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Forum - The Cast

Alistair

In Order Of Appearance

Alisdair Hinton - Pseudolus

Alisdair was born in Derbyshire but moved to Shrewsbury aged three. He is currently an undergraduate student at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying for a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Studies and Drama.

His love of theatre started at Prestfelde School and continued to develop at Shrewsbury School, where he was involved in many plays and musicals, mainly as an actor but also as a Director. He also enjoyed getting very dirty and needing regular physiotherapy playing rugby!

 

The Three Proteans:

Paul Bromley

Paul is a true Salopian having been born within the loop of the River Severn in Shrewsbury. He left the county to train as a radio operator in the Merchant Navy before swapping life on the high seas for a spell in the Royal Air Force. After 4 years of RAF service Paul returned to Shropshire and became a Civil Servant where he stayed for the next 24 years. A slight mid-life crisis prompted Paul to give up his desk job and he is currently training to be a driving instructor. He hopes to eventually specialise in teaching people with disabilities to drive. In the meantime Paul is getting some driving practice in by pushing beds around at the local hospital in his role as ‘hospital porter’ – he also gets to wear ‘theatre scrubs’ which make him feel like Dr Kildare…….

Paul is happily married to Rae and has 2 teenage children to keep him on his toes. He shares the passion for travel with his wife and learnt to SCUBA dive a few years ago when Rae took him on holiday to visit her old work place in Egypt. Paul also enjoys golf and researching his family history – he is very proud that he can trace his Shropshire family back to 1600…

 

 

Paul Bromley

 

 

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor

After 46 years ‘up north’, Steven decided to exchange his flat cap and whippet for the refinements of Shrewsbury. Having worn a top hat as Danvers Carew (Jekyll and Hyde) and a dinner jacket as George (High Society) for SAOS, and played Shakespearian characters Snout and Fabian for the Shawbury Village players, he put on a posh accent and moustache to play one of the two English Airmen in Mad Cow’s ‘Allo, ‘Allo!, receiving much acclaim (from his dad) and some criticism (from his son) for this in-depth portrayal.

He was once described by a colleague as a “Renaissance Man” but, being a northerner, was unsure as to whether this was a compliment or not!

 

Carl Wellington

A career in local government had left Carl with a desperate need for something to recoup his sanity - and he chose Am Dram! Since giving it a try some eleven years ago he’s done a number of musicals; the odd Panto; and found time to study part time at Birmingham School of Acting.

Herr Flick in ‘Allo,‘Allo was his first “straight” role on stage (other than in training) and his first role with MCP. He is honoured to be performing with them again as a fully fledged Mad Cow!

Carl Wellington

 

Peter Hankin

Peter Hankin - Senex

Peter Hankin has worked in films and television for much of his life. He is the author of three 'Plays for Today’ for BBC Television: ‘The Pigeon Fancier’, ‘Private Practice’ and ‘The Garden of Eden.’

He has also written radio plays for the BBC, a screenplay for CBC and appeared in a number of films. In the embarrassingly long spaces in between he has been a lorry driver, a copy-writer, a pub-sign painter and hack!

He has spent the last fifteen years of his life as an English teacher here in Shrewsbury where he is at his happiest when fly-fishing, watching king-fishers, eating his wife’s sea-food risotto and drinking cold Aligoté - preferably at the same time - on the banks of The Reabrook at Hanwood.

He is married with two children, two step-children and four grandchildren.

 

Cathy Benson - Domina

Cathy trained as an opera singer and enjoyed a successful freelance career. She performed principal roles with Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She also sang in concert throughout the UK.

Three lovely children and a move to seductive Shropshire saw her retirement from the operatic stage, however she continues to sing regularly in concerts and oratorios with choral societies throughout Shropshire and further afield.

She teaches singing at Birmingham Conservatoire at undergraduate and postgraduate level; she is also on the auditions panel and examines for the Conservatoire.

