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    Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

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AddressLyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES.

10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday

ParkingMasterpark – Chinatown, Newport Place

Public TransportationPiccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)

Bus Routes1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

Performance Times

Now on sale until December 2018!

Monday 11 June 7.30pm
Monday 09 July 7.30pm
Monday 24 September 7.30pm
Monday 22 October 7.30pm
Monday 26 November 7.30pm
Monday 17 December 7.30pm

Running TimeApprox 90 minutes plus 20 minute interval

Age Guidance 12+ recommended


Prices (includes a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy)

£50 / £30 / £20

All performances subject to availability
must have proof of ID at the theatre.

The Show

Eighty new musicals had their West End premiere in an Olivier Award winning season in 2015, each created on the spot by the incredible, multi award-winning musical comedians The Showstoppers. Audience suggestions were transformed instantly into all-singing, all-dancing shows with unpredictable and hilarious results.

Showstopper! now transfers to the Lyric for an extended West End run!

With a BBC Radio Four series and eight years of festivals and touring to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences around the world with their ingenious, unique blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

The cast includes Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido, Philip Pellew, Andrew Pugsley, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd, and Sarah-Louise Young, with seven cast members appearing per performance plus a live on-stage band.

Every Showstopper! performance is a hit musical waiting to happen; 80 shows, 10 weeks and every opportunity to laugh more than ever before.

The Team

The Cast

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  • RuthBratt

    Ruth Bratt

  • JustinBrett

    Justin Brett

  • DylanEmery

    Dylan Emery

  • PippaEvans

    Pippa Evans

  • SusanHarrison

    Susan Harrison

  • SeanMcCann

    Sean McCann

  • AdamMeggido

    Adam Meggido

  • PhilipPellew

    Philip Pellew

  • AndewPugsley

    Andrew Pugsley

  • OliverSenton

    Oliver Senton

  • LucyTrodd

    Lucy Trodd

  • SarahLouiseYoung

    Sarah-Louise Young

The Musicians

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  • DuncanWalshAtkins

    Duncan Walsh Atkins

  • ChrisAsh

    Chris Ash

  • CraigApps

    Craig Apps

  • Alex-Addy-2

    Alex Atty

  • YshaniP

    Yshani Perinpanayagam

Production Team

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  • Adam Meggido

    Creator & Director
  • Dylan Emery

    Creator & Director
  • Duncan Walsh Atkins

    Musical Director
  • Simon Scullion

    Set Designer
  • Gabriella Slade

    Costume & Props Design
  • Tim Mascall

    Lighting Designer
  • Tom Lishman

    Sound Designer
  • Paul Hennessy

    Production Manager
  • Helen Gaynor

    Company Stage Manager
  • Damian Robertson

    Lighting Improviser
  • SmallBed Sarah Wilson

    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jeremy George

    Sound No 1
  • Laura Rushton

    Costume Supervisor
  • Donna Berlin

    Choreographic Consultant


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  • James Seabright

  • Julie Clare

  • Julius Green

  • Keith Strachan

  • Irving Rappaport

  • Ray Cooney

  • Suzanna Rosenthal

    General Manager for Showstopper Productions



★★★★Magical. properly funny. A triumph. The Times
★★★★Absolutely magical. genuinely hilarious songs.
Time Out
★★★★A success story that could run and run and never repeat itself.
Evening Standard
★★★★★So polished, it defies belief.
The Telegraph
★★★★Staggeringly good… a must-see. The Stage
★★★★Some of the superb musical pastiches they think up might make a few West End veterans blush. Brilliant. Financial Times

★★★★Deliriously inventive WhatsOnStage
★★★★★Had me weeping with laughter… you absolutely have to go.
mail On Sunday
★★★★★A joyful celebration… so good you need to see it (at least) twice. The Public Reviews

★★★★★As mad and fantastic as it purports to be. The Londonist
Daily Express
★★★★★Unimprovable. Something special.
★★★★★There are book musicals playing in the West End which come nowhere near the artistry, excitement and sheer brilliance of Showstopper!
British Theatre


★★★★★Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new full-length musical every time. These guys have to be seen to be believed!Time Out
★★★★Jaw-dropping. glorious moments of spontaneous creation. All the big-hit mega-musicals inspire an audience to want to see them more than once. And I’d see Showstopper! again tomorrow.The Times
★★★★★The show is a blast. It makes your jaw drop in impressed amazement and your ribs ache with laughter. Simultaneously a pastiche, a parody and a paean to musical theatre.Mail On Sunday
★★★★★A joyous, uproarious collaboration propelled by the quickwittedness of the multi-talented cast and their mischievous onlookers. For sheer madcappery, refreshingly wholesome, good-natured musical slapstick, this musical high-wire act is hard to beat.Independent On Sunday
★★★★Fantastically refreshing, uncynical seat-of-their-pants fun.Evening Standard
★★★★These hideously talented regulars are pushing improv in new directions. Go marvel..The Telegraph
★★★★Astonishing. Showstopper! has everything you could want from a blockbuster musical. It just happens to be made up on the spot.Metro
★★★★I’m just gobsmacked! … A group of fearsomely able improvisers.Financial Times
It takes me a year to write a show. Somehow these guys make up eight hit shows a week.Lord Anonymous (Disgruntled Musical Theatre Composer)

Sarah-Louise Young

Sarah-Louise Young

Voted Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards, Sarah-Louise is an actress, writer, director and internationally acclaimed cabaret performer. She has been a member of Showstoppers! for five years, appearing with them on BBC Radio 4, UK Tour, West End and in five non-stop 50 hour Improvathons.

Theatre credits include: Julie Madly Deeply (West End, Australia, Canada, UK Tour); Jerry’s Girls (St James Studio and Jermyn Street); Failed States (St. James Studio); Night Bus (Pleasance, Edinburgh); Heels Of Glory (Chelsea Theatre); Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Come Blow Your Horn and Monster (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Terror Season (Soho Theatre and Southwark Playhouse) and Snow White and Room On The Broom (Tall Stories, International Tour).

Television credits include: Guest leads in The Jury; No Angels; Casualty; Holby City; Doctors, The Adam And Shelley Show and Strictly Confidential.

Cabaret credits include: Cabaret Whore, Cabaret Whore Encore!, Cabaret Whore More! More! More! and Cabaret Whore; Her Finest hour (Soho Theatre, UK and International Tours including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Berlin and Off Broadway); Fascinating Aida (UK Tour, West End and BBC Radio); Black Cat Cabaret (Café de Paris and Café Royal); Prospero’s Tavern (London Wonderground) and Songs For Cynics and Roulston & Young: Two Faced (Crazy Coqs, St James Studio and Edinburgh Festival Fringe) with her long-term writing partner, Michael Roulston.

She will be returning to the Crazy Coqs on November 12th, 13th and 14th with her West End hit about the life of Julie Andrews, Julie Madly Deeply.

Lucy Trodd

Lucy Trodd

Lucy has been in Showstopper! since the beginning, performing most recently at The Pleasance Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Udderbelly Southbank, SOTA Singapore, Hong Kong Theatre for Performing Arts, Waterfront Hall Belfast and Theatre 140 Brussels. UK touring includes Sheffield Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic.

She studied Performing Arts at Middlesex University, later working extensively with legendary theatre maker Ken Campbell, including performances at the Royal Court in Décor Without Production. She performed in Canada with the famous Die Nasty company in their annual Soap-a-thon (a non-stop 53-hour improvised play), and in 12 subsequent UK impro marathons (most recently as Jenny Agutter at The Lost Theatre). She also played Ophelia in Hamlet: A Travestie at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

TV includes: Tripped (e4), Dom Joly’s Fool Britannia (ITV), Doctors (two seasons), Dick and Dom’s Funny Business, Fast and Loose, The Basil Brush Show (BBC) and feature films Hot Fuzz and Sex Lives of the Potato Men.

Trodd en Bratt is Lucy’s double act with fellow Showstopper, Ruth Bratt. Following their 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Well Done You (also at Soho Theatre), they were commissioned to write and perform a series for BBC Radio. They were finalists for series 1 in the BBC Audio Awards 2015 (series 2 airs in November). Metro described it as a ‘potpourri of the weird, the wonderful and the downright demented, held together by winning onstage chemistry’.

Radio credits: Well Done You series 1 and 2 (writer/performer), Chat Show Roulette and Showstopper! (all BBC Radio 4). @troddenbratt

Oliver Senton

Oliver Senton

Trained: Bristol Old Vic.

West End: Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales), All’s Well that Ends Well (RSC/Gielgud).

Also: Coriolanus (RSC Stratford/tour), The Lady’s Not For Burning (Chichester), The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Arsenic and Old Lace (Derby), Three Sisters (Harrogate), The Invention of Love (Salisbury), The Mob (Orange Tree), The Scarecrow and his Servant (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet (BAC), the world premières of Mark Ravenhill’s Ripper (Union Theatre) and Claire Dowie’s Sodom (Drill Hall) and the European première of Lanford Wilson’s Sympathetic Magic (Finborough). He played the central role of Phil Masters in Ken Campbell’s production of The Warp.

He is one-seventh of The School of Night, literary improvisers who have appeared at The British Library, Soho Theatre, The Old Vic Tunnels, three times at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the English Theatre of Hamburg and the late Jeremy Beadle’s library, and also improvised in Decor without Production (Royal Court). He is a regular collaborator with Slung Low – Camelot: The Shining City (Sheffield Crucible), The White Whale (a new version of Moby Dick), 59 Minutes to Save Christmas (Barbican), Beyond The Frontline (Salford Quays), Mapping The City (Hull).

TV: White Heat, Doctors, EastEnders, Casualty, Hollyoaks, My Dad’s The Prime Minister, Bear Behaving Badly, Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand, Cathedral, The Battle of Hood and Bismarck.
Film: Wimbledon, award-winning short films Mr.Gibson and Vomica, and the forthcoming feature Sink.
Radio includes: The Duchess of Malfi, Bomber, Ben Hur, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple stories, Dr.Who adventures for Big Finish and two series of Trodd en Bratt say ‘Well Done You’.

Andrew Pugsley

Andrew Pugsley

Andrew trained in musical theatre at the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway, NYC.

He has been a member of the Showstopper! Company since 2010, and has toured with them to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway, Canada, Belgium, Ireland and venues all across the UK.

He has been improvising for 15 years, since his first shows as a student with Edinburgh University’s resident troupe The Improverts. He has recently been touring internationally with improvised gothic horror show, The Society of Strange, and performing closer to home with short-form improv trio Panthercannon. He regularly takes part in the London 50 Hour Improvathon, and has taught improvisation and acting at Oxford School of Drama, Associated Studios and The Bridge.

Outside of improvisation, recent theatre credits include: Game Theory (Tristan Bates); The Mikado (The Tabard); MC for Singalong Oliver! (Royal Festival Hall); Wind in the Willows (Brewhouse Theatre). Voiceover:  Showstopper! (BBC Radio 4), The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Guy Fawkes (BBC Radio 4), The Prisoner of Zenda (Unabridged reading for Naxos Audiobooks).

Andrew is delighted to be making his West End debut with Showstopper! @andrewdpugsley

Philip Pellew

Philip Pellew

Philip Pellew has been improvising for 30 years. Credits include the Impromusical which ran for ten years with a Radio 2 series and a TV show for Tyne Tees, Impropera and Theatre Sports at the Donmar Warehouse. He is proud to have been with The Showstoppers since the start.

Philip’s first professional job was in a jousting tournament. He has been in 3 productions of the 3 Musketeers and worked numerous times with renowned fight director Bill Hobbs, at the Royal Opera House and in films, such as Zefferelli’s Hamlet.

He was an original company member of the David Glass Ensemble, touring the world with Popeye, Gormenghast, The Red Thread, Off The Wall and The Chimp That Spoke. Philip also starred in Beg and Low Fidelity with Peta Lily. He performed with Lindsay Kemp in Variete and in Tango at the End of Winter for Ninagawa.

Other credits include: Movieplex for Nutkhut and the National Theatre, Terminatrix a dance opera at the NT studio, 59 mins to save Christmas at the Barbican with Slung Low, and the Burlesque Cabaret Sublime Boudoir, as well as shows at Polka Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, The Nuffield, Leicester Haymarket, The Mermaid and panto at Stratford East.

He spent 6 years with the Lost Child Project working with street children worldwide.

Recent work includes Motion Capture on several games,  the Showstoppers family show The Fantastical Story Factory, feature film Cinderella, as well as swimming all year round in Hampstead Ponds.

Adam Meggido

Adam Meggido

Adam is the co-creator of Showstopper! and artistic director of Extempore, a company dedicated to innovation and improvisation.

He has improvised at The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Soho Theatre, for BBC television and radio, and in eleven countries worldwide.

From 2004-2008, Adam enjoyed a close collaboration with legendary theatre maverick Ken Campbell, creating The School Of Night and The Annual London 50 Hour Improvathon (Park Theatre, Hoxton Hall). With Tom Morris, he curated the Bristol Jam, the UK’s only professional international improvisation festival (Bristol Old Vic Theatre).

He is a world record holder in improvisation, having directed continuously for 55 hours in Toronto, 2013.

From 2004-2013 he ran the Terror Seasons, the UK’s first annual festival of horror theatre and Grand Guignol (Union Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Soho Theatre). The controversial event launched world premiers by writers including Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute, Anthony Neilson, April DeAngelis, Jack Thorne and Lucy Kirkwood.

Adam is also a writer, composer and lyricist – his musical Burlesque won four Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012 including Best New Musical and The Tailor Made Man (lyrics, score co-written with Showstopper MD Duncan Walsh Atkins) ran at the Arts Theatre in 2013. He also directs, most recently the national tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Mischief Theatre) which opens here at the Apollo December 2015.

He is the Head Of Foundation at LAMDA and an associate director for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Sean McCann

Sean McCann

Sean has been a member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical since 2008 (BBC Radio, West End, UK and International Tours including Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore).

With Ken Campbell includes Shall We Shog? ( Shakespeare’s Globe), Decor Without Production (Royal Court), In Pursuit Of Cardenio (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and The School Of Night (National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Oxford Playhouse, BAC, Drill Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, appearances on The Verb for BBC Radio and international tours since 2006  – also festival appearances including Latitude, Hay, Litchfield, Holmfirth, Second City Toronto and Elsinore Castle Denmark.)

In collaboration with Ken Campbell and Canada’s legendary Die – Nasty company Sean helped develop the epic improvathon format in the UK including The Annual London 50 Hour Improvathon and appearances in Bristol, Liverpool, Cork, Edmonton, and the world-record holding Toronto 55 Hour Soapathon in December 2013.

Sean has been a professional teacher for over twenty years, and since 2006 has taught improvisation at The Oxford School Of Drama and projects at East 15, Mountview, London Film School, RAM, University of Toronto, Memorial University Newfoundland (with Mary Walsh), RapidFire Theatre Edmonton and NKF Bergen.

Recent directing work includes Instant Broadway (Oslo), Blue (Rome), Singing In The Dark and Shakespeare Inedito (Italian tour).

Sean teaches and performs at improvisation festivals worldwide including Edmonton, Toronto, Wiesbaden, Wurzburg, Amsterdam, Milan, Turin, Rome and Vienna. Future projects include a fully – improvised audience- interactive bi-lingual Divine Comedy in Italy (2016).

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

Susan trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

TV credits include: Series 1 and Series 2 of BAFTA nominated sketch show DNN (CBBC).
Theatre credits include: The Elephantom (National Theatre/West End), Bagpuss (Soho Theatre/Birmingham Rep), Be Our Guest (BBC Sitcom Showcase), The Gathering (Theatre Abandon), Hansel and Gretel (National Theatre of Scotland/Catherine Wheels), Men Should Weep (Oxford Stage Company), The Fence (Howard Barker’s Wrestling School), Charlie and Lola, The BFG, Bad Girls (Polka Theatre), Too Far to Walk (King’s Head), Nightflights, Mince, Abody’s Aberdee, The Seagull (Dundee Rep).
Radio credits include: The Simon Day Show (Radio 4)
Susan is an award winning character comedian and has taken 4 of her own comedy shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She also improvises with The Monkeytoast Players.

Pippa Evans

Pippa Evans

Pippa Evans is an award-winning comedian, actress, songwriter and improviser.  Pippa has taken six shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, bagging a nomination for The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer in 2008 for her debut show Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People. Since then she has gone from strength to strength, performing regularly on BBC Radio 4 institution The Now Show as well as making guest appearances on hit TV shows such as Dave’s Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Comedy Central’s Drunk History. She has also featured on BBC3’s sketch comedy show Live At The Electric and was one of the regular cast members on BBC2’s comedy impro series Fast and Loose. Pippa has performed live shows all over the world, including at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and guests regularly with The Comedy Store Players.  Pippa has just returned from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where she played her critically acclaimed show There Are No Guilty Pleasures to packed houses every day.  Pippa is also co-founder of the Sunday Assembly, a monthly gathering that promotes community and learning in a non-religious environment. Having started with just one congregation in London, it is now a global movement with 67 Sunday Assemblies around the world.

Dylan Emery

Dylan Emery

Dylan Emery (co-founder and director of Showstopper!) has been performing, directing and teaching improvised theatre for more than ten years. He has appeared at The Olivier (NT), The Ambassadors,
The Criterion, The Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Bristol Old Vic and many times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as hosting the Showstoppers! BBC Radio 4 series.
He co-founded comedy outfit Grand Theft Impro (, is half of improvised double act DnR along with co-Showstopper Ruth Bratt, is a member of ‘hard-bardics’ troupe The School of Night ( and runs, a website dedicated to improvisation in the UK. @dylanemery
Justin Brett

Justin Brett

Justin trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Aside from acting and improvisation (which he also coaches), he also performs as a comedian, and co-runs Duke’s Comedy Club.

Theatre includes: alt. Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet (West End); Dame in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Theatr Clywd); Dick Barton in Dick Barton, Special Agent and Captain Tempest in Return to the Forbidden Planet (Oldham Coliseum and Tour); Dame in Beauty and the Beast and Ugly Sister in Cinderella (New Wolsey; Oxford Playhouse); Lost in The Stars (Royal Festival Hall); October Plenty (Globe); Blue/Orange (Octagon, Bolton – Nominated Best Actor, MEN Awards); East Lynne (New Vic, Stoke); The Real Thing (Manchester Library); 101 Dalmatians (Chester Gateway); Strangers on a Train, Blue/Orange, Arms and the Man (Keswick); The Champion of Paribanou, My Sister Sadie, This Is Where We Came In (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); A Small Family Business (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Christmas on Mars (Finborough); The Rivals (Bath); The Revenger`s Tragedy (Bridewell); Deirdre of the Sorrows (Riverside Studios); Jinx, Other Lives, Clowns (Orange Tree).

T.V. credits include: Hilary Devey’s Interns; Peep Show; Doctors; EastEnders; Topsy and Tim; Pulling; Gory Greek Gods; Dombey & Son; The Queen’s Nose; The Bill; London`s Burning; Ghoul-Lashed; Spooky.

Film includes: War Horse (Steven Spielberg); Gulliver’s Travels; The Fallen; Brothers; Randall’s Flat.

Ruth Bratt

Ruth Bratt

Ruth is a writer-performer; the second series of her BBC Radio 4 show with Lucy Trodd, Trodd en Bratt Say Well Done You, is due for broadcast in November. The first series was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for best scripted comedy. As an improviser she is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, 1/3 of Panthercannon and ½ of DnR, and guested on What Does The Title Matter Anyway? at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Clive Anderson. Ruth has performed in seven London 50 hour Improvathons, two of the 50 hour Soapathons in Edmonton, Canada, and in improvathons at the Bristol Jam (Bristol Old Vic) and the Cork Festival.  She was also a regular on BBC2’s impro show Fast & Loose. Ruth has taught improvisation at LAMDA, GSA and The Bridge (where she also trained), and has run workshops in the UK, Italy and Austria.  She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the last 13 years, in plays (sometimes in lifts), double acts, impro shows, her one-woman show, And On Your Left… and of course in Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.

TV credits include both series of People Just Do Nothing (BBC3), both series of Mongrels (BBC3), Vic Reeves’ The Ministry of Curious Stuff (CBBC), Derek (C4), Midnight Beast (E4), Edge of Heaven (ITV), Quick Cuts (BBC4).  Radio includes The Best Laid Plans and both series of Sarah Millican’s Support Group.

Show 591: Sweat, Sweat, Sweat – 13th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: A late-night sauna

Married couple David and Maggie love their late-night sauna but not so much the peculiar couple David and Veronica. When David and Maggie decide to go on a tour of late-night sauna’s around the world in a bid to reignite the guttering flame of their marriage, they are followed by David and Veronica, who, it seems, are swingers. Will the resulting carnival of temptation strengthen their marriage or bring it to an end once and for all?

Show 590: Frozen – 12th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: The Icelandic village of Flinthoffland

Melkorka cooks for the whole village. She knows and loves everyone there – Motz the mayor, her Papa, her Mama, and even Creepy Phil. But will it be enough for her? And when the volcano Eyjafjallajökull threatens to erupt, what will happen to life as they know it?

Show 589: Crude – 11th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: An oil rig

The women run the oil rig with little care for the men who work for them – they are just eye candy, as far as they are concerned. Until one day, when the men go on strike and demand to be treated with dignity…

Show 588: Guinness a Kiss – 10th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: Molly Malone’s pub in Slygo, Ireland

Molly has a great heart and is greatly loved by the group of drunks and dawdlers who frequent her pub. So when two scam artists show up to take her for a ride, she suspects nothing, even when they plan to steal the pub itself from under her nose! But things take a twist when one of the two con artists falls in love with her. Will he be able to go ahead with it? And if he doesn’t, how will his dangerous colleague react?

Show 587: Keep Digging– 9th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: The creation of the Channel Tunnel

Entrepreneur and engineer Willard Wilbur is offered a job he can’t refuse: his patron, the wealthy Madame Le Farge wants him to start on an epic and never-before attempted feat – to build a tunnel that links the UK with France.  But his obsession with the dangerous task threatens both his relationship with his secretary Katherine and his very life.

Show 586: Driller – 8th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: An International Dentists’ Convention

As all the dentists at the convention gather, they start to tell stories about how they got into dentistry. As their stories start to converge in strange ways, they ask themselves what convention organiser Jack’s story? Why has he chosen such a select group to be at the conference? And why has he got a massive knife?

Warning: show ends brutally, much to everyone’s surprise. Lots of screaming and blood. Ah well.

Show 585: Come Line With Me – 7th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: The Abilene, Texas, World Line-Dancing Championships

Line-dancing championships are a seething mixture of skill and ambition – this one is being fought for the Golden Boot and the $10,000 prize. Although teams come from all over the world to prove their worth, the top two contenders are both American and both comprise three-person teams: the Wilburs: grandmother, mother and daughter; and the Mitchums: grandfather, father and son.

As the competition hots up, we discover that the Wilbur daughter and Mitchum son are engaged in a secret affair. The Mitchum grandfather and Wilbur grandmother manage to put their past behind them and rekindle their old flame. But will the Wilbur mother and Mitchum father be able to put aside their old emnity for the sake of family unity. How important can winning be?

Show 584: Battered But Not Beaten – 6th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: A Yorkshire fish and chip shop, 1978

Sheila, the daughter of fish and chip shop owners Sandra and Paul, falls in love with two men: the shy, loving Darren and the wily, motorbike-driving lothario Jimmy. When Sheila’s mother reveals she had an affair with Jimmy sixteen years earlier, will that bombshell destroy the family, or finally bring them together?

Featuring a dream sequence where Shiela is given baffling advice by her idol Donny Osmond.

Show 583: A Bustling Romance – 5th August, Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Setting: A bus journey from Edinburgh to London

The passengers on the Edinburgh to London bus are a peculiar lot: a strict mother and her put-upon daughter; an eccentric English nobleman, two lovers who are running away to London to get married; and the charismatic bus driver.

They soon discover that all of them have secrets, all have something to hide from the world. And, it turns out, all of them have met the bus driver before…

Show 582: Balls! – 12th July, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

After the 2015 Wimbledon final, disappointed Roger Federer retires to his changing room plan his come-back with his coach Trina. But when, instead of finding a route back to victory, he finds himself falling in love with her, he comes face to face with one of Wimbledon’s oldest rules: no one is allowed to play when they are going out with someone – being in love gives an unfair advantage and is treated similarly to doping.

As Wimbledon 2016 comes around, will the enormously ambitious Federer choose love or victory?

Show 579: Taste the Rainbow – 28 June, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

In the giddy days following the Supreme ruling allowing gay marriage, Bobby finds it impossible to confess to his friends that he is, in fact, straight. Not only that but he is in love with the powerful and quirky Mikaela, his sister Marcy’s ex-girlfriend.

Bobbty makes a play for Mikaela just as his sister tries to reignite the flame and he has to decide what matters more to him: love or  family?

Features such hits as ‘I’m just a bitter bisexual’ ‘Why can’t our children be gay’ and the title ‘Taste The Rainbow’ which had the crowd on their feet.

Show 578: Leaving Pembrokeshire – 20 June, Ceres Hall, Corn Exchange, Devises

As the Summer Solstice approaches, the Druids and Stonemasons of Wiltshire and Pembrokeshire attempt to navigate the 30 locks of the Grand Canal in order to build Stonehenge. Featuring advice druid Esther Williams and a fine homage to Donald O’Connor’s “Make ‘Em Laugh” from “Singing In The Rain”

Show 577: Come Die With Me – 17 June, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Guantanamo Bay prison is closing, and the prisoners and guards are forbidden from making any contact with each other as they return to the World. What does Cuba’s top prime – time metaphor – using tv host have to say about this? And why does the chief guard dance like Fred Astaire?

Show 576: GunWharf Souk – 14 June, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Little Morocco , Portsmouth. June 1945. ]

The war in Europe is over.  As the blossoms fall from the trees in Akbar’s shisha lounge, can three shore – leave sailors find love before it’s time to return to their ship, or will the Pacific claim them all?

Show 575: Don’t Let Them Out, 7 June, Udderbelly, South Bank, London (copy)

Setting: Copenhagen Square, Copenhagen, there is a world-famous mental health institute

In this Inception-style, multi-layered mental maze, doctors Carmichael, Wilkes and Hill attempt to save the minds of Anyetta and Judy. They are encouraged to enter a living world of their most compelling dreams to discover how much of their past is real and how much just a dream?

Features a rare suggested song style of ‘In the Heights’

Show 574: Jumbo – 24 May, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Heathrow Airport – with 70 minutes until their flight departs, can a group of travellers bury their past differences, and find a new future in a far – off country?

Show 573: Stuck in the Middle of You – 17 May, Udderbelly, South Bank, London


Setting: Hospital Extraction Unit, New York

A hospital drama involving a brilliant surgeon Miriam, who specialises in extracting things from people. Will the dark Masonic sect, which controls the hospital, overcome her will to do the right thing?

Show 572: Ai Ya – 10 May, Hong Kong Center for the Performing Arts

In our final stop on the Asian Tour, the Stoppers visit Mongkok, stage an Occupy Hong Kong number to a mash – up of “Singing In The Rain” and Les Mis – and consider the impact of financial expansionism in the 21st Century.

Show 571: North-Side Story – 10 May, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Setting: North Korea

When beneficent dictator of North Korea Mr Kim finds out that his daughter is gay, he has to decide whether he can give up his intense need to control everything for the sake of her happiness.

Show 570: Coaster, 9 May, Hong Kong Center for the Performing Arts

In Percy’s, Nantucket’s fading theme – park, “the Death Trap” rollercoaster is off-line, and the dwindling staff are looking for a way to turn things around. Featuring fortune – telling, the dreaded “possessed Tea-Cups” ride, and the entirety of our nice new set being used to construct a fully working Transformer. Fun times.

Show 569: I Love Zoo – 9 May, Electric Theatre, Guildford

Setting: London Zoo, modern day

When London Zoo starts to struggle financially, unable to draw in the vast crowds it needs to fund itself, they consult the oldest member of staff: Brian, who has been zookeeper since 1855. The musical is a series of tales from his past, from the founding of the zoo, the death of the original visionary who founded it, the fire that nearly consumed it, the end of Brian’s relationship with his wife because of his obsession with the star exhibit, an orangutan.

By the end of the musical, having looked deep into their own souls, and all but given up hope of saving the zoo, a surprise visit from royalty gives them what they need…

Show 568: Ship Happens – 8 May, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

There’s a lot that can happen on a cruise liner – especially when the SS Jellyfish goes on a very long two – week cruise. Featuring seduction of the chair in the style of “Pitch Perfect”, and a cameo from Duncan Walsh Atkins as the local piano man.

Show 567: Out of this World – 7 May evening, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Out Of This World

The last 4 humans in the Universe oversee the last library in the Universe, as their deep – space probe “The Big Library” becomes the backdrop for some hard soul – searching, and a touching affair with an AI robot – in this cross between “Solaris” and “Farenheit 451”.

Show 566: Baldy and the Beast – 7 May matinee, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Baldy And The Beast

At a retreat for numerous different World religions, but currently the monastery for the folically – challenged –  basket ball legend and sensei trains newcomer “The Potato” in the ways of the secret path. Featuring The Showstoppers’ first Chinese Oratorio.

Show 565: Ashes to Ashes – 6 May, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Ashes To Ashes

In Modern – Day Pompeii, an archeological dig goes horribly awry when the ancient spirit of the Medusa is summoned by Professor Abner Jenkins, due to his obsession with ash. Also featuring the chairs first ever use of the word “gerontophilia” during a conversation with the audience.

Show 564: Rats! – 2 May, New Wolsey, Ipswich

Setting: London, 1665

Philanthropist Lord Windy is obsessed with helping the poor in the plague-infested parts of London. But his friends in high society think he has gone too far when he turns his residence, Somerset House into a home for the poor. He falls in love with a plague survivor, Mrs Robinson, and it becomes clear that his deteriorating mental state is linked to his guilt at the death of his beloved wife, who it transpired had died alone after months of being ignored by her obsessive husband.

As he spirals into a psychological breakdown, regret, love and lust all combine in the mysterious figure of Mrs Robinson. Who is she? Why does she remind him so much of his dead wife? And will he find redemption before he loses his sanity?

Featuring tap-dancing rats.

Show 563: Something Like That, 2 May, Singapore, SOTA Theatre

Something Like That

For our last evening show in Singapore – a Jersey  Boys style rise of a supergroup show – featuring heavily on the K-Pop songs that our audience kindly sang to us. Featuring Ruth Bratt as the Merlion of Santosa, and Andrew Pugsley as Raffles Kieran Bekeun. Sing a long now..

Show 562: High Kicks – 2 May, New Wolsey, Matinee

At Portman road football stadium in Ipswich, ambitious coach Patrick Hatrick encourages Australian import Sandra to get to know star team-mate Denise van Outen. They share more than a few tackles and fall in love.

Things get tricky when she is forced to choose between her desire to win, her love of Denise and her responsibility for her estranged husband and son.

Show 561: Spa-licious, 1 May, Singapore, SOTA Theatre

Spa – licious

Where in Singapore where we this night? In swanky harbour-front hotel land Singapore style –  the Marina Bay Sands on the 59th floor. Queue much romance in elevators, Singapore slings along the harbour – front, and tussling couples – a – plenty.

Show 560: The Phantom Hospital, 30 April, Singapore SOTA Theatre

The Phantom Hospital.

In a homage one of the Singapore area’s lesser known architechtural distinctions, the Showstoppers present an eerie tale of a haunted hospital where the dead yearn to return to the living, and frequently do. Featuring our first ever homage to The Beatles’ “White Album”, and two pirates.

Show 559: Zoom and Boom, 29 April, Singapore SOTA Theatre

Zoom and Boom

Down by the harbour plaza, the Singapore MRT breaks down due to an apparent flooding. With water levels rising, can Mr Geoffrey Anderson and his group of devoted students put their past differences behind them, and find a way to the surface? Featuring Andrew Pugsley as Satan Elvis, lord of paperwork.

Show 558: Angmo in Angmo Kio, 28 April, Singapore SOTA Theatre


Ang Moh in Ang Moh Kio

The first of our Singapore suite, featuring the Hawker Markets of Old Singapore, a race across a bridge, and a reminder that having red – hair is a distinct advantage.

