It’s Ipswich in the late 1980’s and the Giles family are thrown into confusion when the upwardly mobile Stinkletons move in next door. It takes Grandma Giles to sort it all out with a few swift blows from her brolly and her familiar battle cry – ‘Gertcha!’.
Combining the much loved Giles cartoon characters with classic hit songs from the eighties including Our House, Simply the Best, Wake Me Up Before You Go- Go and many more, all played live by our multi-talented company of actor-musicians, this is a fast-moving, funny and pop filled comic strip for all the family.
Directed by Pete Rowe, and in true New Wolsey style, this show is not be missed!
Age guide 8+
Steve Simmonds trained at the Rose Bruford College
His extensive Theatre credits include; Cortina Man, Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch/New Wolsey Ipswich), Bosun in Return To The Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary Tour (Forbidden Planet Musicals, directed by Bob Carlton), Steve Currie/Captain Sensible in 20th CENTURY BOY (UK No. 1 Tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Jonathan Church), From A Jack To A King (Far East Tour for British Theatre Playhouse), Norman Petty in The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/No. 1 Tour), Lend Me A Tenor, Gun Metal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, Twelfth Night, The Servant Of Two Masters, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Jack And The Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s A Fine Life (all for Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Widow Twankey in Aladdin and Baron Hardup in Cinderella (Stafford Gatehouse), The Comedy Of Babi Babbett, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals Theatre), Mack And Mable at the Criterion Theatre, West End (Adam Kenwright/Watermill Theatre), Pinafore Swing (Watermill Theatre/National Tour), The Sword In The Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Angie the Ox in Guys And Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood (all for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich).
His TV credits include Love Soup for the BBC and prior to training, he played Stitch in Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes at the London Palladium.
Lana trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated with a First Class BA Hons. Degree. Her theatre credits include: Actor/Musician in I Happen To Like New York (Orange Tree Theatre); Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre); Little Miss Muffet and Goldilocks in Red Riding Hood (New Wolsey Theatre) Ipswich; Rebecca The Mother in Operation Bible (4Front Theatre); Ladybird in James And The Giant Peach (Northern Stage); Sandra in Touched, Mrs Fairfax and Mrs Reed in Jane Eyre, Ensemble in Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Karen in A Slice Of Saturday Night, Old Wife and Ensemble in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Lady Tabitha Belch in Twelfth Night, Larissa in Brezhnev's Children, Polly Peachum in The Beggar's Opera all whilst training at Mountview.
Lana was a Session Singer on the Cast Recording of the films Pan and Kung Fu Panda 3.
Guy trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (2011-2014)
Theatre credits include: Billy Bungalow in Dick Whittington (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Bosun in The Return of the Forbidden Planet (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Ensemble u/s Derek and Outspan in The Commitments (UK & Ireland Tour), Perrault in Sleeping Beauty (South Hill Park Arts Centre),
Broom in The Sorcerers Apprentice (UK Tour), Matt in Muswell Hill: Happy Birthday Matt (The Orange Tree Theatre), Various Characters in Natural Theatre (The Natural Theatre Company).
Other credits include: Joe/Specialist/Presenter in Minded (Spectrecom Film), Actor/Deviser in Reclaimed (R&D Workshop), Ensemble Singing in Macgregor a New Musical (Cast Recording) and Max in Towers (Sundance Film Festival).
Ben trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre credits: Snow White at the London Palladium (Qdos Entertainment); Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hypocrite, A Midsummer Night's Dream (all RSC); Sinbad The Sailor (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); The Winter's Tale (Taking Flight); Beauty And The Beast (New Wolsey, Ipswich); The Threepenny Opera (New Wolsey/Graeae) , The Iron Man (Graeae); My Favourite MadMan (AZICS); The Horror! The Horror! (Wiltons Music Hall); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre); Peer Gynt Recharged (Riverside Studios)
T.V. appearances: The Best Bottoms In The Land, Let's Dance for Sports Relief, Short Work (all BBC); The Friday Night Project, Big Brother’s Big Mouth (Channel 4); Foreign Player (Uzong Films)
Films include: Artemis Fowl (Disney); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.) AM★DAM (Lennox Bros.)