When not singing or teaching, Cathy likes nothing better than embracing the domestic arts; she loves to have a bit of a do! Her lasagne is legendary and if she likes you very much, a killer chocolate cake may be your reward. She also has no compunction about fleecing her friends and neighbours in the name of charity. However a good evening is guaranteed. Fatal weakness: champagne; guilty pleasure: The Tour de France - all that lycra!

When she isn’t teaching or singing Cathy is an active member of her community, helping to raise money for charities such as Help for Heroes, the British Heart Foundation and Acorns Children’s Hospice as well as for her local church.

 

Robert Hinton

Robert Hinton - Hysterium

Robert comes from Middlesbrough, where from 1868 his forebears were grocers and later supermarket operators. His mother came from the Wirral. The schools he attended were good for sports but didn’t go in for the performing arts much so he did little acting or singing in his youth.

Having first moved to Shrewsbury in 1992 to work as Financial Controller at the Eden Vale creamery in Minsterley, he is now based at Pork Farms Palethorpes in Market Drayton. He and seven hundred colleagues have the honour of supplying all the major food retailers with delicious pies and sausage rolls.

Robert first took to the stage in Shrewsbury in 2001 and has been a regular performer in musicals and plays ever since, finding it an excellent contrast to his very analytical working days.

 

Harry Woodman - Hero

 

Hello to all! My name is Harry Woodman; I’m 16, and currently a student at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, studying Psychology, Law, Performance Studies and Computing. This is my first show with the ‘cows’, but I have previously worked with the Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society, and alongside Alex and Lisa too. Seeing as I haven’t lived for that long (Yes, envy my youth...) I can’t really say much about what I have done, but what I aspire to do is a different matter. My career ambition is to be a forensic scientist in the field of computing. My interests? Well, I’ve been playing guitar for six years, and I’m self taught. I also play the saxophone and keyboard. I also spend a lot of time at the Body Tech gym in Shrewsbury. I’d also like to say my sense of humour is slightly...warped. My mind is a vivid replication of the Monty Python world!

 

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray - Marcus Lycus

Leaving school, Andrew took an apprenticeship at Rolls Royce, Shrewsbury, training as a skilled machinist. This involved studying for mechanical engineering qualifications and seems to have set a precedent; with study and training continuing to this day, in one form or another. Currently, as a Chartered Surveyor it is necessary to keep up to date with new construction materials and the ever-changing legislation, even to the extent of qualifying as a domestic electrician, several years ago.

In his clandestine career as a semi-professional singer, Shropshire’s singing surveyor is a frequent performer with many different groups. Andrew is very pleased to be associated with Mad Cow Productions and hopes you enjoy their shows.

 

Michelle Hicken - Tintinabula

Michelle is a Shrewsbury lass who is married to Mike, with two children Matthew and Megan & a cat called Maddie. It seems the letter 'M' has a strong influence on her - so much so that her first foray into the world of amateur dramatics was in "Millie" where she played Miss Dorothy Brown. This show also introduced her to the notorious Mad Cows and to a love of singing, dancing, acting and the ability to move props around the stage at record speed in complete darkness!!

When not running around after the children or attending rehearsals, Michelle works part time as an IT administrator for the Burnt Tree Group.

 

Michelle Hicken

 

Harriet Main

Panacea - Harriet Main

From an early age Harrie has been acting, singing, dancing and prancing so is delighted to join MCP. She is also a member of the National Youth Theatre and Stage 2 Academy of Performing Arts where she gained her proudest achievement: 100% for the Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Drama Examination. The highest mark awarded that year! Harrie goes to Moreton Hall School where she is currently taking her A Levels.

 

The Geminae:

Sian Archer

Sian is a qualified dance teacher registered with the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (ISTD). She graduated from Kate Simmons Dance School in 2008, with her National Diploma in Professional Dance, awarded by Trinity College. During her three years full time training she also gained her ISTD teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Modern and Tap. She has also studied Contemporary, Spanish and Jazz Dance.