Show 557: Spice, 23rd April, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Setting: New Delhi

Twin sisters Melinda and Jasmine have always been divided, with Melinda destined to follow her mother into a wealthy career as a dentist, while Jasmine would go the way of her father into begging on the streets. Melinda breaks the rules – she allows her sister to impersonate her and go with her to medical school. The head of the faculty, The Professor, falls in love with Melinda, but when he discovers the deception, he expels them both.

They both away, living on the streets, with Jasmine now showing her sister how to survive. Their father Raj and his estranged wife search for them, as does the Professor, who regretted his harsh decision. When the Professor bumps into Jasmine and she, goaded on by her father, pretends to be Melinda and seduces him, one question remains: will she go ahead with the marriage and betray the sister she loves so dearly?

Show 556: Wonderground, 19th April, Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Setting: Old Old Aldwych, the enchanted tube station

When theatrical diva Maisy Bell, her put-upon assistant Clarissa, Cockney knock-abouts Roger and Stanley and banker Lionel Frobisher all congregate on the platform of Old Old Aldwych, little do they realise that not only will the train never come, but that they have all been unwittingly called their by the influence of the mysterious Count Nandos.

Throughout the show, we discover what the link was between each character and the Count, why he created the enchanted tube station and what is the story behind the station guard Gustav, also known as prisoner 24603…

Show 555: Ballot, 26th March, Stowe School

Setting: The Sky television newsroom, as the pre-election leadership debates begin.

Hot-shot TV news anchor Kenny Cardamon is a shoe-in to be lead a series of hard-hitting one on one interviews with the leaders of all the major parties. But when the pressure starts to be exerted on him by these powerful people, will he be strong enough to ask tough questions even with the threat of a smear campaign hanging over his dead father’s spotless reputation? And, if he cracks under pressure, what will Sky’s in-house nuclear physicist Wanda think of him then?

Show 554: Bridge Over the River Severn, 5th March, Stourport Civic

When Lauren leaves her husband Jerry and takes up with rival fisherman William, the infamous Curse Of the Canal is unleashed. Will Stourport basin ever see lobesters again? Will the annual Arley – to Stourport raft – race ever see a winner again? And can John the local taxi driver give any advice?

In this romantic comedy, hearts are won and broken as the three boys try to woo the three girls.

But then everything is thrown into chaos in the second half when Mandy is adopted by the lonely but gentle Snoop Dogg, who needs a star for his latest music video…

Show 553: Lucky Bitches, 22nd February, St James’ Theatre, London

Setting: Battersea Dogs’ Home

Rocky is a chipper American beagle and is in love with Mandy, a schnauzer who only dreams of leaving the home and getting an owner who loves her.

Pooch the philosophical French Poodle is desperate to seduce Matilda, the shitsu with zip and pazazz.

Tex is the oldest dog in the place; he’s in love with the lovely Clarissa, who gets confused and can’t always remember things.

In this romantic comedy, hearts are won and broken as the three boys try to woo the three girls.

But then everything is thrown into chaos in the second half when Mandy is adopted by the lonely but gentle Snoop Dogg, who needs a star for his latest music video…

Show 552: I want to Break Free , 20th February, Aylesbury Waterside

When Warden Felix ran Reading Prison, life was good; but now that Warden Robert is in charge, conditions are tough and the prisoners are unhappy. On top of that, Prisoner 32 is desperately in love with Beatrice, and Alice is having a secret affair with the Warden. When David Lean arrives to make a reality TV show, nothing can stay hidden for long…

Show 551: I Koreally Love You, 14th February, Electric Theatre, Guildford

David Chang, loyal soldier of the North Korean Army, defects to be with his beloved in the Seoul Jacuzzi Bar, but is pursued by his troubled nemesis Captain Sung, in this spectacularly geo-politically accurate musical. Featuring limited daylight and Seoul’s only Nando’s.

Show 550: Something’s Left Over, 1st February, St James’ Theatre, London

Setting – Ikea – Croydon – a by – now traditional locale. General manager Marta from Finland falls in love with playboy Ricky, but discovers Ricky’s double – life when she tracks him down to the local theme – bar “50 Shades”. Featuring a “UrineTown” homage on the stage of the theatre that produced the recent West End version – hurrah!

Show 549: Broken Hearts, 29th January, King’s College School, Wimbledon

At Ghetto High, Brooklyn, the student members of the after-school bridge club ( for both playing bridge and building actual bridges ) discover a terrifying secret hidden deep in the underground chambers of the school. Featuring a rare homage to “Brotherhood Of Man” from “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”…

Show 548: Nuke My Heart, 25th January, The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai

Location: A border crossing in North Korea

Captain Cross and Corporal Kim Bannerman of the North Korean army fall in love while defending against the threat of the South.

But when it turns out that Kim was originally South Korean, it makes Cross question his anti-South feelings. Things escalate when it transpires that Kim’s mother was having an affair with The General of the South  (the leader of South Korea) but had Kim with her true love, The General of the North.

By the end of the musical, after multliple flashbacks to a certain cherry orchard, it seems that everyone is related to everyone – and the walls between the two nations crumble…

Show 547: O.A.P. H.M.P, 24th January, The Lowry, Salford

In the geriatric wing of Strangeways Prison, the elderly in – mates plan one final escape – and discover secret truths about their respective pasts…Featuring  the opening number “We’re All Doing Time”, and some extensive references to the 1985 movie “Cocoon”.

Show 546: Varnishing Act, 23rd January, Uppingham School, Uppingham

The illegal nail – bar businesses of Merseyside are a back-drop for the annual United Nations Conference, as Martha ( from Martha and Lena’s “Bite Me Nails” bar ) is declared president, and `Ukranian double-agent Pitor becomes involved in a tale of international espionage.

Show 545: The Greene King and I, 17th January, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

When Stephen Green and Jane takes over the successful Green King brewery in Bury St Edmunds, his past catches up with him – and we discover beneath his apparently moral exterior a history of theft, adultery and lies.

Ex-business partner King Bruno and Alice, the strange and vengeful controller of barrel form a perfect alliance to force Stephen to account for his actions.

Show 544, Next Thursday, 29th November, Malvern Festival Theatre

At Manchester’s  prestigious  “Coliseum” club, Terry is falling under the spell of femme fatale Jenny, while Cynthia is annoyed that the man of her dreams keeps avoiding her eye. And what’s with the enormous naked portrait in the club’s foyer? Featuring a poignant death – bed confession scene on helium and real – time cake – baking mime.

Show 543, Gremlins in the Kremlin, 22nd November, Theatre 140, Brussels

President Bill Clinton has been undercover since he stepped down from office – we meet him working undercover at the Kremlin using the alias “Tolstoy” , as he tries to gain the trust of Premier Vladimir Putin.

Featuring the exotic rarity that is a “Kiss Of The Spiderwoman” fantasy dream sequence.

Show 542, Nuns in the Sun, 7th November, Colchester Institute

There’s a nunnery. In Madagascar. It’s not like other nunneries – this one has beach volleyball and cocktails. And  penguins.

The Dreamworks-friendly audience witnessed a searing exploration of the nature of sacrifice and penance,  self-flagellation, as Father Joseph from the neighbouring monastery  discovers that  Sister Euphemia is his long – lost ex.

Show 541, Hello!, 31st October, Palace Theatre, Southend

Jeanie works at, a busy call centre on Canvey Island, but her job hangs in the balance because she’s missing her targets and is distracted by a blossoming romance with coworker Graham.

Eschewing love in favour of business success, she finally gets corner office all of her own, but at what cost? Will she and Graham ever get back together? Why is there a cheerleader in the office? Have you had a recent accident that was not your fault?

Show 540: Our England, 26th October, St James Theatre, London

UKIP Conference, present day

When UKIPs policy director and political guru Cynthia has a complete change of heart and switches to an all-inclusive pro-immigration stance, she convinces her party and her leader Nigel Farage to follow her.

But while the party undergoes a revolution, three anti-UKIP activists have infiltrated the building with the plan to destroy it during the middle of the party conference.

It transpires each of the three plotters have a close personal connection to Cynthia – but what is it? Why did it take an affair with Farage to bring about her change of heart? And if the bomb does go off, will any of it, in the final analysis, matter? Our England, a story of heartbreak, love and redemption.

Show 539: Rakin’ It Up, 25th October, The Theatre Royal, Winchester

Setting: a shed

Brothers Robert and Silas have always had a troubled relationship, since the elder (Robert) would, by the traditions of the ancient Grimshaw family, have the title of Lord of Grimshaw manor and all its privileges, while the younger brother Silas would spend his life in The Shed in the grounds of the sprawling estate.

But when the exotic American Miss Fairweather visits, both brothers woo her and her choice to select Robert because of his wealth drives Silas into a jealous rage that sees ancestral traditions unearthed, a war between the men of the shed, the pig farmers and the staff of the house drawn into a conflict that is only resolved when Silas asks himself the question: would he choose ambition or love?

NB This was an unusual Showstopper because the cast comprised five men and no women. The audience set it in a shed. The cast were responsible for all the fighting.

Show 538: Hard Rock, 4th October (evening), The Connaught Theatre, Worthing

A nudist camp in California, present day.

When Sheila, an uptight Mormon; is persuaded by her best friend Rachel to go to a nudist camp, they swear to maintain their friendship and not be swayed by the attentions of the guys. Those guys are three brothers the two elder Tim and Robbie are used to getting any girl they want. So when it’s the youngest brother Jack who successfully woos Rachel, it’s a serious blow to their egos but it’s also a wake up call: turns out that both Tim and Robbie are serious about Sheila; and she is just as serious about not giving in to their advances.

The resulting pressure cooker of love, lust and jealousy (and the intervention of Jesus) leaves Sheila feeling what it’s like to be stuck between a rock and a hard place…

Show 537: Pier Pressure, 4th October (matinee), The Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Setting: Worthing Pier, modern day.

Michael runs a great Fish and Chip shop on Worthing Pier. Everyone loves Michael and his food – and he’s a reason why the pier attracts so many people. When the prestigious Findus Fish Judges come to town to rate all the fish and chip shops, things don’t quite as planned…

Other characters include Michael’s girlfriend Michaela, who runs the coin fountains, fortune teller Madame Pilchard, who by the end of the musical surprises herself  with her powers; and Michael’s long-term chum Frank, who runs the deck chair concession and harbours darkly jealous thoughts about his old friend.

Show 536: Sweeney Gods, 26th September, Hull Truck theatre

Yet another show title to pay homage to the fact that “Todd” rhymes with a whole bunch of different things. Zeuss and Diana watch over the struggle for emancipation involving Hermione and her extremely angry dad Hieron.

Show 535: Just Say No, 19th September, Electric Theatre, Guildford

Ginty and his wife Mary find themselves at loggerheads when Scotland votes in favour of independence. As Mary heads south to make a new life in Guildford, an increasingly power-crazed Ginty sets up a new form of Despotic Not-Democracy.

Can Mary get back her love? Exactly how Scottish is Ginty really? And why are the audience doing burpees?

Show 534: Bangers, 24th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: A second-hand car dealership, Detroit, present day

When Tiger ‘the Tongue’, top sales rep at Frankie McCoy’s Detroit car dealership, gets a call to join Allen’s Motors in LA (staffed by 6 Woody Allens) she not only forgets who she is but also leaves behind her adoring friend Sal. But can she ever go back?

Show 533: In-Tents, 23rd August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: Yugoslavian campsite, 1983

Trevor is a single dad, his wife having left him after he had an affair. But while she is rich and gives their two daughters swanky treats, he can only afford to take them on camping holidays like this one. But when the two girls are swept off their feet by a couple of Nebraskan tourists, he has to enlist his ex-wife’s help to track them down.

Will he be able to fix both his relationship with the mother of his children and his daughters before their lives are torn apart for ever?



PS The audience member who provided the title insisted on the hyphen, although it was never cleared up as to why it was needed…

Show 532: Murdered on the Dance Floor, 22nd August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: Haunted Nightclub in New York

When childhood friends Harry, Robbie and Helen buy The Blue Lounge nightclub for $10, they realise the reason is that the cook Bobby is in fact a ghost, killed by mysterious strangers in 1999. They unearth a series of twists that make it clear that Bobby is not the innocent man he seems, that involve a ghost vaudeville act called the Clown Protection League (catch-phrase: ‘oops, Toots did it again’ and the terrifying Scottish entertainer Bobo McDougall, whose accent infects everyone he talks to…

Show 531: What Would Jesus Do?, 20th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: A club for writers of Jesus fan fiction. Modern day

The members of the Jesus fan fiction writing club all write stories of what their idol Jesus might have done. But when the Rapture comes and they find themselves stuck in limbo, each member of the club has to look at their own soul. Who is holding them back from being saved? Cat-killer Camilla? Sexy nightclub singer Judy Garland? Bathroom obsessed Suzanna? Tony, who loves the Backstreet boys too much? Sammy, who sometimes narrates? Or is it the mysterious and wise Leonard Bernstein?

Show 530: She Don’t Need No Education, 19th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: A Swiss finishing school, 1952

A-grade Gertie, head girl of the St Michael’s finishing school, falls in love with Adolf Gunther, a boy from the village. But what will happen when brutal, purist, boy-hating Headmistress Clewiss and her deputy head Cassiopeia find out?

Show 529: Drop Dead Gorgeous, 18th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: A beauty pageant in Alabama

Maisy Clarkson was Miss Alabama 1959 – she thought she was on top of the world until her sister Cassandra stole her husband and since then their rivalry has been endless. Maisy’s daughter Mopsy and Cassandra’s daughter Ruby – who are best of friends – have always been pushed to compete against each on in the Alabama Beauty Pageant.

But this year, 1983, their rivalry will finally come to a head and while their daughters show off their skills of singing, belly dancing and contortion for the judges to consider, they will have to face what happened so many years ago.

Show 528: Nul Points, 17th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia, capital of Latvia

Latvia (the capital of Latvia) is abuzz with the excitement of the greatest pop competition on earth. Latvian sisters Yolanda and Latki are under pressure to win from their ultra-competitive countrymen – but there are two strong contenders: Rudolfo from Italy and the Luxembourgish entry Soundcheck – both star performers and both hungering after the affections of Yolanda.

Passions collide and pop goes stellar as the characters must take comfort from the ultimate piece of Latvian advice: “Atstāt ziņu pēc signāla.”

Show 527: Popping Out, 16th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

At St Hilda’s maternity hospital in LA, super midwife Gloria ensures everyone has babies except for herself. When she falls in love with intern Jonathan, the question is what matters more: ambition or love?

Featured an usual sequence as senior Doctors Farrell and Parkins discussed matters while playing golf, doing synchronised swimming and practising their dressage.

Songs included Breathe Easy, That’s the Way of the Lord; Plenty More Fish in the Sea, I Don’t Need a Man; It’s Poppin’ Out; and the golf-themed Getting It In The Hole Is Easy, Getting It Out Is Hard.

Show 526: Me, Myself and Samurai, 15th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

19th century Japan – the end of the era of the Samurai

Yoshi is the only son of the last remaining family of Samurai. His father sends him to meet his arranged bride, the only way for the samurai line to continue. But he discovers that Lotus Monkey is a moderniser – with thoughts of freedom, self-expression and driving tractors.

Will Yoshi and Lotus Monkey be able to find a way to be happy together? And can Lotus Monkey’s mother, Willow Monkey, be able to soften Yoshi’s father’s stony heart and bring the families together?

Featured haikus spoken around a cherry tree and a terrible tractor accident.


Show 525: Genuflect!, 14th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

When Pope Pius II dies, the Catholic church is thrown into turmoil and head of PR Trevor – plus his nunnery equivalent Cindy find themselves in the centre of a power struggle involving the ambitious cardinal Stevens, sexy nuns and the possibility of another female pope…

“Genuflect! Genuflect! Show the pope some f**ing respect!”

Show 524: Circus, 13th August evening show, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: An Italian Circus, modern day. Should be pronounced ‘seerkuss’.

A beautiful young circus performer, tired of living under the thumb of her modernising mother, who runs the place with a rod of iron, elopes with her boyfriend the clown. They go to New York to find a new life, but end up doing cheap circus tricks on the street.

The circus owner finally tracks them down but, during their emotional reunion, they find out that the owner’s father has taken the opportunity of his daughter’s absence to recreate a stunt from the old days: walking the highwire, blindfolded, while on fire. With no net. Accompanied by an angry lion.

Will they get back in time to save him?

Show 523: Force of Nature, 13th August matinee, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This was a special critic’s show in which guest Steve Bennett, founder of wrote a review of a fictitious musical. This was kept secret from the cast until the start of the show, when he read it out and the Stoppers then attempted to performed it as described.

Here is what he wrote:

‘Who would have thought the life story of the godfather of physics would make for a musical that is as entertaining as it is 100 per cent accurate in every historical and scientific detail. Isaac Newton’s colourful life and intellectual genius are captured perfectly in this foot-stomping romp, from a childhood blighted by bullies right through to his later obsession with alchemy, which induced madness, and ultimately death through mercury poisoning – which this team makes remarkably jaunty with their ragtime number.

Over his life’s story, the cast deliver such memorable songs as as the Calculus Calypso, the Royal Mint rap and the very physical demonstration of his laws of motions – an energetic number that, ironically, seems to defy gravity. Talking of which, making the falling apple which inspired the theory into a human-like character, Granny Smith, with the voice of Eartha Kitt was simply inspired. There is poignancy, too, for the man who discovered a law of constant attraction, would never find love – a plight mourned in a plaintive ballad that seemed to channel The Smiths.

For every action here, there is an equal and opposite reaction: Joy.’

Show 522: Sweeney Cod, 12th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: A fish and chip shop in Leith, Edinburgh

An ambitious fish and chip shop owner marries the girl of his dreams – but after 15 years of marriage she starts to feel that she has not achieved any of her life’s goals. She bumps into the man who introduced her to her husband and they fall in love. When the fish and chip shop owner finds out, will he be able to let her go? Given the title of this musical, clearly not. Everyone dies.

Show 521: Put a Sing on It, 11th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Pop-mega-star Begonan’s tour bus, modern day.

Begonan’s talented younger sister Louise joins her on her latest tour. When the big star starts to struggle and Begonan’s manager calls her sister in to help, will it tear the sisters apart or bring them closer together?

Show 520: About a Toy, 10th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Big Bear and Dancing Doll are kept in the old-fashioned toybox. They really want to cross the living room to the electric toys container but Beatnik Robot Steve is not keen to allow more outsiders.

Show 519: I Didn’t Mean It, 9th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Alcatraz, 2020.

Death Row has become a game show where the audience votes who gets sent to the electric chair.

Who will win and how will Rex (ice-cream killer) Miguel (Mexican wrestler), Betty McKinley (killer of a senator) and John Hookerman (The New York Garrotter) fare against the corrupt warden Jardine?

Show 518: The Blue Rim, 8th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The opening of a unisex toilet in Scotland Yard brings together brilliant New York Detective Inspector Kelly and loyal plodding sergeant Jim. But between them, will they manage to crack the case of the dreaded Putney Loper?

Show 517: Caesar’s Phallus, 7th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A couple’s retreat in Vegas in the 1950s.

Howie the Mormon goes to a couple’s retreat and falls in love with an elderly gambler. Surrounded by a coterie of eager but powerless friends, including Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, Howie realises by the end that he could have had many wives, but settles on just one.

Show 516: Tonight We Dance in Hell, 6th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A gypsy encampment outside ancient Sparta

Great Gorgon the warrior is enraged when his brother Euripides the poet wins the heart of the beautiful Siphalos. Gorgon throws her deep into the cave but she escapes to Sparta, where Gorgon and Euripides track her down for a final showdown.

Show 515: Extreme Shopping (Three Bags Full), 6th August matinee, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Primark in Slough, 1974

Life in Slough’s first Primark is enlivened by the annual disco-dancing championship. Roger and Larry are rivals in dance, rivals in love, rivals in life – and now rivals in Extreme Shopping: Three Bags Full.

Note: the sheep invasion scene was later redacted.


Show 514: Clean Elizabeth, 5th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (copy)

In the laundries underneath Buckingham Palace, things get stranger and stranger until an astonishing secret is revealed, involving a five and a half thousand year plot to defend the future of humanity by keeping Queen Elizabeth II free of all dirt.

Show 513: Giraffe to Talk So Much?, 4th August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Liverpool Docks, 1961

Dock worker and giraffe-whisperer Jeremy used to be in an then-unknown band The Beatles and is lured back to help their find success in their world tour.

Show 512: A Game of Death, 3rd August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Special guest critic’s show Stephanie Merritt from the Observer.

A Scandinavian Crime Thriller, modern day.

Detective Inspector Brigitte Olaffson must put together the pieces of this case, having found pieces of her former lover on Trondheim Bridge with an allen key and instructions on how to put him back together. Dolphins and a stunning boylesque round off this Abba-inspired romp.

Show 511: Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box, 2nd August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Cardboard Box Factory, modern day

Three sisters inherit their parents’ cardboard box factory. The condition of the will is that they must not fraternise with their workers. But that is not a condition they can tolerate…

There were puffins. Lots of puffins.

Show 510: The Witches of Atlantis, 1st August, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

An aquarium, modern day.

Angelfish is forced to leave the comfort of her aquarium to save her aged father, daddy Barracuda. She goes to the fabled witches of Atlantis for advice but their price for saving her father’s life is to take away Jellyfish, her love. Which way shoal she go?

Show 509: West-mincer, 31st July, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (copy)

House of Commons, 1973

In order for MP Susan Etherington to pass her bill on sexual equality, she will need the support of the loathsome chauvinist Lord Hawthorne. Will she prevail over power cuts, the winter of discontent and a young Margaret Thatcher to boot?

Show 508: Dogging, 30th July, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Setting: New York City Poodle Parlour, modern day

Two girls are taking their poodle Marzipan to the Poodle Parlour, when they run into their two exes, both police dog handlers. With pride at stake, when combing turns to combat, will Marzipan the poodle stand up to the NYPD mastiff?

Show 507: Room For One More, 13th July, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Hotshot bass player and ladies man Mark goes away with his wife, Cindy Sydenham-Hampton, to the exotic island couples retreat of Tantric Harmony in Sri Lanka. But when he arrives, he discovers that his two dads are already there, as is his old flame Carlotta. And Carlotta has a big surprise for him…

Show 506: Cop on a Hot Tin Roof, 4th July, Loughborough Town Hall

Setting: A Police Station in Brooklyn

Sweet Officer Dorcy and tough Officer Frank love each other but can’t admit it, working as they do at Brooklyn police department under the strict no-love rules of the Superintendent.

It gets worse when Greek gangsters threaten Dorcy she is spotted and assumed to be on the take, Frankie gets a new partner and moves to the up-market Queens PD.

Stripped of her livelihood, her honour and her love, what is she prepared to do to get it back?

This show features an inordinate number of different superintendents.

Show 505: Crash and Burn, 29th June, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

The year is 1834, the setting is the Cappadocia to Paris hot air balloon race.

Gentlemen of leisure Mr Mustafa and Mr Jeffrey get the surprise of their lives when the two ladies they are wooing, annoyed by their patronising ways, decide to secretly join the race. They are winning, when the men, driven by need to compete, make a mistake and crash-land on an active volcano. What will the ladies do?

Show 504: Off The Leash, 22nd June, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Setting: A dog’s home in Wales

Great Dane Chester and his best friend Bono the Jack Russell dream of breaking out of the dogs home, despite the warnings from bulldog Dobbie and her gang-mates and Chi-chi not to buck the system.

Chester and Bono finally take their chance and make a break for the mythical hills of Pontypridd, they get the adventure of a life-time, facing death, renewed hope, sacrifice, love and a dog called Hieronymus Jones…

Show 503: Two Fat Ladies, 15th June, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Conflicted love and confused identity in Mecca Bingo in Bognor.

Show 502: Kentucky FC, 13th June, Hampton School, Twickenham

Setting: The football World Cup, Brazil, modern day.

A football player obsessed with Kentucky Friend Chicken, eats all the chicken until there is none left. The only solution to this crisis is a very special type of tournament…

Show 500: The Secret, 8th June, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Setting: modern-day self-help seminar

Self-help guru Harry Mitchum has been transforming lives for decades. When three self-improvement-addicted friends join the programme, they are changed in ways that they don’t like in each other. Bossy, fretful Jenny becomes emotionless and cold; woman-fearing Jean-Claude becomes a serial womaniser; and uncertain Miles decides to usurp the place of Harry Mitchum himself.

Will they lose themselves in their new identities, or rediscover what made them friends in the first place?

Show 499: Milk It, 1st June, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

A plot to create bovine-human hybrid race is thwarted by a meandering-accented cow-whisperer with help from Irving Berlin.

Show 498: Tapas Time Machine, 25th May, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Setting: Al Hambra, Grenada, modern day.

Inventor Doctor B succeeds in creating a time machine and uses it to go back to 1305 where he kills the cruel Spanish King Gazpacho. But little does he know that by doing so he destroys hundreds of years of Spanish culture, music and identity. The only way to reverse it is to send his girlfriend permanently back in time to propagate the Gazpacho bloodline. Will he be willing to let her go to save the history of the country he loves?

Show 497: Tuck in Ham Palace, 18th May, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

In a show that managed to contain something to offend just about everyone,  John, son top the Queen’s chef, becomes involved in a plot whose inciting incident – having to kill and eat his own father – is just the first of a litany of crimes including mass – murder, incest, and appearing on a day-time television cooking show. Featuring what might be our last “Viva Forever” call.

Show 496: Poundland Apocalypse, 11th May, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Sonia Tomlinson has created and built the Poundland empire from its humble Crawley origins, impressing the industry and inspiring her staff, especially long-term employee Derek.

When Harrods’ boss Horatios Mawkenson decides to reinvent the world-famous upmarket department store, it is to Sonia that he goes with an offer she can’t refuse…

Features an alien Simon Cowell as the ultra-baddy. It’s better not to ask why.


Show 495: Off the Rails, 4th May, The Cornerstone, Didcot

It’s about time The Showstoppers did one of those “Hollywood Movie Comes To A Provincial Town” stories – so we did. In 1968, Didcot Railway Museum becomes the location for a Hollywood film – but what happens when Mr Potter, owner of the old locomotive, goes mental and drives it through Blenheim Palace? Featuring a rarely – called  homage to “The Music Man”.

Show 494: Whye Oh Whye Oh Whye, 3rd May, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
Workers on the Whye River’s most important sewage-procerssing plant face a daunting barrage of gambling cruise ships and telepathic witches in this genre-straddling meditation on Mankind’s relationship with the environment.
One for the collectors – we homaged both “ShowBoat” and “Kismet” here.
Show 493: Crowning Glory, 27th April, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

Setting: A maternity ward in a modern-day hospital

Obstetrician Dr Peaches* Stephenson believes in natural births. Ambitious Dr David Wilson, working  in the same ward, believes in the heavy use of drugs to assist birth and relieve pain.  Their professional rivalry is only matched by their personal emnity – they used to be lovers but it ended badly.

As they prepare for a scientific trial that will guarantee the career of only one of the two opposing doctors, Stephenson starts to be seriously affected by the fact that she can never have a child. Meanwhile Wilson’s ambition leads to success but also loneliness.

In their search for success and happiness they meet psychic morticians, the personification of death, dodgy pharmaceutical companies and hundreds upon hundreds of high-speed births.

* Actually we never found out her real first name. This is a stand in.

Show 492: A Fistful Of Scalpels, 24th April, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

In the Wild West, surgeon Bobby is banished from Deadwood City due to his magical healing powers, taking only his faithful Nurse Susi far beyond “The Desert Beyond The Desert”, pursued, as always, by his nemesis Diggery Dave. Featuring Alan the Talking Horse, and a cameo by “Doc” Emmet Brown.

Show 491: Jack the Flipper, 20th April, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

In Victorian Billingsgate, a fish-obsessed serial killer lurks the streets. But who is it? Sergeant Carmichael and Inspector Tewksbury investigate everyone, including themselves, but the true identity is, of course, the last person anyone expected. Featuring The Showstoppers’ first homage to Disney’s “Frozen”.

Show 490: Cheap Skates, 13th April, Udderbelly Festival, South Bank, London

When the skateboarders of Matalan ( Staines branch) take on the skateboarders of the National Theatre, there can be only one winner. Layla and Leroy fall out over love, Layla discovers she can fly, and the Showstoppers do their first “Bombay dreams” style number for a LONG time.

Show 489: Gumbo!, 3rd April, Fife Comedy Festival, Rothes Hall, Glenrothes

Setting – The Swamps Of Louisiana

Mr Bethany hands over the keys to the swamp to his son Robert, in order for the wildlife to remain protected. However, Robert is courting Sarah, whose pappy is an industrial oil magnate. Conflict of interests? Faustian pacts? Dying birds? You betcha. Featuring a 7 minute beat-boxing epic, and the ‘Stoppers first ever full-length Bohemian Rhapsody number.

Show 488: Oh Dam, 22nd March, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham

The illustrious art collector and socialite Madame Van Gogh becomes involved in a love triangle involving her butler Pilkington, and pastry afficionado named Charles. Secrets are revealed about everyone’s pasts at Mrs Mindy’s costumed ball, and the secret of the World’s smallest Van Gogh painting is finally disclosed.

Show 487: Boogie Woogie Boot Camp, 14th March, Bristol Improv Festival, Bierkeller, Bristol

America 1956

When General Peters decides to allow women into the St Lucia army-navy training academy he doesn’t expect to see his ex-wife join the cadets.

As the trainees are drawn into the Korean conflict they learn how to dodge bullets, identify commies, and love each other all over again.

Who will be the champ at the Boogie Woogie Boot Camp?

Show 486: A Day In The Life Of My Aspidistra, 27th February, Newtonabbey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Setting – A small town near Belfast, with a bookstore,  a nice cafe and a Chinese restaurant.
Ian and Margaret are just trying to get on with their normal life in their normal town, but their lives are thrown into turmoil due to Ian’s past serial bigamy – his previous life as a West Country stripper, and the upcoming wrestling competition in the Chinese restaurant.  Featuring a Witches Of Eastwick number – not many of those around in the Showstopper universe. Marvellous.
Show 485: Drilling, 21st February, Nordland Teatr, Mo i Rana, Norway
Setting – An Oil Rig off the coast of Stavanger, Southern Norway, and the local dock-side bar.
“In a semi – homage to “On The Town”, three rig workers find their loyalties tested by the ever-changhing affections of Mo – in particular Tony, who has selfishness issues. Bar-lady Laura offers advice, the oil-rig explodes, and the seagulls have their say as well. Featuring helpful phrases in actual Norwegian courtesy the lovely Mo I Rana audience, and a cracking extended solo for our wonderful percussionist Alex Atty.
Interesting fact – this show was set where the final scene of the final episode ever of the Danish TV show “the Killing” takes place.
Show 484: Work, Rest and Play, 8th Febuary, Corn Exchange, Newbury

Things get tricky at Mars Academy (named after the Red Planet on which it is situated) when Phys Ed teacher Doug and top Phys Ed student champion Sandra reveal their forbidden love for each other. Banished into the Martian desert, they now have to cope with waning romance, sudden violence, Mormons and the chance that one of them might be the Chosen One.

Show 483: Push!, 30th January, King’s College School, Wimbledon

St Christopher’s Hospital, Edinburgh contains the country’s premier maternity ward, and Dr Harrison Brown is its star delivery specialist. Why then, wonders infatuated colleague Agnes, has there never been a Mrs Brown? The answer lies, somewhat surprisingly, with the Loch Ness Monster, who teaches us that Dr Brown is not who he seems, and that you can go a long way with the right School-College education…

Show 482: That Sinking Feeling, 25th January, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

We’re in the underwater city of Atlantis, where pure Poseidon God of the Sea rules the waves and is particularly fond of his namesake, Poseidon the fisherman. But when the fisherman is seduced by Princess Morgana, the vengeful god punishes the city with a terrible fish famine.

The only way out of this? It’s all revealed in the decidedly family-unfriendly number “I left my panties in Atlantis.

Show 481: Sam ‘n Ella, 23rd January, Park Theatre, London (part of the London Jam festival)

Set in a Scottish salmon farm, scientist Sam works obsessively on new ways to breed fish more effectively, so haunted by a mystical encounter with a giant squid when he was young that he can do nothing else. But will he discover the possibility of love with co-worker Ella before the squid can consume them all?

