Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Theatre Severn

This article is more than 1 year old. Please read this page keeping its age in mind.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for one of Shropshire’s best-known amateur theatre groups Mad Cow Productions – the chance to perform the much-loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And boy did they know it!

The production featured not one, but three cars including an authentic Chitty
The production featured not one, but three cars including an authentic Chitty

Undeterred by the enormity of staging a well-known classic complete with a flying car, Mad Cow Productions rose mightily to the challenge, grabbed it with both hands and smashed it – and they made it look effortless to boot.

Their version of Chitty was a big, big musical production – huge in fact. 

The audience was completely dazzled by hundreds of colourful costumes, pyrotechnics, a whole new Vulgarian language, children, more children, three dogs – and not one, but three cars including an authentic Chitty.

There was salsa and a bit of Me Ol’ Bamboo, a sensational performance by Becky Stafford as Truly Scrumptious as a life-size music box doll – and some exceptional singing.

The production, directed by Alex Hinton and choreographed by Lisa Lowarch, has just finished a massive five-show run in the main auditorium at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn.

Alex said that they were one of just 12 amateur groups to be granted the licence to perform the show from 600 bids – and they simply couldn’t refuse.

“Chitty is a very special show and when we were offered it we did have to pause for thought – it was a very big show to stage – but Lisa and I thought how could we possibly refuse this once in an amateurs’ lifetime chance,” she said.

And after five months of rehearsals and hard work – they delivered a Rolls Royce production. And those lucky enough to go were blown away.

There were some fantastic performances from all the cast. Andrew Murray wonderfully captured the eccentricity of loveable Grandpa Potts, while the dastardly double act that was Baron Bomburst and Baroness Bomburst (Jez Mann and Jilli Gray) was pure theatrical gold.

Ryan Brown as Caractacus Potts and Becky as Truly delivered charm and warmth in bucketloads, and wonderfully wicked and spookily true to the original was Robert Rowlands as the Child Catcher – who magnificently leapt about the stage whilst sniffing out children. Special shout out to the show’s little stars, Jemima and Jeremy, too.

No production would have been complete without a proper ‘fine four fendered friend’ – so of course Mad Cow gave us an authentic flying real-life Chitty. It’s not often a car virtually steals the show!

This production, and its cast and crew, thoroughly deserved their five standing ovations – they gave it their all.

A feel-good family show that was worthy of the West End. Take a bow Mad Cow Productions – this was truly, truly scrumptious!

Review by Claire Dunn

The audience was completely dazzled by hundreds of colourful costumes, pyrotechnics, a whole new Vulgarian language, children, more children, three dogs - and not one, but three cars including an authentic Chitty
The audience was completely dazzled by hundreds of colourful costumes, pyrotechnics, a whole new Vulgarian language, children, more children, three dogs – and not one, but three cars including an authentic Chitty
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to interact@shropshirelive.com or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
- Advertising -

Upturned canoe sparks river search at Hampton Loade

The discovery of an upturned canoe on the River Severn south of Bridgnorth yesterday sparked a multi-agency search.

Firefighters tackle blaze on the Wrekin

Firefighters were called to a large fire on top of the Wrekin on Friday afternoon, with smoke at one point being visible for many miles.
Police are keen to speak to Ryan Twardun as part of their enquiries. Photo: West Mercia Police

Police appeal for help to locate man following incident in Newport

Police are appealing for the public’s help to locate a man they are keen to speak to about an affray in Newport.
Cathie Sabin OBE

Tribute paid to Shropshire’s Cathie Sabin OBE

Tribute has been paid to Shropshire’s Cathie Sabin OBE, the LTA’s first female president, who was was an inspiration and a friend to many.

Shrewsbury Town linked with Linfield winger

Shrewsbury Town are believed to be interested in Northern Ireland winger Joel Cooper.
The opening ceremony of a previous Shropshire Homes School Sport Festival

School Games to go ahead as ‘virtual’ competition

The Shropshire Homes School Sport Festival, which involves hundreds of young people from the county’s primary schools, is to go ahead as a ‘virtual’ event this summer.
- Advertising -

Awards event will salute the Shropshire business spirit

A new awards competition to celebrate the incredible support shown by the Shropshire business community during the Covid-19 pandemic is now open for nominations.
Russell Griffin, of Shropshire sales and lettings firm Samuel Wood

Samuel Wood Estate Agents report first week ‘reopen’ a success

Samuel Wood has been officially 'reopen' for a week following the UK lockdown and the Shropshire Estate Agents are reporting a successful first week with a good number of exchanges and completions.
Hugh’s channel, Shropshire Kitchen Garden, features his tips on how to grow fruit and vegetables from home all year-round

Shropshire lawyer launches YouTube channel inspiring the region to grow their own produce

Hugh Strickland, a corporate finance partner at Shrewsbury-based law firm Aaron and Partners, is encouraging more people to plant their own produce with his own YouTube series.
Alexander Newport and Matthew Kent

Traditional gardening cup, not awarded for 30 years, reinstated by Bradford Estates

A gardening cup which has not been awarded for nearly 30 years will be up for grabs again to residents of Bradford Estates.

Hospital Friends hold spring photo competition

The League of Friends to the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) is running a spring photo competition to raise vital funds.

Shropshire photographer encourages people to pick up a camera during lockdown

A Shropshire photographer who created a six-week photography challenge to encourage families to learn and create together during lockdown has received entries from all over the world.
- Advertising -
Shrewsbury Folk Festival is launching a virtual festival for its followers on August 29th and 30th

Virtual festival to fill the void for folk fans

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has revealed plans to host a two-day online event for its fans after being forced to postpone this year due to coronavirus.
Every Thursday evening the theatre’s blue illuminations shine out as part of the nation’s 8 o’clock salute to the NHS

Virtual Curtain Up at The Holroyd Community Theatre

Plans continue to be made to ensure The Holroyd Community Theatre near Oswestry remains at the heart of its North Shropshire and Welsh Borders community.

Arts Alive launches programme of online shows

Arts Alive has curated a programme of online performances for communities across Shropshire.
Hannah Edwards

Shropshire farmer’s wife shows how to not make a fudge of it!

Just nine months ago a Shropshire mum and farmer’s wife left her job to work full-time on her career as an artisan fudge maker – and even lock-down can’t keep her from churning out the fudge!
Lajina Leal

Shropshire Spicing Guru launches Curry Club

A Shropshire Spicing Guru wants to help families caught in the lockdown to make simple dishes together in a fun, sociable way so they can cook and then eat together enjoying tasty, authentic home style Indian food.

Wood’s Crown the Pub Snack Champion

Shropshire brewery, Wood’s, has used lockdown time to settle a highly controversial debate and find out what the ultimate pub snack is.
- Advertisment -

Weather

Shropshire
clear sky
8.3 ° C
9 °
6.7 °
70 %
1kmh
0 %
Mon
20 °
Tue
20 °
Wed
14 °
Thu
15 °
Fri
12 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -