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!

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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!


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!



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!



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!


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! 


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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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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