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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews – Millie Tigwell playing Velcro

Tell us about your role.

I have the pleasure of playing the role of Velcro – typically the Buttons character in the pantomime version of Cinderella. Velcro is a single mum and best friend to Robbie, the lead character. Velcro works in the laundrette, dreaming of settling down with someone special and maybe even owning a goldfish.

How are rehearsals going?

Rehearsals have been so much fun and very productive. This is all thanks to our amazing production team and fabulous cast. Everyone involved is lovely and a joy to work with! This is not something you always find with large theatre companies. Due to the small size of Mad Props Theatre and the many social activities they provide, everyone is included and you get to know and spend time with everyone involved.

Do you have a background in performance?

Yes, I’ve been on the stage since the age of 4. I started with my local theatre company, performing in numerous pantomimes and short plays. It wasn’t until my last couple of years of high school that I discovered my love for musical theatre and performed in my first musical – Guys and Dolls. Since then I studied at Glasgow University and performed in many shows with the Cecilian society before joining Mad Props Theatre.

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

In 2016, I joined Mad Props Theatre for their annual Big Fat Musical Quiz and Concert of the Year. It was so much fun and a unique way of performing, I was keen to do more productions with Mad Props. This brought me to audition for their Scottish premier of Carrie the musical and this year become a member of their board. Also, Mad Props Theatre support and donate to Bloodwise – a charity dedicated to leukaemia and lymphoma research, alongside the many events they put on. This was an additional factor that drew me to this amazing company.

Why should people come along to see the show?

This show is nothing like you’ve seen before! The playful twist on your classic Cinderella story is refreshing and modern. It’ll be an extremely fun theatre experience for all, and the catchy numbers will be stuck in your head for days!

 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews: Stuart Taylor playing James Prince

Firstly, tell us about Soho Cinders and what people can expect.

All the bustle of the capital explodes through hugely energetic songs; hearts melt and ache at the most exclusive party in town – luckily we can get you on the guest list.

Tell us about your role.

James Prince is running for mayor on a campaign of honesty, but this Charming politician has a secret that begins to spin out of control.

How are rehearsals going?

Really well! A phenomenal cast and crew makes the hard work a lot of fun.

Do you have a background in performance?

My background is mainly choral – from classical opera in the national youth choir to contemporary pop in Glasgow’s Connect Choir.

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

I came to their Scottish Premiere production of Carrie and was blown away by the performance: especially of Sissy Spacek (aka Louise Creechan) who persauded me to audition.

Why should people come along to see the show?

One word: speedos…

NEWS: GLASGOW THEATRE COMPANY ENLIST HELP OF BIG BROTHER NARRATOR MARCUS BENTLEY TO BRING SOHO CINDERS TO THE STAGE

Mad​ ​Props​ ​Theatre, ​the​ ​group​ ​behind​ ​25th​ ​Annual​ ​Putnam​ ​County​ ​Spelling​ ​Bee ​and​ ​the​ ​Scottish​ ​Premiere​ ​of​ ​Carrie​ ​the​ ​Musical​ ​are​ ​back,​ ​but​ ​this​ ​time​ ​they’ve​ ​brought the​ ​voice​ ​of​ ​Marcus​ ​Bentley​ ​along​ ​for​ ​the​ ​ride.

Known​ ​most​ ​famously​ ​for​ ​his​ ​voiceover​ ​work​ ​on​ ​Big​ ​Brother,​ ​Marcus​ ​Bentley​ ​is​ ​helping​ ​Mad Props​ ​Theatre​ ​in​ ​their​ ​fifth​ ​year​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​deliciously​ ​camp​ ​and​ ​naughty​ ​Soho​ ​Cinders​ ​to​ ​the stage​ ​at​ ​Websters​ ​Theatre.

The​ ​Narrator​ ​of​ ​Soho​ ​Cinders​ ​has​ ​been​ ​played​ ​by​ ​Stephen​ ​Fry​ ​and​ ​Sandi​ ​Toksvig​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past, but​ ​Marcus​ ​Bentley​ ​was​ ​at​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​Mad​ ​Props​ ​Theatre’s​ ​list​ ​from​ ​the​ ​get​ ​go.

The​ ​cast​ ​of​ ​Soho​ ​Cinders​ ​were​ ​thrilled​ ​by​ ​the​ ​news,​ ​especially​ ​Dominic​ ​Spencer​ ​playing impoverished​ ​student​ ​Robbie.

