In The Club - The Cast

 

Philip Wardrobe - Keith Clements

 

This is Keiths first leading role!

With roots in Manchester and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Salford University his engineering career eventually brought him to Shropshire before leaving private industry completely and becoming a self-employed plumber. (All enquiries welcome – he doesn’t act for a living you know!) Hardly the background of a typical thespian, but nevertheless, he was first coaxed kicking and screaming onto a stage almost 30 years ago and has tried to avoid it ever since! Thanks to his singing voice, the vast majority of roles have been in musicals, including the Nazi pigeon fancier, Franz Liebkind in the recent Mad Cow production of “The Producers”. This is the first time he’s been entrusted with a leading role however and by the middle of the second act you’ll probably understand why! Only joking…… he’s trying, bless him. Very trying

 

Sasha - Lucy Billau

Lucy’s first show with MCP was The Drowsy Chaperone where she was part of the ensemble. She is thrilled, and a little scared, to steps up to the leading lady for her second production!

Lucy loved drama at school and on re entering this world as an adult, some 10 years later, has discovered that she still does!

Outside of amateur dramatics she works full time as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

Eddie Fredericks - Andrew Murray

No stranger to MCP’s productions; Andrew returns as an outrageous Yorkshireman “Eddie Fredericks”. He has only been able to help out with front of house and set construction since his last appearance for MCP in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, playing a totally different type of person! A change is as good as a rest.

His absence is quantified by MCP’s nickname for him; ‘Part Tart’; yes he’s been off on his wanderings, again!! Allegedly, singing in concerts and shows, notably at Congelton and Stoke, Proms Concerts at Grafton, Ellesmere and Shrewsbury. ‘Fagin’ in a production of Oliver, surviving a musical about the sinking of “Titanic”!  He’s been made redundant and lectures on building construction, building an extension; project surveying, yet during the summer, he’s been PAT testing theatre equipment in theatres; as far a field as Chipping Norton (Oh yes there is one!), Warrington, Birmingham and Oswestry. This lad certainly knows how to enjoy himself and he hopes you enjoy this latest Mad Cows Production.

Andre´ Picq - Robert Hinton

 

Having now lived in Shrewsbury for twenty years, Robert is beginning to feel like a native. He loves its countryside, whether walking Gus the Briard with Alex or cycling down the lanes. Unfortunately his work as Financial Controller at Pork Farms Palethorpes in Market Drayton generally keeps him indoors for 110% of daylight hours, but it saves him and his colleagues from harmful UV rays.

 

Theatrically, 2012 has already been a highlight year for Robert, playing his favourite role to date: “Man in Chair” in MCP’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. There can’t be many roles which allow you to play such a fun part and watch a delightful musical at the same time.

 

When not acting, his other favourite pastime is to be in an audience. This year’s five star reviews go to Brit Floyd, who will hopefully visit Theatre Severn again before too long, and the ballet of Hobson’s Choice, which Birmingham Royal Ballet are sure to revive in another year or two. Watch out for both!

Beatrice Renard -  Lynn Cawley

 

Born and raised in Donnington, Lynn’s first performance at the age of 10 was as a Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz”. She has been acting ever since! She has a Degree in Drama and a Masters in Performance Studies (Directing and Devising).

In 2007 Lynn decided to fulfil her childhood ambition and went to the Birmingham School of Acting to complete a Graduate Diploma in Acting.

Lynn loves performing comedy and is very excited to be playing the amourous Beatrice in her second role for MCP.

Nicola Daws - Lucinda Johnson

 

This is Lucinda’s first role for MCP. She had been a keen audience member for many years (attending most of our productions with her dad Martin) and decided, once her professional exams were over, that she would like to take the leap from audience to cast. She joined for The Drowsy Chaperone and had such fun she’s back for more!

Currently Lucinda works as an Investment Manager for Deutche Bank in Birmingham.

 Mehmet Aziz - Glenn Varley

 

A Yorkshire man by birth, (he’s nothing like Eddie!!) Glenn settled in Shropshire after touring the globe with the Royal Air Force.

Though he had a small, but vital, role in his first production with Mad Cow, the Superintendant in The Drowsy Chaperone he has now advanced up that billing ladder to play the Turkish Ambassador Mehmet. Just as well really as he told us that he had joined Mad Cows to “raise my game” in the Amateur dramatics arena, though he has appeared in a range of productions over the last 15 years for Theatre groups both in the UK and Cyprus.

Glenn is an Air Traffic Controller working shifts at Birmingham Airport but outside of work he loves touring on his motorbike, supporting both a son and daughter at University and the occasional glass of Red!!

Inspecteur Popineau - Theo Millward

This is Theo's second role with MCP. Having learnt to tap dance and roller skate for his first appearence with Mad Cow Theo has had to brush up his rather rusty French this time round for the rather angry Gendarme Popineau

Outside of rehearsals, having trained as an Accountant in London, Theo is a Director of a software company based in Birmingham.

 

 

 

Frau Flugelhammerlein - Dawn Lake

 

Commonly referred to as the “Frau” Dawn has enjoyed getting her tongue round the German accent. This is her second role with MCP and she feels lucky to still have the part after telling the Director (Alex) that owners looked like their dogs! Alex has a lovely hairy Briard, not to be confused with beard! Anyway…

 

When not teaching, cooking or painting stones from the beaches of North Wales Dawn has really enjoyed working with such a talented team and hopes to do many more productions with MCP.

Archbishop/Doctor - Stephen De Launey

One of the founder acting members of Mad Cow Productions he has appeared in a number of productions playing: Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Rene' in 'Allo, 'Allo, the Commander in Not Now Darling and most recently as Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone. One day he hopes to appear in a MCP Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, his first true love!But for now the challenge is learning some Polish!

A project manager for a large IT Company (Though he insists he does NOT like IT!!), Stephen also has a lifelong interest in politics and is currently a Wellington Town Councillor.