Things have come full circle for Steve Bor.
In the summer of 1982, Steve, one of the world’s top jugglers, was booked to play the Grand Theatre, supporting Keith Harris – then at the peak of his fame with furry, green sidekick Orville.
Fast forward 30 years and Steve, after hanging up his balls (so to speak) and moving into the world of production, is back at the Grand and in charge of the theatre’s summer season.
Bor Productions, the company he runs with wife Kim and son Steven, will stage two shows (Ooh La La and Step Back in Time), which will run at the theatre over a seven-week period and star big-hitters Cannon and Ball. It is the Grand’s attempt to fill the theatre throughout the summer and Steve can’t wait to get going ... especially as he has such fond memories.
“I spent seven months in Blackpool in 1982 and had a great time,” he said.
“I was in a variety show at the Grand. Keith Harris, at the peak of his popularity then, topped the bill. I was a young juggler, one of the support acts, and would throw hoops and firesticks in the air and spit ping-pong balls out of my mouth. The theatre was packed every night and it was a record-breaking season – so there are a lot of fond memories and to come back again all these years later is great.”
Steve’s company, Bor Productions, has more than 20 years experience of organising shows. Which means the Grand’s summer shows – choreographed by the London Olympics closing ceremony team – should be worth seeing.
“We hope it will be a big success,” added son Steven, a successful actor in his own right (he starred in Hairspray in the West End), and part of the family production company. “Blackpool is a great town and both we and the theatre feel we could be on to something special with this.
“The shows will feature costumes, singing and dancing and are very high quality.”
Cannon and Ball are at the Grand this week to officially launch the shows, which run from Tuesday, July 23 to Saturday September 7.
Tickets are already on sale – priced £15 and available from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or the box office on 01253 743339.