Bletchley Park was home to the Government Code & Cypher School during World War II.
Between 1939 and 1945, some of Britain’s brainiest boffins beavered away in top secret
to crack the fiendishly difficult codes being used by the German forces to coordinate
their war efforts.
Churchill estimated that the intelligence gathered at “Station X” (Bletchley Park’s
code name during WWII) saved 22 million lives.
As if that wasn’t a big enough achievement, the world’s first electronic programmable
computer was built at Bletchley Park to help speed up the code breaking work.
Sadly, because the work was so top secret, most of us didn’t learn about the role
it played until decades later. By which time, the place had become neglected and
was in desperate need of funding to ensure that generations to come will be able
to visit and learn about the huge debt we all owe to the men and women of Bletchley
The manor house at Bletchley Park
Boffoonery! was a glorious evening of intelligent comedy performed to a packed auditorium
at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Nov 3rd 2009 to raise money and celebrate the achievements
of Bletchley Park.
The show sold out within a fortnight of tickets going on sale, and judging by the
howls of laughter and the generous reviews in the media and on the blogosphere and
elsewhere, it went down a storm.
If you missed the show, or just want to enjoy it all over again, then you’re in luck.
Our top sound guy and his team recorded the whole thing, and you can download the
best bits from Amazon MP3, iTunes and CDBaby.
When you download the show, you are helping to show those institutions who are considering
funding Bletchley Park that there is popular support and that smart people like you
do care. Every penny of the profits from downloads goes directly to the Bletchley
Keep you eyes peeled for news about Boffoonery 2.0