Show 480: Lunar Tunes, 18th January, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Setting – The Dark Side Of The Moon! For some reason, this musical took place, in the main, in a cheese mine on the Moon – a location that, traditionally, is eschewed by the good people of The Showstoppers. For some other reason,the chair swapped places with a cast member during Act Two in a Dr Who sub-plot that this chair still finds bewildering. Featuring a successful Rocky Horror group dance number, and fine bogleing from a female cast member who shall remain nameless.

Show 479: The Ski At Night, 16th January, Fairfields Halls (Ashcroft Theatre), Croydon

Setting – “The Golden Lotus” ski resort, Colorado.

Serial philanderer Nick sees the fruition of a ten-year plan to rip off Frank, with the help of Frank’s unethical fiancé – turned new bride turned love cheat Genevieve. The course of true love never did run smooth, and that’s before the CID ( four letters more important than the CIA) get involved, as do the Physio Franny, Barmaid Fenella, and THE DUTCH. Featuring a yodel-off homage to “theBodyGuard” and geographically inaccurate references to the Northern Lights.

Show 478: Stoked, 20th December, Norden Farm, Maidenhead

Setting – The swanky Stoke Park Tennis Centre

In the world of boutique tennis spas, reactionary admissions secretary Betina is going to have to change her attitude, as Alice ( an American) and Captain Morgan ( a pirate) are only two of the new faces trying to make their way in the world ( of boutique tennis spas).

Old versus New. Rich versus Poor. Sinatra versus Buble.

Show 477: Emotional Baggage, 13th December, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Setting: Heathrow Terminal 5, First Class Lounge

When the handsome, charming and devastatingly rich frequent flyer known as The Sheikh tries to seduce Susan the stewardess, how will she reconcile her feelings with her feminism?

Show 476: Zootenkamun, 30th November, Electric Theatre, Guildford

Setting: A zoo in ancient Egypt
Anil and Anouk, married couple who run the zoo in ancient Alexandria. The Nile runs through the middle, separating both the cold from the warm-blooded animals but also the cold-blooded Anil from the warm-hearted Anouk. As political turmoil approaches, will the two unite or separate forever?

Show 475: Shaking Bad, 28th November, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Setting – A Military Pharmaceutical Test Centre, near Hadrian’s Wall

In a modern-day retelling of the Frankenstein story, Dr Gideon and Dr Livingstone come to blows over the future of Test Subject “Patient X” – aka mild-mannered Geoffrey Marchmont – a show featuring a Billy Elliot homage, strong drug use, and a dragon in a cave.

Show 474: Swansea Lake, 22nd November, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Twins Dai and Gareth are the physically the same – but Gareth is the most popular man in Swansea while Dai has no friends. So Gareth hatches a plan to impersonate Dai and win the heart of local rugby star Myfanwy.

Show 473: Trapeze on Toast, 23rd October, University of Bedford Theatre

Senor desperately wants his son Thomas to follow the family tradition and stay with his circus. But it’s 1921, and Thomas dreams of being a mechanic on one of those new-fangled cars. So he sets out on an adventure that sees him becoming a cheese factory worker, a waiter, an astronaut and a surgeon. But when his former girlfriend Marie dies in a trapeze accident, her ghost calls him back to the big top…

Show 472: Putin It About, 20th October, Otley Courthouse

At the end of a 9 year tour, Vlad’s Circus arrives in Sebastapol – only to find that President Putin himself is coming to judge the circus  – strangely enough – Putin is actually rather progressive, and banishes the lion- taming act to a Nuclear submarine in coastal Siberia – where they find a new use for Uranium 235.

Will the circus finally reunite for one last show? Yes.


Show 471: Hello Mummy, 19th October, Helmsley Arts Centre

A classical hero’s journey from The Showstoppers, as Prince Ali travels across the deserts of Egypt to put the smile back on the face of the Sphynx…. and then travels back again to see what his parents think of all this.

Featuring a homage to “The Producers” and killer sheep.


Show 470: Jailhouse Frock, 18th October, The Junction, Goole

In a top security women’s prison in the 1920’s, one of the guards has more than just a set of keys in their pocket. Yes, Caroline is actually a Charles – which causes no end of bother for Suffragette Gladys, Samantha, Petunia and Charles’ mom, the bearded and beautiful Agnes.

Featuring audience participation involving a man hitting the cast on the head with a wiffle bat.

Show 469: Air Today Gone Tomorrow, 17th October, Barnsley Civic

Mr Biggs runs a successful hairdressing salon in Barnsley,  and has started a passionate relationship with his assistant Maria. But when the local abattoir makes all of its staff redundant,  Mr Biggs’ kind-heartedness overtakes him, and he ends up hiring more staff than he can possibly afford to pay.

Will he have to let Maria go? What does Jack Davenport have to do with this?  And why is he so keen to point out that he’s not the actor Jack Davenport?


Show 468: Amulet of the Atlanteans, 16th October, Pocklington Arts Centre

The great civilization of Atlantis has been quietly continuing beneath the waves for thousands of years, but young Miranda longs to go up to the surface. Up beyond the waters lies love,  betrayal and the wandering-accent folk of Kilamanjaro.

Will she get her heart’s desire? Will Atlantis fall again? There’s no need to ‘nurry.’

Show 467: Heads on the Block, 12th October, Arts Centre Colchester

St Marry’s Primary School Colchester is about to be OFSTEDed, all the way up to Key Stage Seven – and the school’s only assets are a giant pencil, some cake, and a German Stalingrad veteran ( and MOSSAD target)  who teaches business studies.

How will the Patagonian and Russian languages staff cope when Head George Jones goes up against his Father – In – Law who IS THE INSPECTOR!?  Featuring a surprisingly successful homage to the live stage show of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.


Show 466: Soon All This Will Be Past, 10th October, Centre for Carnival Arts, Luton

Soon All This Will Be Past –  Mr Parker is an inspirational teacher working at Ashcroft,  the toughest school in all of Luton. He believes there’s a diamond inside everybody, and soon begins to transform notoriously resistant class 4F. But Lady Hatchett,  head of the board of governors, is determined to see him fail…

Show 465: Fire in the Hole, 5th October, Wycombe Swan (Town Hall), High Wycombe

In Wycombe’s Hellfire caves, where the rich and powerful go to indulge in sin, the foreign secretary falls in love with a lowly prostitute, opening himself up to blackmail. But when it transpires that the prostitute is in fact the runaway daughter of the prime minister, the worlds of politics and romance collide and explode.

Show 464: The Sound of Yorkshire, 4th October, Uppingham School, Rutland

Brigadoon goes up north, as a bakery in the dead – centre of Yorkshire plays host to more than just the sale of freshly – baked comestibles.

Will Peter Pitstop ( “the richest man in Goole”) and Barnaby Bunce ever resolve their differences? “When you hold a man’s buns, the rest will follow”.


Show 463: Gloom in the Tomb, 28th September, Alleyns School, Dulwich

In the catacombs of Paris, feuding brothers Mayor Henry Forbes IV ( the major of Paris) and Dr Richard ( the ex-mayor of Paris) meet after a long absence – both desiring the same woman.

Featuring a Brighton beach flashback, gratuitous French stereotypes, The Muppets,  and one of the Showstoppers very rare forays into the music of “Viva Forever”.


Show 462: Woof!, 14th September, Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford

Sammy the Dachshund runs away from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home in the hope of settling down to a new life with kind hearted vet Joanna Froggatt. But he he has to contend with not only her allergy-ridden boyfriend Charles,  but also her parents –  who appear to have a sideline in cooking up dogmeat…

Show 461: The Ship’s Hit the Fan, 25th August, Edinburgh Fringe

Adventure, love and epic sea battles set on board a 17th century Naval Frigate

Show 460: Whip My Hide, 24th August, Edinburgh Fringe

A Wild West musical – set in Deadwood City, where peace reigns until the sheriff’s old friend and rival Black Bill comes back looking for revenge.

Show 459: I Love You For Your Brains, 23rd August, Edinburgh Fringe

A sheep farm in Hull becomes an unlikely haven when the zombie apocalypse strikes. But one of the farmer’s daughters has a terrible genetic secret that only her lover knows.

Show 458: When Whores Collide, 21st August, Edinburgh Fringe

What happens when the owner of the only male whore-house in Zurich falls in love with one of her best jigolos?

Show 457: Where There’s a Quill, 20th August, Edinburgh Fringe

In a 19th century London printing shop, the owner Mr Collins is rather taken with his ward Mabel. But she is rather taken with Colin, the young printer who has started there. And Colin’s mother – recently split up from Charles Dickens – is rather taken with Mr Collins.

Everyone falls for everyone and Dickens ends up producing a musical of his less-well known work ‘The Cold Banana’. This show is notable for starting with a montage of the entire history of writing.

Show 456: In The Jungle, The Flighty Jungle, 19th August, Edinburgh Fringe

When Captain Rickets deliberately crash-lands his Concorde flight into a remote jungle somewhere between Tokyo and Hawaii, in order to start a New World Order, trouble can’t be far away. And it isn’t.

Featuring an “Into The Heights” medley longer than many one-act musicals, cannibalism, and a homage to the ending of “Planet Of The Apes” ( not the rubbish one, the good 1968 original. And yes, we know it was originally a novel).

Show 454: The Chainmail Princess, 17th August, Edinburgh Fringe

In a haunted Welsh castle, will the father of the family ever escape the memory of his crime?

Show 455: Tibet or Not Tibet, 18th August, Edinburgh Fringe

A beautiful tale set in a medieval tibeten monestary or polygamy, religious extasy and reincarnation

Show 453: Waste of Time, 16th August, Edinburgh Fringe

Three children – all sons and daughters of single parents – spend their time creating the incredible Green Plastic City. But will their parent’s differing attitudes to the world of imagination be stronger than their bonds of friendship?

Show 452: Shafted, 15th August, Edinburgh Fringe

A classic tale of terror and bravery surrounding the collapse of a Welsh coal mine.

Show 451: The Cone Ranger, 14th August, Edinburgh Fringe

A family of motorway cone-layers come close to shattering when the sons discover that their mother is not dead (as their father claimed), but instead has hooked up with a woman twenty miles up the road.

Show 450: There Is No Space, 13th August, Edinburgh Fringe

Love, rank and national tensions in the International Space Station

Show 449: Orc-estrated, 12th August, Edinburgh Fringe

One of the lesser known tales of Middle Earth, this involves a post-Third Age utopia where the Orcs have become peaceful. But for one orc in particular, there is no escaping the call of his blood-lusting ancestors.

Show 448: Blood and Bagpipes, 11th August, Edinburgh Fringe

An epic tale of war between two neighbouring Scottish villages. One young man is given the privilege to fight – but to do so he must not allow himself to fall in love.

Show 447: Fat Chance, 10th August, Edinburgh Fringe

A light-hearted rom-com set in a Weight Watchers turns into a dark thriller when two of the weight-watchers circle turn into fat-hating serial killers.

Show 446: This Book Belongs To…, 9th August, Edinburgh Fringe

A book club is torn apart when a new member comes with ambitious plans.

Show 445: Hello Kitty, 8th August, Edinburgh Fringe

At Saint Agnes-Agatha’s in Scotland, the all-girls school are preparing for their annual hockey match with the neighbouring all-boys school. Contact between genders is forbidden, which is problematic because everyone is in love with everyone else. “Bliss” – The Times.

Show 444: Pope On A Rope, 7th August, Edinburgh Fringe

In the Sistine Chapel, art history and modern sexuality give God some hard thinking to do, as Sandra Huckleberry , new Vatican intern, is from Wisconsin, and the folks from Wisconsin do things differently there.

Featuring a Godspell number actually about God, bizarre flashbacks to the USA, a dangling Pope and choreography from “Fame”.

Show 443: 50 Shades Of Pets, 6th August 2013, Edinburgh Fringe

This year’s “50  Shades of…” title involves a dystopian future where pet-shops are illegal. One of them is disguised as a newsagents. When Inspector Steve Petersen discovers his son Ricky is in league with pet-smugglers, it all gets litigious real quick.  Featuring both the lyrics of Richard Stilgoe and the choreography of “Footloose”.

Show 442: The Devil Wears Sneakers, 5th August 2013, Edinburgh Fringe

In Purgatory, chief demon Lord Melchior is keen on sending all the penitents to hell. But when one of his charges turns out to be his long-lost love ( and executioner) Donna Blackbeard, female pirate and scourge of the seven seas, the temperature gets even hotter. Featuring a 7-headed squid in homage to “Spiderman – Turn Off The Dark”.

Show 441: I Caught Crabs In Cromer, 4th August 2013, Edinburgh Fringe

Composer and serial philanderer / conman Adam Guettell ( no relation) is seducing everyone in Norfolk under cover of his mattress shop veneer. But when a 3-some in the Swaffham Love Tunnel brings a group of his ex’s together, it’s time for a showdown in his sinister perv castle. Featuring a cracking surprise finale.

Show 440: We Will Roll You, 3rd August 2013, Edinburgh Fringe

Passions run high in Mexico City as the language of salsa collides with the language of tobacco in the Castro Cigar Factory. Featuring audience-participation Mexican waves, aggressive references to “Evita” and a song called “Testicles”.

Show 439: Pie Hard, 2nd August 2013, Edinburgh Fringe

In the Greggs on the Wandsworth Road, Sarah McJimminy is frustrated at her inability to get into Oxford. Her friend Alice is slumming it with her after leaving Malborough college.

But when the Royal Family require a new cake, and Alice’s ex from the Grosnevor Club starts a rival cake enterprise, love, pastry and the past collide. Featuring our first Hans Zimmer action movie montage.

Show 438: The Sting and I, 21st July, Latitude Festival

Amos and Gladys are deeply in love, even as they admire the 14 feet high and four feet wide apiary that produces Suffolk’s finest Manuka. Gladys’ sister Belinda has other ideas however.

And what has Derek, the Major of Ipswich, got to do with all this, apart from sleeping with every character in this musical? Featuring a Rite-Of-Spring inspired courtship dance and the Stoppers dipping another toe into “The Book Of Mormon”.

Show 437: Adam and Steve, 14th July, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

In this creation story, God has pronounced that the only love blessed by her is the love between a man and a man. The Garden of Eden remains a paradise of tranquility under her benign rule until Lucifer tempts Adam and Steve to travel over the mountains and taste the sins of female companionship.

Eden is cracked – God’s rage challenged by the cause of Lucifer’s downfall – God’s rejection of his love. Will the battle of heaven end in the destruction of the world? Or will God and Lucifer manage to reconcile their split and bring about a new type of paradise?

One walkout on religious grounds. Standing ovation from everyone else.

Show 436: Burning, 7th July, Cornbury Festival

Setting – The Sun and its environs

Commander Markus is in charge of a space-vessel exploring the orbit of the sun. The heat is a metaphor for his psyche, and also his actual body temperature.  Everything goes wrong in this mini – musical inspired by both Thoroughly Modern Millie  AND Spamalot.

Show 435: Just Do It, 30th June, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Vietnam – an unexpected place to find the world’s finest luthier. Its wonderful hand-made guitars are sought after by the finest musicians in the world.

Among the staff Claire arrives (daughter of Bob Dylan) to escape from the US. But when she falls in love with George, they are forbidden from uniting until they can truly learn what love and sacrifice is.

It is in the mystical and dangerous mountains of Vietnam than their story finds its conclusion…

Show 434: Open Wide, 24th June, Ardingly Arts Festival

Hollywood dentist Dr Susan Richardson vows never to betray her best friend and assistant, Miranda.
But when Tom Cruise visits for whale tooth implants, their relationship is put to the test. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise turns into a whale.

Show 433: Carnage, 16th June, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Bedlam 1895. Frank wants to bring new science and new technology to cure the inmates of the world’s most famous asylum. Beautiful, troubled Bess Toper is visited every day by grief-stricken husband Leonard.

But both men harbour dark secrets about Bess – and the her electro-shock therapy unexpectedly transforms her into an avenging angel.

Show 432: Elephants, Eh?, 7th June, Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff

Setting – Mombassa National Park.

Torontonian Marie and French – Canadian Pierre are having a Honeymoon spat based on their conflicting views of Canada. Meanwhile, Konyate and Masoja the local guides are having their own conflict of interest based on their interpretations of financial law.  This entire musical ended up making perfect sense.

Show 431: Defying Gravity , 2nd June Evening, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Setting – the spaceship “HMS Galactica”.

Captain Hamilton is a lady. Her father is the admiral, which is how she got the job.  She is in love with Murgatroyd, who is a man. Their intergalactic adventures in and out of love are aided by Robot Steve, who is a robot,  Melissa, who is a drunk, and Maurice, who is French. Featuring the hit ballad “I Fumbled My Pressuriser”.

Show 430: Do You Think He Saw Us?, 2nd June Matinee, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Setting –  The Natural History Museum, London

Schoolgirl Gemma gets lost in the Natural History Museum during a school trip, much to the dismay of Mr Forsythe, but she is taken under the care of gift-shop owner Laurie Leftcold. Featuring the songs “Bugs and Beasties” and “I’m Special”.

Remember – “A problem shared is still a problem”.

Show 429: Going Down Under, 26th May, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Setting – The Pink Clam Bar, Canberra, the actual capital of Australia.
Sam and Clarissa, a lesbian couple of some twenty years’ standing, run the best Gay Bar in Canberra, but their barman Geoff can’t handle the fact that his paramour Terry has gone straight. Meanwhile Flora has fallen in with “Anti – Gay studies” professor Jack, and the Clam looks like it’s being closed down do to lack of homosexuality. Golf is played. Calypso’s are sung. And Clarissa sings the statue song.

Show 428: If I Were in Richmond, 25th May, The Rose Theatre, Kingston

Setting – Richmond Park and Environs – The Iron Age

Winslow is an orphan, and not very good at stuff – can’t swim, scared of deer. His rivalry with orphan brother Felix, overseen by fertile village elder Ira, produces a tragicomic fertility story featuring a pagan dance-off, a Pina Bausch / Bob Fosse mash-up, A Lion King duet, and Lucy Trodd as “Lucy Trodd” in a homage to Spamalot’s lamenting diva.

Show 427: No Woman No Pie, 5th May, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

A story of love set in a bakers in Kidderminster.

Show 426: A Fete Worse than Death, 21st April 2013, The Udderbelly, South Bank, London

Lord Carstairs is the most disliked man in the village. His wife despises him; the local vicar is in love with his wife; his two servants have had enough of his blustering and violent ways; he’s even mean to his loveable dog Wilcox.

So when he is found dead on the village green, brilliant Belgian detective Inspector Jape finds himself enmeshed in a fiendishly complex snare of intrigue and revenge.

Show 425: Dirty Dancing, 20th April 2013 evening show, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

In the sewers underneath the Isle Of Wight, nascent lovers ( and sewer cleaners) Steven and Susan find themselves drawn to the “Top World” when the SEC (Spooky Electric Company) attempts to turn the entirety of the island into one enormous open-air cess pool.

Featuring a mutant donkey, the World’s most romantic garlic farm, and the line “a tsunami of bottom waste”.

Show 424: Turkish Delight, 20th April 2013 matinee, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

In Olde Istanbul, a loose re-telling of the Hamlet story. The Sheik marries Yasmina, much to the dismay of the Sheik’s son, who also loves Yasmina. It’s going to end tragically, but for whom?

Featuring peacock’s , belly-dancing, Gangnam – Style father-son dance-offs, saffron-related bartering in Siberia, Paris and London, and some almighty poetic rhyming ( not to mention classy subliminal Hamlet references) from court poet Nasaka.

Show 423: Cous Cous Me Kate, 9th March 2013, Swindon Arts Centre

Setting – a souk in Marrakesh

Abdul takes his son Frankani on an epic quest from Morocco to the “Obstaples (sic) of Sebastapol – a magic stone circle that has the power to resurrect Abdul’s wife. There’s only  one problem – only a maiden can touch the stones – non-maidens will die. Kate and Natalie come along for the ride – but one of them is hiding a secret about their purity. Featuring a Wagner/Puccini/Verdi mash-up involving middle-management training, and a man with a mysterious package.

Show 422: Greeks is the Word, 25th Feb 2013, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room

Setting – Ancient Greece

Greek wrestlers Barriokolus and Tickolino vie for the honour of victory – but one is selfish and one is selfless.

Empress Varius presides over their competition until an unexpected twist sends Barriokolus to Ancient Londinium and a meeting with pottery fanatic Ian Glenn ( no relation).

Featuring references to both Starlight Express and Book Of Mormon, and a Gangnam Style versus Morris Dancing Style show-down that had to be believed to have been seen. Careful you don’t lose your skin to a strigil!

Show 421: The Life of Brine, 18th Feb 2013, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room

A musical set in a pickle jar. Yes, you read that correctly. A pickle jar.

The Princess of this pickle kingdom leaves with her lower-status heart-throb Jeremy Jenkins to join the free society of the French courgettes – Les Legumes Superieure.

But her departure from the restrictive society of the pickle jar sparks a revolution. The vinegar workers rise up and dethrone the king, forcing him to work cleaning the bottom of the jar.

Will the Princess return to her people and save her father from slavery? But if she does, will she even want to undo the changes towards a more egalitarian society?

Show 420: Pimp My Pope, 11th Feb 2013, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room

Who’s going to be the new Pope now the old one has gone?

It’s Cardinal Michael the 69th , although his sudden promotion leads to a megalomaniac quest for fame.

Will Pope Michael ever be able to control his drinking? His lust for power? In short, will he ever know when to stop?

Father Bernard and Cardinal Salvatore hold emergency meetings about the Pope’s new reality shops in their favourite haunt, “The Cardinal’s Inn”, Liz from Venice has an invisible gondola and the keys to Michael’s heart, and God reveals himself to be a Fosse Fan. It all ends with a happy congregation doing “The Vatican Strut”.

Show 419: Is It Me Or Is It Cold?, 9th Feb 2013, Derby Theatre

Setting – Iceland

As the sulphurous  rumblings of Iceland’s almost unpronounceable volcano threaten a fiery apocalypse, things aren’t going well between Beth and Frank – Beth’s had 24 children, and her fertility is freaking Frank out – so he goes to see Brunnhilde the Norn sister and gets the gift of prophecy, while she gets free food from Benjio in Aisle 4 of Iceland.  Which kind of makes things worse.

An ark is built.  Frank takes the children, but Beth stays in Iceland’s premier sauna / bar with her best friend Benjio to weather out the ash cloud. How do you spell Eyjafjallajökull? Like that….

Show 418: Candle Power, 8th Feb 2013, EM Forster Theatre Tonbridge

The lighthouse on Flech Isle is a magical, atmospheric place. Young Lockheart is next in line to run the place, and couldn’t be happier – until his girlfriend’s witchy mother takes umbrage at their relationship and turns him into a woman. Only Derek the Falcon can get to the bottom of the ensuing gender-bending farce.

Show 414: Luna Versity, Jan 18th 2013, Warwick Arts Centre

Setting –  The Moon’s first and only University.

At the Moon’s first (and only) university, the end-of-term tests are coming up , and if your mum is working on Starbucks on campus to pay for your fees, you had better shape – up, even if that means a trip to Earth for the very first time!

The Showstoppers take on their first space / campus mash – up , featuring identity swapping, inappropriate staff-pupil relationships,  low-gravity revision  sessions and unpaid coffee-orientated product placement.

Show 412: Bi-Polar, Dec 23rd 2012, Charing Cross Theatre

George Michael (distant relation) has set up a rehab clinic in an Ice Hotel in the Arctic. Susan leFevre, famous opera singer and alcoholic has gone there to dry out. But when her erstwhile devious agents, Jason and Clementine Skimperton place a bet with George that she won’t last until Boxing Day, he can’t resist.

Love blooms between George and Susan, but can he admit to the one million-pound wager? Olga, member of the hotel staff and Susan’s confidente, fights between stoicism and rage; Susan fights the urge to be happy when drunk, althought she’s depressed when sobre. The hotel floor show shifts between fire and ice. The dancing penguins wonder why they are at the wrong pole.

Everything is divided in the world of Bi-Polar.

Show 411: West Bank Story, Dec 16th, Charing Cross Theatre, London

In modern day Jerusalem, the West Bankers don’t mix with the East bankers. So when a young East bank boy Joey falls in love with Rachel, who is married to the local ice-cream making genius behind Ben Yuri’s famous ice-cream parlour, the result can ony be soul searching and heart break.

Can the doomed Joey find redemption and can the East Bank and West Bank find a way to forgive each other?

Show 410: T.K. Maxx The Musical, Dec 16th matinee, Charing Cross Theatre, London

Christmas 2012.In T.K. Maxx’s flagship New York store, Norman Robinson is having a hard time. Still haunted by the disappearance of how wife Norma on Christmas Eve 2006,  he is wracked by guilt: having sent her out to fetch coal, he subsequently forgotten about her. Career rival Mr Spooner taunts Norman – although we discover that it was Spooner himself who kidnapped Norma’s frozen but still-living body all those years ago.

Meanwhile, in a TK Maxx in England, a revived Norma is persuaded to fly to New York and seek reunion with her estranged husband. Will the elves survive another gruelling Xmas in Santa’s grotto? Can snowmen really fly?And who does the better Jagger  / Tom Jones impersonation? Featuring choreographic assistance from Donovan Workun.

Show 409: Rings on Her Fingers, Dec 12th, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

In Victorian Banbury, the keepers of the city’s 8 gates are excited about the imminent arrival of Queen Victoria – all except miserly  Mr Keith ,whose parents were executed for not opening the city gates to a previous member of royalty.

Mr Keith is torn – will he open the gates to Victoria and preserve the status quo, or close the gates in an act of suicide and join the ghosts of his parents (thus compounding Mrs Keith’s misery)  Meanwhile, Lucy on Gates 1,2 and 3, and Justin on Gates 5,6 and 7 are worried about money, and Mrs Pie-Crust on Gate 4 has terrible consumption.

Featuring an ’80s pop – scored poetry – slam, frozen corpse surfing,  and a Lionel Bart knees – up,  “Who’s On the Gate?”

Show 408: The Secret in the Night, Dec 9th, Charing Cross Theatre, London

London, 1940. Kindly widower George Fairweather serves his customers in his butcher’s shop and gives extras to the deserving outside the ration-book. Widow Mrs Simpkins works with him and the two, bound together by grief, fall in love, but neither confesses to it. Then the secrets begin to be unveiled. Why does George go to the exotic dance hall The Windmill Rooms? What happened 20 years earlier to Miss Simpkins? Why are dancers Dorine and Clarice so close to them both? What will detective Pinkerton find in the filing cabinet of secrets in London’s sewers? And what if Pinkerton has the biggest secret of all?

Show 407: Rainbows and Pussycats, Nov 25th, Charing Cross Theatre, London

Even Las Vegas has a prison, but this one reminds its inmates what they have lost with rainbows and pussycats on its walls. Mitch Johnson, corrupt accountant, is happy to let go his past and serve his time until Tony makes him an offer he can’t refuse…

Show 406: Spartasia, Nov 18th, Charing Cross Theatre, London

‘Spartasia, it’ll make you crazier’ – The fearless and ruthless leader of the Spartans believes that love is a weakness. So when he is cursed with never having an heir until he can feel love, he is trapped between losing the respect of his warriors and comdemning Sparta to a bloody succession struggle.

Show 405: Wight Haze, Nov 15th, Arts Complex, Solihull

Derek and Gladys run a burger van during 1968’s Isle of Wight Festival but all the pop stars have become vegetarian.

Will Derek and Gladys get away with pretending the meat is vegetarian?

Are they responsible for the deaths of all the popstars? And will George Harrison ever get his accent back?

Show 404: Brazilian Wax, Nov 11th, Charing X Theatre

Brazil in 1970 was run as a banana republic, ruled over by a despotic leader with no thoughts except for his own luxury, the happiness of the wealthy and powerful and the entertainment of the occasional shipload of American sailors.

The poor starve, except for those lucky few who are chosen to work at the high-class Crazy Nut brothel. One young man, a highly skilled gigolo, is given the honour of the Golden Key – which means freedom, wealth and power.

But instead of joining the elite, he seduces the president and tries to persuade him to bring equality to the country. But will the president find a heart before the threads of society snap and rebellion swamps them all?

Show 403: Ain’t Got No Seoul, Bristol Old Vic (part of Bristol Jam)

Seoul, 1932, a busy marketplace. Linctus, daughter of a wealthy merchant, is given an unprecedented chance of freedom when her father allows her to choose her own husband. But evil Fat Chang has other ideas. Ideas which involve sinister double dealings, dark schemes and the impersonation of blind people.

Show 401: Put Your Green Tights On, Nov 4 matinee, Charing Cross Theatre, London

Sherwood Forest, merry men, a brave but aging leader of a free and radical bunch of forest dwellers, his feckless son, the evil Sherriff of Nottingham, an absent King.

If the story of Robin Hood were copyrighted, we’d be bang to rights. As it is, thinly disguised with different and hard-to-remember names, The Showstoppers created a fun-filled carnival family matinee musical filled with outlaws, arrows and arsing about.

It started out as a serious story about family, courage and danger; and ended in a massive pantomime knees up. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

PS Two of the Stopper offspring were in the audience. One of them managed to get two suggestions into the show – Muppets Xmas Carol and Jungle Book. There will be an enquiry…

Show 400: Love Is How You Build It, Oct 21st, Charing Cross Theatre, London
Pontypridd. Ikea. The present. All employees are 100% Welsh. National pride runs high, and WNP spokesman John would be aghast to discover that employees ( and lovers)  Alison and Simon are half Swedish and half Irish respectively. In fact, he does discover them, and in a surprising Act One denoument, the lovers strangle him to death in front of Alison’s Swedish relatives, the Shmoors.  Exile at the B and Q Croydon beckons…..
Will the half-bloods triumph?
Why does Rodney smell of hamburgers?
And what EXACTLY is the difference between a Swedish, Jewish and South African accent?
Featuring the longest “the audience have to calm down and stop laughing before the show can continue” hiatus since Grahame had a cup of tea.
Show 399: Boreham Stiff, 18th Oct, Borehamwood

The tale of Mr Jim and Maggie as they try to keep their transatlantic love secret from the staff of The Golden Plaice.

Fried fish, sandwiches and Phil Mitchell all put their penneth in to convince the Mayor of Boreham Wood that Jim should not be banished to Las Vegas.

Show 398: A Right Royal Fork, 14th Oct 2012, Charing X Theatre, London

In a parallel universe where The Great War was from 1915 to 1919, and where the 1927-’35 “Almost World War 2” still partially rages, there is disquiet at Buckingham Palace.

Prince Marmalade isn’t keen on marrying Princess Ermentrude, his mad brother Prince Lemon is in love with Marmalade’s paramour Claire Downstairs the pastry chef, and the Queen in busy carpet-sliding with Jim the Help.

Will a joint Benidorm honeymoon sort things out? What’s the best beer deal in Lineker’s alternate reality football-themed bar?  Will the Germans ever discover the tunnel dug from Colditz? Why are the Colanders of the Rainbow shaped like Claire’s face? And what;s with the post – apocalyptic Las Vegas scene changes?

This show got a standing ovation!

Show 397, Carry on Looting, 4th October 2012, Charing Cross Theatre, London

There’s trouble brewing in London  – the Showstoppers tell a lost tale from the riots of Summer ’11. Posh girl Matilda Chormondley and her less socially privileged best friend Shelly Samson open a shop on Mere Street Hackney called “Fings and Bobs” – much to the concern of  local matriarch Mrs Rogers.

Mrs Roger’s daughter Shaniqua ( a former friend of Shelly’s), and her gang (featuring T-Bone, aka “Jim”) are also concerned. Matilda’ s dad bankrolled the shop, Matilda’s Uncle is David Cameron, Number 10 are concerned, and all Councillor Johnson wants to be is a traffic warden.

Fires are started, buildings fall and rise, and the question is asked – “Who’s going to buy a poof in Hackney?”. Features mild peril, satirical representation of the current Prime Minister, realistic urban patois by our all – caucasian cast,  two separate rap-offs, and Oliver Senton as “the man in the hats”.

Show 396: Holy Smoke, 22nd September 2012, Stand Up World, Brussels

It’s been 31 days and still no new pope. Cardinal Luciano and Brother Benedict ask local PR man and former Hollywood star Antonio Tortellini for help, but Antonio’s mother Julia is still very much interested in her son’s career.