“As​ ​a​ ​die​ ​hard​ ​Big​ ​Brother​ ​fan,​ ​I​ ​couldn’t​ ​be​ ​more​ ​thrilled​ ​that​ ​the​ ​iconic​ ​voice​ ​of​ ​Big​ ​Brother​ ​is narrating​ ​our​ ​show,​ ​especially​ ​as​ ​he’s​ ​a​ ​fellow​ ​Geordie!”

They’re​ ​inviting​ ​you​ ​to​ ​head​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​from​ ​1-4​ ​November​ 2017 ​and​ ​take​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​to​ ​the​ ​West​ ​End​ ​of London​ ​where​ ​Soho​ ​Cinders​ ​celebrates​ ​the​ ​capital’s​ ​most​ ​colourful​ ​district.

A​ ​modern​ ​retelling​ ​of​ ​Cinderella,​ ​this​ ​satirical​ ​twist​ ​on​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​will​ ​see​ ​James​ ​and​ ​Robbie’s worlds​ ​collide​ ​forcing​ ​them​ ​to​ ​fight​ ​for​ ​their​ ​own​ ​fairy-tale​ ​ending.

The​ ​potent​ ​mix​ ​of​ ​politics,​ ​sex-scandals​ ​and​ ​true​ ​love​ ​come​ ​together​ ​in​ ​this​ ​contemporary musical​ ​with​ ​an​ ​infectious​ ​score​ ​that​ ​delivers​ ​a​ ​message​ ​of​ ​self-acceptance—and​ ​personal responsibility,​ ​rooted​ ​in​ ​musical​ ​comedy​ ​traditions.

Soho​ ​Cinders​ ​will​ ​be​ ​performed​ ​at​ ​Websters​ ​Theatre​ ​from​ ​the​ ​1​ ​-​ ​4​ ​November​ ​2017.  Tickets​ ​from​ ​£12​ ​are​ ​available​ ​from​ ​​www.webstersglasgow.com

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews: Jon Cuthbertson playing William George

Firstly, tell us about Soho Cinders and what people can expect.

Soho Cinders is a fabulously fun show. It has brilliant music and very quirky take on the original Cinderella story. Set in the vibrant Soho area of London, it covers many aspects of life, from Lap Dancing Ugly Sisters, a gay male Cinderella (Robbie), his married politician lover and a whole host of colourful characters with a brilliantly witty score which has some fantastic tunes in it too.

Tell us about your role.

I play William who is actually a bit of a nasty character. He’s a political advisor who is basically out for his own gain – think Cyrus Beene from Scandal, except with less morals! It’s a great part as I basically just get to sneer at everyone and stride about. He also has some brilliant songs in the show which are great fun.

How are rehearsals going?

Rehearsals are great fun – as it’s such a small cast everyone mucks in to help out, so if anyone is missing during choreography rehearsals someone always steps up to stand in (including our rather mad director Sarah!). The production team are really supportive and have such passion that it really does motivate everyone to do their best

Do you have a background in performance?

I’ve been performing since a very young age (not that I’m actually that old!) however the last few years I’ve been directing and not really been on the stage much. It takes an interesting project to draw me back on to the stage and this show definitely appealed to my sense of humour.

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

I had been aware of the company as I am friendly with someone who had been in their cast before, so had come along to their fabulous Musical Theatre Quiz. I was really impressed with the performances on the night too and the parodies they had created had me in fits of laughter. My friend had auditioned for the show and they hadn’t managed to cast the role of William so she messaged me to say I should audition for it – and here I am, absolutely loving the experience

Why should people come along to see the show?

The show is one that is very rarely performed and is one that really deserves to be seen. The music is great (Stiles and Drewe) and the script is really witty. It’s a modern show and the laughs just from the topical stuff have had the cast in stitches! The production team are also trying to wangle a surprise in the cast too….so if you don’t get along, you’ll never know what you’ve missed!

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews: Julie Martis playing Sasha

Firstly, tell us about Soho Cinders and what people can expect.

Soho Cinders is really good fun. The songs are infectious, it’s energetic and upbeat, but it also has a thoughtful side – with all the progress we’ve made so far, how far do we still have to travel for truly equal rights? Overall, it’s bloody funny and hopefully you’ll be smiling throughout.

