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Not Now Darling - The Cast

Arnold Croutch -Stuat Main

Stuart, a Dentist by profession, first watched MCP when his daughter Harriet was performing in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Though he was training the last time he seriously performed, spurred on by Harriet’s good reports of the fun she enjoyed with The Cows, he decided to join himself. For The Producers Stuart was castin the minor role of Mr Marks but having found his theatrical legs again, he then auditioned for a lead in Not Now Darling and got it!

We hope that Stuart’s example might encourage all of the men out there watching this play, who just might fancy having a go, that this hobby isn’t only for the youngsters!!



Gilbert Bodley - Robert Hinton

Robert is a Chartered Accountant by training and MCP’s Hon Treasurer Thank you Robert for all your hard work. He finds the theatre, be it a play or a musical, the perfect form of relaxation after his very busy and sometimes rather stressful day job at Pork Farms Palethorpes.

A member of MCP from its creation Robert has been cast in many different character roles. This time round he is delighted to say that for once he gets to play a “full blooded man” with not a frock, high heel or blond wig in sight!

Janie McMichael - Lauren Belingham

Lauren has always enjoyed performing from the young age of 2 she began with 'Baby Ballet'. Since then her passion for performance has grown stronger, after school she went on to study a BTEC National Diploma in Musical Theatre and later a Higher National Diploma at Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology where she took leading, supporting and chorus roles. She has recently completed a BA Hons Degree in Theatre and Performance at Glyndwr University where she gained a 2:1. She also trained professionally at Performers College for a short time before sustaining an injury. Lauren made her Mad Cow debut in The Producers where she performed as part of the chorus and as a principal tap dancer. She is very excited to play the part of 'Janie' and is thoroughly looking forward to Not Now Darling.


Maude Bodley - 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 has since worked professionally playing a variety of roles including Lady Macbeth and was recently seen in “Inspector Drake the Movie” which was written and directed by local playwright David Tristram.

Lynn loves performing comedy and is very excited to be playing Maude Bodley in her first production with MCP,


Miss Tipdale - Bridget Quinlan

Born and raised in Shrewsbury, Biddy has been involved in all genres of performance for twenty-five years. She has played a variety of characters, from Miss Hannigan in Annie to that lovely little old lady in The Producers, Hold Me Touch Me!

Biddy also writes and performs her own material and loves to share her comedic talents with an audience.

This is her third role for MCP all of them very different

 Sue Lawson - Melissa Wellington

Melissa has a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Art and has also taken a part time course at the Birmingham School of Acting. By day, weekend and night she can be found at Rowton Castle Hotel where for the last five years she has been Senior Receptionist. Considering a change of career Melissa will soon begin a BTEC Make-Up Artist Course.

This is Melissa’s third role with MCP.

Harry McMichael -Tom Moreton

New to Mad Cow Productions Tom is currently studying for a HND in Musical Theatre at Shrewsbury College. After leaving school in 2007, Tom began a career in carpentry but after a one year apprenticeship he decided he couldn't ignore the stage any longer and so joined the BTEC course in Performing Arts. He is now thinking about his plans for when he leaves college in July 2012. Ultimately Tom wants to be performing professionally, or to run his very own production company. Or perhaps both!

 Mrs Frenchman - Barbara Vesty

Barbara joined MCP last year for The Producers but this is her first principle role. Having directed for the last few years, for other companies, she was glad to get back to performing. She studied from a young age and has a few performing credits, winning best actress at the Wellington Drama festival. She also danced for many years with the “Kickin’ Alice” dance group.

Commander Frencham -  Steven De Launey


Steve works for a multi national IT company. Though an expert G&S patter man Steve joined MCP way back in 2003 to play Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum .His next role was Renee in ‘Allo, ‘Allo and though definitely not a G&S we are delighted to have his company again as the indomitable Commander Frencham in Not Now Darling.

 Mr Lawson - James Archer

Stepping back from the limelight of playing the huge role of Max Bialystock in The Producers, his first for MCP, James now undertakes the small but beautifully formed role of Mr Lawson. Now a fully qualified teacher of the Performing Arts James is currently working at Theatre Severn while keeping his eyes open for that elusive full time teaching post.


Miss Whittington - Jess Abrahams   

Jess first performed for MCP in the chorus of The Producers and now undertakes her first role in an adult play. Currently in her last year at the “Corbet School” she will soon be heading off to college. As she has enjoyed both productions Jess hopes to do many more shows as part of the “Herd”. In her free time away from school Jess also enjoys performing with Stage 2 and often takes part in charity concerts.