Blow,Gabriel,Blow! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary – Part Five!

 

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s been happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Anything Goes. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Anything Goes!

Don’t miss out! Join us on board and book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Come and say hello on Facebook, Mad Cow Productions we’d love to hear from you!

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What it’s all about…

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is one of the greatest musicals in theatre history. It’s joyful, exuberant and is a first-class musical comedy.

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes, destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

This amateur performance is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Rehearsal Diary.

It has literally been full steam ahead with this show. It’s why I’m so behind with my diary. We did the scary bit and auditioned…then we were on a man hunt. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to get men into a sailors suit? Even with the promise of stunning women? Well, we got there eventually. Hand on heart I can say this, we have a strong talented cast and they have poured their hearts and souls into their characters. You are in for one hell of a show! As always is the case, there is so much that goes into making a show and it really is a team effort. The props and costume departments are in full swing and I can’t wait for you to see it all! If you missed any of the Anything Goes rehearsal diaries, have no fear ; Part One , Part Two , Part Three ! and Part four!

Taken from the note book today! 

There’s a wonderful point in rehearsals where everything turns into a double entendre, leaving the whole cast in fits of giggles. Here are a few of those moments!

Lisa was choreographing one of the numbers, Lisa: “Terry is going straight!”

Alex directing Chris, our Purser: Alex: “Head down…Arse up!”

Lisa during Blow,Gabriel,Blow: “Good! Now a long blow…wiggle, wiggle long, wiggle!”

Another one from the gorgeous Lisa, when choreographing a number and Josh was away with work Lisa shouted, “1,2,3,4,5,6, Josh’s big one!” 

Alex directing us in Blow, Gabriel, Blow: “I think this ship is dirty…very dirty!”

Lucie shouts out, “Yeah, Heidi is on it!” 

I do love you Lucie!

So, I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I wanted to find out about everyone’s best moments so far, so, I have asked the company to answer seven questions. Read on for their answers…if you dare!

Warning! There may be mildly inappropriate gales ahead with a strong chance of childish humour coming in from the west.

Q&A With The Anything Goes Cast and Crew!

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Fiona Hankin.

Favourite Line: “You didn’t tell me you were Chinese Crocker!”

Funny moment: It’s difficult to single one out, but most of them involved Matt one or another!

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: New friends and loads of much appreciated support, especially after I hurt my hand.

What does being in Mad Cow meant to you?: Being involved with a great team of people who work together to put on the best show possible!

Why should people come and see our show?: Because it’s a chance to escape and enjoy an evening of fun-filled, feel good entertainment, that’s just to good to miss!

 

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Stevan Warburton.

Favourite Line: Moonface: “What do you use now? A funnel?”…Makes me laugh!

Favourite Dance: Blow,Gabriel, Blow. (I only move within a restricted radius which is safe for me and ensemble!)

Funny moment: Forgetting and/or fudging lines.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: A white beard.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: I get to dance with women!

Why should people come and see our show?: It will elevate your endorphin’s to a whole new level!

 

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Cerian Lancaster.

Favourite Scene: The whole last scene!

Favourite Dance: Blow,Gabriel, Blow.

Funny Moment: There have been so many I don’t think I can pin it down!

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?:  Confidence and the ability to feel slightly less guilty eating chocolate!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you ?: Such good fun and I can honestly say it’s changed my life!

Why should people come and see our show?: So you can get that cruise experience without the sea sickness and fear of ending up like the titanic! Also because it’s going to be really good show!

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Patrick Playfair.

Favourite song: I Get A kick Out Of You.

Favourite Scene: The farcical ‘suite in bedlam’ scene.

Funny moment: When I was asked if I could skip – and I then did so!

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: That age doesn’t matter!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Seeing young actors developing their performance skills.

Why should people come and see our show?: Sheer attention to detail that puts it way beyond your standard ‘am dram’ – how I hate that phrase!

Also, never underestimate the dedication of Alex and Lisa in getting Mad Cow started and fighting battles to get to where they are today. It’s their inspiration that has brought such a team of talented people together! 

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Laura Davies.

Favourite Song: Hmm…I love them all, but it has to be Your The Top. I love Natalie and Theo’s version, very closely followed by Blow,Gabriel,Blow. (With all the dance break left in!)

Favourite Dance: Natalie and Adams ‘Gypsy In Me’, is worth the ticket price alone! Comedy gold!

Funny moment: I’ve not been to that many rehearsals as I’ve taken a step away from the stage this time round, to take on the mean feat of ‘Props Mistress’. In terms of funny moments, when you’ve got Heidi and Theo around there will always be a funny moment 🙂

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?:  A completely different perspective on the show, looking from the outside in. I knew I had talented friends but after Wednesdays run I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing group of wonderful and supportive people.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because it’s Mad Cow and it’s going to be bloody brilliant! Also, to support family and friends after six months of hard work. You will not be disappointed and as I said earlier, to see Nat and Adam’s gypsy dance!

