Barbara Vesty – Lady Lucy Angkatell

OK, Barbara admits it - she has Mad Cow disease! It’s a terrifying ailment that compels her to spend hours and days of her life having the most ridiculous amount of fun you can have in a theatre. This is the tenth MCP production she has been in, and sadly there’s still no cure in sight! Luvvie-alert: the truth is Barbara just enjoys herself too much to shake off this disease.... Alex and Lisa have a professionalism and dedication to the craft of entertaining people, which is genuinely inspiring. What’s more, there’s opportunities for everyone involved to use their talents, whatever they may be – it’s not just about the show-offs in front of the camera, there’s a whole team of behind the scenes people who are just as important to the show. In summary: Barbara is a Mad Cow and proud of it, and would encourage anyone out there who’s thinking of going “Mad” to take the plunge….

 

Emma Hedges – Henrietta Angkatell

Having devoured the works of Agatha Christie as a young teenager (her habit ran to a book a day at one point…) Emma was delighted to be playing Henrietta in The Hollow.  As ever each Mad Cow experience brings about new learnings, having conquered running in girl’s shoes, this time it was not perpetually smiling (Henrietta being an ice queen) and obviously becoming a globally renowned sculptor….

This is Emma’s fifth production with MCP and when not acting she is the DSM for the company musicals which feeds her addiction to the theatre intercom and allows her to shout instructions over a headset.  Special thanks to all of the fabulous backstage crew for The Hollow who quietly make the magic happen.

Emma would like to thank her wonderfully patient family and Alex and Lisa for allowing her to be part of all of the joy that the herd creates.

 

Emma Leigh – Midge Harvey

 

Emma is looking forward to playing someone "nice" and "sane" for a change!

With roles such as the Wicked Witch, Nancy from Oliver, the Naughty Nun in Spamalot, and Daria in The Game’s Afoot, it's certainly something new for her. The challenge has been an amazing experience. She hopes you enjoy her performance as "little midge". Without the support from her family and friends it wouldn't be possible - so a huge thank you to them!

 Robert Hinton – Inspector Colquhoun

Robert comes from Middlesbrough and lived in Bristol, Leeds and Derbyshire before arriving in Shropshire in 1992.

Having first moved to Shrewsbury to work at Minsterley creamery, he is now based at Palethorpes Bakery in Market Drayton. He and hundreds of colleagues supply the big food retailers with delicious pies and sausage rolls.

Robert went to schools that didn’t go in much for the performing arts: he did no acting and little singing. He now considers that to have amounted to a deprived childhood, although he did do a lot of good outdoor stuff in boats and up mountains. He first took to the stage in 2001. He was soon hooked and has been a regular in musicals and plays ever since

 

Benjamin Leo Gluck – John Christow

After moving to Shrewsbury five years ago and having worked with various other theatre groups, Ben finally found a nurturing udder to nestle under with MCP.

This is his second production with the lovely herd after being given the opportunity to perform as various characters in Spamalot.

He has thoroughly enjoyed working with MCP and all the wonderful people in the group. It has been an exciting experience to be surrounded by so many talented gifted people.

Jez Mann – Edward Ankatell

Jez has returned to the Midlands having taken time out to live down South from the age of four! Born in Edgbaston just a few years ago, he was deported down to Newbury in Berkshire due to his Dads career, selfish I know! With his parents and his brother deserting him by moving back up to the Midlands Jez finally took the plunge and moved Shrewsbury in August 2014….to live with his Dad for just a few days….he is still there!!!As a member of the English Toastmaster Association Jez is a qualified Master Of Ceremonies and works at many types of weddings.  He has conducted naming ceremonies, masonic events and been an auctioneer for national charities NSPCC and Swings and Smiles, a charity for Families with Special Needs.  He has compered at Awards nights, the highlight being the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson who provided him with a year’s supply of cotton buds…Thanks for that! This August he was the MC for The National Association of Teachers of Dancing Congress at Cheltenham Town Hall sharing a small, badly lit dressing room with Craig Revel Horwood!!!!