Lucilla and Lucy play the role of a chorus in this tale of family secrets, Prada-based couture celebration, and unexpected “Star Wars” references.

Featuring extracts from the popular ’50s movie “I’m In the Bath, Don’t Come In”, a spirited excursion to the Spanish Steps, The Collosseum, and Iceland, and a double- legged leaky deus ex machina in the extraordinary final scene. Is that a message from God, or just a piece of fancy lighting…..?

Show 395: Piece by Piece, 13th September 2012, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Set in the land of Lego, Svetlana Svetlana Irigana, daughter of the Pirate King wants to find her long-lost mother. She travels with her earnest boyfriend Jim Barry to the dreaded land of Duplo to discover her family’s dark secret. When she comes of age and has to choose which lego profession she goes into, what will her decision be?

Show 394: Midnight in Asda, 8th September, Tetro Spiegeltent, Hull

We’re introduced the to overnight staff at an Asda in Wakefield. Pietro loves Ange, but only speaks Italian and can’t tell her how he feels. And Petra is head over heels for Georgie, but just can’t seem to find the right words. Thank heavens then  for security guy Eric Gregory, who takes time out from singing with his chorus of cats to play cupid.

Show 393: The Great Brain Robbery, 26th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

The crew of John’s brain are trying to cope with his infatuation with Joanna. When he manages to change her feelings from friendship to love, does it constitute a great brain robbery and can the lovers get past the embarrassment of the morning after the night before?

Show 392: Hit Me Babylon More Time, 25th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (1920). As daughter of the Grand Vizier, and architect of the Palace restoration, Fatima is forbidden to consort with the American explorer she so clearly loves. Who will invoke the wrath of Babylon and will the great deity Babaganesh have anything to say?

Show 391: Aspirations of Crayons, 24th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

At St Junipers School for Gifted Children, Anderson and Mary are mathematical geniuses, about to take on NASA in the World Maths Challenge. But when Mary’s father falls for Anderson’s mother, and they take off for Faliraki, the children are forced to confront difficult emotions, including the “funny feelings” they have for each other.

Show 390: CSI Alcatraz, 22nd August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Imran is one of the most dangerous residents of Alcatraz, but he also used to be a detective.  When the warden is found murdered, he is called in to investigate.  What lurks beneath the rock, and who can be trusted when all of your friends are criminals?

Show 389: Sandy Crack, 21st August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Florida Keys.  The present.  At the Sandy Crack nudist colony, Sandy, her grandmother and her friend are enjoying the liberty of the famous beach. But just across the water, danger lurks in the Church of Florida Purity, run by Sandy’s ex-husband.  Can she persuade him to loosen his dog-collar or will they all end up covered up?

Show 388: Joust!, 21st August matinee, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Medieval England, and King John clearly has an eye for one of his kitchen maids. But when our heroine is tricked into poisoning and killing the King, Britain itself stands to be won or lost on the joust.

Show 387: Forty Shades of Grey, 20th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

New York City, 1944. While on shore, sailor Ricky has the opportunity to win his girlfriend back from her relationship with a famous Broadway actor.  As his two friends become embroiled in the plan they soon discover how complicated modern relationships can be.

Show 386: Maggots!, 20th August matinee, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Samantha, the human rights lawyer, and fisherman Gordon who has never caught a thing, are pulled into the pond. When all their new frog friends are threatened by the pike, will their good intentions help or hinder the natural order of things? And what of Charlotte the duck and her love for Gordon’s dog?

Show 385: Tsars In Their Eyes, 19th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

The last of the Romanov dynasty have the opportunity to return from exile and bring the glory days of the Tsars back to Moscow. But with Rasputin still pulling the strings in Red Square who will prevail?

Show 384: Jump The Gun, 18th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

At the drugs testing centre at the Olympic stadium Dr Schneider is tempted to fudge some results for the American cycling team in order to impress old flame Jack, even though he is married to head of the Olympic committee, Marcia. But as the web grows ever more entangled, and murderous intentions rise, how will fair play turn things around?

Show 383: Feel the Tug, 17th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

An old fisherman is placed in a difficult predicament.  As he joins his old friend on one last voyage to catch the fabled Silver Ghost, will he make it home in time for his daughter’s wedding, and how are the two events connected?

Show 382: 12 Steps to Heaven, 16th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Cory attends the local AA meetings in New York and has fallen for sweet Maria and passive aggressive (and sometimes just aggressive) Julia. But he has a secret – he’s not really an alcoholic.  When he persuades the entire group to fall off the wagon, he realises that his demons are in fact coming back to haunt him. Who is the real addict?

Show 381: Ethan Frome, 15th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

It’s the Depression and in Louisiana handbag maker Ethan Frome is so obsessed with his alligators that he neglects his wife. When she falls into the arms of Mrs Alabama’s lothario brother, only tragedy can follow. With Ethan on the run, the alligators are set free. And just as he saved them, they in turn will save him.

Show 380: Havana Five-O, 14th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Rival detectives Miss Maple and Monsieur Poivre are called to Cuba to help find Castro’s missing monkey balls. Their long standing rivalry hides an old flame and the story explodes in layer upon layer of betrayal.

Show 379: Sugar Daddy, 13th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

The owner of the world’s most famous chocolate factory falls in love with one of his staff, but the distraction of the affair threatens to ruin the excellence of the chocolates. What matters more – his heart, or the family name?

Show 378: Blue Lagoon, 13th August matinee, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

The penguins must leave their melting home and go to the fabled Blue Lagoon, but will the youngest and brightest of them be able to lead them to safety through the polar bears’ caves?

Show 377: Coming to Earth, 12th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

LA Scientologists Anthony and Jane want to ascend to level 5, but if they do they must give each other up. When the decision proves too much for Anthony, he loses Jane, the church and his dignity.  Can L Ron Hubbard himself provide redemption?

Show 376: Gabrielle in the Land of the Dragons, 12th August matinee, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Little Gabrielle has always loved stories of dragons, but when she finally meets her favourite, the Great Maximus, he’s not the dream she imagined.

Show 375: Whoops! , 11th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

In the Winston Churchill Memorial Family Planning Clinic in Scunthorpe, Dr Susan Pilk helps women plan their families, but has no time for a family of her own. Can her old flame convince her that you can have it all?

Show 374: In the Lab of the Gods, 10th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Doctor Christos and Doctor Pantopolis discover the love philtre of Aphrodite but their experiments go awry as the staff of the entire Mount-Olympus-based laboratory go on a Dionysian orgy as the gods look on in glee.

Show 373: Bad Habits 2, 9th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

In 1320 France, Sister Germaine might be ‘the one’. The mother superior sends her to the monastery of the naughty monk Monseigneur Montpelier to test her purity. But does she fail her test, or simply show her humanity?

Show 372: Jail Jazz, 8th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

In the Guatanamo minimum security unisex prison, feared murderer Christine rules the roost and loves Franco. But prison warder, “The Lady”, pledges vengeance against Christine for her dark past.

Show 371: Lord of the Dead, 7th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

East Moss Side. Gravediggers Tracy and Jim are dealing with a glut of bodies from the poor side of town. Mayor Hargreaves and Councillor Alderton try to discover the source of the problem and in doing so awake the Undead, as tea ladies Joan and Beanie hide mysterious secrets.

Show 370: Pineapple Chunks, matinee 7th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Holly works in Mr Thistle’s sweet shop and the children all love her.  But when she was their age, she had no friends apart from the sweets. Her shyness drives her to Candyland where she learns to be confident, but at what cost?

Show 369: Tricerapops, 6th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Pop group Stairs are visiting Jurassic Park. Jenny Bannerman can’t believe her luck that Johnny Bravo is there, but her father won’t believe she’s grown up enough to leave them alone together. When the shutters are lifted and the velociraptors escape, there is carnage; can Jenny prove her maturity and save everyone? Who will get off the island?

Show 368: Va-Jazz Hands, 5th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Daryl loves Andrea, Andrea is having a fling with Clive, Marie is having Clive’s baby and Gemma can have whoever she wants. Just another average night in Essex.  Sugar Hut yeah yeah!

Show 367: Bunny Tails, August 4th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Melinda and Mandy are bunny girls at the Playboy Mansion, where Hugh Heffner is dangerously ill. When B-movie star Kiki Caparo comes to the mansion, his past with Mandy catches up with them both, as Heffner dies, and Caparo must take on the role of his life.

Show 366: Alladination, 3rd August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Kaif Kahn wants to go to Alladin’s cave to find the treasure left there by his father. The women of the harem are determined to follow him. With the dangers of the lamp and his own advisor Farouk turning against him, Kahn must choose between treasure and the long serving Fatima.

Show 365: Last Orders, 24th July, Corn Exchange, Bedford

When the Captain of Smithwicks Brewery suddenly dies, it’s left to his idiot brother John to journey to Scarborough with a new batch of beer. Somewhat surprisingly, the beer turns out to be an extremely effective aphrodisiac, and John is rocketed to fame and fortune. Now bearing an uncanny similarity to Al Pacino’s Scarface, John begins to wonder if all his riches are worth the loss of his humanity, his family’s farm and the girl he loves…

Show 364: The Wombles of Wimbledon, 7th July, Henley Festival

Orinoco the womble loves cleaning up litter, so much so that she doesn’t see the love of her life, Stalin, is right in front of her nose.  Madame Cholet tries to make her realise, but only brings down the wrath of Uncle Bulgaria, the slightly right wing leader of the pack. He remembers only too well that if wombles fall in love, they stop collecting litter.  And where is Wally?

Show 363: Poseidon, 6th July, Henley Festival

Following its descent into the ocean, the citizens of underwater city Atlantis are managing to survive, but Lady Mary’s love for slave Antoninus threatens the fabric of the society.  Her father, Poseidon, condemns their love and demands an underwater duel. Curmudgeon and Exeter watch helpless as they fight, but can one of their deaths really lead to salvation for the entire city?

Show 362: Tesco The Musical, 5th July, Henley Festival

At the Henley branch of Tesco, Sheila has been promoted to the dairy counter, but her bitter ex Simon is there.  When Doreen from the Indian counter is appalled to see them touching, she has no choice but to tell Mr Carter.  That’s when Sheila swaps the three green lines for the three blue lines.  But Mr Carter has massive expansion plans to turn the whole of Henley into one enormous drive through supermarket. Can Simon persuade Sheila to come back and help them thwart his maniacal shceme?

Show 361: Don’t Forget Your Hard Hat, 4th July, Henley Festival

At the nearly finished Olympic stadium Steven is building the stands with his boss Esmerelda.  But his ex-wife needs him to return to his first job, as a world class athelete.  She uses their relationship to get him to compete in the triple jump, but his split focus leads to tragedy in the stands.

Show 360: Grassed Up, 1st July, Udderbelly

Wimbledon. Janet Thorpe is the great hope of British tennis. Will she beat her old friend the beautiful Indian superstar Ramesh Pradesh – or will she let her bitter ex Tim Henman bring her down?

Show 359: Ant and Death, 17th June, Udderbelly

Frank and Esme are falling in love in the largest anthill in Colorado. But when the boy from No 42 starts to threaten the colony, Frank’s mother, The Queen, demands that they leave to fight his kettles of boiling water and magnifying glass of death. Will Frank and Esme have to sacrifice themselves, or will they return to take their rightful place at the top of the anthill?

Show 358: What Goes on at the End of the Mall?, 14th June, Courtyard Theatre Hereford

During the reign of King George V, Geoffrey is head gardener and Lucinda is in charge of catering at Buckingham Palace. Love blossoms between them, and everything seems perfect until Geoffrey indulges in an indiscreet moment in the Lime Grove with Princess Jemima. When he learns of their goings-on, King George angrily banishes Geoffrey, and everyone’s life is thrown into chaos. Can anyone be happy? Can love bridge the class divide? And who is this Sheik Rafiki?

Show 357: Marahaj Express, 3rd June, Udderbelly

Two English sisters have been without male company since their father took over the governorship of an Indian province.  But the arrival of the train brings with it Samantha’s ex love, Charles, and a whole host of problems. He is so modern that he allows her to ask him for his hand in marriage, which leads to a duel on the croquet lawn. When Samantha is caught in the crossfire, Charles must take her body to the temple to try and get her back. But can he give up modernism and believe in the gods of the past in order to save her?

Show 356: Zero Gravity, 26th May, Mumford Theatre Cambridge

Xerxes is leading a mission to find a new home for the human race, but his love for Belinda threatens to put everyone in danger.  Landing on Cloud 9, he is confronted with his past.  Can he control his emotions for long enough to save everyone? Empath Sensodon thinks not, but then she has never felt an emotion of her own until she spends an evening alone with robot Jim.

Show 355: The Only Way Is Up 2, 25th May, Gwyn Hall Neath

Sisters Candace and Cindy are on their first flight to New York, being flown by Captain Johnson and Vice-Captain Peterson, with James as head steward.  The plane crashes on Jungle Isle.  Can they put aside their hazy past and work together to get the plane flying again?  As love flourishes in the jungle, someone must take responsibility and recognise whose fault it really is…

Show 354: Crazy For Me, 20th May, Udderbelly

Since losing her voice and her mind, diva Josephine has been resident in a New York sanitorium, under the watchful eye of ex-guitarist, Dr Benson. But with rival pharmaceutical companies vying for control of the pills that are hard to swallow, her sanity is further threatened.  Will Dr Benson make her realise that love is not a placebo?

Show 353: Red Coat Rock, 6th May, Udderbelly

Miranda always wins the knobbly knees competition at the Clacton on Sea Butlins, but is it because of her knees or because she has also won the heart of already-married Mr Cartwright? When they run away together to set up Haven Holidays in Pimlico, his wife follows them and demands her share of the camp. But can Jockey Sam and the butler make her see that Billy Bunter, the ballusionist, is really the man for her?

Show 352: The Only Way Is Up, 4th May, The Maltings Berwick

Cardinals Bernstein and Sondheim can’t agree on who should become the new pope. When Mesmerelda is encouraged to leave her livestock and become the first female Pope, Bernstein can’t help but fall for her charms.  But her ideals of free love leave the Vatican unimpressed – and Sondheim heartbroken. In a fight between the devils and the angels, only Cardinal Rogers seems to see that the only way is up.

Show 351: Hot Sprouts, 3rd May, The Town Hall Middlesborough

Stanley Kalinski and Mary Mary tend their Barbados allotment, but are watched by the ever vigilant Detective Carter and Sgt Watson, who is in love with Mary. When it seems that Stanley has been growing the ganja, Mary can no longer trust him, but who is he really working for, and is the mysterious Jessica their landlady, their maid, or Carlo in disguise?

Show 350: East Side Story, 22nd April, Udderbelly

North Korea and South Korea are united as barman Kim and impoverished Loreli manage to dodge the affections of General Suk Yum Thumb.  Shoe fetishism meets nostalgic rock and roll on the border.

Show 349: There’s Nothing Like A Dame, 21st April, Lyric Camarthen

In the Sultanate of Oblimey, Fatima, Matilde and Haroon are in the harem of the kind Sultan Moosh. But when he decides to give democracy a chance, Fatima decides she’s had enough of being last in line, and leaves him in the Oasis of Dreams. After spinning the Wheel of Jobs she becomes a camel herder. Can they finally admit their love and avert disaster – for when the camels leave, Oblimey will fall.

Show 348: Jailbait Redemption, 8th April, Udderbelly

In an Albanian female penitentiary Australian murderess Sonia is faced with an almost impossible choice to secure her pardon. When things take a turn for the worse, her friends Rudy and Agnia offer to take the blame. Will she stave off the ghosts of the past and secure her return to Bondi Beach?

Show 347: Brie!, 7th April, Colchester Arts Centre

When obsessively clean Dafydd Morgan fires Trevor and Roderick from the Asda cheese counter for crossing the cheese wire divide, he probably blows his chances with Michelle at the same time. But as their careers blossom, Dafydd’s founders.  Can he let go enough to show Michelle he’s a changed man?

Show 346: Peak Performance, March 17th, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

In the fields below the Sugar Loaf hills of Wicklow, Peter and Maureen are a perfect couple.  Moira and Fingle are simply friends. When Moira agrees to give Fingle a chance at love if he can climb the cursed Big Loaf to find the thing up there with the big teeth, wandering eyes and worse hands, he and Peter set off to climb the peak, meeting a lost wombat on the way. But the magic at the top of the hill swaps their bodies and minds and on their return confusion is rife and it seems that Fingle has lost his love for good. But can she see past his furry wombat body to the true man inside, or will his bitter mother and her magic well ruin everything?

Show 345: Living Dead, March 16th, Siasma Tire, Tralee

Old man Johnson is dead and mourning at his graveside are his wife Jacqueline, his son David and his adopted ward Cynthia. The only one who doesn’t seem sad is his brother Thomas. Why would he not mourn the loss of the man who invented advertising?  Because sometimes someone can do the wrong thing for the right reason, and hats that keep your ideas in don’t stop your brother from stealing them.  Can Thomas forgive his brother for using his ideas or will he forever be moulded like a piece of clay?

Show 344: Coconuts! (Island of Fire), March 15th, George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow

Talulah works at the Waikiki Beach Bar with Dad and Gran, but when surfers Chuck and Dan arrive for the surf competition, she finally gets a chance to fulfill her dream of leaving the Big Island in the Sea. But New York City isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and living with new husband Chuck, with Dan in the cupboard, soon loses its shine, especially as you have to imagine the moon in a basement. When the volcano on Hawaii erupts, threatening her family, Talulah has to return.  But will Chuck go with her?

Show 343: Viva Lost Vegas, March 14th, Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo

At the Rhinestone Club, singer Stephanie is in love with bartending Bugsy, but dreams of Carnegie Hall.  When owner Big John offers her the chance to go there, she can’t resist. But that leaves her without Bugsy, and having annoyed Big John’s girlfriend, and lesser singer, Charlene.  When all of her dreams turn sour, it’s croupier Jim who reminds her of her Salvation Army background.  But is it too late for her to return to Bugsy, or has he decided that the muck at the bottom of the fridge is more appetising than the butter on the top shelf?

Show 342: Despair, March 10th, Greenwich Theatre

Lord Puff Puff has decided to take a holiday from the island of Utopia, leaving his nephew Tony in charge. But last time he did that, Tony fell in love with Charlotte and ruined everything. Can he resist the pull of chocolate this time, or does love always lead to despair?

Show 341: Sunk!, March 3rd, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

On board The Traviata, Jim tries to dissuade Sam from pursuing Lady McMillan, not only because she is upper class, but she is married to a known gangster. Unfortunately, his love for her is mutual and a terrible sequence of events are set off, which lead to abandoning ship for the lifeboats with the gangster, his goons, and his niece Gertie. But when Sam is killed, they all go back to the ship, and a bomb explodes.  Will anyone survive?  Or will the goons shake the snowglobe and see what really happened?

Show 340: On The Hoof, 25th February, Bacon Theatre Cheltenham

Charles and John Wentworth continue the family tradition of sibling rivalry and betting on the Gold Cup. But when they gamble for the affections of stable owner Sandra and mucker out Rosie, the stakes prove too high. Can they put aside their differences and mount Golden Ganesh for the ultimate prize?

Show 339: Rock Of Horrors, 23rd February, Royal and Derngate Northampton

Feared convict, Big Al, has the keys to Alcatraz, so why doesn’t he leave? His attraction to fellow murderer Patsy leads to their escape, leaving Suz and Henry, already serving 25 years over the theft of a dime, to face the wrath of Warden Popeye Bueller. But why are Hoover and Eisenhower so determined to keep Big Al under lock and key?

Show 338: Sunny Side Up, 11th February, Welwyn Garden City

On board the White Star Line, deck hand Paolo is trying to catch the eye of opera diva, Madame Tosca. But captain Guiseppe doesn’t want to share her. When tragedy strikes and one more star is sent to heaven, Paolo discovers who his real parents are, but what does the one eyed man in the boiler room know, and can Paolo live up to his potential?

Show 337: Bend Your Knees, 30th January, Alleyn’s Dulwich

At a luxury ski resort in France, Henri is trying to win the much sought after Toadstool Trophy. But will his love for Geraldine or his long standing rivalry with Philippe Crevasse prevent him from achieving his dream?

Show 336: Some Like It Cold, 27th January, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Aboard the SS Invincible, Captain Matterhorn, Swabber Jones and right hand man Johnson are sailing to explore the Antarctic. But Matterhorn has allowed women, Sonia and Esmerelda on board, determined not to make the same mistakes as his father.  As they near the Southern Lights, passions and tensions get stronger and more destructive.  A mutiny, a lost leg, a revelation and a family reunited for a short time, all lead Clive Matterhorn to his destiny.

Show 335: A Night Not to Remember, 18th December, The Firestation, Windsor

Freddie, a hard-drinking, working-class miner’s son, is studying Engineering at Coppersmith University in the 1980s. He soon catches the eye of Tiffany, a prim and proper right-wing Christian. To impress her, he joins the Young Conservatives, starting a chain of cataclysmic events taking in miner’s strikes, police hostages, tragic death and Mr Men costumes.

Show 334: What’s in the Box?, 10th December, The Cornerstone, Didcot

It’s Christmastime at a little toy shop in Didcot. Lewis loves carefree, childlike Jemima – almost as much as he loves hand-crafting traditional wooden toys. But Jemima’s father wants her to marry someone in good financial standing, and Lewis doesn’t fit the bill. Maybe, if he works hard enough, Lewis can make enough wooden reindeer by Christmas Day to turn it all around…

Show 333: Deep Fried Marshmallows, 30th November, Wolverhampton

Angelina works at Major’s Fish and Chip Shop in Bilston.  Over the road, Dundee works at the finest patisserie.  They fall in love but their differing backgrounds and classes mean that there is intense opposition, particularly from Angelina’s adopted father, Mr Major.  But whose father is he really?  And can love cross class lines? Beryl thinks so, because “if you never look away, you can’t look twice”.

Show 332: Up Pompey, 28th November, The Lights Andover

Captain Sampson is delighted to have his inspirational wife along with him as they sail around the world. But can first officer Richardson and his band of loyal crewmates hide her descent into alcoholism? And will the Captain ever be readmitted into the Navy? In a world where you can abseil down Spinakker Tower for only £37, anything is possible.

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Show 331: Six Miles to Broadway, 25th November, Mumford Theatre Cambridge

The Cambridge Amateur Musicals Society are rehearsing for their musical production of Three Sisters, but Samantha dreams of moving to New York and seeing her name in lights on Broadway.  Barnaby wants to help her, but if she gets her dream, he’ll lose his.

Show 330: Making Clouds, 19th November, Palace Theatre Newark

At the Johnson ‘nd Johnson Sugarbeet Factory in Newark, Michael Johnson is given the chance to run the factory by his father. With the help of Vicky Mortimer from the shop floor he goes to New York and buys the O’Hannerty’s factory – but at a cost of more than just £25million.

Show 329: Glamtarctic, 18th November, Criterion

David Attenborough and Samantha have been saving penguins together for months, but David’s attitude is increasingly cynical.  BBC producers Robert and Robert are desperate to up the ratings and reignite David’s career – perhaps they can use his obvious attraction to Samantha to their advantage.  After all, birds do it, bees do it… it’s only natural.

Show 328: It’s Torture, 11th November, Criterion

Marlene and Billy Sue have moved from Arkansas to the Pink Pussycat Club in LA to try and make their fortune.  Leo and Marv have shore leave and are at the Pink Pussycat Club to forget the two girls who broke their hearts in Arkansas.  When they all meet, sparks fly and it seems that Leo has forgotten all about Marlene when he falls for embittered burlesque dancer, Susu McSu, and Billy Sue seems to be over Marv as she agrees to marry club owner Lonesome Petrovsky.  But Leo soon finds out that Marlene has a new man in her life, and he looks the spitting image of Leo, just a little bit smaller…

Show 327: Speed of Light, 4th November, Criterion

When Professor Morrison dies, his daughter Mary thinks she can finally marry his assistant Arthur. But the professor has stiuplated that if she marries she will be disinherited. Mary can’t live without money or her weekly twist parties and leaves Arthur, but is soon wooed by the wealthy Carmichael Fitzbastard who whisks her off to Paris to marry her. In love with both men, who will she choose? But thanks to her father’s experiments with candles and matches and basic quantum physics, it seems she won’t have to. After all a cat in a box is both dead and alive until the box is opened…

Show 326: Waffle!, 1st November, Pleasance Edinburgh

At the Number One Belgian Detective Agency, Pierre has left young lovers Marcel and Monique in charge.  But after four months, they still haven’t worked out who killed Art Garfunkel, Director of the Museum of Modern Art. In the absence of any evidence, the police arrest Brigitte, Marcel’s sister. After all, in Belgian law, unless there is any evidence to the contrary, it’s always the cleaner who dunnit. Marcel must save her from the guilllotine, but with Monique admitting to the murder, he must choose between his sister and his love. But what of Pierre?

Show 325: Swing Along, 29th October, Old Laundry, Bowness

Acclaimed American artist Gregory Espadrille and his wife and muse, Mary, have gone to the Happy Valley Nudist Camp where they meet uptight British couple Gordon and Vanessa who challenge their commitment to an open relationship.  As the couples swap and experiment, Gaia Unclenched is unveiled to the world, but at what cost and with what critical response?

Show 324: Sailing Away, 27th October, Waterfront Belfast

On the SS Party, Cynthia the cleaner just wants to be noticed, while Deidre the singer just wants to be invisible. When a recently bereaved millionaire arrives on board, it seems that everyone might get their wish, but will the mystical island of Amazingazonia put a spanner in the works?

Show 323: Artefacts, 26th October, Waterfront Belfast

At the Arizona Space Museum, Danny is quite taken with Jane, but the incident in the Planetarium with her sister Bridget is keeping them apart. In the Lost and Found, Intelligentsia and The Professor try to keep the peace, but when Bridget turns up, sisterly competition leads to tragedy. As the Professor takes his opportunity to try out his robotic science, Danny must choose between the two sisters, and one of them will become a real star…

Show 322: Hot Stuff!!!, 25th October, Waterfront Belfast

No-one’s allowed to say “I love you” in Hell, but while the rest of the devils are looking forward to their yearly get together with the angels up in Heaven, all Letitia can think of is Derek the head demon.  When she meets angels Gordon and Mary they come up with a plan to make Derek fall for her, but Hell proves too much of a temptation.  Will devils rise or will angels fall?

Show 321: Pier-amid, 14th October, Corn Exchange Brighton

Michael and Sally have been married for 12 years, happily running the fish and chip shop on Brighton pier.  But the arrival of a pyramid from the British Museum, and with it Jeremy, threatens their happy existence.

Show 320: Poles Apart, 12th October, Ambassadors

New York City in 1980, Jerry and Mr Barnavelt run a pole dancing studio which is ridding the 26th state of Brooklyn of crime. The police are so impressed they offer Jerry a medal, but he won’t accept it because of his past in the police force, his failed relationship with Martha the force statistician, and his failure in the face of fire. But as the pole dancing studio is threatened, he gets a chance to prove himself, and become more than just a statistic.

Show 319: Sewercide, 11th October, Ambassadors

London, 1925, and Bob Brunson and adopted daughter Jane  have just smuggled the biggest consignment of cocaine into their sewer home, ready for distribution to Fosteskew for his legendary parties. But Bob doesn’t just want money – he wants Fosteskew to introduce Jane into society.  Old passions are re-ignited, but at what cost?  What does Jane’s silver rattle mean and what does Winston Churchill have to say about it?

Show 318: Smothering Heights, 5th October, Ambassadors

Leonard Moor has come back from London to the family home at Smothering Heights. Despite being warned by Gareth, his old friend and groundsman, about the women of the village wanting to get their claws into him, he throws a lavish party, which gets slightly out of hand. But it’s not the women he needs to worry about, as postman Frank’s unrequited love for Leonard turns vengeful.

Show 317: Mamma Rio, 4th October, Ambassadors

Gang member Cristos is in love with pious God-fearing Juanita.  He manages to escape the gang’s influence, and persuades Juanita to give up her plans to enter a nunnery.  But the gang don’t let go so easily and he is led back into his old fighting ways. As Juanita’s family gather to watch her take holy orders, Cristos and the gang plan an attack on the Church.  It can only lead to bloodshed, and as the bodies pile up, Cristos must choose between the real way and the Rio way.

Show 316: Baggage!, 1st October, Playhouse Harlow

Cynthia Forkspender and Eliot Brian Futtock have been talking on the phone, but when her parents find out they demand that the pair of them marry.  Cynthia has to forgo her university place and Brian has to give up his dreams of a life on the stage. But the Forkspenders are desperate for a scandal and plant a honey trap for Brian.  He falls in and loses Cynthia.  Can he win her back or will her sister get the man?

Show 315: Cheesey, 30th September, Brindley Arts, Runcorn

Morag is in love with Tommy, Tommy’s in love with Janet, Janet’s in love with Jimmy, and Jimmy is nuts about Morag, but will the Pwllheli Butlins masked ball allow the real lovers to come together?  And will Mrs Winthrop finally get Brian Butlin after 42 years of megaphone provision?

Show 314: Sweeney Cod, 29th September, The Curve Leicester

At the Leicester Fish Market, chicken stall-holder Lucy is in love with Henry, Samuel is in love with Lucy, and there’s a murderer on the loose in Victoria Park.   Who is Sweeney Cod and are the voices Samuel hears good or bad?

Show 313: Antasia, 28th September, Ambassadors

Mona has been promoted to nymph status which means she is one of 400 worker ants who might become Queen. But this puts her in direct conflict with the love of her life, Jeremy. As he foments revolution in the formic acid zone, Mona attends to the dying Queen, and becomes the ANTithesis of everything Jeremy stands for. Can their love survive? Can the colony survive? And what was the egg actually saying?

Show 312: Good-day Bob, 27th September, Ambassadors

Tasmania, 1880.  Sociologist Dr Robert Johnson is forbidden to get involved with any of the convicts in the colony, but on the long sea crossing he has fallen for convicted murderer of 12 men, Martha McCoy. Determined to prove her innocence he unwittingly places her in danger when he steals a boat and crews it with her brother and psychotic ex-boyfriend. Love is like a crow.

Show 311: Glamazon, 24th September, The Brewhouse Taunton

Four explorers go in search of the lost Glamazon tribe, and their missing mentor Old Man Parker. Tensions between explorer Brian-Simon and journalist Katie reach breaking point while tracker George “The Obvious” and hieroglyph expert Megan find a strange bond. Will they escape the clutches of the tall dainty footed tribe in time to find love?

Show 310: 1646 The Truth, 23rd September, Great Torrington

Sir Jeffery the Cavalier is stripped of his land by Samuel the Roundhead, who also steals his girl Agatha Winthrop.  As Jeffery is exiled the truth behind the Civil War emerges and the Maypole is threatened.

Show 309: Roar!, 21st September, Ambassadors

At the famous Islington Zoo Jefferson has tamed the wild Indian tiger Tobias, but can’t tame his passions for Penelope. When she falls in love with Richard, his emotions are uncaged and the alpha male emerges.

Show 308: Dust, 20th September, Ambassadors

There is celebration as Sheriff Petey Paul marries Jessie May, the two people responsible for making Dust City the driest city in Nevada. But PGP and Calendula hanker for the days of fine whiskey and debauchery.  So, with the help of the Deputy Sheriff, they lure Jessie May back to her old ways; after all once a lush, always a lush. When Petey Paul also falls off the wagon, it’s up to the Deputy Sheriff and Lily Rose to restore balance.

Show 307: You Won’t Get Away With That Here, 28th August, Edinburgh 2011

Michael and Lemia are in Hell for crimes of passion. Mr Mephistopheles offers them a reprieve if they prevent Clare and Paul from making the same mistake. But by stopping them killing addled war veteran George, Michael and Lemia find themselves back where they started. Only God can save them now.

Show 306: I’m Hung Up On You, 27th August, Edinburgh 2011

Ted and Lucy work for a New York insurance company under squash addict Peter. Their dreams of getting a great apartment and having a family lead Ted to sell an overpriced, dodgy health insurance package to elderly Myrtle. When she dies, he is guilt ridden, but her potty mouth gives him the perfect get-out clause. But at what personal cost?

Show 305: Shut Up and Drive, 26th August, Edinburgh 2011

In a service station on junction 7 of the M6, Chloe and Penny run a Welcome Break, frequented by Eddie and Jessop, who go out of their way to see them. But so welcoming are the girls, they are fired. Will their new venture in Dover be a success? And what of Barry and the cats?

Show 304: We Will Rock You, 25th August, Edinburgh 2011

The true story of how Stonehenge was moved from Glastonbury to Salisbury Plain. When Calista is chosen to marry tribal leader Fortis, her betrothed Cadoc is as angry as the gods themselves. Stags, beavers, and the salute of the sun – but what will the rules of their new society be?

Show 303: Enter The Dragon, 24th August, Edinburgh 2011

In Cardiff Castle, Lynette wants to slay dragons but must learn the ways of the Lady Steward, as dictated by Uncle Rhodri and his Distance Man. When an opportunity arises to kill a dragon, Lynette can’t resist and as a result must marry her uncle. But what of her love for Dai, the Distance Man?

Show 302: Ich Bin Ein Berliner, 23rd August, Edinburgh 2011

At Gunter’s Beer and Babe Hall, Monica is the toast of the burlesque scene.  But when she catches the eye of General Storm, her lover Peter can’t control his rage.  Everyone in the club tries to save him, with the help of some leftover tricks from Spandex the Brave. Everything dissolves into farce, but ultimately, who’s going to end up f*cked?

Show 301: Behind The Bike Sheds, 23rd August matinee, Edinburgh 2011

St Agatha’s Girls and St Twickenham’s Boys Schools have a long history of hockey rivalry.  But if the boys lose this time, they’ll find out what goes on behind the bike sheds.

Show 300: We’re Short On Diamonds, 22nd August, Edinburgh 2011

Thomas Silverhammer, the tallest of the dwarves, knows something happened to his father and goes to the forbidden mine in search of the truth. But the truth is not what he expected and may mean that he has to become a Gravelgrinder…

Show 299: Mount! 21st August, Edinburgh 2011

Zeus leaves Mount Olympus to his sons Castor the warrior and Liam the poet, with the instruction not to dally in human affairs. But the boys’ wager to woo beautiful Helena results in anger and a lesson in humility, that leaves space for a new god on the Mount.

Show 298: In The Buff, 20th August, Edinburgh 2011

At a Detroit carwash, Jim gets lucky with rich and classy Lady Charlene.  But her giant husband, Mr Charlene, is enraged and punishes everyone by closing the carwash. Will Marv and Trish escape adult entertainment in time to turn things around? And can Lady Charlene prove to Mr Charlene that his unhappiness is nothing to do with her?

Show 297: Branch In Time, 19th August, Edinburgh 2011

In an enchanted forest during the Irish famine, Seamus and Mary must call upon the spirits of the tree to travel through time to 2060.  But who was born under a harvest moon and how many times can a man be turned down?

Show 296: Circle of Strife, 18th August, Edinburgh 2011

At an asylum for shell-shocked WWI soldiers and nurses, Patient 13, Madeleine, is being treated by Dr Wilkinson to get over the loss of her brother Henry.  But Dr Wilkinson’s feelings for her threaten her sanity.  They run away together, but she can’t forget her brother.  Should she, or by seeing him in her mind, will she once again see him in life?  “Oh the boys, they’ll be back, they’ll be back someday.”

Show 295: Hobnocker Prom, 16th August, Edinburgh 2011

It’s prom night and Ally is going with Joseph, but she harbours a secret love for Principal Johnson – who returns her feelings. When Joseph finds out, he gets his revenge. Six months later at Hobnocker Point, will Ally and Mr Johnson finally get to be together?

Show 294: Dragon Sherbert, 16th August matinee, Edinburgh 2011

Mrs Miniver runs the sweet shop at Dragon Castle, but is called upon to confront the great old dragon itself – as the wizards of the castle vie for power.  “I bring you a message… a message… of death!”

Show 293: Sunk!, 15th August, Edinburgh 2011

A mutiny occurs on an Irish cruise ship, where all plans are made on the basketball court.  Will love save the day, or will they all be sunk?

Show 292: Guernsey Girls, August 14th, Edinburgh 2011

The fractious Button sisters run a Guernsey dairy farm but have to decide whether to resist the pressures of modernisation. With the help of the lovelorn Francis and the spirit of old farmer Button, will eldest sister Miriam be able to save the farm, her sisters and their heritage?

Show 291: Dead Cold, August 13th, Edinburgh 2011

When a dead cold lockdown hits St Greenland’s Antarctic Research Hospital, interns Ricky and Nurse Betty are stranded in the blizzard. Will they get back in time to save the hospital, and will Dr Ostrovsky be released by his penguin chorus?

Show 290: She’s Gonna Blow, 12th August, Edinburgh 2011

On the pirate oil rig The Mary-Lou, the crew will face all dangers but will not accept a woman on board. So when Stevo turns out to be Susanne, and declares her love for Captain Wilkinson; and when the rig threatens to blow and Susanne is the only one who could save it; and when the Rig’s doctor’s assistant is so in love with Susanne that he would sacrifice himself for her; how can the impossible tensions resolve?

Show 289: Bloody Jazz Hands, 11th August Edinburgh 2011

Three dead jazz-obsessed sisters haunt their old home, soon to be inhabited by their father Lafayette and Daniel, his solicitor. In order to play once more, the sisters decide to possess the men but Daddy-o seems to have fallen in love with Daniel and doesn’t want to hurt him. Can their love transcend the ectoplasmic intervention on the astral plane or will the vengeful Cooly-bean get revenge on the man who murdered them all?

Show 288: Velocirapture, 10th August, Edinburgh 2011

Dr Buck Tango has come to the Velocirapture dinosaur park, but so has his ex, Montana Swift. When his DNA experiments to make dinosaurs peaceful towards humans fail, Montana and the other park inhabitants are left in terrible danger.

Show 287: Here We Go Again, 9th August, Edinburgh 2011

Professor Harrington has foreseen the coming of the Apocalypse and is preparing to be taken up to sit by God’s right hand. But he has fallen for the pauper Griselda – and he can’t have redemption and the woman he loves.

Show 286: Fizzy Cool, 9th August matinee, Edinburgh 2011

The prince of Bumbleland really wants to travel beyond, but his father warns him that out there lurk wasps. However, he can’t resist the lure of beyond and is kidnapped by the evil Wasp Warlock and her sisters. The King must choose between giving the wasps all the honey in Bumbleland or losing his only son forever. But when the wasps come to Bumbleland to collect their ransom, secrets are revealed that explain why the Wasp Warlock is so angry and why the prince is the only bee who can sting more than once…

Show 285: Ashes & Anger, 8th August, Edinburgh 2011

Mr Baker and Madeleine work for the louche and debauched Charles II and Queen Margaret IV, who desperately want a fantastic party. But after an ill-placed firework in Pudding Lane things look bad for London – the only escape is a topiary maze.

Show 284: Dangerous Re-entry, August 7, Edinburgh 2011

Captain Professor Wilkins can’t concentrate because of his love of his co-cosmonaut Professor Samuels. As they float through space, taking a frozen Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama in the SSS Ulysses, leaving behind the broken planet Earth to find new life elsewhere, his torrid affair threatens the safety of the ship. Then the message arrives from outer space ‘You are not alone’.

Show 283: Uphelia, 6th August, Edinburgh 2011

Hruthgar has been chosen to be the new King of Glass-gow, but he must choose a Queen to spend his year with before he is sent out to sea on a burning boat. His true love, Kandar, can’t bear to see him die and refuses to acknowledge him as king, so he banishes her and marries Rosalie. A year in power and the village is ruined, his wife is dead, and he stands on a boat, ready to be burnt. But the hammer of Thor and the rock in the sea come into play – will Hruthgar and Kandar burn brightly at last?

Show 282: Made In China, 5th August, Edinburgh 2011

Winter Tornado falls for American movie star Ethel White on the Great Wall of China. But the rising communist powers don’t approve of an international relationship. With Ethel getting drunk with her make-up artist and Tornado taking advice from his dojo master, Tempest of the Storm, it seems that their budding romance is doomed. But if the authoritarian commissioner Camille can find love with Yung Tao, surely anyone can…

Show 281: Red or Dead, July 28th, Petworth Festival

Pierre and Francoise work together in the vineyard, but can’t be together because of the Baron de Cavoir who owns the vineyard.  But when the Baron turns it into a abattoir in a strange attempt to impress Francoise, old rivalries and memories of collaboration during WWII are stirred up. Rene’s flashbacks get worse and the Baron sends everyone away.  But can the love of Francoise and Pierre convince him to plant grapes once more?

Show 280: Latitude The Musical, July 17th, Latitude Festival

Griselda and David, and their three offspring, have gone to the Latitude Festival, despite their crumbling marriage.  Three Australians are waiting to see their hero, Adam Ant.  Melinda has a thing for older men and after a chance meeting with David in the poetry forest accompanied by a strange performance poet, it seems love is blossoming.  But Adam Ant’s post-concert words touch his heart and he realises he’s still in love with Griselda. Melinda’s ok with it, she’s managed to get tickets to Adam Ant’s concert in Melbourne. After all, ridicule is nothing to be scared of.

Show 279: Bars!, July 15th, Corn Exchange Newbury

Colditz, and the Captain and Daphne have been interned for 4 years. But with the help of the slightly loony Spotty, Browning and an arrogant American with a Harley Davidson made out of loo rolls, they escape to Holland.  But Spotty, pining for home, has turned traitor and sold them out to the Germans. Spotty sacrifices herself, but too late and they all end up back in Colditz.  But can their spirit be broken, or will they make one last bid for freedom, and a cockney knees up back in the good old East End?

Show 278: Birth of the Future, July 8th, The Junction, Cambridge

There were bound to be sparks when Dr Cartwright who loves science and Midwife Fortesque who loves nature met.  In trying to help the Willises finally have a child after 7 years of waiting, scientific advances compete with nature and the strength of the mother-child bond. But love and hate are separated by a thin line, and the sparks soon become sparks of romance…

Show 277: A Bloody Great Hole, July 1st, Key Theatre Peterborough

Veronica and Matilda have travelled from Peterborough University to Tanzania with their guide Hank to Ngoro Ngoro, the great meteorite crater in search of Brind Dust. But local twins Nkela and Bobo have been sent into the crater by Mama in order for Nkela to become a woman and goddess.  Science and magic collide in a moasonite village – the crystals put stars in Matilda and Bobo’s eyes, and Veronica’s heart is captured by Hank. Home is where the heart is and they are all the sons “of rage and love”.

Show 276: The Red Box, 26th June, Udderbelly South Bank

Claire, Arabella and Judy are working in Macy’s Department Store, having left Arkansas and their tragic family behind. Patrick, Ricky and Liam, who work in Shoes, Hats and Trousers ask them out to The Red Box; they think all their dreams have come true. But The Red Box is a strange club, where good girls do bad things. Claire finds love, but will she stop mothering her sisters for long enough to realise?  Can Judy and Liam get past his “moment” with Ricky? And will Arabella agree to date with the mysterious owner of The Red Box? One thing’s for sure, “It was wow, totally wow, it was wicked, it was great.”

Show 275: Ashes to Ashes, 23rd June, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne

Two sisters, one good and kind, the other headstrong and wild, live on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius with their father, who must marry them off in order to keep his farm in the wake of an eruption. But Cirius the gladiator has been blinded, so Cassiopeia must marry the poet Demetrius while headstrong Mathilde must pretend to be her sister and marry Cirius, despite her love for Valerian the Gothic Warrior.  In order to stop the wedding, Cirius rides Tarquin the horse up the mountainside, but will he return in time to stop the sham wedding or will he lose his love forever?

Show 274: Magic Flat Top, June 22nd, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne

Medea is the world’s greatest female explorer – only Table Mountain has evaded her climbing skills. But when she reaches the top with her faithful friend Matthew and their guide Tunsten, she not only discovers that she has been followed by borderline-agraphobic Bobby and his sister, but that the gods demand a sacrifice from her. When she decides to give up her ambition and stay with Bobby, the gods are appeased. But will Matthew find love with Bobby’s sister, and what are Tunsten’s feelings towards the mystical Lumbago?

Show 273: Beach Coma, June 22nd (matinee), Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne

Penny Grand is in love with Bobby who works on the pier, but her parents don’t want her to marry into poverty, having come from it themselves. When Bobby’s father dies, he has to fight for the woman he loves, but can they convince her parents that love is more important than hotels, or money? And what will the seagulls have to say about it?

Show 272: Dark Thunder, June 19th, Udderbelly South Bank

An epic tale set in Valhalla and the pages of a story book, with god Eric the Bloody Handed, his mortal lover and their son.  And a forgetful Valkyrie.

Show 271: Much Ado About Zombies, June 18th, Winchester Theatre Royal

Since the chemical “happening” when Mr Rochester lost his home and family and livelihood, strange things have been happening in Winchester. Mr Rochester runs for mayor following the disappearance of the last mayor – but when he turns up – undead – and bites Sally – there seems to be a zombie apocalypse in the offing. But with the help of gobstoppers and two hats, Mr Rochester might just be able to remind the zombies of when they were alive…

Show 270: Zebra Almighty, June 11th, The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Mr Faversham has just bought Swindon Zoo. Haunted by memeories of his service in the Great War, he hatches  a secret plan to hunt down and kill all of the animals. And yet he’s developed feelings for zookeeper Betty, also the object of desire for his right hand man, Tarquin. Everything changes when Tarquin kills a man to defend Betty’s honour – after all, no one kills and stays in Swindon Zoo…

Show 269: Ryvita, 9th June, Malden Family Theatre, Windlesham School

Arabella Ryvita has invented a great new cheese at the Windlesham Cheese Factory and named it after her short, nice, handsome love William. But when he doesn’t test the cheese properly it gives her mother cheese asthma and William is sentenced to death. Thanks to help from Death Row exchange inmates from Alabama, he escapes from prison, but will he be able to convince everyone that the new cheese can do more than just be spread on Ryvita? And will Arabella choose love over cheese, or like her mother before her choose cheese before love?

Show 268: Sands of Death, 5th June, Udderbelly London

Lord Amon and Crusus are both in love with “Girl”. But Lord Amon is also the keeper of the temple of Osiris and needs a sacrifice. Osiris sees and forgives all – but can’t help when it comes to hearts. “Girl” has to choose, but she’s torn between the man who wants to kill her and the man who never uses her name, but can take her on the Nile and show her the camel zoos of her youth. In the end, it doesn’t matter how many humps you have, as long as you’re the one.

Show 267: When Barry Met Sally, 29th May, Udderbelly, London

Lord Barry has moved to Barry Island and is determined to marry a local girl. Both Sally and Mr Jones will do anything to save Barry, even if it means giving up on their secret love. But Gordon still speaks of the old ways, and Mr Jones can still use the old magic. And what is love if not the oldest magic in the world?

Show 266: Circus Freaks, 22nd May, Udderbelly London

The funfair is failing, hardly surprising as it’s haunted by the ghosts of the children and the janitor who died in the Playhouse fire years before. Only forgiveness can save the funfair, releasing all of the spirits either “up or down, but the answer is somewhere in between”.

Show 265: United In Diversity, 14th May, Theatre 140 Brussels

Katya, the Belarus entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in Brussels, has fallen for David, the UK singer and his song about Chelsea Football Club.  But her win drives him back to England, and her into the arms of Ushka, her guitarist who only plays on backing tracks. David’s past as a cage fighter comes back to haunt him, but will Katya and David be able to listen to the drums in their chests in time and stop competing, and use singing to bring the world, and their two hearts together?

Show 264: Red Rum on the Rocks, 23rd Apr, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Josephine, the first female trainer, and her jockey Braithwaite, have made Red Rum the most successful horse in the country. But her desire to be the best drives Braithwaite to an untimely chariot related death. The Jockey Club and her lover Simpson reject her, so she rides Red Rum off into the sunset, but will they stop at the white cliffs of Dover, or just keep going?

Show 263: Why Aye Mine, 5th April, The Ambassadors

It’s 1983, and journalism student Sebastian has come to the Whitley Bay Mine to observe the locals, particularly barmaid Tina. But as the secret love child of Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill, he’s torn when Thatcher decides to close the mines. Will Tina forgive him his past in time to save the PM who’s gone down the hole?

Show 262: Clubba Mia, 1st April, Tolmen Centre, Cornwall

Mama Sullivan and Michael want to make The Starburst the best booze-free bar in Ibiza. Guru Guru Murshu and his tee-total acolytes Marsha and Gloria certainly like it until Michael spikes the drinks, and the club implodes. But Michael’s love for fruit helps the local geo-thermal plant, and with the money he rebuilds the bar – and the budding love between Guru and Mama, and himself and Marsha.

Show 261: And Finally…, 29th March, Ambassadors

Frank and Judith work at the Daily Bugle in New York City, but Judith is sick of the bad news. She’s sent out by editor MacArthur on the crime beat, and soon loses her ability to see the good news, and toughens up. Sent to “swim with the fishes” by the gangsters, will Frank be able to save Judith in time?  And will she be able to convince everyone that good news is better than bad?

Show 260: Light At The End Of The Tunnel, 24th March, Komedia Brighton

It’s 1922. Jemima works on the London Underground tightening things, Millie is simply a flippant flapper. But a chance meeting between old Army colleagues Johnson, Carter and Corporal Cleverfield changes everything. Millie joins the Salvation Army, Jemima begins to wear make-up, but who will fall for who at the great tambourine giveaway?

Show 259: Dancing With Jackie at Twelve, 22nd March, Ambassadors

Kate and Calica run O’Callaghan’s Bar in Taipei, but are tricked into a sumo fight with Jackie Chan in order to keep the bar. When Calica wins, it looks as if he has lost everything, but the realisation that no-one is actually Taiwanese  forces a rematch of epic proportions and this time Jackie won’t throw the fight.

Show 258: What Is It Like In The Backstage Of A Theatre?, 19th March, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

The Orpheum Theatre needs a hit, and farce “Jack In The Box” could be it – as long as Stanislavskian actor Piotr can feel the part, Edith can get off her trolley, and Mr Banbury can persuade writer Mathilda Brown that they’d do it better than the Royal would. All is lost, retirement in Brighton looks likely, but at the last minute can the cast pull together a show that would garner a 6 star review?

Show 257: Life & Lingerie, 18th March, Selby Town Hall

Wetherell’s Department Store, 1910, and the lingerie and toy departments share a floor. Peter really needs to grow up if he is to save his job and get his girl – but is cross-dressing really the way to go about it? Electro-shock therapy and gravity-defying brassieres might be enough to persuade Mr Arbuthnot and Mrs Fanshaw that, although Peter is ahead of his time, this needn’t be the store that time forgot.

Show 256: To See Or Not To See, 17th March, The Lighthouse, Poole

At the Nebuchadnezer School For Magic, Gordon Levit is torn between his love for student Jennifer and respect and position. Demoted to janitor, he watches as the Levtiation Team takes to the skies. As Mimsy’s jealousy threatens to kill both her and Jennifer, Gordon remembers that loo cleaning chemicals can come in very handy; after all, alchemy always comes first.

Show 255: Dances With Werewolves, 15th March, Ambassadors

Outside the village in the hollowed out tree, werewolves are readying for attack. Love between a human and a werwolf could bring two sides together, but who is a the werewolf and who is the human? While looking for reconciliation at the House on the Hill, secrets kept since 1837 come out, and Lycan’s heritage brings peace at last.

Show 254: Kimono Jungle, 8th March, Ambassadors

Yoshi and Suzuki run the Tokyo National Zoo, looking after the mysterious Golden Peacock; but an offer from Hank and Freddie from the Delaware Zoo can’t be refused. Will they realise exactly what Freddie’s mother wants to do with the gin addicted panda in time? After all, birds of a feather flock together and love cannot be denied…

Show 253: The Mists of Memory, 1st March, Ambassadors

Tony Toadstool and Marcy Potter live in colourful Rainbowland, 1000 years old today, and must marry in order to keep colour and order.  But Marcy’s father, the Lord Chief High Chaplain, doesn’t want to relinquish power.  Who will win the Fosse fight, and will Sparky the dragon be needed to light candles of celebration?

Show 252: Caesar Salad, Feb 22nd, Ambassadors Theatre

Caecilia, an olive picker in Ancient Rome, meets Caesar and they fall in love. Upset at the emperor’s sudden emasculation, Maximus kills Caesar and takes control. But the barbarians are gathering at the gates…

Show 251: Signal Failures, 19th Feb, Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Johnson loves speed and is building the fastest steam train in Borrowdale in 1850.  But his ex-wife, Kate Angel, is building a school just around the bend of the track for all of the poor children.  His need for speed and her need for stability lead to tragedy, and as she dies in a terrible train wreck, he learns that “Life in the slow lane” can be just as fulfilling.

Show 250: How I Met Your Grandmother, 18th Feb, Norwich Playhouse

Peter Jenkins, a scientist in the Norwich Old People’s Home, is desperate to try his new drugs on the adventurous Mrs Miggins, to make her 20 years younger. But when she loses 20 years of her memory, he must follow in her footsteps and travel to Tierra del Fuego to discover love. Because when you get to the bottom of the world, you come to the top again.

Show 249: Bring Out Your Dead, 15th Feb, Ambassadors Theatre

Paul is a layer-outer of bodies in Blackheath, but provides Dr Doctor and Prof Johnson with cadavers. When they demand a live body, he gives them the woman he loves, Sally, but will Hyacinth and Crocus make him smell the pansies in time to save her life? Musical calls included Rocky Horror, Threepenny Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a mystery guitar number from the mysterious Ernesto L.

Show 248: Piranha-rama, 8th Feb, Ambassadors Theatre

Two American opera singers arrive in the Opera House in Manaus, determined to stop the destruction of the rainforests.  But the indigenous people have their own ideas for saving the trees, by worshipping and listening to the piranhas.  Will Tally and Roger meet their toothy fate, or is there a different kind of fish food?

Show 247: Dante’s In Trouble, 5th Feb, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Demon Dante wants to tempt his 667th mortal but when the artist he is trying to persuade to kill his wife, kills himself instead, Dante is set on a quest of self-discovery, forgiveness and redemption.

Show 246: One Knight Stand, 4th Feb, Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Ambitious young archaeologist uncovers the sword in the stone.

But his pursuit of fame ruins his burgeoning romance with the quiet Lady Susan. 40 years on, can their love be reignited or will history repeat itself?

Show 245: Pharoahnuff, 3rd Feb, Northcott Theatre, Exeter

In the pyramids, the tomb of Akh-Akh is uncovered. A storyteller can tell tales of curses and horror but can never finish her own when she falls in love with her sister’s fiance.

Show 244: Pilgrimage to Poultry, 29th Jan, The Castle, Wellingborough

A Nandos restaurant in Nottingham gets a makeover when famous chef LaRoux arrives looking for a challenge. But when he wins the admiration of the beautiful young chicken chef, the senior chicken chef gets jealous.

Show 243: An Afternoon on a Ship, 28th Jan, Arena Theatre Wolverhampton

Dudley port in the 1970’s. A tale of lost love, seafaring and gender-bending cabaret acts.

Show 242: An Elephant sits on Justin Bieber, 25th Jan, Bedales Arts Centre

A travelling circus in depression-era America hook up with a revivalist church after its leader, reverend Justin Bieber is sat on by the anorexic elephant Nellie.

Show 241 Blackjack With My Baby, 30th Dec, Brighton Komedia

Two washed up Vegas performers incur the wrath of their mafia-linked boss when they set up in competition to his casino.

When their boyfriends find out, will they have the guts to face up to the mob or will they pussy-foot away?

Show 240 Coalition Cats, 29th Dec, Brighton Komedia

29th Dec, Brighton Komedia.
If an American producer created a West Side Story-style musical about the coalition, this would be almost but not entirely unlike the result. In the end, all the secrets in the world are released…

Show 239 Blood On The Ice, 28th Dec, Brighton Komedia

28th Dec, Brighton Komedia
George IV has built an ice rink and is in love with a woman who might just be his sister!

Show 238: Little Donkey, 21st Dec, King’s Head Islington

Giselle runs away from her religious family to join the theatre working in the London Dungeon. Her father, the vicar, desperately tries to get her back, but is beating her and imprisoning her the right way to go about it?  Or can he learn something from her theatrical family?

Show 237: When Will I See You Again?, 20th Dec, King’s Head Islington

All the staff at a snowbound terminal 15 in Heathrow Airport volunteer to take the Shah of Persia back home. But on the way they crash in Antarctica, where they must face the three terrors – polar bears, glaciers and icebergs.  But love can be found in the strangest of places…

Show 236: Barbarians At The Gate, 19th December, King’s Head Islington

General Vesuvius is in love with Goth Penope, but their love is forbidden, and Flavia just wants to go back to Rome.  Penope dies and so Vesuvius must choose – go back to Flavia and Rome, or stay and fight the barbarians at the gates of Bath.

Show 235 Christmas Angel Delight, 14th December, King’s Head, Islington

14th December, King’s Head, Islington.
Best friends Benny and Ricardo go gambling at Caesar’s Palace when they should be creating a lavish 1970s Christmas feast. Godfather Angelo D’el Christmas is not going to let them get away with it and kidnaps their sisters as collateral.

Show 234 Sand By Me, 13th December, King’s Head, Islington

13th December, King’s Head, Islington.
Sand by Me – Sheherazade has fallen helplessly in love with Tariq, a lowly camel trader, but Prince Farouk has in turn taken a shine to her. An ancient Arabian tale of love, redemption and camel jousting.

Show 233 Hold the Front Page, 12th December, King’s head, Islington

12th December, King’s head, Islington.
Mina’s finding it tough working at the New York offices of, and she desperately needs to break a big story. Of course, over at the 34th Street Theatre, her sister has been having an affair with pious Senator Joseph – but she couldn’t run with
that story, could she?

Show 232 Spock’s Coffee Shop, 7th December, King’s Head, Islington

7th December, King’s Head, Islington.
Amsterdam, 1964. Sally Van Hoerten’s eyes are opened by her new boyfriend Tim Kleist, who introduces her to Rock and Roll, marijuana and Science Fiction. But will her straight-laced father put a stop to it all? And what’s a good infinitive-splitting
adverb that works with ‘to go’?

Show 231 Trenches of Desire, 6th December, King’s Head, Islington

6th December, King’s Head, Islington.
Captain Pilling, commanding officer of the Submarine Tranquility, is beset by both strategic and emotional difficulties. Can he release his trapped vessel? And can he rescue his drowning son in the nick of time, or will the sea zombies keep him
below to help sing Bugsy Malone numbers?

Show 230 A Royal Wedding, 5th December, King’s Head, Islington

5th December, King’s Head, Islington
It’s New York in the 1970’s, and Charlene – secretly a French princess – is contentedly working at Charlie’s Brothel. But when King Rudolph and Queen Sophie appear in the neighbourhood, her life is thrown into disarray.

Show 229 Me-Cavity, 2nd Dec, Bath Komedia

2nd Dec, Bath Komedia.
Celebrity dentists always fall for the perfect million dollar smile. And with new drug metrocain, everyone can have one – but at what cost?

Show 228 Frostbite, 30th Nov, King’s Head

30th Nov, King’s Head.
In the Swiss Alps at the Overlook Hotel, the threat of the Black Cat looms. A scary tale of love and lycanthropy.

Show 227 Havana Unwrapped, 29th Nov, King’s Head

29th Nov, King’s Head.
Rico loves Chica, but Chica must marry Tony to save her family from poverty and pigsties.

Show 226 Take My Heart, 28th Nov, King’s Head

28th Nov, King’s Head.
A sinister abatoir in Bethnal Green where all the men are going missing. For all men are like animals.

Show 225 Totally Anchored, 23rd Nov, King’s Head

23rd Nov, King’s Head.
A cruise ship sails towards The Port of Prance, where people are safe. But once they leave, will they return to their old ways of wife-beating and revenge?

Show 224 Dametastick!, 22nd Nov, Critic’s Show with the West End Whingers, King’s Head

22nd Nov, Critic’s Show with the West End Whingers, King’s Head.
Philomena Smith and Andromeda Dench are two grand old dames of the theatre, vying for the same role in The Grapes of Froth, directed by none other than Dave Dixon – ex husband of both of them.  Plagued by narcolepsy, OCD, and the memory of “the RADA”, will they be able to put aside their differences and perform the tap dance while eating crackers, or will it all become “Park benches and balloons”?

Show 223 I Saw It In The Laundry, 21st Nov, King’s Head

21st Nov, King’s Head.
Aliens in Blackburn!  At the laundry there are strange lights in the sky.  What do the aliens really want and can human love teach them anything?

Show 222 A Pregnant Pause, 19th Nov, Compass Theatre, Ickenham

19th Nov, Compass Theatre, Ickenham.
December 1943 and in the Lewisham maternity hospital, professional rivalry becomes personal as Drs Smith and Snow fall for midwife Sonia.  Who will she choose?  And will La Traviata prove romantic enough for Dr Johnson and Cerise?  All will become clear on New Year’s Day.

Show 221 Double Lava Indemnity, 9th Nov, King’s Head

9th Nov, King’s Head.
On the slopes of Popacatapetl, two scientists are warned about the sirens of the volcano.  As the siren song becomes stronger, cracks appear in their relationships with their wives, and cracks also appear in the mountain.  As the lava flows, will love save the day?

Show 220 Who Won It?, 8th Nov, What’s On Stage critic special, King’s Head

8th Nov, What’s On Stage critic special, King’s Head.
Marie Luft has been murdered on the eve of winning a What’s On Stage best actress award. Everyone has a motive. Who is the man in the red hat? Will the satellite link up work? Can Susan Blush convince everyone that she is the best actress in the world? “I’ll never be second best again.”

Show 219 The Sphinx Factor, 7th Nov, King’s Head

7th Nov, King’s Head.
1790 and explorers are trying to find Nefertiti’s tomb. Will they survive the lion with the mouth of a cat, the 40-headed hydrant, and the multi-faceted kaleidoscope of doom? Or will they be shown the “colour of truth”?

Show 218 The Mud, The Music and Me, 4th Nov, West Yorkshire Playhouse

4th Nov, West Yorkshire Playhouse.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds has arranged a huge festival but she’s in love her investor, who is married to a drunken woman with a penchant for her staff. Expect hot air balloons and wise jugglers.

Show 217 Scandinavia My Sweet, 2nd Nov, King’s Head

2nd Nov, King’s Head.
Hansel is the finest Swedish chocolatier but his love for Brumi causes jealous Sven to have him banished. Will he grow a pair and climb over the wall to reclaim his factory and his love? And will Mathilde ever get to stand less than 5 yards away from Sven?

Show 216 Top Hats in Fog, King’s Head, 1st Nov

King’s Head, 1st Nov.
Timmy loves Elsie, but will the ghosts of his brothers get in the way? And will he be able to put his war demons to rest in order to be happy?

Show 215 The Evil Pumpkin (Halloween special), 31st October, King’s Head

31st October, King’s Head
Slasher meets sci-fi, as at the limb factory, Dr Kamper seduces Ruthie. But who is the Knife Bastard, and why is he killing? And why is he killing decimally? Will Rob save Ruthie, or will the acetate prove fatal? And who exactly IS the bad guy?

Show 214 Achoo, My Lover Bristol, Old Vic, 29th October

Old Vic, 29th October.
In 1066, under the threat of plague, in the Pie Minister pie shop two men vie for one nun’s affections by creating the perfect pie. Can you have too much pie? And will their rivalry destroy the very thing they love? Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Show 213 A Dark Summer Holiday, 28th October, Brighton Komedia

28th October, Brighton Komedia.
The fountain of youth cannot be used selfishly or the drinker will die. In a deep, dark forest on the Isle of Wight, sprites and fairies try to retain their world, but the humans on holiday there threaten their existence. Can Queen Victoria’s servants save her, or will she join her German Prince at long last?

Show 212 Molten Love, King’s Head, 26th October

King’s Head, 26th October
A goat herder in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius is in love, but so is a rival centurion. Who will win Lavinia’s hand, and once she has chosen, will the gods let them live? “The word that’s chosen is friend.”

Show 211 Escalator to Hell, 25th October, King’s Head

25th October, King’s Head
Heaven is one breath away from perfection, but once Raphael remembers who she was on earth, will she be able to resist Lucifer? Or is their forbidden love actually the salvation of a destroyed heaven and a Johnny Cash style God?

Show 210 Going Down, 24th October, King’s Head

24th October, King’s Head
A submarine is stranded near the Isle of Skye, sinking fast, and not in a good way! Will Chief Engineer Tanqueray be able to fix the broken bacardi, and her broken heart, in time to save the crew?

Show 209 A Load of Old Skype, 21st October, Theatre Royal Margate

21st October, Theatre Royal Margate
Internet dating is fraught with danger. How do you know if Dogfight100 is really a doctor, when he could be a convicted felon? And is Cybergirl really a girl? “At the end of the story, the good guy always gets the girl.”

Show 208 Don’t Look Down, King’s Head, 19th October

King’s Head, 19th October.
Two couples travel to the Grand Canyon in a bid to save their faltering relationships. But will they survive a capsized raft, and multiple infidelity? And will they understand John and Tim’s river metaphors in time? “I cried a tear into the river”

Show 207 Zoo!, King’s Head, 18th October

King’s Head, 18th October.
Madeleine’s mother has died. Will the seals at Battersea Children’s Zoo be able to heal her broken family, and what wisdom does Drunk Bob, the family chauffeur, have to impart?

Show 206 The Taming of the Screws, King’s Head, 17th October

King’s Head, 17th October.
Homebase in Krakow. Pedrov and his girlfriend work happily together until he is promoted and she must move to evil IKEA. Why is her sister Mordor so intent on ruining her life, and will Pedrov ever get to run the hotel of his dreams?

Show 205 Gone With The Windmill, Bowness on Windermere, 16th October

Bowness on Windermere, 16th October.
Abel the miller loves Margaret, who sells apples in punnets of varying sizes, but she fancies butch farmers and falls for tractor inventor Johnson. Can Abel, with the help of twin brother Cain and his dog, finally get the gift of the gab and grab the girl?

Show 204 Flame Grilled, Bath Komedia, 14th October

Bath Komedia, 14th October .
Hell’s Kitchen and Bernie’s diner is taken over by a vindictive and infuriated Barbara Streisand. Can volcanic cooking in Iceland and the love of a good, if tactless woman save the day? “Just Two Kids”

Show 203 Off With The King’s Head, King’s Head, 12th October

King’s Head, 12th October.
When King Charles VII abdicates in 1982, who will take over and what fate will befall Britain? Is fine dining the real victim? And will Charles ever be persuaded to return?

Show 202 I Just Meringue To Say I’m Stuck, King’s Head, 11th October

King’s Head, 11th October .
It’s 1950 and London Underground workers are pulling 45 hour shifts. Mistakes are bound to happen. Families are torn apart, and lovers are separated. But the truth will out, and you should always go back for your man in the tunnels.

Show 201 The Roustabouts, King’s Head, 10th October

King’s Head, 10th October
Strong Sam can’t get the incident in Cincinatti out of his mind, but he’ll have to if he wants to save the circus and make Bobo funny again. But what about Catherine? After all, “Life is a circus”.

Show 200 Steam Off The Tracks, Darlington, 7th October

Darlington, 7th October.
The first passenger railway takes a Quaker off on a pilgrimage to Stonehenge. Will she follow divine destiny, or return for her heart?

Show 199 How Green Was My Warrior?, Lincoln Drill Hall, Sept 17th

Sept 17th.
Morally complex tale of a drunken eco-warrior and a thriving vineyard, which may or may not be organic. Are principles or love more important and how much would you give up for the man you love?

Show 198 Brokeback Turtle, Radley College Sept 16th

Sept 16th.
A tale of forbidden love and turtles in an old people’s home.

Show 197 Cactus!, Sunday 29th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Sunday 29th August.
In the last show of the 2010 Edinburgh fringe, the Stoppers told the tale of a love triangle set in the Wild West. The town of Mitchum Creek, near Mitchum Falls in Mitchum County, has not seen a bullet fired in anger for a whole year. But all that is under threat when Dierdre, owner of the Golden Horse Saloon, discovers that her old boyfriend Carmichael, has come out of prison and aims to take her away from her current amour Black Hat Bob.

Show 196 Stolen Delight, Saturday 28th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Saturday 28th August.
Two sisters, one crime. In Turkey 1910, a poor village woman enlists the help of two ex-cons to break her sister out of jail and then prove both her innocence and the guilt of the true criminal: the sultan himself.

Show 195 L’amour, C’est Mort, Friday 27th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Friday 27th August.
The wife of a Parisian mortician is increasingly frustrated by her husband’s obsession with his work and the fact he won’t walk the park with her. She is seduced by the Comte de Monteferriat. Eventually he becomes a mime so he can be in the Place des Vosges with her.

Show 194 I’m Crazy for You, Thursday 26th August,, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Thursday 26th August.
Dual writer show.
In Buckingham palace, three plots collide. The queen is mad and the staff must cover up for her; the Bulgarian maid is having an elicit affair with the Queen’s equerry; and a trio of BUlgarian revolutionaries plots to overthrow the monarchy.

Show 193 The Merm the Merrier, Wednesday 25th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Wednesday 25th August.
Lord and Lord Charlesworth decide to salvage a sunken 17th century warship, depriving a mermaid community of their ancestral home.

Show 192 The Wishing Tree, Tuesday 24th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Tuesday 24th August.
Dual writer show
A fairy tale about a woodcutter who is fails to cut wood for the Knight because he falls in love with his guardian angel. Will the magical wishing tree provide? ‘Happy ever after we will be, full of joy and laughter ‘neath the wishing tree’

Show 191 The Golden Parchment, Tuesday 24th August Matinée, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Tuesday 24th August.
Matinee with Karen Koren
Before the Gilded Balloon there was the Golden Parchment in Cowgate in 1726.

Show 190 Get Your Rocks Off, Monday 23rd August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Monday 23rd August.
Pre-historic dinosaur hunters. Who will Kutuchka choose as she comes of age: the powerful but cold chief warrior or the gentle cave painter?

Show 189 Swingers and Roundabouts, Sunday 22nd August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Sunday 22nd August,
A druid musical set in Stonehenge. A man and a woman fall in love but the druidic tradition requires she give herself to a warrior first. That warrior is the man’s best friend. Will this tear the society apart?

Show 188 What The Dickens? Saturday 21st August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Saturday 21st August.
Dickens goes to Bedlam to write a new novel and falls for recovered mentalist Elaine. But Joseph and Mrs Edwards have something secret going on in the Persephone Wing. Can Mr and Mrs Head help or is the woman with two balls simple insane? A dark morality tale. “Go on, do the voices…”

Show 187 Gypsy Pharoah, Friday 20th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Friday 20th August.
Rameses Harrison is a harsh Pharoah. Will his wife Lucy get caught up in the plot to overthrow him and his rule, or will she finally have “Freedom to Fly”?

Show 186 I’ve Got You Under My Skin Thursday 19th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Thursday 19th August.
Bob the white blood cell and Tracey the red blood cell are in love, but she wants to be a heart, and the bloodlines can’t be crossed. Jemima and Graham, the last two remaining brain cells in old Mr Finnegan’s alcoholic head hatch a daring and dangerous plan to kick start his body. Will disease destroy him or make him better, and will Tracey survive?

Show 185 Scotsman the Musical (critic’s show) with Kate Copstick from The Scotsman Tuesday 17th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Tuesday 17th August.
Conjoined twins Don and Dan Berkley are the secret owners of the Scotsman newspaper. They embark on a series of scandals in order to raise money to be separated, so that they can finally be with the loves of their lives, the “lovely” Andrea and “activist” Jimmy. Two men, one arse.

Show 184 Special guest show with Jim Bowen Matinee, Tuesday 17th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Tuesday 17th August
Musical scenes from the life of Jim “Bullseye” Bowen.

Show 183 The Revenge of Big Ben Monday 16th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Monday 16th August.
Prime Minister Benjamin and Secretary of State Gloria are down in Margaret Thatcher’s secret cellar. Will they be brought down by the pre-emptive nuclear strike on North Korea and can their relationship survive the seductive powers of Susan and her husband Henry, the opposition schemers? And will Alistair Campbell finally get a chance to tell Benjamin how he feels?

Show 182 The Big Society (critic’s show), Sunday 15th August, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Sunday 15th August
Kirsten Innes from The List
In a 1984 style future, revolution is in the air in Newcastle. David Cameron loves his llama, but is ashamed of his small face. Will (can’t remember Pip’s character’s name – insert here!!) choose one of her own or a class enemy? “You gotta get down on your knees, you gotta work real hard, no-one gets nothing for free.”

Show 181 Wet Wet Wet, Saturday August 14th 2010, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Saturday August 14th 2010.
The day Atlantis fell into the sea. Proud sentinel Jonas needs to keep an eye out for the Kraken, but is being distracted by the goddess Aphrodite, who fancies some human action while Zeus is away. Is it love love love, or lust lust lust?

Show 180 The Squeeze, Friday August 13th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Friday August 13th
The Falaraki dating agency is run by Albert and Gladys – they can find love for others but will they ever be able to the words to each other? Carlos and Athena run a German Marxist theme taverna and are in league with the Senate who have banned dating agencies. Will love survive. How many fruit puns can on Senate come up with and is zucchini a fruit?
“My name is Albert Senton. I am 35 years old and I’m looking for someone to share my life with.”
(for Albert Andersen Senton, born Friday August 13th, 2010)

Show 179 Flying Without Wings, Thursday August 12th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Thursday August 12th
Old Man Jenkins cleans the old school hall, pre-reunion. Captain Microwave only has three microwave blasts left. But his childhood sweetheart Third Eye Tara is under threat from Doctor Disco and his sidekicks Cat Boy and Marmalade Girl. On top of the Chrysler Building, they have their final showdown, after a guest appearance from Lady Gaga. “D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-disco.”

Show 178 Lust In Translation, Wednesday August 11th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Wednesday August 11th
Anthony marries Melinda, while Father Rufus warns him not to break 11 commandments. Anthony’s ex-wife Sarah has run off with chaste monk Steve. Will barren Melinda ever have children or will the plan for the women to swap places work? After all, men don’t notice anything…
(the day Lucy Trodd went into labour we did a show all about childbirth and fertility… spooky or coincidence?)

Show 177 Flying In Circles, Tuesday August 10th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Tuesday August 10th
Lord Mayor, Samantha and Gusty live in fairyland, but Gusty just dreams of “over there”. Lady Smythe is frustrated by her daughter Grena who sees fairies with only one wing – beautiful things aren’t real. Will love across the boundaries of the real world and the fairy world survive the Nazi sympathisers in the town of June, Buckinghamshire? What does the book say? It’s prophetic… yes it is.

Show 176 Special guest show with Nicholas Parsons Matinee, Tuesday August 10th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Tuesday August 10th
Scenes from the life of light entertainment legend Nicholas Parsons.

Show 175 Mafia Mia, Monday August 9th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Monday August 9th
Tony is the younger brother of Sammy Bastardo, who has muscled in on Tony’s girl Maria. With his sidekick Donny, Tony hatches a plot to rip off Ricky Canoodle in downtown Chinatown. Will family rivalry lead to death? Of course it will. It’s a mafia musical. And what’s so special about Fridays? “Every day is Friday with you.”

Show 174 Andrew Lloyd Webber Never Dies, Sunday August 8th, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Sunday August 8th
Philomena and Susan-Maurice have dreams of West End stardom, fuelled by their mother Caroline. When Andrew Lloyd Weber dies, producers Mitch and Jethro offer them their big break. But at what cost? And will the ghost of Andrew Lloyd Weber have any useful advice for them?

Show 173 Great Fists of Fire, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Festival

Saturday August 7th
Dr Andrea Peterson is the finest dentist working for Dr Jenkins in his Harley Street practice, but her head is turned by Roger and Tim and their “Tear It Up” environmental activist sex cult. Will love or Al Gore win out? And who has the perfect smile?

Show 172 The Hidden Serpents, Friday August 6th

Friday August 6th
Mad Mary Meg, Peter and William Finn, the daughter of legendary dragon slayer Johnathon Finn, work in the greenest graveyard of London Moors, where all of the dragons are buried. Lord Susan and his faithful retainer Dorothy, along with their jester, want to bring back the dragons to make London strong again, by gaining control of the disappearing dirty stone. Will William look with her eyes or her heart? Will her love for Peter bring destruction to London, only just being rebuilt after the Great Fire? Keep your hands steady.

Show 171 Aclockalypse Now, Sunday 18th July, Latitude Festival

Sunday 18th July, Latitude Festival
Professor Edwards and Janine are in the UN war room at the end of the world. To save humanity they have to travel back in time to 1920s prohibition Chicago, where they meet the smoking, bright Candace. She knows how to seduce a man, and takes him to the Freak Show, with the torso-less head and the eight-legged freak. When looking for advice, always go speed-dating, and then travel to the Waterstones on the other side of the universe with no books, but a worm-hole in the back. Then write your stories and travel to Latitude, July 18th, 2010, to save the world.
“If you’re going to save the world, do it by the book.”

Show 170 Bad Habits, Saturday 17th July, Harrogate Fountains Abbey

Saturday 17th July, Harrogate
Fountains Abbey, 1132. Brother Michael has fallen for Sister Maria, in the first mixed religious order. In the crypt they resolve to run away together, hearing no rumbles of thunder, or condemnation from God. But Father Ignatius is unconvinced and they are banished to run Betty’s Tea Shop with the foul mouthed Betty. 10 years of happiness pass, but once again, Father Ignatius and “fat cat” King Henry I (All Hail King Henry I! All Hail King Henry I!) arrive and demand their return to religious orders. Will they be allowed to be together? Will God allow them love? Or are they doomed to roam alone forever?

Show 169 Gnome Alone, Friday 16th July, Milton Keynes

Friday 16th July, Milton Keynes
Sarah and Julie are inseparable, like Two Peas in a Pod. At Ringmaster Angus’s circus, they are the most successful juggling gnomes ever! But Vladisovsosstock, Ivan and Piotr have different ideas and send them off in search of the two trunked elephant of Outer Mongolia. What happens if one pea dies? Will the giant tambourine really raise the dead? And can Julie ever forgive Piotr for killing her other half?
“I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want…”

Show 168 To Bleed or Not To Bleed, Saturday 10th July, Salford Lowry

Saturday 10th July, Salford Lowry
Red Vampires! Gavroche, Victor and John (as they are know at night) are the last communist vampires living under Lake Windermere in an asylum. Gavroche is in the “shaking time” – the time between human and vampire – and his blood is blue. Lord Standfast Faversham wants to marry his friend The Bishop’s daughter, Emily, but she is in love with the Boy she has seen fishing at 3am – the only man who ever listens to her. Will Emily marry Faversham to save her father, or will Gavroche’s blood turn red with love? Will Victor allow Gavroche to be human or will he always follow him around as a fly? Will John ever stop be distracted by the moon? And how exactly do the Bishop and Faversham feel about each other? Smithers knows all the hidden tunnels to the African room – where else would you sing about the Carvery Knife?

Show 167 Blue Suede Soles/Souls, Saturday 26th June, Cork Festival, Ireland

Saturday 26th June, Cork Festival, Ireland
In the 1950s, in a Fight Club themed American diner, Anne and Maud are looking for love. Their boss, Frank, has a brother, Ignatius, who with his friend Tiger, likes to race cars. Everyone knows that girls go to car races to find love, but will Ignatius and Tiger be defeated by Mr Lickety Split – the beatnik racer driving the batmobile? And while the men rub brill creme all over their bodies at Luigi’s hair salon, will the girls go for grease? As Maud says to Ignatius, “You Could Be My Guy”…

Show 166 The Pyramid Scheme, Friday 25th June, Cork Festival, Ireland

Friday 25th June, Cork Festival, Ireland
Akash is the adopted son of Persephone and Ran who run the finest camel shop in Cairo. He arrived wrapped in swaddling in a papyrus basket, with a scarab beetle mark on his hand. This leads Faroukh, Mamookh Tep and Steve to seek him out, for he is the reincarnation of the God Ra. Flashback after flashback lead us to Herbert the carpet seller, a plague of beetles, volcanoes and a camel ballet. Will the love of a son defeat the gods? And who knew that mobile phone reception would be so bad inside a pyramid?

Show 165 The Whizz, Friday 25th June, Cork Festival, Ireland

Friday 25th June, Cork Festival, Ireland
Martha McKay is a huge, manly woman desperate to drive a firetruck in the East, tee-total side of Paris, Texas. She falls for Bernie McClintock, an effeminate man – “Oh, I couldn’t eat a whole steak!” – from the West, drunken side of Paris, Texas. With John McDougall and Sheriff McKay against them, will she ever be able to hold his hand – “gently”? And who will she choose to save from fire- the orphans and their prostitute mothers, or Bernie?
“Can You Feel My Fire?”

Show 164 Wet Side Story, Thursday 24th June, Newbridge, Ireland

Thursday 24th June, Newbridge, Ireland
At the Alton Towers Water Park, Harry Rowntree and his magic hands, have fallen for Clare, but she is having a “Phantasmogorical Oversight” with manager Tony. Chief MacArthur asks Harry to help him build a new ride, the Death Colossus, but Tony and his two hench-folk Susan and Simon, have plans for the land – luxury blocks of flats! The Death Colossus lives up to its name, but who is to blame, and did Harry finally “build something worthwhile?” Psychedelic retro numbers, and huge special effects abound!
“If there was ever a toffee apple of a man, it’s him.”

Show 163 Death Note, Wednesday 23rd June, Blanchardstown, Ireland

Wednesday 23rd June, Blanchardstown, Ireland
Americans Graham and Gregory Thomson have a staggeringly complex relationship! In a tent in a field in Galway, Gregory (or is it Graham?) is selling massage oil to Irish cousins Tony and Barbara, while Graham (or is it Gregory?) has employed local P.I. Gladys O’Reilly to find his brother, who has stolen millions of dollars. Barbara falls for Gregory (or is it Graham?), while Gladys falls for Graham (or is it Gregory?) – but who will leave, who will stay and which G Thomson are you looking for? Either way, you have to “take one for the team”.
“Ireland, there’s more to do here than you might think.”

Show 162 M.M. (Magic Mouse), Tuesday 22nd June, Portlaoise, Ireland

Tuesday 22nd June, Portlaoise, Ireland
Princess Katie and her King Uncle live in Tollet Castle, in the Kingdom of Euphrania, with Roger the scullery boy, whose kind ways have caught Katie’s eye. But Sebastian, King Uncle’s loyal retainer, wants to be more than just her friend. Once the Wizard Horatio arrives, with the strange, all seeing, Greta, it seems that Katie will have to marry Sebastian, as Roger has disappeared. But who is the little mouse? And who is really putting the snakes in the box? Friends is quite something it seems, because “when you need something, it’s there.”

Show 161 Let Them Drink Tea, Sunday 13th June, Udderbelly

Sunday 13th June, Udderbelly
The Yorkshire tea fields are suffering from a terrible and unkown disease. Stephanie leaves the safety of the tea factory and her young suitor Peter (played by Oliver Senton) to go to Darjeeling to look for a solution. There she is seduced by the hedonistic and charismatic Tarquin (played by Peter O’Toole played by Oliver Senton) who tries to convince her to stay in a life of absolute luxury. The musical hits its climax in a tense and devastating three-person scene in which Peter and Tarquin finally meet to fight for Stephanie’s hand and heart.

Show 160 A Tsar Is Born, Sunday 6th June, Udderbelly

Sunday 6th June, Udderbelly
Pregnant alcoholic Katerina has been taken in by kindly Vlad in the Smirnoff cafe. All she has is a crumpled photograph and a fear of the sound of breaking glass. Dostoyevski and Sophia Dostoyevski offer to help her, after speaking with the Holy Father in the Cathedral, but what secret do they hide, and will they stop at nothing to provide a new Tsar for “Mother Russia”, even though Tsar Pavel is a drunk, with a barren wife? Who is the cat-like father of Katerina’s child and will Katerina drag her beloved Vlad down with her or save him by giving up her baby, Babooshka, named after her grandmother?
“Ding dong, twelve o’clock, I’m the crucifixion clock!”

Show 159 Not Nessie-ssarily, Saturday 5th June, Newbury

Saturday 5th June, Newbury
Penny Powell, Nigel Richard Simpson, and Reginald are searching for Nessie in Bournemouth when they come across an icthyasaur tooth. At the University of Loch Ness, Dougal, Morag and young MacPherson are intent on keeping Nessie and so lure Nigel into a honey trap, led by the sniffer, Guiding Gordon, who will take anyone from the station to the university, even though it’s 513 priests away… Who will die? Who loves who? And is Nessie real?
“Thistle tea anyone?”

Show 158 Phwoar (Politics = War), Friday 4th June, Croydon Clocktower

Friday 4th June, Croydon Clocktower
David and Liz live in the village of Abbas Parva, with Old George and the magic yew tree. As the Civil War erupts around them, will David remain faithful to King Charles I? Charles’ mysterious assistants will see to it that he does. But who is controlling who? And will Matilda the tree witch really control Charles I, and keep him on the throne “until the three of us die”?
“Dab me…”

157: Star Whores, Sunday 30th May 2010- The Udderbelly, Southbank

Sunday 30th May 2010- The Udderbelly, Southbank
Bubble, Carolina, Honour and Mona are prositutes, hired by the great leonardo da Vinci to work in the brothel on his latest invention – a space craft, which will fly to the nearest star to creat the first extra-terrestrial Italian colony. Bubble is carrying da Vinci’s child – Tiny Tim – the next generation super Italian destined to lead the New Rome. But then she falls in love with da Vinci’s assistant Guiseppe. Will they betray him? Will they betray their country?

156: Wan-Ki Moon, Sunday 23rd May 2010- The Udderbelly, Southbank

Sunday 23rd May 2010- The Udderbelly, Southbank
Umberto Ki-Moon and sister Kum Sao work in a fireworks factory on the banks of the Yankse River. Rival Sum Chao, KT and the professor are planning a mission in the nearby astronautical testing facility. Will Umberto’s dead mother guide him? Will they be wise monkeys? Can Chan and Auntie Chan help? Will Umberto fulfill his dream of going to the moon?

155: Jungle Fever, Friday 21st May 2010- Komedia, Brighton

Friday 21st May 2010– Komedia, Brighton
Betty and Tommy are building a golf course in the Amazonian Jungle. What happens when someone who wasn’t good trusted someone else? Mr. Hayes will find out when the holes are filled. Shaman Zantara predicts that Betty will become number one. What does the eagle in the sky represent?

154: A Tale Of Two Gorges, Thursday 20th May 2010- Komedia, Bath

Thursday 20th May 2010– Komedia, Bath
Everyone has two names in sunny Cheddar Gorge. Step-siblings Magdalen, Nancy and Liam George work the farm whilst dreaming of a life on the other side. Wizard Hendrik will never permit them to leave. Meanwhile in Burlington Gorge the crops are failing. Will the sun shine or the rain fall? Where is Cheddington? How long does it take to kill someone with a magnifying glass?

153: Love And Lava, Sunday 16th May 2010- The Udderbelly, Southbank

Sunday 16th May 2010- The Udderbelly, Southbank
Germany 1938. Rolf, Captain of the zeppelin, and sisters Klaus and Maria are on a scientific expedition to explore a volcanic ash cloud to use as a super weapon for the glory of Germany. Meanwhile, Rolf’s childhood friend turned hated rival plots his demise. Billiards and unrequited love in this tale of scarred friendship.

152: I Agree With Nick, Saturday 15th May 2010 – Questors Theatre, Ealing

Saturday 15th May 2010 – Questors Theatre, Ealing- charity special with channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow
In modern-day Whitehall, Nick Clegg realises he is very much second fiddle to David Cameron, becoming a laughing stock as the new Tories take the country to the brink of disaster. Meanwhile, in 1743, the Countess Clegg attempts to wrestle power from teh Spanish King Philip XIV. We see these two plots intertwine in this incredible historic drama.

151: Thai High, Saturday 8th May 2010- Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford

Saturday 8th May 2010– Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford
Multi-millionaire Brian falls for Mai, his guide through the Thai jungle. In search of the Golden Temple, by way of gold digging, plastic-hipped Veronica, Brian learns some important lessons. Can money buy love? Why do tourists never stay? Watch out for the deadly monkeys.

150: Eureka!, Sunday 18th April 2010- Hong Kong Academy

Sunday 18th April 2010- Hong Kong Academy
Aboard a Ferry from Hong Kong, Matilda and her round daughter Juniper set off on a mad exploration. Will Horace/Liam of Transcontinental Ferries reignite his love for Matilda? Is James really in love with Juniper? Silent Penny waits her turn.

149: Fear On Fuji Sunday, 18th April (matinee)- Hong Kong Academy

18th April (matinee)– Hong Kong Academy
Peter is now in charge of the power station as Deidre has gone off to be like “the prune in the ground that turns into a tree”. Will he get distracted by pregnant Jane? What’s inside the Grayson box? Who left it open? Will Dr. and Mrs Grayson live forever or will Peter rise to the monster challenge?

148: Are We There Yet?, Saturday 17th April- Hong Kong Academy

Saturday 17th April- Hong Kong Academy
Aliens on holiday. Brothers Ronald and Tony are both in love with the unpronounceable Samaktra. Will Tony’s love of Earth break his Gorbac promise? Will Ribos 9 make the best coffee in the universe? Will Flickins, Carmine and Flaggatt from Philiton 7 peddle coffee like Ron and Tony’s father?

147: Hello Sailor, Friday 16th April 2010- Hong Kong Academy

Friday 16th April 2010– Hong Kong Academy
Ethios the seer and Warrior Kadak are aboard the Star-Crossed Purple Dragon Yak somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle. Mutiny is brewing as Petronius seeks to avenge his past, by employing tiny Thorn the Klunk knife expert and Freya the Haemophiliac. What bargain will the Empress Dowager make in the gap between Heaven and Hell? And what can Kadak tell Ethios in a minute that’s taken a lifetime to learn?

146: Bombay Behind Bars, Thursday 15th April 2010- Hong Kong Academy

Thursday 15th April 2010– Hong Kong Academy
The San Francisco cheerleading championships. Jenny’s bad habits are fed by Kenny and her coach and she is thrown into jail for life. Rival team Jabena, Shanice and Felix of The Red Stripes turn into the Bollywoodettes in an awesome reversal of characters. But how will they escape the new Alcatraz?

145: Sea Horse, Thursday 15th April 2010 (matinee)- Hong Kong Academy

Thursday 15th April 2010 (matinee)– Hong Kong Academy
Boys against girls in this adventure of underwater submarine exploration. Daphne Jones the orphan believes her parents are still out there in the blue. Daphne has seen the giant squid somewhere before. Karaoke, Justin Bieber style.

144: Shattered Wings, Tuesday 13th April 2010- Hong Kong Academy

Wednesday 14th April 2010– Hong Kong Academy
Georgie gives Valentina the opportunity of her life – to be the first female co-pilot. This aviation tale about balance and love features a Johnny Depp Spooks scene.

143: Perfect Plastic, Tuesday 13th April 2010- Hong Kong Academy

Tuesday 13th April 2010– Hong Kong Academy
Feminism versus beauty in this tale of Barbie and barbeques. Plastic rarely breaks in Legoland. Barbie dreams of being the perfect plastic woman. If she goes to Australia she will have her dream. Can her new Australian lover Bruce with the nice hair show her the way – or the band? Or will Andrew confess his love? What news will the boomerang bring?

142: Overdraft, Monday 29th March 2010- The Drill Hall, London

Saturday 3rd March 2010– Wales Millennium Centre
A love triangle between ex-bankers Suzy, Andrew and Brian. Will vengeful sister Miss Lymphatic destroy Suzy’s home in Bali? Will they leak the secrets of the past?! Faithful servants Felix and Formosa believe that if you love someone, you should let them know.

141: Bamboo Billionaire, Monday 29th March 2010- The Drill Hall, London

Monday 29th March 2010- The Drill Hall, London
A panda sanctuary in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Frida and Peter are desperate to mate Kimono Joe and Suzy. On the other side of town, fishmongers Rotten Roland, Gladys-Deidre and Stephen are selling fish oil, although since the closure of the seal sanctuary sales are up…or down. Will the panda’s offspring return safely home? Why is Damian Hirst?

140: Aargh 2!, Saturday 27th March 2010- NSDF @ Spa Theatre, Scarborough

Saturday 27th March 2010– NSDF @ Spa Theatre, Scarborough
Yes – another pirate musical and amazingly, another one called “Arrrrgh”. This time Liam the cabin boy, Captain Gipetti and boswain Zoltan are heading towards the International Pirate Convention just outside Naples. Pirate codes are cause for mutiny aboard the good ship Bare Hands. Will unnoticeable Grizelda, ambitious Horace and chef Nancy stop Liam’s dream or becoming a fully fledged pirate?

139: The Inept Feather, Thursday 24th March 2010- Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Thursday 24th March 2010– Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
1930’s Turkey. Ahmed runs the best brothel (The Ottoman Sofa) in Istanbul. Fatima the best dancer is wooed by golf turned tennis star Puma Woods. The Aladdin’s Cave, run by Miserable Musa and daughter Scheherrazade flounders. The sand gets everywhere, so never stand upwind in the desert. Will the truth about Fatima’s past (and her feather) catch up with her?

138: Bobby Doesn’t Get It, Monday 22nd March 2010- The Drill Hall, London

Monday 22nd March 2010– The Drill Hall, London – Sondheim’s 80th birthday
A musical inspired by Stephen Sondheim. Kansas, 1999, a sperm bank next to a court of law. Judge Williams (aka Bobby) falls for nurse Darlene. Will they be allowed to be together or will May Williams and the whole of the Williams family get too close for comfort? Will the Korean street war-musical go on in New York City? What is justice?

137: Stoned!, Friday 19th March- Komedia, Brighton

Friday 19th March– Komedia, Brighton
The building of Hadrian’s Wall and the slaves Janus and Anginus dream of freedom, Glorius dreams of a man in the red hat. Have power-hungry slave owner Maximillia and her twisted brother Maximus had their fair share of olives and grapes?

136: Oh What A Lovely Paw, Thursday 18th March 2010- Komedia, Bath

Thursday 18th March 2010– Komedia, Bath
Berlin 1945, the Russians have arrived. Mrs Hitler and her daughter Ada are growing animals to feed the orphans and make them into a super race. Back in England, Mrs C and Churchill have a different plan. But who is the spy and will Franz choose love over duty? We are all creatures after all.

135: Blood On The Heather, Monday 15th March 2010- The Drill Hall, London

Monday 15th March 2010– The Drill Hall, London
The Glencoe massacre of 1692 and Genie wants to belong to Hamish and the Campbell clan. Agnes from the rival McDonald clan holds a forbidden torch for Hamish. Can Morag McDonald lead the McDonalds to victory with their clan motto: “You die in here, you die in here”? Who has awoken the ancestors? Blood and unicorns.

Radio Pilot: Me and My Ghoul, Wednesday 10th March 2010- BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House

Wednesday 10th March 2010– BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House
Newlyweds Peter and Jennifer move into Ezekiel Betterton’s haunted House on the Kentish Weald. Can the Ghost Vicar help? Will ghostly Ezekiel and ex-gardener and word-hungry Griselda get their baby in the fireplace? Hidden treasure, horsey footstops and benefactors.

Radio Pilot: Love Never Dries, Wednesday 10th March 2010- BBC Radio Theatre

Wednesday 10th March 2010- BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House
It’s the present day and old college friends from The Isles of Scilly, Dr Nataaasha Jones and Caleb disagree about whether Atlantis should be raised from the seabed or just left alone. Caleb leaves the ex-pirate ship in a submersible, joined by navigator Susan Stoker and creepy Jonathon in search of the Sacred Shell of Purity which Professor Winters once spoke of.

134: Quantum Eruption, Monday 8th March 2010- The Drill Hall

Monday 8th March 2010- The Drill Hall
Professor David and his daughter Jennifer venture to Mount Versuvius in search of a portal into a parallel backwards universe. Can Bob rescue Jennifer from the evil clutches of expedition funder Jemima or is Jemima just a big baby? Polar bear hunters, beaches, magic toad stools and firey graves.

133: How Deep Is Your Love?, Monday 1st March 2010- The Drill Hall

Monday 1st March 2010- The Drill Hall
Underwater love amongst the ruins of the Titanic. Emperor William with the big gills leads the the mermaids in a battle of greed against the up people. The Wincherton Pearl holds the message “To Children of the Wincherton Fam-ly, I give the riches which you gave to me”. Will Selfish shellfish Patricia betray Janice, just like the time with the tortoise? If everyone dies what will we learn?

132: The Loser of Camelot Saturday, 13th February 2010- The Cornerstone, Didcot

13th February 2010– The Cornerstone, Didcot Postman Jethro and factory worker Samantha attend Yoshi Fukamoto’s yoga class. Previously Yoshi has been supported by lottery funding, but that’s all about to end when Mrs Minniver and her daughter Gladys set their monkeys on fire.

131: Nine Months In Another Town, Wednesday 10th February 2010- The University of Bedfordshire

Wednesday 10th February 2010– The University of Bedfordshire
Andrew Jenkins and Jennifer have a fling whilst working in KFC. Meanwhile Andrew’s wife, Julie Jenkins is giving birth to the first child in 3 years in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital area. Can Jennifer solve the mystery of this infertile land? Will she ever get her 4 stars? Who is the daddy?

130: A Game Of Three Wives (Balls), Friday 5th February 2010- Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead

Friday 5th February 2010– Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead
Football dreaming Jane works for her husband in Mr Stevenson’s Thai Massage Parlour near Wembley. Can her love for Gazza help her escape to Cuba? Will Sergio Giacametti’s plan to corrupt the end of season Hull versus Chelsea game (involving the faithful John Terry) work? Sometimes you have to lose to win.

129: Aaargh!, Saturday 30th January 2010- Komedia, Brighton

Saturday 30th January 2010- Komedia, Brighton
Cabin boy David and Captain Flash are modern day pirates aboard the bad ship Abba somewhere within the Bermuda triangle. Who is the No. 1 Pirate? Mollie the ship’s DJ loves David, David loves Captain Flash, Captain Flash loves the mute Helmsman Jonathan, Smithers loves the ship’s chef and she loves sexy, jolly Captain Rocksteady (who loves himself). Remember- dolphins are tricky. Captain Rocksteady played by guest star Kurt Smeaton.

128: Sense and Insensibility, Friday 8th January 2010- Komedia, Bath

Friday 8th January 2010– Komedia, Bath
In Regency Victorian times Jane Austin meets Jekyll and Hyde in the Roman baths. The dashing and mysterious Mr Reginald courts Jane Ashfort. Her beloved sister Louisa has never worn gloves before. Meanwhile, who is Mr Fallacy and his devoted Matilda- are they the only ones who are rotten to the core? Archery, besmirching and fires without guards in this period mash-up of good and evil.

127: The End Of Days, Wednesday 30th December 2009- Komedia, Brighton

Wednesday 30th December 2009- Komedia, Brighton
Rome is falling, to a barbarian conqueror. The soothsayer sees an old woman crying tears of blood, which fall onto a dancing child who then ceases to be, and a golden eagle flying up to mount Olympus where he can see nothing. Will senior Vestal virgin Chlamydia betray Lavinia, or will Flavius save his true love and lose the empire? Just one more ride on the Weasel.

126: L’Escargot D’Or

Tuesday 29th December 2009– Komedia, Brighton
Paris revolution comes in 1700, 90 years early. The Palace of Versailles, the hall of mirrors, the fountain, Madeleine, and sister Mary. The Golden Snail is a brothel and the most expensive piece of jewellery. Duke or Orleans and Jacques De Vrai. Gaston Beaucoup. Love across the class divide. Mother. Jean Pierre the revolutionary. Little Jacques is the future. Aristocrats. Bread owners.

125: Trouble Up North, Monday 28th December 2009- Komedia, Brighton

Monday 28th December 2009– Komedia, Brighton
1877. Eddie Jim, Sue and Vera work at the Satanic Mill in Yorkshire. Since the migration from the west, they have been sewing for Old Mr MacGregor and Betty. Who is Mr Braithwaite? What will the ghost of Eddie Jim Senior and Cowboy the Whippet have to say about the redundancy bell? The retirement gift reads: “For services J”. Life is like the moors.
124: Boudica – Warrior Princess Sunday 27th December 2009- Komedia, Brighton
The 2nd Century Roman tale of the feminist warrior Boudicca and her love for Aelfric her rival (and part of the dread Barbarian Lord Kadak’s army). Who will win against the Romans? What happens when you eat a loved one’s heart? Nothing is set in stone. Be like the stone.

123: We Three Queens, Thursday 17th December 2009- Leicester Square Theatre

Thursday 17th December 2009- Leicester Square Theatre
Just before the Russian revolution, Katarina is all set to ascend the throne ahead of her two sisters Masha and Natasha. Mad monk Rasputin has other ideas. Reindeer, reign dear, rain dear.

122: The Gift Of Life, Friday 27th November 2009- Komedia, Bath

Monday 7th December 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
In a post apocalyptic world, horse racing is the only way to make your fortune. Can the Spencer family’s horse “Maisie” beat The Barbarian’s “My Jihad”?. Is four notches on the saddle a notch too far? Can Sarah love a sheik who has her face tattooed on his back?

121: Bed Pans and Bouquets, Friday 27th November 2009- Komedia, Bath

Monday 30th November 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
A hospital in 1920’s London. Algernon is a new maternity doctor in love with Fanny the midwife. The Lord Mayor declares that they must stop caring for illegitimate children. Will the truth about Algy’s past catch him up? Life is swell when you’re not in hell.

120: A Juicy Steak, Friday 27th November 2009- Komedia, Bath

Friday 27th November 2009- Komedia, Bath
Vampires in Bath Double University. Sally and Peter have tickets to Lord Brattford’s ball. Julie the lab assistant does not. Will the Lazarus Potion give Julie enough time to save her love… and humanity?

119: Beach Towels In Whitehall, Thursday 26th November 2009- Leicester Square Theatre

Thursday 26th November 2009– Leicester Square Theatre
It’s 1948 and The Germans have occupied England. Will love turn to the next page in Chelmsford Library when Fraulein Gertha and Sam Perkins commit illegal love? Why does Peter want to put an end to it, and will he ever see his sister again? Why is Hitler so good at chess? Who will lose their marbles?

118: Jailhouse Manger, Monday 23rd November 2009- Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 23rd November 2009- Drill Hall 1, London
A love triangle between Mary-Lou, Billy-Bob and Ginnie in a mixed prison in Texas. Can the nativity play disguise Mary-Lou’s secret? What does Warden Jones know about Old Man Blue’s tortoise shell?

117: Mummy Mia, Sunday 22nd November 2009- King’s Head Theatre, London

Sunday 22nd November 2009– King’s Head Theatre, London
Sacrifice in anachronistic ancient Egypt. Ex-slave, Quetzalcoatl is the first female High Priest to make it up the mountain. Agamemnon looks on with fondness but so does Peronita. Tomb raider Nigel Nicodemus succumbs to greed and abandons his once Robin-hood like generosity, whilst friend Caesar and daughter Aphrodite brandish their torches. Climb every step.

116: Fangs and Fire, Monday 16th November 2009- Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 16th November 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
Harry and Tincey are students in the St.George’s Dragon Slaying Academy in the Olden Days. When they leave they travel to slay the last great dragon, Vanadon of The Carpathians. But they must take Professor Emeritus’ sword Hrothgar from him first. And some of his heartsblood.

114=: The Last Carry On, Sunday 15th November 2009- Greenwich Theatre, London

Sunday 15th November 2009– Greenwich Theatre, London
The apocalypse musical. Homeless Jim and Rosie just want a house on the Thames Estuary. But the river waters are rising, and then there’s the meteor showers. Can Frank save the day? And how do Jim and Rosie know each other? Could it be anything to do with Rositep, the ancient Egyptian goddess of water, dreams and hallucination?

114=: Flaming Flamingos, Sunday 15th November 2009- King’s Head Theatre, London

Sunday 15th November 2009– King’s Head Theatre, London
A tale of the dangers of global warming and unbridled capitalism as the hot-shots of Las Vegas come face to face with the ancient native American spirits.

113: Chita-Quita, Monday 9th November 2009- Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 9th November 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
Claudia wants to be a great salsa dancer in the Argentinian jungle, just like her mother, Miss Vavita and her father. But Gerald the library man wants literacy for the masses instead of dancing – or does he?? Spanish and English cultures clash in a dance-off to the death.

112: Cosmic Girl, Monday 2nd November 2009- Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 2nd November 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
In the home for retired astronauts, Ethal puts her space race dreams aside when vengeful boyfriend Benji instructs her to do so. Advice from ex-spacewomen Mrs Ramsey and Mrs Smirnoff. Memories of things that never happened is called regret.

110=: One Brick At A Time, Sunday 1st November 2009- The Arts Depot, London

Sunday 1st November 2009– The Arts Depot, London
On the day the Berlin Wall comes down the Cold War gets hotter than ever as rival factions vie for the last remnants of power. The Holy Grail is smuggled out of the country in this Wagnerian epic.

110: The Knife Without Either Edge, Sunday 1st November 2009- King’s Head Theatre, London

Sunday 1st November 2009– King’s Head Theatre, London
Revenge in 1983 London and Brighton. Money markets first prototypes. Mr Morgan and his PA Trudy. Daughter Samantha and Jeremy. Mr P Herbert has a sex change. Destroy the prototype. Greed.

109: The Lost Detective, Thursday 29th October 2009- Leicester Square Theatre, London

Thursday 29th October 2009– Leicester Square Theatre, London
1920’s. Melissa Strong and her lover and butler Bain set out to investigate the creepy manor house on Orpington Moor. Who killed Melissa’s father? What’s on the McGonagal Terrace? And when will Anthony Rogers stop being inappropriate with his PA Sheila?

108: Avast Behind, Monday 26th October 2009- Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 26th October 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
Pegleg Pete and Stinky Sue leave Spain and set sail aboard The Green Turtle (formerly known as The Green Hornet). Will they get a HAND finding the secret chest of Long-Legged Lolita. Does the finger point to the volcano on Tortuga? Watch out or Lady Bechamel will cut your face off.

106=: Back Street Dogs, Sunday 25th October 2009- Greenwich Theatre, London

Sunday 25th October 2009- Greenwich Theatre, London
In the streets behind Primark, Oxford Street London the Chihuahuas are plotting to take over the Alsatian patch. Will Milly’s excellent eyesight save the day?

106: Singapore Swing

Sunday 25th October 2009– King’s Head Theatre, London
Prohibition America. A bar owner and his waitress are in love. Aardvark the Romanian is also in love with the waitress. The prostitute is in love with the bar owner’s brother. When the bar closes, family is the most important thing. Who will listen to the sleeping tramp?

105: F**k You, Thursday 22nd October 2009- Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Thursday 22nd October 2009– Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Betrayal for hospital workers Pete and Sheila in St Margaret’s Asylum, Bristol. Where has Gabrielle, Sheila’s mother disappeared to since evil Conrad and Father Strevan closed down the asylum? Why is Margaret’s hair falling out? Birds fly near the scarecrow in the cornfield.

104: Don’t Look Behind You, Wednesday 21st October 2009- Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Wednesday 21st October 2009– Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Halloween and a spooky tale of cattle rustling in 17th century Bristol. Hangings and god-fearing locals, a corrupt priest and two women posing as nuns who summon the devil.

103: Don’t Take My Space, Monday 19th October 2009- Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 19th October 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
Mutiny in space. Despite the space race, Jed falls for Winnie the science officer. What links One-eyed Captain Lokum and first mate Anthony Salt to Jed’s mother on earth? How does a boy who is afraid of everything stop his mother making things up? Perhaps the “Parable of the squirrel and the Spoon” will shed some moonlight on the situation.

102: Super Market, Sunday 11th October 2009 – King’s Head Theatre, London

Monday 12th October 2009– Drill Hall 1, London
A story of rival gangs of superheroes fighting for supremacy in the streets and markets of London.

101: The Ripening, Sunday 11th October 2009 – King’s Head Theatre, London

Sunday 11th October 2009 – King’s Head Theatre, London
A manfo plantation in Costa Rico. Consuela is 21 and in love. Can she convince her father, the owner of the plantation that she is not like her mother? Perhaps she can learn to “never let the sun set on an arguement”. Beware the pineapple of love and dogs that slather.

100: Zombie Amore, Monday 5th October 2009 – Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 5th October 2009 – Drill Hall 1, London
Milton Keynes, Arizona. Can hat-dropping Jeremy and his girlfriends Mirthful Martha and hard-working Tracey raise one million dollars to save their endangered art gallery? Will meddling mean old Milly and Derek stand in the way of the painting of the dead? Why does the painting keep moving?

99: Unto the Breach, Sunday 4th October 2009 – King’s Head, London

Sunday 4th October 2009 – King’s Head, London
1415, Agincourt. Can Mildred the thief and Conrad the unproven win with their new weapons…the women? Will the witches all turn into undead heads? It’s better to survive.

98: Wave Good Bye, Monday 28th September – Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 28th September – Drill Hall 1, London
Before Atlantis sunk, there was a beautiful city on a wonderful island…run by women. Watch the celebrations on Nu-Nu day as the slavery of Brutus and the men brings down this ancient civilisation.

98a: (almost) Decaf, Sunday 27th September – Greenwich Theatre, London

Sunday 27th September – Greenwich Theatre, London
Set in a coffee-less coffeeshop in Venice. Showstopper’s first 15-minute radio play in the dark following a powercut. Cut short for health and safety reasons so doesn’t count as a full show – good bit of trivia!

97: T-Rextacy, Thursday 24th September – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Thursday 24th September – Leicester Square Theatre, London
Phys-Ed student Sally has been given the dino-tooth and is off to the volcano to return it. Armed only with a golden map and the love of a man can Sally rely on the advice of Magda? Ashes and bones.

96: Austen-tacious!, Monday 21st September – Drill Hall 1, London

Monday 21st September – Drill Hall 1, London
Lord Curmudgeon is throwing his annual ball. He needs to forget about Margaret Brown. But who did kill her? Will the lisping Rev. Thistlethwait, his twin daugters and adopted daughter Ms Brown survive? Will the poor house eat themselves to death? Are Percy and Whitstable really Lord Curmudgeon’s friends?

95: The Dancing Samurai, Sunday 30th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Sunday 30th August – George 4, Edinburgh
Feudal Japan. Timo is training to be a master Bonsai topiarist. He denies the love of Semolina as The red hawk says it will bring shame on her family. Meanwhile Master Yoshi and his geisha assistant Ogetsu meet with Semolina’s father to plan Yoshi and Semolina’s nuptials. Will violence be the only answer in this ninja-laden tale?

94: Always Remember, Saturday 29th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Saturday 29th August – George 4, Edinburgh
5th November 1604. Guido Fawkes and his love Mary are ready to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But the government’s spies are closing in. A penny for the guy.

93: The Poisoned Chalice, Friday 28th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Friday 28th August – George 4, Edinburgh
Tintagel Castle, the great feast in honour of the anniversary of the sword being pulled from the stone. Sir Walter bets Sir Nodalot that he can persuade a lowly urine crisp worker (played by Pippa Evans) to take on the quest for the Holy Grail and to look in his eyes. Who will win the hand of the maiden? How many men does it take to run the Round Table? Or can a woman do the job?

92: Contra-Boy-Band, Thursday 27th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Thursday 27th August – George 4, Edinburgh
Prohibition America. Ryan Rotten the gangster and his son Robbie are smuggling musicians into the country. Will Ryan ever commit to his moll Pip-Squeak? Will the corrupt police bring him down?

91: Night Tyne, Wednesday 26th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Wednesday 26th August – George 4, Edinburgh + Guest Critic Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
A Geordie theatre company are staging “A Little Night Passion as We Roll Along or am I Losing my Mind?” They are desperate to be a success at The Edinburgh Fringe. As the leading man falls out of love with the leading lady and into an infatuation with Edinburgh’s most ferocious critic, will camp director Neville be able to keep control?

90: Oh Rats!, Tuesday 25th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Tuesday 25th August – George 4, Edinburgh + Special Guest Mike McShane as Aloysius, King of The Rats
1660s London, and the threat of plague is in the air. A market trader falls in love with a fine lady but can only woo her by enchantment. But is the King of the Rats even more diabolical than he seems?

89: Raj!, Monday 24th August – George 1, Edinburgh

Monday 24th August – George 1, Edinburgh (Matinee + Special Guests Hardeep Singh Kohli,and The Magnets)
Raj, the first Bollywood film actor to win an Oscar, is throwing a lavish party in a Buddhist monastery in The Himalayas. Will Raj’s super fan help him on the road to love and discovery? His house band The Magnets say: “Blame it on the Buddhist”.

88: You’re Going Down, Sunday 23rd August – George 4, Edinburgh

Sunday 23rd August – George 4, Edinburgh
The sinking of The Titanic from point of view of the creatures who live on the iceberg. Tiktok the polar bear must save the animals’ natural habitat. Meanwhile the captain of the Titanic and Lady Cynthia are in love. Will they survive the sinking? And what words of wisdom will the Great Albatross have to say?

87: Dig My Patch, Saturday 22nd August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Saturday 22nd August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
When her husband comes out of prison, Mary has tough choices to make. A story of dark crimes against the allotment community. Highlights include the moment when a hijacked plane lands in the middle of the vegetable patch.

86: The Viking and I, Friday 21st August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Friday 21st August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
The Faroe Isles. Svetna is the May Queen this year. Can her purity stop the Viking invasion. Will the deaf, blind, crippled old woman help her clarify the situation? Can Hoc Ho’s love give her strength?

85: The Silence of Athens, Wednesday 19th August 2009 – Guest critic Thom Dibden,The Evening News, George 4, Edinburgh

Thursday 20th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
The baths, ancient Greece, Zeus Day. The Gods are restless. A lowly lad can’t bear to slay a goat, but why? Will Pan help or hinder?

84: Charlie Can’t Dance, Wednesday 19th August 2009 – Guest critic Thom Dibden,The Evening News, George 4, Edinburgh

Wednesday 19th August 2009 – Guest critic Thom Dibden,The Evening News, George 4, Edinburgh
Freddy Badloss runs the city on drugs money. But his dealer Memphis Mephistopheles is calling in the biggest debt of all his soul. The bankers drop to their deaths like lemmings as the audience applauds.

83: One Small Step, Monday 17th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Monday 17th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
Mr Kowalski is making a film. Mr Kowalski is making a lie. Watch in amazement as he creates the fake moon landing. But how many people does it take to make a conspiracy?

82: The Wonder Emporium, Monday 17th August 2009 – George 1, Edinburgh

Monday 17th August 2009 – George 1, Edinburgh – (Matinee – special guest Keith Jack as The Ghost of Long Shanks)
Dr. Phineas is putting on a show of wonder. Can Angela re-awaken the ghosts of theatre past? Will Joanna the drunk diva join the Juggling Budgie Sisters’ Act? Is the Green Room the space between life and death?

81: Somme Like It Hot, unday 16th August – George 4, Edinburgh

Sunday 16th August – George 4, Edinburgh
A Nurse has lost her love, Charles, and is heading for the front line. Pieter, Magda and Kommandant. Nurse in disguise. Doctor gives them plans.

80: Holy Crap!, Friday 14th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Saturday 15th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
God has created a second paradise with a new Adam and Eve. His earlier prototypes live in their castle under the sea. Who will take the apple this time? Who will give in to temptation? And why did God make sex so pleasurable?

79: The Barren Sailor, Friday 14th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Friday 14th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
On board the Barren Sailor women pirates embark on a quest for the Pearl of Fecundity. Daniel, son of Blackbeard Pegleg will soon realise the part he has to play.

78: The Spy Who Nuked Me, Tuesday 11th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Thursday 13th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
2020. A group of spies on the American side of occupied Berlin. The Russians coerce Hans Smith into a deadly mission. Will Susanna forgive his treason? Will the president stop singing Piaf?

77: Birds Of A Feather, Tuesday 11th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Wednesday 12th August 2009 – Guest critic Michael Coveney, Whats On Stage, George 4, Edinburgh
Famous filmmaker Spatchcock wants his muse Tipsy Hardon to star in the new movie he’s making in Dullsville. His over-worked birds rise up and join forces with the supporting cast of villagers to take their revenge.

76: I Dream to Scream, Tuesday 11th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh

Tuesday 11th August 2009 – George 4, Edinburgh
Medieval England, Wessex. Bertha the torturer (great-granddaughter of Black Bob) is in love with Geoffrey, but Lord Farquhar wants to claim her beauty to fulfil his destiny. Will he see the loving jester at his side? Will Ignatius Online give Bertha the answers?

75: Unchained!, Monday 10th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh

Monday 10th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh
Slavery in Rugby Grammar School. Peter Brown’s kid sister Felicity is imprisoned in the cell that he built under the clock towers. Can our hero play by the “bad rules” and defeat the spying school masters? Or will breaking the rules set them all free?

74: Avenue Flu, Sunday 9th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh

Sunday 9th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh
Mr Williams’ laboratory is the breeding ground for swine flu. Will the work experience girl fill the shoes (or the pockets) of her ghostly father? Will Gordon Brown spread the virus to cut down the population, or can a fire stop them? Perhaps love and the answers lie in the ostrich farm.

73: Sandals in the Wind, Friday 7th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh

Saturday 8th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh
Gladiator love in ancient Rome. Zestus and Centurius are fighting in the shadows of the almighty Caecilius. Will the Empress Cinzano find a loyal slave to slay 100 men for her birthday? Will the answers pool have the clue? “Hold and move forward” is the gladiator motto.

72: Rum Bar Barbados, Friday 7th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh

Friday 7th August 2009 – George 4 Edinburgh
The rum has run out in Dennis’ bar. Janet and her friend, boring Marie try to kick the booze whilst Nathanial and Reginald have plans to get the islanders hooked on another substance. Would you like a subscription to Seal Monthly?

71: The Wire of Death, Thursday 30th July 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre

Thursday 30th July 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre
Roddy Brown’s Stonehenge-bound circus is no place for orphan Sally and her useless hat-throwing skills. Can the invisible snake charmer and the reappearance of her alcoholic highwire-walker father help? Can she quit quitting and face her fears, or will the power of the ancient stones destroy them all?

70: Not in Henley, Thursday 25th June 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre

Friday 10th July 2009 – The Henley Festival
Brigitta Johnson works in the infamous Villa Marina Italian restaurant in Henley. Why are the customers dying? What’s down Carlo’s trousers? Can Maurice calm his temper? Will the health inspector Paul Blagbrough close them down? Surely not in Henley?!

69: Perchance To Scream

Monday 29th July 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
Jennifer works in Parliament at Annie’s Bar. Arch-Tory Mr. Brown goes steadily crazy, abolishing allotments and embracing Marxism, will her strong wrists save the country from anarchy?

68: The Boy’s Enough, Thursday 25th June 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre

Thursday 25th June 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre – PRIDE SPECIAL
The greatest gay love story never told. Jimmy and Hal escape from a mundane diner in Arkansas to build a future as drag performers in the big city. Will man love triumph when Jimmy’s father preaches a touching sermon at the gallows.

67: Ice Mountain, Monday 22nd June 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

Monday 22nd June 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
It’s walrus season in a family-run undertakers in Reykjavik. Giantess Brunhilde has dreams of being a great basketball player. She leaves behind her lover brother and the unrequited love of dwarfish Sven, gargantuan tragedy ensues.

66: Thanks, But No Thanks, Monday 15th June 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

Monday 15th June 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
A Sheik’s harem, in Persepolis. Unrequited love with dangerous hair cuts. Your milk, Sheik, brings all the boys to the yard.

65: Twisted Heart, Monday 8th June 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

Monday 8th June 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
An operating theatre in Guantanamo Bay. Ex-surgeon Susie’s patriotism is put to the test, and when you find a broken soul it’s easy to put in what you want. Especially in Disneyplace. Hands of death are brought back to life.

64: Trunk!, Monday 1st June 2009 – Kings Head Theatre

Monday 1st June 2009 – Kings Head Theatre
15th century Dundee. The brave-hearted John McHannibal leaves his wife and village to free Scotland from the English yoke, the map of his dead father in his head. Will he and his mammoth friend succeed?

63: Find Me In The Darkness, Saturday 30th May 2009 – Greenwich Theatre

Saturday 30th May 2009 – Greenwich Theatre
Betrayal and twinkling little stars in the Greenwich Observatory. Does Professor Jimmy Wilson deserve new love and happiness after sending his wife into space? Will the Doppler Effect and reversing the polarity be enough? Families are expanding…like the universe.

62: See Me As I Am, Thursday 28th May 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre

Thursday 28th May 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre
Jealousy in a bunker in Derry as war veteran Jeremy returns to his community. Mr MacGregor the property developer threatens the safety of their home. And who, alive or dead, is in the haunted basement?

61: Life Sucks, Monday 18th May 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

Monday 18th May 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
A land-locked tourist ship in Detroit. What is Mr Withers doing on level 13? Will the Motown cabaret be ruined by Tray and Saffy? Enid finds out that the empty chair was always filled… with love. Oh and there’s a rohypnol and robotic transformers bit too.

60: Night Blood, Saturday 16th May 2009 – Greenwich Theatre

Saturday 16th May 2009 – Greenwich Theatre
Sacrificial virgins help fight the forces of Albanian darkness in vampire-torn Pratt’s Bottom. You get what you give and you give what you get, if you give life you get life back.

59: My Dead Self, Monday 11th May 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

Monday 11th May 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
Friendship comes under the hammer in the ’78 recession, when estranged friends Jack and Jackie air old grudges to fight over their childhood sweetheart Millie. Graham and Deirdre remember what life is really about over a nice cup o’ tea and Freddy Two Hats finally finds a friend.

58: When Waters Break, Monday 4th May 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

Monday 4th May 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
Being pregnant in Newcastle isn’t easy for single mother Felicity and her poor dad. But the love triangle with father Peter and his new love Rita finally unites against sinister Doctor Gary and cockney Susan. What’s really going on in the G+S café? And why doesn’t Our Jackie want anyone to touch the soap?

57: From Dust ‘Til Dawn, Thursday 30th April 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre

Thursday 30th April 2009 – Leicester Square Theatre
(with special guest star Matt Lucas as Pedro’s brother, Balthazar Jones)
Drug trafficking in a Mexican oyster bar. Questionably-gendered Hannah and Stevie warn Brummie-American Margaret Margaret against her lover Pedro. It’s lust and dust – the fatal combination.

56: Love Me For A Treason, 20th April 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

20th April 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
Will the French Revolution succeed second time around? Follow Sophie d’Arc on her crusade, amongst the peasants, prostitutes, policemen and symbolic penguins of Paris. Will marrying King Nicolas I gain her the position of first female Gendarme?

55: The Wind Blows That Way, 13th April 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

13th April 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
The Victorian Music Hall, fortune tellers and visions. Everyone just wants to laugh. Can Jeremy overcome his fear and bring Vera the snake charmer back to life? And what is through the painted door in the oak tree?

54: The Rising Tide, 6th April 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

6th April 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
(with guest star Alan Marriott as “Professor Wenger”)
In the British Library, lesbian love flourishes like a fungus. Mr Lutoslowski and Titus Smith will stamp it out. Unless the secret NASA project gets there first, and destroys all the books. There’s moonlight romance for Janice and Derek but, will the pipes hold out??

53: Braziliana Slut, 30th March 2009 – King’s Head Theatre

30th March 2009 – King’s Head Theatre
The snow is mightier than the sun. A quest for redemption in the Brazilian favela for orphan Matita.

52: The Phantom Bloodstain, 26th March 2009- The Leicester Square Theatre

26th March 2009– The Leicester Square Theatre
Rage in a Beirut casino- does the younger man have the upper hand? You can’t gamble on love…or life.

51: The Promise of Sachertorte, 16th March 2009

23rd March 2009
Viennese-waltz your way through a political tale of revenge. Watch out for the jealous baker’s cake, as unrequited love proves poisonous.

50: Another Man’s Gun, 16th March 2009

16th March 2009
A widowed landlady struggles to keep her Stockwell pub afloat during a jealousy-riddled St Patrick’s Day Parade.

49: Brain Storm, 2nd March 2009

2nd March 2009
There’s something maddening about the Church of St Swithen’s. Only the motherless man can unlock the secrets of the past.

48: High Noon on Wall Street, 23rd February 2009

23rd February 2009
Everybody knows the Ukraine is famous for its naturally occurring chromium! Betrayal in a New York coffee shop.

47: Fishing For Blackberries, 16th February 2009

16th February 2009
Beneath a lighthouse near Dover, a people-trafficking ring is about to be exposed.

46: The Empty Kennel, 9th February 2009

9th February 2009 (post 50-hour Improvathon)
One girl’s struggle against the odds in the Alaskan branch of the Battersea Dogs Home.

45: Best Served Cold, 2nd February 2009

2nd February 2009 (the day it snowed!)
A bloody tale of revenge between rival ice cream dynasties in Argentina.

44: The Silence Of The Green Shoots, 19th January 200

19th January 2009
A field, cultivated in the north African desert is being used for sinister purposes.

43: Shining Havana, 12th January 2009

12th January 2009
Cuba 1963. A girl finds out the secret of her father’s political activities. History is reversed in the Bay of Pigs operation.

42: The Glove Man, 5th January 2009

5th January 2009
How a Peruvian mystic influences an apothecary in Victorian London (with special guest Alan Marriott as “The Poxed-Apothecary”).

41: Christmasless, 21st December 2008

21st December 2008 (Fundraiser for Scene & Heard with special guest Mark Ravenhill)
The whole world has forgotten about Christmas. Except for one man… in Harrods…

40: Touch But Don’t Taste, 15th December 2008

15th December 2008
Temptation comes to the church in this dark story of love and lust. Too much for some Christians.

39: Shooting Your Heart, 8th December 2008

8th December 2008
Star-crossed lovers are forced to flee their native island of Glorioso for London in the 1950s. But fate has followed them…

38: Les Mystérieuses, 1st December 2008

1st December 2008
An enigmatic animal rights group terrorise the biggest zoo in Paris – but what do they really want?

37: Kiss And Kin, 24th November 2008

24th November 2008
A will reading sends shockwaves through a Yorkshire family. Did Poison Ivy push mother in the lake?

36: The Lyin’ King, 17th November 2008

17th November 2008
In the fantasy world of Menda City, the King is not all he appears to be.

35: Pay Me ‘Til The Morning, 3rd November 2008

10th November 2008
In the biggest underwater brothel in Las Vegas, everyone has a price to pay in this tale of power and sex.

34: Liars Die Too (Press Night), 3rd November 2008

3rd November 2008
A story of corruption in a Bethnal Green town council election.

33: The Fetid Circus of Death (Ken Campbell Halloween Tribute), 31st October 2008 – The Clerkenwell Theatre

31st October 2008– The Clerkenwell Theatre
Love amongst the mirrors and keys of a spooky circus.

32: The Crater ‘Scape, 27th October 2008

27th October 2008
What happens when we colonise the moon?

31: Ape! The Musical, 20th October 2008

20th October 2008
An evolutionary tale set in the South American rainforests (with special guest star Mike McShane as “The Witch Doctor”).

30: Assassins Of The Sun, 13th October 2008

13th October 2008
Money, revenge and power in the old Wild West.

29: Tearing Down The World, 6th October 2008

6th October 2008
A tale of injustice set on an Alaskan oil rig.

28: Crop Circle! The Musical, The George Square Theatre 4, Edinburgh, 24th August 2008

24th August 2008 (Chris Grady, Musical Theatre Matters)
A community shattered by doubt and paranoia on 08/08/08.

27: I’m Here I Think, Where Are You?, The George Square Theatre 4, Edinburgh, 23rd August 2008

23rd August 2008 (Robert Dawson Scott, Scottish Television)
A science-fiction tale set in Ken Campbell’s brain.

26: Death-Defied, The George Square Theatre 4, Edinburgh, 22nd August 2008

22nd August 2008 (Seamus Allen, Rifco Arts)
Love stunts at the hand-over of Hong Kong as if directed by Jackie Chan.

25: Stan The Man, The George Square Theatre 4, Edinburgh, 21st August 2008

21st August 2008 (Dominic Maxwell, The Times)
A woman driven by her obsession with Stanley Kubrick discovers her true origins.

