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Reviews - Hairspray
There was a thunderous roar of applause in Shrewsbury over night! Nothing to do with the football - but a Herd of singing and dancing cows!
This, though, was no ordinary herd – this was Mad Cow Productions. They brought the house down with their latest production, Hairspray at Theatre Severn.
And boy did they deserve it. This Shrewsbury-based theatre group, have produced another epic moo-sical performance.
They took a Broadway show, shook it up and hair sprayed the audience with the feel good factor. We were transported back to 1962 America, high school – and the era of big hair do’s! Fantastic costumes, incredible scenery, fabulous choreography – and impeccable casting.
Robyn Marsh in the lead role as Tracy Turnblad was faultless! Her performance had the audience on its feet. Note perfect, it was as though the role of Tracy had been made for her – and this was her first performance as part of the herd!
James Ashfield as her mother Edna Turnblad was also stand out, along with Ahmed Hamad as Seaweed (again another debut for the cows).
And Yvonne Morris as Motormouth Maybelle – discovered by director Alex Hinton under a hairdryer in a salon in Shrewsbury – proved a fantastic find!
I think I may have said this before about the first ever show I saw by Mad Cow Productions several years ago – this is amateur theatre at its best (though quite frankly there is nothing amateur about this or any of their productions).
I didn’t think they could get any better – then they go and stage Hairspray. Slick, colourful and thoroughly enjoyable.
If you are one of the lucky ones who have bought a ticket already – great choice.
And if you haven’t – hurry up – you may be about to miss an incredible evening of song and dance – for there are only a few tickets left.
Can’t wait to see what those Mad Cows come up with next.
Reviews - Noises Off
Just Moo-vallous: Mad Cows’ Noises Off! A fabulous farce
Claire Dunn - Shrewsbury Today
It had everything – comedy, a fabulous cast and a great set. It can only be those Mad Cows again!
They presented Michael Frayn’s udderly hilarious Noises Off! at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn to mark their tenth anniversary year.
And by jove – what a show!
Mad Cow Productions, led by director Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have struck gold with this one.
You quite simply would never have known you were watching an amateur production.
Every performer - from plumber to student – wholly embraced their characters and every one delivered their lines with superb comedic timing. They brought the house down at opening night last night. I was in total stitches.
The cast was Barbara Vesty as Dotty, Keith Clements as Lloyd, Joshua Croft as Gary, Lucy Billau as Brooke, Robert Hinton as Freddy and Emma Hedges as Belinda. They were joined by Georgie Wright as Poppy, Harry Allmark as Tim and Stuart Main as Selsdon.
Noises Off is a play within a play – and takes the audience on a hilarious journey following a cast of actors starring in their own production of Nothing On.
It starts by introducing the characters and their relationships during rehearsals for their show and we quickly discover they are hopelessly under prepared.
Act Two goes behind the scenes one month into the show’s run and reveals the characters’ deteriorating relationships. Pure slapstick! There are hilarious consequences by Act 3 which concludes the 10 week tour of Nothing On and their final performance is reduced to a total farce!
Noises Off! is a right romp from start to finish – a joy to watch.
To say the Mad Cows have put everything into this show is an understatement – in fact the cast even helped build the set, no easy feat.
I can see another Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community hoofing its way to these Mad Cows! This show deserved to be a complete sell-out!
Reviews - Crazy For You
Mooo-ve Over Broadway
By The Shropshire Star
Shrewsbury-based amateur theatre group Mad Cow Productions last night brought the house down at Theatre Severn with an “udderly” dazzling performance of the Gershwin musical Crazy for You.
They brought America’s Wild West to Shrewsbury’s west with this glamorous and uber-energetic show. And it was amateur theatre at its very best.
It had everything you would expect from a Broadway musical – slick, colourful costumes, stunning scenery, fabulous props and even a live orchestra.
The cast gave their all and delivered thoroughly professional performances - and looked like they thoroughly enjoyed doing so.
Theo Millward and Georgie Wright were perfectly cast in the lead roles of Bobby Child and Polly Baker.
You would never know that it was talented Georgie’s first lead role – no first-night nerves for her – or that she is actually studying for her A-levels. Cowboy hats off to them!
It’s hard to believe the “herd” could outdo last year’s fabulous production of Kiss Me Kate. But they did – with cow bells on.
And perfect timing too for Mad Cow Productions is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
When it comes to putting on a show, Mad Cow Director Alex Hinton and choreographer Lisa Lowarch have certainly got the Midas touch.
They, and their cast, have put their heart and souls over the last six months into this production - and it shows. This is some moo-sical.
So go on, get your ticket and get down to Deadrock, Nevada. They deserve your support.
Reviews - Kiss Me Kate
Phew! Shrewsbury's West End Is Positively Swealtering!
By The Shropshire Star
But it wasn’t the long awaited sunshine that sent the thermometer soaring - it was a production of Kiss Me Kate at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn last night.
And boy that show is just too darn hot!
Reviews - In The Club
"Brilliance Of Amateurs!"
By The Shropshire Star
Mad Cow Productions put on their opening night showing of raunchy comedy In The Club at Theatre Severn last night, which follows hapless MEP Philip Wardrobe (Keith Clements) enduring a particularly eventful day in his Strasbourg hotel room.
Written by award-winning dramatist Richard Bean, whose other plays include the West End and Broadway smash One Man Two Guvnors, the audience enjoyed a