 

 

Heidi Brown – Gerda Christow

Heidi is a Shropshire lass, who began performing at the age of four. After an extended break she has followed in her husband, Ryan Brown’s footsteps and joined the Herd.

When she’s not running around after her three beautiful daughters, you will find her writing/reading. She is currently working on her first book and loves writing flash fiction on her blog.

Heidi is proud to be a part of this wonderful team and has enjoyed the challenge that playing Gerda has given her. It has been an amazing experience and Heidi is thankful for all the love and support she’s been given by family and friends.

 She hopes you enjoy the play, as much as she has loved working on it.

 

Andrew Murray – Sir Henry Angkatell

Andrew’s gone legit! Well, we knew it had to come at some point in his career, if you could call it that!

Legitimate Theatre dates back to the Licensing Act of 1737, which restricted ‘serious’ theatre performances to 2 theatres licensed for “spoken drama”. It wasn’t until 1968 that the Act was suspended and ended the split between legitimate and illegitimate theatre.

Earlier this year, he enjoyed MCP’s Spamalot, it was hard work, but had some wonderful laughs and enjoyment with the entire company, even though they laughed when he was knocked out in the finales, every knight! In between this he’s fitted in The Mikado at Whitchurch, three “Last night of the Proms” concerts and two other Gilbert and Sullivan concerts, along with some private singing engagements.

Anyway back to tonight; welcome to our house. Lucy and I are delighted that you could make it and hope you enjoy the weekend.

 

Lucinda Johnson – Veronica Craye

A “herd” regular since her first major role as Nicola Daws in In The Club, Lucie has appeared in a host of productions including Kiss Me Kate, Crazy For You and Hairspray. She adores the camaraderie, and sheer release, that performing on stage brings.

Enthralled by the performing arts at an early age; throughout university and a subsequent career in wealth management, Lucie has never lost her love of the theatre. Her eclectic taste also encompasses everything from music festivals to ballet, to listening to The Archers omnibus with her mum!

Outside of the arts, Lucie’s passion is travelling and, as she also enjoys good food and fine wine, it is no surprise that her favourite city is Paris. A newer addiction is exercise, from a variety of gym classes, to a more genteel Sunday afternoon stroll with the family dog, Bo, to help blow away the Saturday night cobwebs!! 

 

Stuart Main – Gudgeon

In the two years since last performing with MCP in Noises Off Stuart has made the following discoveries:

‘Exotic caravan holiday’ means riding a lame camel across the desert in Oman; there are no chair lifts when trekking The Annapurna Circuit; running half marathons is not as satisfying as eating them; there is no cure for chocolate addiction; the side - effects of an overdose of Sanatogen are quite unpleasant and the advertising claims for Ronseal is a lot more truthful than for Grecian 2000.

While it’s great to be back mucking out with ‘The Cows’ again and looking forward to the roar of the greasepaint and smell of the crowd, in a year marked by unfortunate celebrity deaths Stuart is hoping that this Agatha Christie mystery doesn’t become renamed ‘Death on the Severn’ or even ‘Death on the Aisle’.

In his spare time Jez drives around the Midlands drinking coffee vaguely imitating a hard working salesman for a construction company.

 

 

Chris Twyford – Detective Sergeant Penny

Born and raised in Shrewsbury Chris has lived here all his life experiencing all the different sides of drama it had to offer. Two weeks before his 4th birthday he joined his first drama school, after his mum noticed he had a passion for performing and enjoyed being the centre of attention.

Chris absolutely loves acting and singing and 14 years on has been part of many theatre productions in the town and during his time at Meole Brace School. 

He joined the cast of MCP this year. This has been a great experience for him and he feels he has learnt much in a relatively short time, and there is so much more he knows he can learn with this group. Seeing the show finally coming together is so exciting and Chris is thrilled to be part of such a good cast working alongside such talented people. Chris hopes you, the audience, enjoy watching The Hollow as much as he has enjoyed being a part of it.

 

 Rachael Holbrook - Doris