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A huge thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!

SOLICITORS

Wace Morgan Solicitors are long-established providers of legal services to clients in Shropshire and Mid Wales from our Shrewsbury and Newtown offices.

 “We are proud of our involvement with the Shropshire community, our support for regional events and efforts to raise money for charity.”

They have generously supported Mad Cow Productions for almost a decade!

Click here for all your legal needs and advice.

deadgoodundies 

I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! As well as being our sponsors, they also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused. You won’t find a better place to buy a wide range of men’s underwear, swimwear, thermal wear, T-shirts and lounge wear. They sell worldwide so click  here and have a gander!

I would also like to thank deadgoodundies for the use of their studio for our photos for Anything Goes, we had a fantastic time!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to have a read and supporting us. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it! Feel free to share or even send me a message:)  The next instalment of Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary will be with you shortly, don’t miss it!

The only remaining questions left are…Will you join us on board the S.S. American and sail away for a fantastic night of fun, farce and laughter? I look forward to seeing you !

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Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

A huge thank you to Natalie Watts, our company photographer, for the use of her stunning photos and to Laura Davies and Becky Stafford for the use of your photo’s. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

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De Lovely! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary – Part Four!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s been happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Anything Goes. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Anything Goes!

Don’t miss out! Join us on board and book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Come and say hello on Facebook, Mad Cow Productions we’d love to hear from you!

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What its all about…

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is one of the greatest musicals in theatre history. It’s joyful, exuberant and is a first-class musical comedy.

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes, destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

This amateur performance is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Rehearsal Diary.

It has literally been full steam ahead with this show. It’s why I’m so behind with my diary. We did the scary bit and auditioned…then we were on a man hunt. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to get men into a sailors suit? Even with the promise of stunning women? Well, we got there eventually. Hand on heart I can say this, we have a strong talented cast and they have poured their hearts and souls into their characters. You are in for one hell of a show! As always is the case, there is so much that goes into making a show and it really is a team effort. The props and costume departments are in full swing and I can’t wait for you to see it all! If you missed any of the Anything Goes rehearsal diaries, have no fear ; Part One , Part Two  and Part Three !

I found a whole page in my note-book dedicated to karl J Babarczi, our Musical director. (Also known as cute stuff, but I won’t say who gave him that nickname 🙂 )

So I thought I’d share them with you.

“Let’s take a look at the boy parts.” Said Karl, rehearsal room all cracks up.

“OK ladies, let’s put you on top.” Annette chuckled next to me as I bit my lip trying not giggle. I failed and a few other immature minds joined in.

“Who is rolling their arse?” Is what we heard Karl say, though he was actually referring to sound of the letter R. 

We were all trying not to laugh, until…

“Who of the boys are rolling their arse (R’s)?” Cue all bottled up laughter being released and the room descends to chaos.

On a serious note though, we have worked bloody hard on our harmonies and they are sounding fantastic, so thank you Karl! Hopefully all R’s will be correct 😉

So, I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I wanted to find out about everyone’s best moments so far, so, I have asked the company to answer seven questions. Read on for their answers…if you dare!

Warning! There may be mildly inappropriate gales ahead with a strong chance of childish humour coming in from the west.

Q&A With The Anything Goes Cast and Crew!

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Becky Stafford.

Favourite song: All Through The Night.

Favourite scene: Scene five, where Moon and Billy are convincing Mrs Harcourt that Evelyn is mental. “She doesn’t know the signs. What signs? Have you ever heard him say…”

Favourite dance: Gypsy In Me.

Funny moment: When the boys were trying to do the rumba at the theatre.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: I have gained confidence, to believe in myself and more skills, particularly in dance.

Why should people come and see out show? : There is something for everyone. It’s a singing, romantic comedy, how could you not want to watch it!

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Ryan Maddocks Wycherley.

Favourite song: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Line: Patrick saying: “Like hell you will!” (skips across stage.)

Favourite dance: De Lovely.

Funny moment: Matt demonstrating how to stare at boobs. 🙂

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Great friends and a chance to play alongside a fantastic cast!

Why should people come and see our show?: Come for a night of laughter, fun and a chance to see such a talented group of people putting on a top quality show!

 

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Elly Clark.

Favourite Song: I Get a Kick Out Of You.

Favourite Line: “Crocker! You never told me you were Chinese!” That whole scene is gold!

Funny moment: The first time I was surprised by Adam’s “romp in the rice!”

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: My confidence in performing has come a long way. I’ve gained an appreciation of how far hard work can get you. Oh, and some (basic) tap steps!

Why should people come and see our show?: Because its fabulous! It’s been so much fun rehearsing and I can’t wait for our audience to share in this adventure!

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Chris Tyford.

 

Favourite dance: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Line: Lord Evelyn calling Billy, “snake ears.” Don’t know why, but it makes me giggle.