Music Videos: Somebody's Watching Me, Superfreak (Beatfreakz); Rolex Sweep (Skepta); Never Gonna Snow (Chris Moyles)
Pantomime includes: Dick Whittington and his Cat (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham); Dick Whittington, Peter Pan, Aladdin (all FFE)
Training: National Youth Music Theatre, Birmingham University and The Royal Academy Of Music where she received The Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award.
Theatre: Rosie in Mamma Mia! (UK and International tour 2018-19) Shirley in Shirley Valentine (30th Anniversary UK tour), Footloose (UK Tour), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre, West End), Lennon (Royal Court, Liverpool), Songs For Victory (UK Tour), One Night In Istanbul (Echo Arena, Dublin Gaiety and Belfast Grand Opera House), Jack And The Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), Cats (Arena Tour), The Buddy Holly Story (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Alice In The Walled Garden (Brockwell Park), Twelfth Night, Plaza Suite, The Odd Couple and A Slice of Saturday Night (QE Theatre Company on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth), Richard Taylor’s Whistle Down The Wind, (Edinburgh Festival, Sadler’s Wells and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Charlie (Buxton Opera House), Creation and Warchild (All NYMT), Her Benny (Liverpool
Empire), David Copperfield (UK Tour), Sixteen Gobs (Kings Head, London), Habeas Corpus and City Of Angels (RAM).
Nicky has appeared as a soloist alongside Dame Judi Dench in An Enchanted Evening at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and at charity galas at The Palace Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena and for HRH Prince Edward at St James’ Palace. She has worked as a backing and session singer for Tom Jones, Lesley Garrett, Elaine Paige and Cynthia Erivo.
Nicky made her Off-Broadway debut in A Broadway Diva Christmas at The Julia Miles Theatre, New York.
TV and Radio: Hillsborough (ITV), Voices Raised, Blue Peter, Sport Relief and The Olivier Awards (BBC). Loose Ends (BBC Radio 2), New Musicals with Stephen Sondheim (BBC Radio 2).
Peter trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
After graduating he toured with the musical LES MISÉRABLES for a year, performing with the show at The Royal Variety Performance, the Classic Brit Awards and the 25th Anniversary O2 concert. Further theatre credits include Moll Flanders (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Dick Whittington Rock Panto (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre) Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Shakespeare Theatre); Robin Hood and the Babes in The Wood (City Varieties Leeds); 20th Century Boy, Mods and Rox and Sleeping Beauty (New Wolsey Theatre). A Midsummer Nights Dream (Iris Theatre Company); COCO (Sadler’s Wells Theatre) .
TV and film credits include the ITV drama Without You, starring Anna Friel and Muppets Again for Walt Disney Pictures.
His spare time is devoted to writing and music.
Training: Guildford School of Acting
Stage credits include: Loki in Thor & Loki (Edinburgh Fringe/ High Tide Tour); Tess in Amateur Politician workshop (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Hull Truck); Mrs Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (Watermill Theatre); Evil Queen Morgana in Snow White (Broadway Theatre); Nanny Cook/ Jasper Baddun in The One Hundred And One Dalmatians (Castle Theatre Wellingborough); Otter / Chief Weasel/ Barge Woman in Wind In The Willows (Lord Chamberlains Men); Sophie in Fairytale of New York (Soho Theatre); La Boheme (Opera Up Close / Soho Theatre)
Television credits include: Anonymous (Tiger Aspect); The Thorntons (Comedy Central)
Christina trained at the Royal Academy of Music before making her professional and West End debut as part of the Original London cast of Once The Musical (Phoenix Theatre).
She recently played the title role in Maggie May at Liverpool's Royal Court. Her other theatre credits include: Mariah in Carmen the Gypsy (workshopped at NT Studio, then The Arcola Theatre/UK Tour) Orwell's Down and Out Live (Libby Brodie Productions); Oranges & Elephants (Hoxton Hall); Maria in Our Man in Havana workshop (Watermill Theatre); Petra in A Little Night Music (Watermill Theatre); Bernie in The Commitments (UK Tour); Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane (Watermill Newbury/Tour); and The Young Woman in Putting It Together (Belfast Lyric Theatre).