24: Schism!, The George Square Theatre 4, Edinburgh, 20th August 2008

20th August 2008 (Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times)
An illicit love triangle at the Lambeth 2008 conference.

23: I Love You But Die, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 19th August 2008

19th August 2008
A lusty, revenge tale of mistaken identity in a 1960’s casino.

22: My Heart Bleeds Fire, The George Square Theatre 4, Edinburgh, 19th August 2008 (matinée)

19th August 2008 (matinée)
Revolution and ash is in the air above the fated city of Pompeii.

21: A Time To Dream, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 18th August 2008

18th August 2008
A coming of age story set on a Ukranian goat farm.

20: Silent Bombs Will Fall, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 17th August 2008

17th August 2008
A Napoleonic war epic set on the Island of Elba, Italy.

19: Green-Eyed Fury, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 16th August 2008

16th August 2008
Jealousy and rage in the dance competition of the century.

18: Judged By The Devil, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 15th August 2008

15th August 2008
A curious tale of reincarnation set against the backdrop of the Peking Opera House
(with special guest star Mike McShane as “The Dragon of Beelzebub”).

17: Together We Stand Alone, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 14th August 2008

14th August 2008
Love lost and found at a Salcott wedding (with special guest star Dean Haglund).

16: There’s Not a Time Like Now, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 13th August 2008

13th August 2008
The past returns to haunt a young priest in 1950s Venice.

15: In From The Rain, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 1th August 2008

12th August 2008
Fear and redemption in an Arkansas prison.

14: Paler Shade Of White (Race against Time), , The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 11th August 2008

11th August 2008
Lovers torn apart by ancient Norfolk-Suffolk bell-ringing rivalry.

13: (Let me) Pull The Pin (On Your Love), , The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 10th August 2008

10th August 2008
Terrorism and love rediscovered in Marrakesh, 1947.

12: Red Envy, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 9th August 2008

9th August 2008
A story of jealousy set during the Russian Revolution (with special guest star Mike McShane as “The Locomotive”).

11: Bombay Stars Bleed, The George Square Theatre 2, Edinburgh, 8th August 2008

8th August 2008
A tragic Bollywood inspired tale of remorse in 1920s Bombay (with special guest star Mike McShane as “Ali Akbar”).

10: Only the Dead Can Dance, Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf Pub, 22nd July 2008

22nd July 2008 (Edinburgh Preview)- Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf Pub
Can the reincarnation of a 1970’s cop comfort his widow and son and finally discover the mystery surrounding his death? This tale stands out for having a dead protagonist.

9: Cheese!, The Hen and Chickens, Islington, 22nd June 2008

22nd June 2008 – The Hen and Chickens, Islington
“All aboard!” the submarine for a tale of passion and stalking. Can blind, tap-dancing Duncan save the day? Who is the mysterious man in black?

8: Venus and Mars, The Clerkenwell Theatre, 25th April 2008

25th April 2008 – The Clerkenwell Theatre
Love and despair at the English races.

7: The Queen of Hearts (title unknown), The King’s Head, Islington, 17th March 2008

17th March 2008
1,2,3 siblings run away from revolution-torn Moscow. A father’s choice between his children and the revolution. Savage wolves.

6: The Faint-Hearted Priest, The King’s Head, Islington, 16th March 2008

16th March 2008
Set in Cairo and London, this is a tale of a priest in love put to the ultimate test. Notable for the moment the tragic wife discovers her man is a Nazi and sings ‘Some of them are my husband’.

5: The Pig, The King’s Head, Islington, 10th March 2008

10th March 2008
Genocide and Love. Two English girls in the Alps search for a father. A deserted monastery inhabited by pigs. Featuring the hit song ‘Never Turn Your Back on a Yak’

4: In the Court of Life, Love is the Judge, The King’s Head, Islington, 9th March 2008

9th March 2008
Cape Cod, on board a fishing trawler. Old Red visits a local whore house with the new boy.

3: Hard Rock Family Number, The Hen and Chickens, Islington, 17th January 2008

17th March 2008
The 1920’s. In a market place outside a hotel in Cairo, a woman is assassinated. Two old, public school enemies air old skeletons in a tragedy of love and revenge.

2: The French Musical (title unknown), The Hen and Chickens, Islington, 16th January 2008

16th January 2008
French Revolution, salons, sports metaphors and starving peasants.

1: The Shifting Sands of Time, The Hen and Chickens, Islington, 15th January 2008

15th January 2008
Arms dealer Archie McFlag is caught in a web of deceit in Blitz-ridden London.

Irving Rappaport

Irving Rappaport

Irving Rappaport is an award winning film and theatre producer whose West End shows include ‘The Seven Year Itch’ starring Darryl Hannah, ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’ starring Peter O’Toole, ’Jesus My Boy’ starring Tom Conti and the musical ‘Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury’. He is a member of London’s Southbank choir which performs at the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls and recently assisted artist Gerry Judah in the creation of two six metre sculptures commissioned by St Paul’s cathedral to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. He is extremely proud to have supported the Showstoppers since their first performance in 2008.

Julie Clare

Julie Clare

Julie has worked as an actress/singer (national tours, rep and West End) for over 20 years, writer (commissions from Initial for her film script Ackee & Gefilte Fish and Channel 4 for her comedy drama First Generation) and producer of The Busker Symphony, four short films also for Channel 4. She has been performing with Showstopper the Improvised Musical for seven years including West End seasons at The Ambassadors and The Charing Cross Theatre and sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 2012 she has been producing theatre through her company, One Spirit Productions. Recent credits include Miss Havisham’s Expectations (Trafalgar Studios), Soul Night Special and The 50 Hour Improvathon (Lost Theatre) and she has recently been shortlisted for the S&S award with co-writer and lyricist Jack Robinson (I Love To Love, Saddle Up, Strut Your Funky Stuff) for disco musical Walking The Dogs. She is currently developing The H Word with One Spirit co-founder Carol Russell – the world’s first (as far as we know) totally devised musical. She founded The Producers’ Pool – a monthly networking event for early stage producers and since 2011 has also been Strategic Director and lead PR for Fresh Voices, running readings at BAFTA as well as the inaugural BAME Writers Boot Camp in partnership with London Film School.

Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins studied at Oxford, where he conducted the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. After graduating he worked as a choirmaster in South Africa before moving to London.

He has been musical director of Showstoppers! since 2009, which has had sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End runs, national and international tours, and a BBC Radio 4 series. His other credits include Adam Megiddo’s Burlesque which won the 2011 Off-West End Best New Musical Award, and The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre (which he co-composed with Meggido), Half a Sixpence UK tour with Gary Wilmot, The Blues Brothers Party UK and Japan tour, Round The Horne UK tour, the Flanders & Swann tribute At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus, Mitchell & Webb’s Macbeth & The Beanstalk, Noel Coward’s Words & Music, the touring West End/Broadway tribute Mad About the Musicals, and Jonathan Harvey’s Taking Charlie for the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He has also appeared several times on BBC Radio, recording September Tide with Jonathan Firth, the Tina C and Ida Barr series with the comedian Christopher Green, and Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. He has collaborated with fellow Showstoppers Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd on their Radio 4 series Trodd En Bratt and with Pippa Evans on her musical contributions to the Now Show. He was musical director of the BBC2 improvised comedy series Fast and Loose in 2010, hosted by Hugh Dennis, has played keyboards on Jersey Boys in the West End, and can occasionally be seen in a wig portraying Benny Andersson in Abbamania.

Helen Gaynor

Helen Gaynor

Helen trained on the Technical Course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She has worked in most genres of the performing arts. Her musical theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Tour), Starlight Express, The Harder They Come, The Beautiful Game and the original version of The Big Life which later transferred to the Apollo Theatre. This is her first venture into Improvised Musical Theatre.

Donna Berlin

Donna Berlin

Donna Berlin is a Choreographer & Movement Director. Throughout her years she has studied and performed many forms of dance including ballet, lindy hop, kathak, stepping and specialises in jazz and rhythm tap.

She has been the resident choreographer at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch for over 5 years doing their annual pantomimes and other shows throughout their seasons.

Her other credits include:- Attempts on Her Life’ (National Theatre), Waves (National Theatre), Operas:- The Merry Widow (Opera UK), Carmen (Opera Novella), US feature film American Blend (White Stripes Productions) as choreographer and dance double for David Oyelowo. and TV shows including Faking It – From Burger Flipper to Chef (RDF Productions) for which the episode won BBC Best Factual Moment and an International Emmy).

Donna has also choreographed many in-house productions at LAMDA where she has been a member of the movement department for 28 years.

Laura Rushton

Laura Rushton

Laura graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in costume for the performing arts from London College of Fashion.

Since then she has frequently worked as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on The Oresteia, King John, Hamlet, As You Like It, King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew as touring productions, Blue Stockings on the main stage and Knight of the Burning Pestle and Thomas Tallis in the new indoor venue, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Also for schools’ audiences, playing Shakespeare Productions of Othello and Merchant of Venice. To add to her work on Shakespeare shows, she has also worked for Propeller Theatre Company, on all male productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.
Last year Laura worked on a tour of Saturday Night Fever for Bath Theatre Royal, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof for the Royal and Derngate, and The Roof a dance production for Fuel.

Most recently Laura has been working on the live shows for Britain’s Got Talent.
Laura’s opera credits include IDomeneo (Blackheath Halls), Werther (Les Azuriales Opera Festival), Barber of Seville and Rigoletto (Diva Opera).

Jeremy George

Jeremy George

Jeremy has spent the last few years on tour around the UK, as Sound No.1 on musicals such as Saturday Night Fever, 42nd Street and The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler.

Theatre credits include, Ghost Stories (Lyric Hammersmith), Twisted Tales (Lyric Hammersmith and tour), The Kings Speech (Tour and West End), Posh (West End), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Jack and The Beanstalk (Evolution, Croydon), Peter Pan (Evolution, Croydon) & Decade (Headlong, St Katherine’s Dock). As well as his touring roles, Jeremy has worked extensively at The Lyric Hammersmith, The Coliseum for ENO, The Royal Opera House, and the National Theatre.

Jeremy has taught Theatre Sound at LAMDA, as well as worked as Production Sound Engineer on various productions, both static and touring.


SmallBed Sarah Wilson

SmallBed Sarah Wilson

Sarah trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD), graduating in 2012 with a BA Technical and Production Arts degree, specialising in Stage and Production Management.
As a technician Sarah has worked at Gilded Balloon, and at Soho Theatre on a variety of productions including: Dr Brown: Befrdfgth, Eddie Izzard: Work in Progress, I [heart] Peterborough. Other technician credits include: John Lloyd: Liff of Qi, Museum of Curiosity, John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns, Dan Schreiber: Cockblocked from Outer Space, Shirley & Shirley, The Phill Jupitus Experiment, The Voices in Your Head (all SO Television); Making News, and Coalition (The Spontaneity Shop); The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish (National Theatre of Scotland) and The Society of Strange (Extempore Theatre).

Sarah is the Production Manager for the International Youth Arts Festival, and //BUZZCUT// (a contemporary performance arts festival in Glasgow).

Previous production manager roles include Wuthering Heights (Peter McMaster), SISTER (Amy & Rosana Cade), Mimetic Festival 2014, and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (RT Productions).

Previous stage / show / floor management credits include O is for Hoolet (The Arches/Ishbel McFarlane); The Cement Garden (Vaults Festival); The Chippendales; Nina Conti: In Your Face (PBJ); This Is Your Trial (Get Comedy); Northern Soul, Major Tom, and Hair Peace (Victoria Melody); Hairy Maclary and Friends (Nonsense Rooms); Reasons to Dance, Five Minute Theatre Youth, Protest and The Great Yes No Don’t Know (National Theatre of Scotland).

Paul Hennessy

Paul Hennessy

Paul Hennessy established The Production Desk in 2002 and has since worked with many of the industry’s leading Producers and Creative Teams on productions both in the UK and abroad.

Forthcoming West End productions include: A Christmas Carol, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

West End productions include: The Pajama Game, Good People, Another Country, Jeeves & Wooster, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Private Lives, Great Expectations, South Downs & The Browning Version, The Kings’ Speech, Singin’ in the Rain, The Most Incredible Thing, Yes Prime Minister, Collaboration, Taking Sides, Rain Man, Honour, Twelfth Night, Journeys End, Mrs Warrens Profession, The Shape of Things.

Chichester Festival Theatre productions include:
Mack & Mabel, Way Up Stream, Pressure, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Way of the World, Canvas, Kiss Me Kate, Antony & Cleopatra, Private Lives, Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Are Dead, Singin’ in the Rain, The Syndicate, South Downs, The Browning Version, Yes Prime Minister, 42nd Street, A Month in the Country, The Critic and Real Inspector Hound, Hayfever, Oklahoma!, Separate Tables, Collaboration, Taking Sides, The Cherry Orchard, Music Man, Calendar Girls, The Last Confession, Hobson’s Choice, Carousel, Tonight at 8.30.

UK, International & Touring
Mack & Mabel, Jeeves & Wooster, The Kings’ Speech, Yes Prime Minister, Journeys End, 42nd St, Translations & Molly Sweeney, Salome, God of Carnage, The Homecoming, Death in Venice, Office Suite, Journeys End – Broadway, Tobias and the Angel, Restoration, Yellowman, Private Lives, The Importance of being Earnest, The Real Thing, Insignificance, Lady in the van, Time and the Conway’s, Carmen.

Gabriella Slade

Gabriella Slade

Gabriella graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a First class BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design.

Recent set and/or costume designs include: Caucasian Chalk Circle (NYTW), Love Birds (Pleasance Courtyard), Alice In Wonderland (Oxford Playhouse), Richard III (Wales Millennium Centre), We Can Make You Happy (Vault Festival), Albert Herring (Dora Stouzker Hall), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Castle Theatre), How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre Wales), House Of Blakewell’s House Party (Latitude & Bestival), The Miracle (Richard Burton Theatre), A Cuckoo In The Nest (Richard Burton Theatre), Cosi Fan Tutte (Dora Stouzker Hall), In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Just So (Wilde Theatre), The One Hundred And One Dalmatians (Castle Theatre) Dead Born Grow (Frantic Assembly & National Youth Theatre Wales), Happy Never After (Pleasance Courtyard), The Blood Is Strong (Finborough Theatre), She Loves Me and Bernarda Alba (Electric Theatre, Guildford School Of Acting), Wind In The Willows (Wilde Theatre), Steve And Then It Ended (Theatre503), Everyday Maps for Everyday Use (Finborough Theatre), People Like Us and Happy Never After (Pleasance, London), A Month In The Country (Richard Burton Theatre) and The Merchant of Venice (Richard Burton Theatre).

Recent assistant set and costume designs include: De Gabay (National Theatre Wales) and Beyond Borders (National Youth Theatre Wales). Costume design assistant productions include: Candide (Swan Theatre, RSC), The Commitments (Palace Theatre, London) and From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre, London).

Gabriella was nominated for an Off-West End Award for best Costume Design for In The Heights, 2015. Gabriella was shortlisted as one of the final 20 candidates for the prestigious The Linbury Prize for Stage Design, 2013. She was also a finalist in the JMK award in association with the Young Vic, 2014.
Twitter: @GabriellaSlade

Damian Robertson

Damian Robertson

Damian has been the Showstopper! lighting technician since 2011, on tour and at four Edinburgh Festival Fringes. Other improv groups he has worked with include Austentatious and Lights, Camera, Improvise (Mischief Theatre), along with photography for Monkey Toast and The Free Association. Previous work includes the role of Lighting Technician at Newbury Corn Exchange, and technician on multiple shows with devised spoof company Gonzo Moose (Pegasus Theatre, Oxford; The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth). He has just finished operating Joseph Morpurgo’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show Soothing Sounds for Baby at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dylan Emery

Dylan Emery

Dylan Emery has been performing, directing and teaching improvised theatre for more than ten years. He has appeared at The Olivier (NT), The Ambassadors, The Criterion, The Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Bristol Old Vic and many times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as hosting the Showstoppers! BBC Radio 4 series.
He co-founded comedy outfit Grand Theft Impro (, is half of improvised double act DnR along with co-Showstopper Ruth Bratt, is a member of ‘hard-bardics’ troupe The School of Night ( and runs, a website dedicated to improvisation in the UK. @dylanemery

Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins studied at Oxford, where he conducted the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. After graduating he worked as a choirmaster in South Africa before moving to London.

He has been musical director of Showstoppers! since 2009, which has had sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End runs, national and international tours, and a BBC Radio 4 series. His other credits include Adam Megiddo’s Burlesque which won the 2011 Off-West End Best New Musical Award, and The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre (which he co-composed with Meggido), Half a Sixpence UK tour with Gary Wilmot, The Blues Brothers Party UK and Japan tour, Round The Horne UK tour, the Flanders & Swann tribute At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus, Mitchell & Webb’s Macbeth & The Beanstalk, Noel Coward’s Words & Music, the touring West End/Broadway tribute Mad About the Musicals, and Jonathan Harvey’s Taking Charlie for the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He has also appeared several times on BBC Radio, recording September Tide with Jonathan Firth, the Tina C and Ida Barr series with the comedian Christopher Green, and Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. He has collaborated with fellow Showstoppers Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd on their Radio 4 series Trodd En Bratt and with Pippa Evans on her musical contributions to the Now Show. He was musical director of the BBC2 improvised comedy series Fast and Loose in 2010, hosted by Hugh Dennis, has played keyboards on Jersey Boys in the West End, and can occasionally be seen in a wig portraying Benny Andersson in Abbamania.

Julius Green

Julius Green

Julius has over 150 plays and musicals to his credit as an independent theatre producer and a further 100 as Senior Producer for Bill Kenwright Ltd, a post he held for ten years. Highlights have included Russian dance company Derevo’s La Divina Commedia, six productions written and directed by Steven Berkoff, and Richard Cameron’s The Glee Club (Duchess); and, for Bill Kenwright Ltd, the West End premieres of The Big Life (Apollo) and Agatha Christie’ A Daughter’s A Daughter (Trafalgar Studios), and Rufus Norris’ productions of Festen and Cabaret (both at the Lyric).

Julius has produced and managed productions in the West End, on Broadway and on tour in the UK, America, Asia and throughout Europe. He has served on the Board of Management of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, is a Director of the Academy of Circus Arts and is Creative Director of Cirque Berserk.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London, where he teaches on the MA course in Creative Producing. He also teaches on the Central School of Speech and Drama’s MA course in Creative Producing and is a teacher and member of the Advisory Panel for the National Film and Television School’s Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Producing for the Creative Industries.

Julius is a regular columnist for The Stage newspaper and his book How To Produce A West End Show was published in 2012.  His book Curtain Up: Agatha Christie – A Life in Theatre was published by HarperCollins in September.

Suzanna Rosenthal

Suzanna Rosenthal

Suzanna is managing director of Meadow Rosenthal Ltd and Something for the Weekend – general managers and promoters for The Showstoppers. Productions/co-productions include Alan Plater’s Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (four national tours), J.B. Priestley’s When We Are Married (Garrick), R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End (two national tours and Duke Of York’s) and The Flying Karamazov Brothers (Vaudeville).

One-night and festival events presented or general managed include An Evening with Sir Roger Moore (four national tours); The Missing Hancocks starring Kevin McNally and The Trial of Jane Fonda starring Anne Archer (both Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Flanders & Swann (Edinburgh, UK tour and Australia); Six Impossible Things Before Dinner (London, Sydney Opera House & Australia tour); Sandi Toksvig & Bonnie Langford in Short & CurlyClive James In Conversation (UK tour) plus the promotion of a host of performers including Frances Ruffelle, Sean Hughes, Nina Conti and Gina Yashere.

Suzanna is also founding producer of London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season at the Scoop amphitheatre.

Ray Cooney

Ray Cooney

Ray Cooney is today recognised theatrically and publicly as ‘The Master Of Farce’ and a most worthy successor as an author to the great Ben Travers, and as a director/actor to Brian Rix. He is a prolific writer of stage farces/comedies of high standards which have not only graced the stages of English speaking countries for more than 40 years but have been staged worldwide and translated into more than 40 foreign languages including Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Television broadcasts in English and foreign languages have also been widespread. Thus has Ray Cooney earned an international reputation as the finest living writer of this form of theatre, and professional and amateur artists have benefited from his writing genius and influence as well as an actor/director.

Keith Strachan

Keith Strachan

Keith Strachan has directed or MD’d eleven musicals in the West End, created a famous 80s singing group, wrote a Christmas number 1 for Cliff Richard, wrote the music for the most successful TV game show ever, had music featured in an Oscar-winning film and now is delighted to be a producer.

Julie Clare

Julie Clare

Julie has worked as an actress/singer (national tours, rep and West End) for over 20 years, writer (commissions from Initial for her film script Ackee & Gefilte Fish and Channel 4 for her comedy drama First Generation) and producer of The Busker Symphony, four short films also for Channel 4.

She has been performing with Showstopper! the Improvised Musical for seven years including West End seasons at The Ambassadors and The Charing Cross Theatre and sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 2012 she has been producing theatre through her company, One Spirit Productions.

Recent credits include Miss Havisham’s Expectations (Trafalgar Studios), Soul Night Special and The 50 Hour Improvathon (Lost Theatre) and she has recently been shortlisted for the S&S award with co-writer and lyricist Jack Robinson (I Love To Love, Saddle Up, Strut Your Funky Stuff) for disco musical Walking The Dogs. She is currently developing The H Word with One Spirit co-founder Carol Russell – the world’s first (as far as we know) totally devised musical.

She founded The Producers’ Pool – a monthly networking event for early stage producers and since 2011 has also been Strategic Director and lead PR for Fresh Voices, running readings at BAFTA as well as the inaugural BAME Writers Boot Camp in partnership with London Film School.

James Seabright

James Seabright

James has been producing professionally since 2001, and has been working with The Showstoppers since 2009. His productions have won five Fringe First awards, and been nominated for three Olivier awards. Since 2006 he has produced Dan and Jeff’s Potted Potter, including multiple West End and off-Broadway seasons, plus international tours. This success has been built upon with follow-up shows Potted Pirates, Potted Panto and Potted Sherlock.

Current productions include: Shakespeare Untold (with Shakespeare’s Globe), Upside Downton starring Luke Kempner, and What Would Spock Do? by Jon Brittain.

Previous productions include: Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis, The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer, Eric and Little Ern, Bill Hicks: Slight Return by Chas Early and Richard Hurst, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Oliver Reed: Wild Thing by Rob Crouch and Mike Davis, and solo shows starring David Benson, Simon Callow, Natalie Haynes, Adam Kay, Chris Larner, Linda Marlowe, Phil Nichol, Jan Ravens, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Sam Wills and Sarah-Louise Young.

James’s book, So You Want to Be a Theatre Producer? was published in 2010 by Nick Hern.

Tom Lishman

Tom Lishman

Tom’s work in the West End has included The Caretaker, Pete And Dud Come Again, Medea, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Brief Lives, Twelve Angry Men, The Gin Game, Taking Sides, A Letter of Resignation, Life Support , The Hothouse, The Rivals, Vita and Virginia, Hobson’s Choice and Rope. He designed sound for Ashes to Ashes (Royal Court), The Great Game: Afghanistan, Not Black & White, Broken Glass, Women Power & Politics and Greta Garbo Came To Donegal (Tricycle), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio), A Tainted Dawn, Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job and A British Subject (Edinburgh Festival), The Farm, Those Magnificent Men and The Falling Sky (New Perspectives), The Man Next Door (Hoipolloi), and four seasons of operas for Grange Park Opera, as well as productions for repertory theatres including Guildford, Windsor, Farnham, Bristol, Chester, Cheltenham and Derby, and many national tours. Tom has created almost 60 sound designs for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Tim Mascall

Tim Mascall

Other credits for Seabright Productions Limited: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse, Chicago: December 2015); Potted Potter (International tours and West End); Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville) Potted Panto (Vaudeville); Americas Got Downton (US tour);

Recent credits include: The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre, Frankfurt: September 2015); Derren Brown: Miracle (Palace Theatre: November 2015); Aida (Opera Holland Park); The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera); Peter Grimes (LPO at the Royal Festival Hall); Derren Brown: Miracle (UK tour), Derren Brown: Infamous (UK tour and Palace Theatre, London); Julie Madly Deeply (Panasonic Theatre, Toronto); Ruby Wax: Out Of Her Mind (UK tour); Losing It (Duchess Theatre, London and Broadstage Theatre, Santa Monica); Faith Healer (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); Kill Jonny Glendenning (Citz Theatre, Glasgow).

West End credits include: Why The Whales Came (Pinter); The Vagina Monologues (Wyndams); Well (Apollo); Eric And Little Ern (Vaudeville and St James); Invincible (St James); Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Old Vic); Evening Of Wonder (Garrick); Enigma (Adelphi).

Simon Scullion

Simon Scullion

Simon Trained at Wimbledon School of Art and was Theatre Design Finalist for the Linbury Prize.

Recent credits include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (tour), And Then There Were None (tour), Piaf (Curve), The Father (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville and St James), Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville), Murder on the Nile (UK tour), Alarms and Excursions (UK tour), Peppa Pig Live (tour), Lazytown Live! (tour), Quartermaine’s Terms (UK tour), Quartet (UK tour), Larkrise (tour).  Simon designed the recent feature film “Bill” featuring the cast of BBC’s Horrible Histories. 

Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins studied at Oxford, where he conducted the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. After graduating he worked as a choirmaster in South Africa before moving to London.

He has been musical director of Showstoppers! since 2009, which has had sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End runs, national and international tours, and a BBC Radio 4 series. His other credits include Adam Megiddo’s Burlesque which won the 2011 Off-West End Best New Musical Award, and The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre (which he co-composed with Meggido), Half a Sixpence UK tour with Gary Wilmot, The Blues Brothers Party UK and Japan tour, Round The Horne UK tour, the Flanders & Swann tribute At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus, Mitchell & Webb’s Macbeth & The Beanstalk, Noel Coward’s Words & Music, the touring West End/Broadway tribute Mad About the Musicals, and Jonathan Harvey’s Taking Charlie for the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He has also appeared several times on BBC Radio, recording September Tide with Jonathan Firth, the Tina C and Ida Barr series with the comedian Christopher Green, and Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. He has collaborated with fellow Showstoppers Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd on their Radio 4 series Trodd En Bratt and with Pippa Evans on her musical contributions to the Now Show. He was musical director of the BBC2 improvised comedy series Fast and Loose in 2010, hosted by Hugh Dennis, has played keyboards on Jersey Boys in the West End, and can occasionally be seen in a wig portraying Benny Andersson in Abbamania.

Adam Meggido

Adam Meggido

Adam is the co-creator of Showstopper! and artistic director of Extempore, a company dedicated to innovation and improvisation.

He has improvised at The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Soho Theatre, for BBC television and radio, and in eleven countries worldwide.

From 2004-2008, Adam enjoyed a close collaboration with legendary theatre maverick Ken Campbell, creating The School Of Night and The Annual London 50 Hour Improvathon (Park Theatre, Hoxton Hall). With Tom Morris, he curated the Bristol Jam, the UK’s only professional international improvisation festival (Bristol Old Vic Theatre).

He is a world record holder in improvisation, having directed continuously for 55 hours in Toronto, 2013.

From 2004-2013 he ran the Terror Seasons, the UK’s first annual festival of horror theatre and Grand Guignol (Union Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Soho Theatre). The controversial event launched world premiers by writers including Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute, Anthony Neilson, April DeAngelis, Jack Thorne and Lucy Kirkwood.

Adam is also a writer, composer and lyricist – his musical Burlesque won four Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012 including Best New Musical and The Tailor Made Man (lyrics, score co-written with Showstopper MD Duncan Walsh Atkins) ran at the Arts Theatre in 2013. He also directs, most recently the national tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Mischief Theatre) which opens here at the Apollo December 2015.

He is the Head Of Foundation at LAMDA and an associate director for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Alex Atty

Alex Atty

Alex trained in classical percussion and timpani at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she worked with RADA and the RSC, played orchestral music at the Barbican conducted by Sir Mark Elder and studied African drumming in Ghana. She has also been involved in numerous educational projects for the LSO, University of London and Hackney music services. Alex has performed widely as a professional musician, touring with Abandoman, accompanying Loretta Maine and taking part in the London Improvathon. She has played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year since graduation and has toured the world with Showstoppers!, this year playing in Norway, India and the Far East.


Duncan Walsh Atkins


Duncan Walsh Atkins

Duncan Walsh Atkins studied at Oxford, where he conducted the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. After graduating he worked as a choirmaster in South Africa before moving to London.

He has been musical director of Showstoppers! since 2009, which has had sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End runs, national and international tours, and a BBC Radio 4 series. His other credits include Adam Megiddo’s Burlesque which won the 2011 Off-West End Best New Musical Award, and The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre (which he co-composed with Meggido), Half a Sixpence UK tour with Gary Wilmot, The Blues Brothers Party UK and Japan tour, Round The Horne UK tour, the Flanders & Swann tribute At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus, Mitchell & Webb’s Macbeth & The Beanstalk, Noel Coward’s Words & Music, the touring West End/Broadway tribute Mad About the Musicals, and Jonathan Harvey’s Taking Charlie for the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He has also appeared several times on BBC Radio, recording September Tide with Jonathan Firth, the Tina C and Ida Barr series with the comedian Christopher Green, and Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. He has collaborated with fellow Showstoppers Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd on their Radio 4 series Trodd En Bratt and with Pippa Evans on her musical contributions to the Now Show. He was musical director of the BBC2 improvised comedy series Fast and Loose in 2010, hosted by Hugh Dennis, has played keyboards on Jersey Boys in the West End, and can occasionally be seen in a wig portraying Benny Andersson in Abbamania.

Yshani Perinpanayagam

Yshani Perinpanayagam

As a soloist, song accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at events including the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Soundings Platform for Contemporary Music.

Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and company pianist of Rambert Dance Company.  She was assistant Music Director for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. She is currently performing with Piano Circus and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.

Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award.  She is a Park Lane Group Artist and a Samling Artist.

Yshani studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Barstow, Caroline Palmer and Andrew West.  She is now a member of staff at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, teaching Musicianship and Composition.

Craig Apps

Craig Apps

Craig Apps is a London based percussionist who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is involved in a variety of music styles and has performed with a number of different ensembles. As an Orchestral player Craig has performed with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Little Baroque Company, the Orchestra for New Adventures (Matthew Bourne) and CHROMA Ensemble.

Away from orchestral music, Craig is a keen chamber musician. Projects include Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at St John Smiths Square, performances of Steve Reich’s Sextet, and performances of various John Cage works at Nonclassical’s Pioneers of Percussion festival.

Craig also enjoys playing original music and is involved with two bands that regularly perform in and around London. He is also a keen teacher, working with a number of different organisations, teaching and leading workshops.

Chris Ash

Chris Ash

Chris’ work explores the interactions between sound, music, and story-telling in written, devised, and improvised contexts.

Chris trained as a composer with Diana Burrell at GSMD. He has composed musical theatre scores for The Borrowers (MAC), Three Witches (Belgrade Theatre) and film scores for The Mandrake Root (European Drama Network) and About a Girl (Alex Kirkland).  Also Self-Respect which was premiered by Claire Moore in A Song Cycle for Soho (Soho Theatre/MMD) and Scars which was premiered by Cassidy Jansson in Go With The Heart (BML). He was a PRS Resident Composer with Hackney Music Development Trust, mentored by Matthew King and Jonathan Dove.

He arranged, orchestrated, and musically directed the world premiere of Tess of the D’Urbervilles (New Wimbledon Studio). Musically directed George M. Cohan Tonight! (Charing Cross Theatre), and Newley: The Singer and his Songs (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). He has created sound designs for Kissing Sid James (New Red Lion, 59e59 New York), Red Sky/Blue Sky (Bridge House Theatre), and Not a Game for Boys (Kings Head Theatre). Chris improvises live electronic soundscapes for The Society of Strange (Extempore).

In addition to Showstopper!, he has improvised keyboards for Grand Theft Impro, Austentatious, Lights Camera Improvise, Scratch Impro, and the Improvathons at Hoxton Hall, Park Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic.

Chris trained in workshop skills at Goldsmiths, he has led creative workshops for International Schools Theatre Association, Anglia Ruskin University, Colchester Institute and Drama Studio London.

Chris is developing various writing projects, supported by BML Writers’ Group, and the MMD Advanced LAB.