Funny moment: When Lisa told the boys to make noises when the Angels took their clothes off and someone started barking.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Hard work, but in the nicest environment and enjoying it while working to the highest standard.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because it will be two hours where I won’t touch my hair or chew gum! But seriously, we have all worked so hard and it’s going to be such a fun and enjoyable show for everyone to be a part of !  

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Lisa Lowarch – Choreographer and much more!

 

Favourite song: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Line: “You need a sailor suit? No problem.”

Favourite dance: Anything Goes.

Funny moment: Roberts debate about when he was in/out of his trunk in the first early stages of rehearsal.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?:  Grey hair and bad knees! I’m joking!

Why should people come and see our show?:  To escape into a world of glamour and, glitz, romance and fun!

A huge thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!

SOLICITORS

Wace Morgan Solicitors are long-established providers of legal services to clients in Shropshire and Mid Wales from our Shrewsbury and Newtown offices.

 “We are proud of our involvement with the Shropshire community, our support for regional events and efforts to raise money for charity.”

They have generously supported Mad Cow Productions for almost a decade!

Click here for all your legal needs and advice.

deadgoodundies 

I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! As well as being our sponsors, they also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused. You won’t find a better place to buy a wide range of men’s underwear, swimwear, thermal wear, T-shirts and lounge wear. They sell worldwide so click  here and have a gander!

I would also like to thank deadgoodundies for the use of their studio for our photos for Anything Goes, we had a fantastic time!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to have a read and supporting us. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it! Feel free to share or even send me a message:)  The next instalment of Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary will be with you shortly, don’t miss it!

The only remaining questions left are…Will you join us on board the S.S. American and sail away for a fantastic night of fun, farce and laughter? I look forward to seeing you !

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Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

A huge thank you to Natalie Watts, our company photographer, for the use of her stunning photos and to Laura Davies and Becky Stafford for the use of your photo’s. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

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The Gypsy In Me! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary – Part Three!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s been happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Anything Goes. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Anything Goes!

Don’t miss out! Join us on board and book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Come and say hello on Facebook, Mad Cow Productions we’d love to hear from you!

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What its all about…

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is one of the greatest musicals in theatre history. It’s joyful, exuberant and is a first-class musical comedy.

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes, destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

This amateur performance is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Rehearsal Diary.

It has literally been full steam ahead with this show. It’s why I’m so behind with my diary. We did the scary bit and auditioned…then we were on a man hunt. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to get men into a sailors suit? Even with the promise of stunning women? Well, we got there eventually. Hand on heart I can say this, we have a strong talented cast and they have poured their hearts and souls into their characters. You are in for one hell of a show! As always is the case, there is so much that goes into making a show and it really is a team effort. The props and costume departments are in full swing and I can’t wait for you to see it all! If you missed any of the Anything Goes rehearsal diaries, have no fear click to catch up 🙂 Part One and Part Two !

 

At the beginning of one rehearsal a few ladies, myself included, turned up wearing brand new sports bras. Josh isn’t wrong about the vast amount boob wiggling, or twinkle tits, as one dance move has been nicknamed;) In true Mad Cow fashion we ladies were showing each other what we’d bought and comparing the bounce versus jiggle of each one.

As rehearsal was called to order Alex said, “I’m very impressed with the bras tonight!”

Without missing a beat Lisa said, “And that’s just the boys!”

Cue cast bursting into fits of giggles 🙂

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Happy Birthday Steven Taylor!  

So, I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I wanted to find out about everyone’s best moments so far, so, I have asked the company to answer seven questions. Read on for their answers…if you dare!

Warning! There may be mildly inappropriate gales ahead with a strong chance of childish humour coming in from the west.

Q&A With The Anything Goes Cast and Crew!

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Paul Bromley

Favourite Song: The Gypsy in Me.

Favourite Line: Erma: “You need a sailor suit? No problem!”

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: The chance to let the inner Gypsy in me out!

Why should people come and see our show?: Fun, enjoyment and the chance to see an amateur company put on a show up to professional standards!

 

 

 

 

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Rachael Holbrook

Favourite dance: Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite line/scene: Reno: “I’m in room thirteen, knock three times and I’ll show you my sea legs!”

Funny moment: Stretching with the boys…and Robert showing them how it’s done! ( He really is very flexible!)

What have  you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Fitness, flexibility, confidence and some beautiful new tap shoes!

What does being in Mad Cow meant to you?: My second family. Mad Cow means doing the thing I love, with people I love!

 

Why should people come and see our show?:  Anything Goes is an absolute classic and you can count on Mad Cow Productions to do it justice, with all of the glitz and glamour that Shrewsbury has to offer!

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Tom Beddows.

Favourite scene: Eli and Moon (Robert and Patrick) When Moon goes to steal Eli’s glasses!

