The Games Afoot - The Company (in order of appearance)

Paul Fitzgerald - William Gillette/Sherlock HolmesPaul Fitzgerald - William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes

Paul lives in Shrewsbury, after moving from Kent with his wife Holly and sons Guy and Marcus five years ago. His roots lie in the North West; born on the Wirral, he could be accused of being a Plastic Scouser. He has never had a perm, however, and supports Shrewsbury Town FC. Having not acted in a play for 25 years, Paul decided after directing a play at school earlier this year (he is a teacher) that he wanted to wear silly costumes and noses made of putty. One audition later for MCP, and he is thrilled to be back on stage.

 

Keith Clements - Felix Geisel/MoriartyKeith Clements - Felix Geisel/Moriarty

A Mechanical Engineering degree from Salford University in 1982 eventually led to a job in Shropshire and now he's a self-employed plumber. Not a typically thespian background perhaps but elder son, Ben has acquired the performance gene, having recently obtained a Professional Musicianship degree. Younger son, Jack (like his mum, Gill) would not be dragged onto a stage. He's pursuing a career in Keith's other great passions - sport - and will soon begin a ski instructor's course in Japan! Guess where Keith's going skiing this year!

 

Lucy Billau - Aggie Wheeler/AliceLucy Billau - Aggie Wheeler/Alice

Lucy started with MCP back in 2012 for The Drowsy Chaperone. Since then she has been in two more musicals and now three plays. She has enjoyed playing such different and varied roles over the years, each time is a new challenge and another chance to build lasting friendships. When not on stage performing Lucy loves working backstage as a member of the crew and having worked on Hairspray has a new found admiration for all involved who do so much without ever being seen. By day Lucy is a full time mobility instructor for Guide Dogs which she has been doing for the last seven years and also enjoys going to the gym and volunteering with a local Cub Scout group.

 

Natalie Wyatt - Made Geisel/MarianNatalie Wyatt - Made Geisel/Marian

Natalie is delighted to be appearing as Madge, in her second venture with MCP. Having thoroughly enjoyed her baptism of fire with Hairspray earlier this year, her acting urge is still alive and kicking and she is grateful to all of the wonderful cast and crew of MCP that have welcomed her and supported her in the company so far.

 

Joe Phillips - Simon Bright/Count ZerlinskyJoe Phillips - Simon Bright/Count Zerlinsky

This is Joe's second show with MCP having joined last year for Hairspray in which he played Link Larkin. He has really enjoyed the rehearsals for this production and is looking forward to being part of his first MCP play. Simon is such a great character to portray, however trying to learn the ukulele proved more difficult than he had imagined. Outside MCP he works at Stage 2 Performing Arts Academy and Libertine Cocktail Bar.

 

Barbara Vesty - Martha Gillette

Barbara Vesty - Martha Gillette

Mother of 4, grandmother of 2 and 1 on the way. Barbara joined MCP for their production of The Producers. Having seen other productions the company had done, she knew, this was a company she would like to join. Having for many years danced, acted and directed with various other companies, she says this is one of the best for professionalism, friendliness, work ethic and most of all fun, whether in the ensemble or helping backstage. This is her 9th production with the cows and she loves it.

 

Emma Burrows - Daria ChaseEmma Burrows - Daria Chase

This is Emma’s debut performance with MCP but she is no stranger to the stage, with past performances as Calamity Jane, Nancy in Oliver, Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz and Rizzo in Grease. Emma is excited to be performing with the herd and can’t think of a better part to get her teeth into! Musical theatre runs in the blood, with her daughter attending ‘The Hammond’ performing arts school in Chester and her young son studying LAMDA at the tender age of 6. Life is never dull – just the way she likes it!

 

Emma Hedges - Inspector GoringEmma Hedges - Inspector Goring

Emma never ceases to be amazed by what she learns being part of MCP. Last year it was running in girl’s shoes, then operating the backstage intercom for Hairspray in her poshest voice (she’s installing one at home) and this time: taping around dead bodies at the theatre… At time of printing the make-up plan for Inspector Goring hadn't yet been issued, if she has a rather large wart on her chin it means Emma didn’t get her own way. Emma wants to say a big thank you to Alex and Lisa for letting her be in their gang.

 
 

Heidi Brown - Deputy Stage Manager

Heidi Brown - Deputy Stage Manager

Heidi is a Shropshire lass, who began performing at the age of four. After an eight year break she has followed in her husband', Ryan Brown's footsteps and recently joined the Herd. When she is not running after her three beautiful daughters, you will find her writing. She is currently working on her first book. Heidi is proud to have been a part of this wonderful team and has enjoyed the challenge of learning something new. She hopes you enjoy the show, as much as she has loved working on it.