Since graduating Sian has attended many auditions all over the country and was honoured to dance at The Royal Albert Hall in May 2009. Sian has also been teaching at a dance school in Wilmslow and is now teaching at Stage 2 Performing Arts Academy in Shrewsbury.

Sian has appeared in many shows and ballets her favourite roles to date include: Fritz in The Nutcracker for Ballet Russe, the Mazurka and Czardas Dancer in Coppelia, Comedia Del Ar’te in the Taming of the Shrew and Pease Blossom in A Midsummer Nights Dream all for Kate Simmons Dance.

Sian is really looking forward to her debut appearance with Mad Cow Productions.

Head Sot

 

Lowri Jones

Lowri is currently at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College studying English, Maths, Psychology, and Performance Studies. Her ideal career prospect would be singing and dancing on stage somewhere and being paid! Lowri has appeared with Pontesbury Players and the Shrewsbury Theatre Guild.

 

Emma Middlemiss - Gymnasia

Emma was born and bred in Condover, the youngest of four children. Teaching is the family profession, so it was a surprise to no-one that she attended Trinity College, Carmarthen to gain her teaching degree. She taught at independent schools in Essex and Buckinghamshire, before returning to Shropshire in 2002, to take up a teaching post at Packwood Haugh School.

Over the past six years, Emma has had a number of acting and stage management roles in the Condover Players and the Shropshire Drama Company, including She Stoops to Conquer at the Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn. Recently, she was invited to mentor Shropshire Youth Theatre students for their production of The Winter’s Tale, also at the Walker Theatre. Emma’s folk band, the Woobeedoos, are currently rehearsing show tunes in their own style and adding the twiddly bits on the violin to her lyrics. Her acting strengths are portraying strumpets; wearing a rich variety of funny hats without looking too embarrassed and only falling off the stage when no-one can see her. Emma is excited about performing with the Mad Cows for the first time.

Emma Middlemiss

Chrissie Purslow - Vibrata

Born in Shrewsbury Chrissie has been dancing and performing since the age of eleven. She started at the Viv Kelly School of Dance and theatre and is now halfway through a dance degree. She loves to dance and perform and is excited to be performing at Theatre Severn again. This is Chrissie’s first production since joining Mad Cow Productions and she looks forward to many more performances with them.

 

Laura Travatt - Philia

A Pontesbury girl Laura spent most of her formative years on horseback, schooling show ponies to a high standard. Her achievements with them included qualifying for, and appearing at, the famous Horse of the Year Show. Laura attended the Mary Webb School before going on to Shrewsbury Sixth Form College to take three A Levels.

While at sixth form Laura decided that she wanted a more hands-on career and is currently in her third year studying Hair and Beauty at Radbrook College. Her ambition is to set up and run her own business.

Laura’s hobbies include tap dancing lessons with Centre Point, and of course Am Dram. Indeed, aged eight as part of the Pontesbury Players who were taking part in The Shropshire Drama League’s Competition she was awarded an acting prize for her outstanding portrayal of… a dustbin!

After sitting at a table as a customer in 'Allo, 'Allo Laura is very excited to take her first leading role for Mad Cow Productions.

 

Michael Eyre

Michael Eyre - Erronius

Originally from the East Midlands, Michael lived for nearly 20 years in London before coming to Shropshire. He retired several years ago. He has been performing on stage for about 55 years starting in school plays, and has acted in groups that specialise in Elizabethan Drama and Shakespeare and in groups that only do modern farces. Having seen Noises Off Michael was delighted to be invited to audition for Mad Cow Productions and to add yet another group to his list.

 

Seán Cloak - Miles Gloriosus

All through school Sean was a regular performer in musical theatre going to the Edinburgh festival twice as well as to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has performed for the Mad Cows in various productions including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Noises Off and ‘Allo, ‘Allo. Sean is looking to pursue a career in medicine and has gained a place at Hertfordshire University to study Paramedic Science.