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Reviews - Hairspray


Claire Dunn


There was a thunderous roar of applause in Shrewsbury over night! Nothing to do with the football - but a Herd of singing and dancing cows!

This, though, was no ordinary herd – this was Mad Cow Productions. They brought the house down with their latest production, Hairspray at Theatre Severn.

And boy did they deserve it. This Shrewsbury-based theatre group, have produced another epic moo-sical performance.

They took a Broadway show, shook it up and hair sprayed the audience with the feel good factor. We were transported back to 1962 America, high school – and the era of big hair do’s! Fantastic costumes, incredible scenery, fabulous choreography – and impeccable casting.

Robyn Marsh in the lead role as Tracy Turnblad was faultless! Her performance had the audience on its feet. Note perfect, it was as though the role of Tracy had been made for her – and this was her first performance as part of the  herd!

James Ashfield as her mother Edna Turnblad was also stand out, along with Ahmed Hamad as Seaweed (again another debut for the cows).

And Yvonne Morris as Motormouth Maybelle – discovered by director Alex Hinton under a hairdryer in a salon in Shrewsbury – proved a fantastic find!

I think I may have said this before about the first ever show I saw by Mad Cow Productions several years ago – this is amateur theatre at its best (though quite frankly there is nothing amateur about this or any of their productions).

I didn’t think they could get any better – then they go and stage Hairspray. Slick, colourful and thoroughly enjoyable.

If you are one of the lucky ones who have bought a ticket already – great choice.

And if you haven’t – hurry up – you may be about to miss an incredible evening of song and dance – for there are only a few tickets left.

Can’t wait to see what those Mad Cows come up with next.