tea with the Queen’ when the Forum will be showing a spectacular film of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the big screen in Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, part of the Bookmark Bloxwich library complex in Elmore Row, Bloxwich.

And the right Royal event kicks off at 1pm, when Bloxwich Library staff will be providing tea and cake in the café there as a prelude to the film itself, which starts at 2pm.

Stuart Williams of Bloxwich Library Forum, the voluntary group which manages the theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library, said:

“Walsall Council has invited us to contribute to local celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee, and we are proud to present, FREE of charge to the public, a spectacular, specially restored eighty-minute Technicolor film of Her Majesty’s Coronation, not shown in the Borough’s cinemas since 1953, in partnership with the Council.

“What’s more, the wonderful staff of Bloxwich Library have kindly arranged to serve FREE tea and cake for all library members in the Bookmark Bloxwich Café before the film, allowing one and all to have tea with the Queen!  What a great way to celebrate the 60th year of Her Majesty’s reign!”

Tickets to the event are now available FREE OF CHARGE at Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row – just show staff your Library Card to receive a Diamond Invite!  If you are not a member, what better time to join the Library?

The show concludes at 3.30pm and Bloxwich Library closes at 4pm.

For more information, telephone Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900.

Sixties film society re-launched in Bloxwich


In 1964, Bloxwich Film Society was launched at the then-new Bloxwich Library Theatre in Elmore Row. Years later, the society closed.

Now the society, which once had the use of 16mm film projectors and a dedicated projection booth at the theatre, is being re-launched by Bloxwich Library Forum at the same venue – now known as Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre – on Saturday 11 February at 7.30pm for 8pm.

And in keeping with the 1960s origins of the theatre, members of the public attending on the night will be able to enjoy a cinema-style large-screen high-definition digital showing of the 40th anniversary version of Michael Caine’s 1969 classic THE ITALIAN JOB!

Stuart Williams of Bloxwich Library Forum said:

“For this special re-launch event no ticket is required, and admission is FREE – subject to availability of seats! Membership of Bloxwich Film Society will cost just £10 in 2012, and new members can sign up on the 11th or at the next film showing. Future showings, every other month, will be for MEMBERS ONLY and will be FREE of charge to BFS members.

“We’re aiming to show some great classics from the 1960s and 70s this year, in keeping with the venue, and we have a bar, so we hope the re-launched society will prove popular as a social event as well as a cinematic one.

“But prospective members should please note that the society will only go ahead if there is sufficient response – so film fans should come along and join us in bringing the cinema back to Bloxwich!”

Bloxwich Library Forum is a voluntary group comprising local members of the public, staff of Bloxwich Library, Walsall Council employees and other interested parties. It was formed as part of consultation preceding the rebuilding of Bloxwich Library and Bloxwich Library Theatre in 2009-10, and now manages Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

The group, which is self-funded, aims to provide a high quality and affordable programme of events at the theatre as well as maintaining it as a versatile community facility and as an important support and complement to Bloxwich Library.

Check out the new Bloxwich Library Forum blog and Bookmark Bloxwch Theatre’s Winter Programme via this link now:

Bloxwich Library Forum launches news blog

Bloxwich Library Forum Blog

Bloxwich Library Forum, a voluntary group which manages Bookmark Theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library, has launched a blog to bring the latest info about what’s on at Bookmark Theatre to the public.

The blog is a new venture which should make it easy for theatre-goers to keep in touch with “The Bookmark’s” programme of live music, drama, poetry, open mic nights, dance, literature and more – and now the revived Bloxwich Film Society, which is launching on Saturday 11 February.

The WordPress blog has been set up on behalf of the Forum, which is based at Bookmark Bloxwich (Bloxwich Library, in Elmore Row, Bloxwich) by Stuart Williams, editor and publisher of The Bloxwich Telegraph.

Stuart, who is also Vice Chairman of Bloxwich Library Forum, said:

“We thought it was about time that members of the public had a more direct channel to the Forum, the new blog offers the opportunity to communicate with the Forum and to find out the latest info on what’s happening at Bookmark Theatre – and there is more going on now than at any time since it was built in 1964.  We hope to welcome as many people as possible both to the blog and to the best little theatre in Walsall borough!”

Bloxwich Library Forum is a voluntary group comprising local members of the public, staff of Bloxwich Library, Walsall Council employees and other interested parties.  It was formed as part of consultation preceding the rebuilding of Bloxwich Library and Bloxwich Library Theatre in 2009-10, and now manages Bookmark Theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

2012 is the second year the Forum has managed Bookmark Theatre, which is part of the re-named ‘Bookmark Bloxwich’ complex, incorporating Bloxwich Library.

The group, which is self-funded, aims to provide a high quality and affordable programme of events at the theatre as well as maintaining it as a versatile community facility and as an important support and complement to Bloxwich Library.

Check out the Bloxwich Library Forum blog via this link now:

Country and folk music concert for cancer charity this Sunday

Chuck and Janet Micallef.
Chuck and Janet Micallef.

This Sunday 6 November a very special Charity Concert will take place at the Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre connected to Bloxwich Library.

Canadian Singer/Songwriter Chuck Micallef is joining forces with his friends Pete Kelly, Tony Barrett and Enchante’ to help raise money in honour of his late wife Janet Griffiths Micallef, who lost her own battle with lung cancer three years ago at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Proceeds from the performance will be donated to Keele University Cancer Research, which is under the direction of Dr. Josep Sule’-Suso.  Dr. Sule’-Suso is one of the Oncologists that cared for Janet throughout her cancer treatment.

When Janet and Chuck found out that Cancer Research was being carried out between the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Keele University, Janet asked Chuck to help raise funds for their local cause.

Event organiser Chuck Micallef said “My friends in the Bloxwich music community have all rallied around to make a special effort and offer their time to perform this coming Sunday afternoon. I am committed to continuing these events to honour Janet’s memory and my word I gave to her that it will be done.”

He went on “With your support we can help fund Cancer Research on a local level and enjoy life through live music in our community at the same time.”

Dr. Josep Sule’-Suso will be a guest speaker at the concert, which is supported by Bloxwich Library Forum, the local volunteer group which manages the theatre.

Tickets for the concert are just £5 and are available now at Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row, Bloxwich.  Doors open at 3pm and the music starts at 3.30pm.

Telephone Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900 to book, visit the library to purchase tickets, or for more information please call 07751 791 724.