Further credits include: Soloist in Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2); and Victoria (ITV).
Grace is a 2016 graduate from the Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford College.
Theatre credits include: Cinderella in Cinderella the Rock and Roll panto (Leeds City Varieties). Miranda in Return to the Forbidden Planet (Eastbourne Devonshire Park), Princess Lotus Blossom in Aladdin the Rock and Roll panto (Leeds City Varieties). Ariel and Swing in Footloose (UK/international tour and West end). Gretel in Grimm's Fairy Tales (White Bear Theatre). Wendy in tutti frutti's Underneath a Magical Moon (York Theatre Royal and UK tour). Little Sally in Urinetown (Stratford Circus). Ensemble in Theatre Ad Infinitum's Run(Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf). Anya in The Cherry Orchard (Rose Theatre).
Grace is also a professional musician and has performed across the UK and internationally on saxophone and vocals with the New York Brass Band.
Peter is the Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre.
After training at the Thorndike Theatre, Peter became the Artistic Director for the Southampton-based Solent People’s Theatre and then Artistic Director for the London Bubble Theatre Company, touring London in a big top tent. He has held two other Artistic Directorships, at the Gateway Theatre, Chester and the Liverpool Everyman while freelance work has included productions for regional theatres and touring companies up and down the country. He has directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet in the West End and on national tours, together with his own musical, Leader of the Pack.
As Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, his productions have included Sweeney Todd, Perfect Days, Double Indemnity, A Family Affair, A Mad World My Masters, Leader of the Pack, The Good Companions, Neville’s Island, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Sugar, The Price, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vincent in Brixton, Blues in the Night, The Glass Menagerie, Laurel and Hardy, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Chimps, a new musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Up on the Roof , Guys and Dolls, Bedroom Farce, Mods And Rox, And Then The Dark, the UK National Tour of the Madness musical Our House, Miss Nightingale, a major revival of The Threepenny Opera, with co-director Jenny Sealey, Midsummer Songs, Feed The Beast, a new play by Steve Thompson, Sweet Charity, the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years and a touring production of Graham Linehan’s adaptation of The Ladykillers. Earlier this year he wrote and directed Our Blue Heaven, a play with music, celebrating Ipswich Town’s FA Cup victory forty years ago.
He has written ten record-breaking Christmas shows which are currently being produced annually at the New Wolsey Theatre, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Leeds City Varieties. He wrote a musical about Ellie Greenwich, the writer of the great girl group songs of the sixties - Leader of the Pack – which has played at the New Wolsey and on two national tours. He has also written the books for Songs From a Hotel Bedroom, a setting of Kurt Weill songs produced at Watford Palace Theatre and the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, and 20th Century Boy, a musical inspired by the life of Marc Bolan, which has played at the New Wolsey, The Belgrade, Coventry and on a major national tour. His original play Midsummer Songs, with music by Ben Goddard, premiered at the New Wolsey Theatre in 2014.
Phil Wilmott is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist…. and occasional actor. He has worked in theatres across the world on everything from classical drama, musicals and family shows to cabaret and cutting edge new writing. The UK’s most commissioned musical theatre writer, he is also the founding artistic director of The Steam Industry, an umbrella organisation which incorporates The Finborough Theatre (under the Artistic Directorship Of Neil McPherson, one of the most influential small theatres in the UK producing an award winning repertoire of classics and new writing) and The Phil Willmott Company, which presents ‘Essential Classics’: an annual season at the Union Theatre of productions in which great writers of the past have reflected on issues of the day.
He was an Associate Artist of London's acclaimed Battersea Arts Centre for ten years and has also been Associate Director of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and Co-Director of the U.K’s leading degree course in Musical Theatre at London’s Arts Educational School where he was also Head of Acting. Published and widely performed work includes FEMME FATALE and The Dick Barton Special Agent Trilogy (Croydon Warehouse), Around the World in Eighty Days (BAC and Liverpool Playhouse and tour) Uncle Ebenezer - A Christmas Carol (BAC and U.S.A) Stupid Cupid (Gay Sweatshop tour) and WOLF BOYS. Phil has written pantomimes for all the top pantomime companies including Snow White for Milton Keynes Theatre, Dick Whittington for Oxford Playhouse and Aladdin & Puss in Boots for the T.M.A Award nominated Corn Exchange in Newbury.