Tell us about your role.

I play Sasha, William’s put-upon assistant. We really see his character in how her treats her. But she’s no passive plot device; she has a backbone and a limit to what she’ll put up with for the sake of her career. You’ll have to come and see the show to find out if she gets her revenge…

How are rehearsals going?

Rehearsals have been fun. There’s a warm atmosphere in the rehearsal room. It’s a really enjoyable show to work on, the cast are brilliant, and the music’s pretty special too.

Do you have a background in performance?

I’ve been working as an actor for a number of years; this is my first musical theatre show and I’m really excited about it. I’ve worked on classical and contemporary theatre, lots of short films, and recently I’ve been filming the new feature film by a wonderful, BAFTA-nominated director. So, watch this space…

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

I first discovered Mad Props as an audience member. I’d been to see their previous shows and the Big Fat Musical Quizzes, and had a lot of fun every time. I knew they were a company I’d love to be involved with. The cast are so talented, the shows are fresh and exciting, and I’d met a number of Mad Props members at social events, and they’re all lovely people!

Why should people come along to see the show?

Speaking from experience, Mad Props shows are always incredibly fun to watch. The music is great, and there’s a lot of humour here too. With all that’s going on in the world, it’s nice to escape into something so wonderfully fun and full of love, with such a positive and inclusive message. And don’t forget – brilliant songs and music.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews: Joe Smyth playing Lord Bellingham

Firstly, tell us about Soho Cinders and what people can expect.

A classic tale showcased with modern themes. It’s all singing, all dancing and as boisterous as you’d expect from Soho!

Tell us about your role.

Lord Bellingham isn’t one of the good guys, that’s for sure.  He has his own personal agenda and will do what it takes to get his own way both personally and professionally.

How are rehearsals going?

Rehearsals are honestly a right good laugh! The songs are sounding great with all the harmonies and the dancing is sure giving me a workout. Everything is slotting together just nicely.

Do you have a background in performance?

I was performed in some shows whilst at school but this is my first acting performance since then. Usually I tend to be on the production team so this certainly has been quite an experience for me.

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

I attended the very first Mad Props show which was Spelling Bee – one of my favourites. Since then, I’ve attended most of their shows and quiz nights and just had to be part of Soho Cinders when I knew it was the next project.

Why should people come along to see the show?

The show highlights some key LGBT issues in ways that are more relatable to a wider audience. The songs are catchy with a great cast and team behind it!

REVIEW: Carrie – Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow

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It takes a brave theatre company to tackle a show based on a 1974 Stephen King novel, notoriously dubbed the “most legendary flop musical ever produced”, well Glasgow-based Mad Props Theatre are just that, staging Michael Gore, Lawrence D Cohen and Dean Pitchford’s Carrie.

Debuting in 1988, (unbelievably) at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, it was met with decidedly mixed reviews, but that was nothing compared to its Broadway run, plagued with script and technical problems and the near-decapitation of musical theatre legend Barbara Cook, it closed after five performances, the most expensive theatre flop of its time. Thankfully, time has been kind, and after a successful 2015 revival at the Southwark Playhouse, Mad Props present the Scottish premiere.

Told in a series of flashbacks by her only ally Sue, Carrie is a telekinetic teen with an oppressive religious fanatic of a mother, humiliated by her classmates at prom, she wreaks her revenge on those who’ve wronged her.

The problems that have always existed with the production – weak script, forgettable music are still here, but thankfully judicial trimming, tight direction and some fine performances elevate this production above its source material.

Stand out among the talented cast is Katy Allan as Carrie’s controlling and abusive mother,  hers is a finely measured performance, that, despite the titters from some of the audience, treads the fine line between hysterical exaggeration and frightening believability. Louise Creechan’s acting skills are also worthy of note, she delivers the requisite intensity and naive vulnerability of the put-upon teen perfectly (as well as bearing a startling resemblance to movie Carrie, Sissy Spacek). There is also a brace of fine performances from the ensemble, the only gripe being a lack of dancing skills that rendered this very professional looking production a bit shambolic at times.

The small stage at Websters fits the production like a glove and the special effects are impressive from an amateur company.

Hugely entertaining and impressively delivered, mad props must go to Mad Props for continuing to deliver something different to musical theatre audiences in Glasgow – long may it continue.