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Great friends (as always) and I have become even more confident on stage, thanks to having a speaking role!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: To me being in Mad Cow is a huge and great learning step, which has given me skills that I will always have.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because when else does an entire cruise ship set sail and sing! It’s a show full of laughs and entertainment!

 

 

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Robert Hinton.

 Favourite Dance: Be Like the Bluebird. (Freestyle!)

Favourite Line: Billy: “Did she say anything about me?” Erma: “Nope…” (It’s all about the tone!)

Funny moment:  Matt to Terry, “Hold Rachel like this.” Terry and Rachel do the move, during which Rachel say’s an( involuntary  or appreciative) “Ooh!”

Matt to Terry: “You’re clearly doing it right!”

Why should people come and see our show?: This production is funny, fast paced and with great production values, but very affordable because it’s done for love!            

 

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Emma hedges – DSM

Favourite Line: “You never told me you were Chinese!”

Favourite Dance: The Gypsy In Me.

Funny Moment: Matt Robinson choreographing Buddie Beware – “NO…Look at her tits!” Matt then demonstrates looking at tits.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: More great friends and laughter. Lot’s of laughter. Plus unofficial loyalty card at the Anchor! (I wish they hay had these!)

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you? : It’s life enhancing. I’m part of a family, a community. I love it.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because we are THE BEST group in Shropshire. Pro production values at a fraction of the price! 

 

A huge thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!

SOLICITORS

Wace Morgan Solicitors are long-established providers of legal services to clients in Shropshire and Mid Wales from our Shrewsbury and Newtown offices.

 “We are proud of our involvement with the Shropshire community, our support for regional events and efforts to raise money for charity.”

They have generously supported Mad Cow Productions for almost a decade!

Click here for all your legal needs and advice.

deadgoodundies 

I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! As well as being our sponsors, they also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused. You won’t find a better place to buy a wide range of men’s underwear, swimwear, thermal wear, T-shirts and lounge wear. They sell worldwide so click  here and have a gander!

I would also like to thank deadgoodundies for the use of their studio for our photos for Anything Goes, we had a fantastic time!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to have a read and supporting us. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it! Feel free to share or even send me a message:)  The next instalment of Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary will be with you shortly, don’t miss it!

The only remaining questions left are…Will you join us on board the S.S. American and sail away for a fantastic night of fun, farce and laughter? I look forward to seeing you !

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Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

A huge thank you to Natalie Watts, our company photographer, for the use of her stunning photos and to Laura Davies and Becky Stafford for the use of your photo’s. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

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Buddie Beware! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary- Part Two!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

 

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s been happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Anything Goes. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Anything Goes!

Don’t miss out! Join us on board and book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Come and say hello on Facebook, Mad Cow Productions we’d love to hear from you!

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What its all about…

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is one of the greatest musicals in theatre history. It’s joyful, exuberant and is a first-class musical comedy.

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes, destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

This amateur performance is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Rehearsal Diary.

It has literally been full steam ahead with this show. It’s why I’m so behind with my diary. We did the scary bit and auditioned…then we were on a man hunt. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to get men into a sailors suit? Even with the promise of stunning women? Well, we got there eventually. Hand on heart I can say this, we have a strong talented cast and they have poured their hearts and souls into their characters. You are in for one hell of a show! As always is the case, there is so much that goes into making a show and it really is a team effort. The props and costume departments are in full swing and I can’t wait for you to see it all! If you missed part one of the Anything Goes rehearsal diary, have no fear and click here!

I had a read of my notebook and found, what I shall call a classic, ‘Annette’ moment. This was from right at the beginning of our rehearsals as we were learning the songs. 

We have a song called Bon Voyage and some of the lyrics are in french. Lucie and I were stood next to Annette when we were singing. As it came to, “I’m yours for life…You mean Pour la Vie…” We heard Annette sing something… very different.

We asked her what she sang.

This was her answer: Potpourri a…. As in potpourri. We had a good chuckle and Lucie wrote it in my book. We may or may not have sung potpourri a… a couple of times with her as we went over the song!

Have no fear though, all lyrics are appropriate now and not all linked to scented, dried out flowers. 🙂

I love you Annette! You have made rehearsals a blast and I’m so glad I have had you by my side!

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So, I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I wanted to find out about everyone’s best moments so far, so, I have asked the company to answer seven questions. Read on for their answers…if you dare!

Warning! There may be mildly inappropriate gales ahead with a strong chance of childish humour coming in from the west.

Q&A With The Anything Goes Cast and Crew!

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Rachel Wakefield.

Favourite song: Blow,Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite line/scene: When the China men, played by Tom Beddows and Ben Anderson say, “Oh my God!”

Favourite Dance: Blow, Gabriel, Blow – Although I do love Natalie and Adam in their Gypsy in Me dance!

Funny moment: “How many fingers do you use?” Said by Chris Tyford. ( All will be explained soon.)

