Not Now Darling - The Cast

Arnold Croutch -Stuat Main

Stuart, a Dentist by profession, first watched MCP when his daughter Harriet was performing in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Though he was training the last time he seriously performed, spurred on by Harriet’s good reports of the fun she enjoyed with The Cows, he decided to join himself. For The Producers Stuart was castin the minor role of Mr Marks but having found his theatrical legs again, he then auditioned for a lead in Not Now Darling and got it!

We hope that Stuart’s example might encourage all of the men out there watching this play, who just might fancy having a go, that this hobby isn’t only for the youngsters!!



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The Producers - The Cast

Max Bialystock

played By

James Archer

This is James' first role with MCP and what a role!

A Bayston Hill boy, James has been heavily involved on the local Amateur Dramatic scene for some years. Currently putting the finishing touches to his PGCE James works at SCAT where he fittingly teaches Performing Arts. James is very excited at gaining such an iconic part and has thrown himself into the heavy reheasal commitment like a true professional!!

Leo Bloom

played by

James Pinches

Also new to MCP this will be James first role in the main house at Theatre Severn. James, from Shrewsbury, is a student at SCAT where he taught by, among others, James Archer! Over the past few months Alex and Lisa have watched him slowly morf into Leo, they envisage a nasty scene when they try to get his Blue Blanket from him after the show is over!


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Move Over Mrs Markham - The Crew

Lighting Designer-Tom Mulliner

Local boy Tom, a pupil at Meole Brace School, was a lighting assistant on Forum, where The Cows were struck by his hard work and enthusiasm. So despite his tender years, GCSE's next summer, Tom is delighted to be undertaking his first full design at Theatre Severn for MCP.


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Move Over Mrs Markham - The Cast

Joanna Markham

Played by Michelle Hicken

Shrewsbury born and bred, Michelle is married to Mike and has two young children. Michelle works part-time as an IT Administrator for the Burnt Tree Group. Her Am Dram adventure started in 2007 as she decided she needed a new challenge, this is also when she was first introduced to the Mad Cows. Since then she has been having great fun working backstage assisting Props in “‘Allo ‘Allo” and with roles in “Millie”, “Forum” and now for the first “Mrs Markham”.

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Allo Allo - The Crew

The Mad Cows were ably assisted by:

Assistant to the Director: Hollie Whittles

Hollie Whittles (née Cresswell) was born in Bewdley, Worcestershire and currently lives near Telford with her husband Alex and their two cats; Ronnie and playful kitten Gizmo! She has worked as a Retail Manager, IT/Skills Trainer, Software Tester and a Programme Manager. She is currently an IT Consultant for FraggleWorks ( which specialises in website design and internet consultancy.

Hollie got to know Alex and Lisa after playing in the orchestral pits of many shows in which they were performing. Post show one night, in the pub, she agreed to ‘fix’ a band of professional musicians who would play for nothing in their first Mad Cow production for the princely sum of a mince-pie. Incidentally she never received the mince pie but has continued to help out the Mad Cows turning her hand to being ‘Assistant To The Director’ and developing this web site ... maybe now she'll get that elusive mince pie!

Hollie Whittles

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