Training: B.A. (hons) Theatre Design & M.A. Scenography, U.C.E. Birmingham; Linbury Prize for Stage Design finalist, 1997.
Cleo is very happy to be designing her first show at the New Wolsey. Other shows include: in Bermuda, The Pirates of Penzance, South Pacific, The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ragtime, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Fiddler on the Roof and The History Boys.
Productions in Dubai include: Fame, Blood Brothers, Woman in Black, Annie, High School Musical (1 & 2), Abigail's Party and The Sound of Music (Time Out Award: Best Musical) which transferred to Bahrain.
In Canada, the opening two seasons for the Montgomery Theatre, Prince Edward Island, with works from Wilde to Coward and Shaw.
For Anchorage Opera in Alaska: The Magic Flute, The Sound of Music and The Pirates of Penzance.
Regular designs for pantos include Watford Palace Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Elgiva Theatre, Belgrade Theatre and Hartlepool. Nominated for best set design at the Great British Panto Awards! 2017 & 2019
Opera: The Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Hammersmith), Cosi Fan Tutte, Tosca, Christs Hospital, Horsham; Simon Boccanegra, The Merry Widow (Bloomsbury Theatre); Don Giovanni, Heaven, (Charing Cross)
Other work includes: Dracula (Everyman Cheltenham and national tour) A Christmas Carol, (Players Theatre, New York); Missing Persons (Trafalgar Studios); Art (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds); Ladies Cage (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester); Macbeth, Robin Hood, The Snow Queen, (Creation Theatre, Oxford); Around the World in Eighty Days (Liverpool Playhouse); Company, The Wizard of Oz, Toad of Toad Hall (Palace Theatre, Westcliff); Joyisms, Looking Glass Theatre, Off-Broadway; Hedda Gabler, (RSC Fringe).
James trained at the University of Derby graduating in BSc (Hons) Sound Light & Live Event Technology.
James has Sound Designed: Legally Blonde (London Studio Centre), Our Blue Heaven (New Wolsey Theatre), Up ‘n’ Under (Fingersmiths UK Tour 2018), Beauty & the Beast (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Oxy & The Morons (New Wolsey Theatre), Arthur Pita: The World’s Greatest Show (Touring), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Youth Theatre Productionz), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Ipswich Operatic).
James has worked as Sound #1 on: Anita & Me (UK Tour 2017), Made in Dagenham (New Wolsey Co-Pro with Hornchurch), Jackie the Musical (UK Tour 2016), Sword in the Stone Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre), Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre), Dick Whittington Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre), Midsummer Songs (New Wolsey Theatre), Beauty and the Beast Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre), Into the Woods (Gallery Players).
James has worked as Production Engineer on: Sinbad Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre) and Hairspray (Gallery Players).
Credits include: Kiss me Quickstep, Once, Rope. (New Wolsey Theatre);The Wisdom Club, (Theatre Royal BSE); Jack and the Beanstalk (Derby Arena); Soldier On (The Other Palace); Ken (Terry Johnson, Pleasance); Revenants (Pleasance, Kenwright); Measure for Measure, Alice In Wonderland, Loves Labours Lost (GSC); Dell Computers Gala (Buenos Aires); Kiss Me Quickstep, Haunting Julia, Roll Over Beethoven, Don’t Look Now (OFFIE nominated for Best Lighting Design), Return to the Forbidden Planet, Godspell, The Merchant Of Venice, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, They’re Playing Our Song, Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella, Ladies Down Under, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Queen’s Theatre); Cathy (Soho Theatre); East (Brighton Theatre Royal and Festival); Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin (Evolution); Meena and the Masala Queens (Rifco tour); Northanger Abbey (Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Tour); Clybourne Park (Regional premiere tour); Return to the Forbidden Planet (25th Anniversary Tour); Cathy (Cardboard Citizens tour); Betty Blue Eyes (Regional premiere tour); Michael Morpurgo's Butterfly Lion (Kenwright, National Tour); Snow White, Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, James and the Giant Peach, Noises Off, Friend or Foe, The History Boys, The Hired Man (Mercury Theatre); House and Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Arabian Nights, Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows (Watermill); The Deranged Marriage, MummyJi Presents, Break The Floorboards and Happy Birthday Sunita (Rifco and Watford Palace); Walking the Chains (Bristol Temple Meads Passenger Shed); The Full Monty, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Oliver!,(Bermuda City Hall); working with Willy Russell on Educating Rita, Breezeblock Park(Liverpool Playhouse); Shirley Valentine (Royal Court Liverpool); Farm Boy, The Hired Man, Kissing Sid James (New York E59).
Debbie’s West End /UK Tours include American Idiot; Thriller Live; Dirty Dancing; Knights of the Rose; 20th Century Boy; The Knowledge; Close to You; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Sinatra; Our House; Starlight Express; Mum’s the Word; Jackie; I Was a Rat; Grease; The Snowman, Flashdance; The King and I; Showboat; Dancing in the Streets; The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas; Daisy Pulls It Off; The Harder They Come; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Saturday Night Fever; Fame; Peter Pan; The Pirates of Penzance; Smokey Joe's Café; The Rocky Horror Show; Doctor In the House; Mahabharata; Anything Goes; What a Feeling; A Chorus Line; A Tribute to the Blues Brothers
Children’s casting includes Avalanche; Kinky Boots; The Bodyguard; Caroline or Change; Annie; Show Boat; Medea; The Sound of Music
Regional and international productions include Hugh Jackman The Show; Starlight Express; Once; We’ll Live and Die In These Towns; The Noise Boys; Million Dollar Quartet, Havana, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Priscilla QOTD and The Choir of Man (all for NCL); Room, Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin; Oxy and the Morons; The Last Five Years; Five Guys Named Moe; The BFG; Midsummer Songs; Noises Off; And Then the Dark; Propaganda Swing; Hairspray; It’s a Wonderful Life; Little Shop of Horrors; Laurel and Hardy; Blues in the Night; South Pacific; My Fair Lady; Me and My Girl; Guys and Dolls; Crazy For You; Oklahoma!; Amadeus; Romeo and Juliet; The Comedy of Errors; Merry Wives of Windsor; Twelfth Night; Only You Can Save Mankind
Recorded media includes Waybuloo; Grandpa In My Pocket; What’s Your News; Planet Cook.
As Choreographer: Jack and the Beanstalk (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); HABS Gala – Sound of Music Excerpts (Barbican); Beauty and the Beast (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); This Girl Can – Flash Mob (Sports England); Seussical the Musical (Chelsea Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Westminster Kingsway Theatre); The Wiz (Monte Hall); Guys & Dolls (Monte Hall); Fame the Musical (The London Palladium); Bugsy Malone, Dracula Spectacula, Back to the 80’s, Pirates of Penzance
As assistant choreographer: The Battle (UK Tour); Street Life (Towngate Theatre, Basildon); IPL Stadium Tour (India Tour)
Film credits: Horn Ok Please, Golmaal Returns, Singh Is King, Haal-e-Dil, De Taali, Salaam E Ishq.
As Assistant Director. Bin It (UK Tour); E.C.I.T.B. Apprenticeships (UK Tour)
Teaching Credits: WAC Arts, NCD Dance Studios, Future Faces Theatre School, High Kicks Academy, Debut Arts, Haberdasher Aske, Hip Hop Pop.
"A jaunty jukebox musical"
This was hilarious from the start to the finish. It is such a feel good show. The cast were all brilliant and we loved the story (not sure Margaret Thatcher would be too pleased with some of the parts portraying her though). This is the first time I've been in an audience where so many people were laughing and thoroughly enjoying themselves! I think the huge standing ovation at the end reflected this. This is such a brilliant show, the best we've seen in ages.
An excellent production - superb and inventive stage product, surpassed only by the versatile, approachable and totally convincing cast. Sprouting from roots in the Wolsey's marvellous Panto season, this is a considerable item in the theatre's repertoire.
What a great show! Clever, funny, great music amazing talented cast, and all multi instrumentalists! See this show if you possibly can, even if you have to sell your grandma...
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