What does being in Mad cow mean to you? : Learning new things, skills and friendships.

Why should people come and see our show?: There is a lot of boob wiggling 😉

 

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Joshua Croft

Favourite line/scene: Robert and Theo’s English gent scene, culminating in Adams “What ho!” entrance.

Favourite dance:  To watch – Blow, Gabriel, Blow. To dance – De-Lovely.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: A few friends and some enjoyable hours of rehearsal through the long winter nights – mainly watching the boob wiggling, as mentioned above 😉

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?:  Makes me very proud to be a part of an extremely talented company, who put on such a high standard of shows.

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Matt Robinson – Choreographer

Favourite Song: Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite Line/Scene: Anything with Patrick Playfair in it.

Favourite moment: Kissing Theo Millward…again.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Sharing experience, gaining experience, making and cementing friendships.

Why should people come and see our show?: Just see a show…you won’t be disappointed!

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Terry Edge.

Favourite Song: Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye.

Favourite Line/Scene: “Like hell you will!” Said by Patrick Playfair playing Elisha Whitney.

Favourite Dance: Buddie Beware.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Got in better shape! Made new friends.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Having fun with friends and producing high standards.

 

 

 

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Annette Edge

Favourite Song: Public Enemy Number One – I love the tune:)

Favourite Scene: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Dance: Anything Goes.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Fitness levels have increased and I have lost weight!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Friendships and fun.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because everyone gives up a lot of time and energy to perform to their best and provide Shrewsbury with a top class show!

 

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Keith Clements- Stage Manager

Favourite Song:  The Gypsy In Me, for pure comedy value!

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Even more to do!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Fun, challenge, excitement, pride and  happiness.

Why should people come and see our show?:  See a professional quality live production on your doorstep, for a fraction of the cost and have a smile put on your face (included).

But be warned! Once you’ve seen one, you’ll want to keep coming back!

 

A huge thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!

SOLICITORS

Wace Morgan Solicitors are long-established providers of legal services to clients in Shropshire and Mid Wales from our Shrewsbury and Newtown offices.

 “We are proud of our involvement with the Shropshire community, our support for regional events and efforts to raise money for charity.”

They have generously supported Mad Cow Productions for almost a decade!

Click here for all your legal needs and advice.

deadgoodundies 

I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! As well as being our sponsors, they also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused. You won’t find a better place to buy a wide range of men’s underwear, swimwear, thermal wear, T-shirts and lounge wear. They sell worldwide so click  here and have a gander!

I would also like to thank deadgoodundies for the use of their studio for our photos for Anything Goes, we had a fantastic time!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to have a read and supporting us. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it! Feel free to share or even send me a message:)  The next instalment of Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary will be with you shortly, don’t miss it!

The only remaining questions left are…Will you join us on board the S.S. American and sail away for a fantastic night of fun, farce and laughter? I look forward to seeing you !

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Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

A huge thank you to Natalie Watts, our company photographer, for the use of her stunning photos and to Laura Davies and Becky Stafford for the use of your photo’s. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

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Anything Goes! – Rehearsal Diary Part One!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

Six days to go!!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s been happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Anything Goes. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Anything Goes!

Don’t miss out! Join us on board and book your tickets now at Theatre Severn!

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Come and say hello on Facebook, Mad Cow Productions we’d love to hear from you! 

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What its all about…

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is one of the greatest musicals in theatre history. It’s joyful, exuberant and is a first-class musical comedy.

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes, destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

This amateur performance is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Rehearsal Diary.

It has literally been full steam ahead with this show. It’s why I’m so behind with my diary. We did the scary bit and auditioned…then we were on a man hunt. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to get men into a sailors suit? Even with the promise of stunning women? Well, we got there eventually. Hand on heart I can say this, we have a strong talented cast and they have poured their hearts and souls into their characters. You are in for one hell of a show! As always is the case, there is so much that goes into making a show and it really is a team effort. The props and costume departments are in full swing and I can’t wait for you to see it all!

Where do I begin…well, I think I’ll start with some terms I have come to love regarding dancing. In Spamalot, I learned “Dinky, dink,dinky, dinky, dinky, do…” In this show we have, “um-pah, um-pah, um-pah.” And my favourite two terms which are, “seething mass” and “purging”.

At one point, as we rehearsed ‘Blow, Gabriel, Blow’, Lisa, our very patient Herd Leader and Choreographer shouted, “Go again from the seething mass!” At which point we stopped, glanced nervously between ourselves and said, “which seething mass?” You see there are two. I never thought I’d ever be in one seething mass, never mind questioning which one! 

“The first one, get in your positions.” Lisa said. 

“So the James bond bit?”  As you can see we are very technical, but you’ll understand when you hear it in the show.

“Yes…the James Bond bit…”Lisa said, “I do love a good seething mass.”

And now it seems we all love a seething mass too! It helps that it looks amazing and I can’t wait for you to see it in action (heads up…there’s a lot of purging too!).

So, I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I wanted to find out about everyone’s best moments so far, so, I have asked the company to answer seven questions. Read on for their answers…if you dare! 

Warning! There may be mildly inappropriate gales ahead with a strong chance of childish humour coming in from the west.

Q&A With The Anything Goes Cast and Crew!

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Chris Porrett is the Purser

Favourite song?:  Anything Goes.

Favourite Line/scene:“You always did know how to fill a girdle.” Said by Patrick, who is playing Elisha Whitney, to Evangeline Harcourt, played by Fiona. Has me laughing every time he say’s it. 

Favourite funny moment: My Captains use of – erection! Or maybe I misheard!

What have I gained from being in Anything Goes? : A full appreciation of how hard dancing is. ( I can say he is pretty damn good, I might be biased though…as I’m his dance partner 😉 

 

 

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Emma Rigby is Virtue

Favourite Dance:  Blow, Gabriel, Blow. ( Is this because of the many seething masses Emma? I do love a good seething mass, think I’m channelling Lisa right now… 🙂

What does being in Mad Cow Productions mean to you?: It means that even when you feel out of your depth, that’s when you find out what you are really capable of. Which is more than you ever realised. It means having the confidence to be brave and push yourself to be more than you thought you could ever be.

Why should people come and see our show?: It’s full of love, laughs, glitz and glamour! Something for everyone.

 

 

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Theo Millward is Billy Crocker.

Favourite dance number: The Gypsy In Me. 

Favourite line/scene: “Good Lord!” – Evelyn identifying Plum Blossom and Tom’s shriek when the China men finds out its strip poker.

Favourite funny moment: When Matt ( one of our dance choreographers)  was setting Buddie Beware and he shouted…”Row, Row, Row, Arse, Arse, Arse…” (I have to say this is one of my favourites too Theo 🙂

What does being in Mad Cows mean to you?: Family.

Why should  people come and see the show?: To enjoy many, many, offensive accents! 🙂

 

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Natalie Watts is Reno Sweeney

Favourite song: Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye – Becky Stafford, who is playing Hope Harcourt. Her vocals are amazing!

Favourite Line : “He marries ’em, he murders ’em!!” Robert Hinton at his finest playing, Moonface Martin. (One of my favourites too!)

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Gained a lot of warm fuzzies and support from a fabulous cast and lost 17 pounds in weight!! (Our Reno is stunning and you should see her costumes…Wow, not forgetting the vast amount of shoes. Can you adopt shoes? They’re gorgeous!)

What does being in Mad Cows mean to you?:  Being around people I love and admire and working together to bring a top class show to Shrewsbury.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because you will have a fabulous evening of fun, frolics and farce and it’s going to be one hell of a show!

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Alex Hinton – Director

Favourite song: Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite Line/scene: Evelyn: “What ho!” – Moon/Billy : “That’s it!”

Favourite funny moment:  Thinking a principle had changed their lines to “f#@k!” Diction…it was OK.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Help and support through a tricky time…plus exhaustion, headaches, tears and laughter.

Why should people come and see our show?: 

Because we ARE the best group in Shropshire. If you would take in a West End show in London, take one in here!

A huge thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!

SOLICITORS

Wace Morgan Solicitors are long-established providers of legal services to clients in Shropshire and Mid Wales from our Shrewsbury and Newtown offices.

 “We are proud of our involvement with the Shropshire community, our support for regional events and efforts to raise money for charity.”

They have generously supported Mad Cow Productions for almost a decade!

Click here for all your legal needs and advice.

deadgoodundies 

I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! As well as being our sponsors, they also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused. You won’t find a better place to buy a wide range of men’s underwear, swimwear, thermal wear, T-shirts and lounge wear. They sell worldwide so click  here and have a gander!

I would also like to thank deadgoodundies for the use of their studio for our photos for Anything Goes, we had a fantastic time!

Thank you so much for taking the time to have a read and supporting us. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it! Feel free to share or even send me a message:)  The next instalment of Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary will be with you shortly, don’t miss it!

The only remaining questions left are…Will you join us on board the S.S. American and sail away for a fantastic night of fun, farce and laughter? I look forward to seeing you !

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Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now at Theatre Severn! 

A huge thank you to Natalie Watts, our company photographer, for the use of her stunning photos and to Laura Davies and Becky Stafford for the use of your photo’s. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

Mad Cow Seeks New Cows To Join Herd!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

Mad Cow Productions is hosting an open night for new members!

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Date: Wednesday 9th November.

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Darwin Community Centre, Frankwell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

(In between the Chip Shop & Hair Salon through the black gates.)

Google Map view of Darwin Community Centre

(I’ve provided a picture because…well…to be honest, I got lost on my first time going there and walked straight past,not once but twice:) )

Why should you join Mad Cow’s?

“I’m not a performer, I’m terrified of people looking at me. I danced a bit when I was younger, I was in some school shows but that’s it. I miss being on stage, I’m not confident enough to do it,I’m looking for something…I like a challenge, I don’t sing, I can’t dance… I want to meet new people…”

Do these thoughts sound familiar? You’re not alone. We have all had these, or very similar thoughts before we joined Mad Cow Productions.

Yet those very thoughts are also the reason why you should come along!

You have the chance to be a part of something amazing!

 

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Being a member of Mad Cow Productions means that you get a chance to have a go at everything, not just being on stage! I thought I’d share my favourite moments so far.

Back stage it is all hands on deck and is a lot of fun!

We build our own sets…

And put up sets….( We didn’t make this one below…it’s Spamalot, but we did build it!)

There is literally loads for you to get involved with!

Rehearsals are hard work, but a lot of fun…

And often some sitting is involved…patience is a must…

But one thing that I have found beyond all of the above…is friendship!

A Little Bit About Me.

If I may, I’d like to tell you a story about me and my journey with Mad Cow’s…no don’t run away just yet!

It’s not a long boring essay of my hope and dreams…ok some of it might be, don’t judge!

I’m married with three gorgeous daughters and I’m a carer and a writer. I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome along with my three daughters about five years ago. Since having my children, I hadn’t been involved in theatre  and my dancing and singing days were more along the lines of row,row your boat and then came the dreaded High School Musical years. I felt that something was missing. My husband, Ryan Brown joined Mad Cow productions about four years ago. I watched as his confidence grew and I got to meet most of the Herd. A little voice in my head said “why don’t you join to?” An then I laughed and thought, I don’t have time. I couldn’t possibly sing, dance or act anymore. Hell, I had a million negative reasons that I gave myself as to why I shouldn’t.

But with each show I watched and the more Mad Cow’s I met, the more I got pulled in. I started to think, why couldn’t I do it? What’s the worse that could happen?

I did it, I auditioned. I got in. I’m not going to lie, it was nerve-wracking but I was supported all the way by Mad Cow’s. In the last year since I joined, I have been the DSM for The Games Afoot, I was in the ensemble for Spamalot, (my youngest daughter was delighted to tell her friends I was a fish Schlapper…only she missed off the fish bit. I do believe a few parents were told by their children that I was a slapper…Oh well) I played Gerda in ‘The Hollow’ which has just finished and is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. We have just done our first Murder Mystery with Mad Cow on the Mooove and had a fantastic time doing it! (My own mother didn’t recognise me! I’m the one in the red wig.) I’m looking forward to being a part of Anything Goes, it’s a fab musical!

We have the best support from our Herd Leaders Alex and Lisa and also a fantastic team of talented people backing them all the way; singing coaches, music director, choreographers, photographers, artists and musician’s. We even get to have masterclasses with professionals such as Graham Newell…what more could you ask for?

My confidence has grown in all areas of my life, I’m fitter than I thought I could get and Oh my…I have a social life.

I have watched as this fab group became my friends, my family and ultimately like my very own little village.

Essentially,what I’d like to say is… don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Whether theatre is something you’ve done before in the past or always had an urge to try. Hell even if it’s something brand new to you then come along and see us on Wednesday.

We look forward to seeing you! 🙂

Hopefully you’ll get on board for Anything Goes 😉

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Unconventional-Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt!

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. I just wanted to thank you all for your birthday messages, Hermione loved reading them and it made her day!

As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . The rules are to write a story in 100 words, using the photo prompt as inspiration. :) I do apologise for my being behind with reading everyone’s work. I am busy learning lines for The Hollow, we are now into act two and taking children to hospital appointments. I am hoping to catch up shortly and I really appreciate everyone’s patience with me.

So here is my attempt for this week.  I hope you enjoy it.

Copyright-Ted Strutz

PHOTO PROMPT- ©Ted Strutz

 

Unconventional

I finished up in the office and headed out into the bar.

                “Your usual Alicia?” Matt asked and I nodded.

                “It’s busy tonight.”

                “Yeah, there’s a convention in town, brings in a lot of new blood.” Matt smirked, as he placed a full wine glass on a napkin in front of me.

                I took a sip, closing my eyes as I savoured the rich taste.

                “Delicious.”

                “It’s a new blend.” Matt pointed to a booth, where two handsome men sat.

                I walked over to them.

                  We talked, they drank.

                The blond patted the space in between them, “We don’t bite.”

                “That’s a shame…because I do.” My fangs sunk into his neck.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my offering! If you fancy reading some more stories from the Friday Fictioneers please click on the little blue froggy, you won’t be disappointed!

The Hollow

 19th-22nd October 2016

Mad Cow Productions present THE HOLLOW By Agatha Christie – THE HOLLOW is a classic English country house mystery, and rather a lot of fun.

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.

With all the usual suspects assembled:  the jilted lover, mistress, wife, and of course, a butler. It is up to Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to work out “whodunit!”

To book tickets at Theatre Severn Click here!

For more information about Mad Cow Productions click here!

 

Free Fall – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt!

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction.Today is my daughter, Hermione’s 12th birthday and so this story is for her. She really wanted to be able to fly, so I hope she likes it!

As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . The rules are to write a story in 100 words, using the photo prompt as inspiration. :) I do apologise for my being behind with reading everyone’s work. I am busy learning lines for The Hollow and taking children to hospital appointments. It’s the first week of the holidays so wish me luck lol. I am hoping to catch up shortly.

So here is my attempt for this week.  I hope you enjoy it.

PHOTO PROMPT © Janet Webbcopyright -Janet Webb

Free Fall.

27th July 3016

Water levels rose.

Land disappeared.

Humans say it was God, some blame pollution.

Personally, I don’t see why it matters, the result is still the same.

Small camps now litter the mountains.

We protect them.

The human children gather, eyes wide, as we leap off the edge of the cliff.

Alana flies past me, “we’ll find her, Hermione.”

We soar over the new lakes.

“Over there!” Charlie points below.

My little sister’s trapped on a ledge, the beast’s claws swiping at her.

“Izzy!”

She falls.

My heart stops.

Her wings broken!

I sweep down, catching her mid- air.

“You caught me.”

“I’ll always catch you when you fall.”

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my offering! If you fancy reading some more stories from the Friday Fictioneers please click on the little blue froggy, you won’t be disappointed!

The Hollow

19th-22nd October 2016

Mad Cow Productions present THE HOLLOW By Agatha Christie – THE HOLLOW is a classic English country house mystery, and rather a lot of fun.

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.

With all the usual suspects assembled:  the jilted lover, mistress, wife, and of course, a butler. It is up to Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to work out “whodunit!”

To book tickets at Theatre Severn Click here!

For more information about Mad Cow Productions click here!

 

 

 

Under The Sea-Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt!

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . The rules are to write a story in 100 words, using the photo prompt as inspiration. :) I do apologise for my being behind with reading everyone’s work. I am busy learning lines for The Hollow and taking children to hospital appointments, whilst gearing up for the holiday’s. I am hoping to catch up shortly.

So here is my attempt for this week.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Under the Sea.

The boat bobs up and down on the gentle waves.

I blink against the bright sunlight.

The shoreline barely visible.

“Fancy a swim?”

“I can’t…”

He lifts me in his strong tanned arms.

I squeal as he jumps.

“No!”

The salt water coats my skin, my body tingling.

It’s happening.

I can’t stop it.

My legs are replaced by shimmering coral scales.

I have to get away!

“Sophie?”

“You’re…” his turquoise tail twitches, “like me.”

He grins.

“We’re the last of our kind.”

“We don’t have to be.” He winks at me and I chuckle.

“Well…if we must…” His mouth captures mine, swallowing my words.

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Here are two of my favourite songs from The Little Mermaid.

 

The Hollow

19th-22nd October 2016

Mad Cow Productions present THE HOLLOW By Agatha Christie – THE HOLLOW is a classic English country house mystery, and rather a lot of fun.

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.

With all the usual suspects assembled:  the jilted lover, mistress, wife, and of course, a butler. It is up to Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to work out “whodunit!”

To book tickets at Theatre Severn Click here!

For more information about Mad Cow Productions click here!

 

 

 

Breakdown-Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt!

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . The rules are to write a story in 100 words, using the photo prompt as inspiration. :) I do apologise for my being behind with reading everyone’s work. I am hoping to catch up shortly.

So here is my attempt for this week.  I hope you enjoy it.

 PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra CrookPHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Sandra Crook

Breakdown.

It started out slow.

A virus, they said.

Only affecting animals.

Don’t panic.

We weren’t prepared.

One bite.

That’s all it took.

We were sat in the queue of cars evacuating.

Then the screams started.

Trapped.

I blink back tears, as I fight against hands and nails that claw at me.

“Dad!”

His bloodshot eyes stare through me.

Teeth snapping.

He lunges.

“Saphire move!”

I freeze.

Blood drips down my forehead, ears ringing, eyes wide.

My brother lowers the gun.

“We need to go Saphire.”

“But dad?”

“He wasn’t dad anymore.”

“What happens now Tom?”

“We try to stay alive.”

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my offering! If you fancy reading some more stories from the Friday Fictioneers please click on the little blue froggy, you won’t be disappointed!

The Hollow

 19th-22nd October 2016

Mad Cow Productions present THE HOLLOW By Agatha Christie – THE HOLLOW is a classic English country house mystery, and rather a lot of fun.

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.

With all the usual suspects assembled:  the jilted lover, mistress, wife, and of course, a butler. It is up to Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to work out “whodunit!”

To book tickets at Theatre Severn Click here!

For more information about Mad Cow Productions click here!