Valerie Cutko Stars in RUMPY PUMPY!, Beginning Tonight in London
The cast is set for Rumpy Pumpy!, playing the King's Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QN from tonight 28th March, Saturday 4th April & Thursday 9th April 2015 and the Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, London SW9 9PH from Tuesday 14th - Sunday 19th April 2015.
Rumpy Pumpy! is a vibrant new musical based on the true story of two ladies from the Hampshire Women's Institute, Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels, who set out on a worldwide campaign to decriminalise prostitution and improve conditions for working girls. As the conflicting worlds of WI members and working girls collide for tea and crumpets, comedy and chaos ensues in this controversial new comedy.
With this year marking the 100th Anniversary of the WI, Rumpy Pumpy! is proud to be a part of celebrating the WI's history of helping women. Jean Johnson is still campaigning to this day.
Starring as the inspirational Jean Johnson will be Valerie Cutko - Carousel (Arcola Theatre), My Fair Lady (BBC Proms), Flahooley (Sadler's Wells), with her trusty sidekick, Shirley Landels, being played by Marjorie Keys - Dr Do-little with Philip Schofield, Spend Spend Spend with Barbara Dickson, Chicago.
Also starring in Rumpy Pumpy! are: Mandi Symonds as Holly - 1984 (Almeida Theatre), Carrie's War (Apollo Theatre), Amazonia (Young Vic); Deborah Poplett as Mags - Love Story (Union Theatre), Holby City, Doctors; Ria Ulleri as Italian Momma/NZ working girl - Romance (Mind The Gap Theatre, Manhattan), The Fall Guy (The Royal Exchange, Manchester), Sweet Love Remembered (The Globe); Matthew Pennington as Hugo/Big Hank - Victor Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Parkwood Theatre); Adam Scott Pringle as Jamie/Shakin Stevens/DCI Harrison - Stand and Deliver (The King's Head), Spend Spend Spend (Bridewell Theatre); Jennifer Harding as Carol/a working girl/Texas Tilley - The Devil's Disciple (Union Theatre), Songs from the Playground (Union Theatre); Joanne Sandi as DC Hecks/Sandi - Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre); and Scarlett Courtney as Trish/Celia.
Tickets are available from kingsheadtheatre.com and 0207 478 0160 priced £9. Or tickets are available from www.landortheatre.co.uk or 020 7737 7276 at £16 (£14). For more about the show, visit www.rumpypumpythemusical.co.uk.
The King's Head Theatre is located on Upper Street, Islington. The nearest underground stations are Highbury and Islington (on the Victoria and Overground lines) and Angel (on the Bank branch of the Northern line). The nearest rail station is Highbury and Islington. Landor Theatre is located on Landor Road, a couple of minutes' walk from Clapham High Street station. The other nearest underground stations are Clapham North station (on the Northern line), Brixton (on the Victoria line) and Stockwell (on the Northern and Victoria lines). The nearest rail station is Brixton.
Rumpy Pumpy! is the first musical which Barbara Jane Mackie has both written and composed. It is in the process of also being developed into a feature film. As a Script Editor and Producer at BBC Birmingham Drama, Barbara devised the BBC Drama Police series Dangerfield and the crime series, Dalziel & Pascoe. Barbara produced the film Seed and commissioned the award- winning film Bad Company which reopened the case of the Birmingham Four and led to their release. Barbara has written the Screenplay, Mimi and Cowboy Girls, developed by Anthony Minghella and is writing Roaring Girl, a film about the Welsh cancer Campaigner, Jayne Sullivan.
Barbara began at the Tramshed Theatre with comedians Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson and was Literary Editor on Christine Lord's book about BSE Who Killed My Son? Barbara has lectured in Screenwriting at Portsmouth and Southampton (Solent) Universities and her novel Eat The View was chosen by The Sun Newspaper as its 'E-Book of the Week.' www.barbarajanemackie.co.uk
Thom Sellwood, Director of Rumpy Pumpy!, is the Founder of the Quite Nice Theatre company who staged Snakes! The Musical and At The Edge of the World at the Edinburgh Festival to packed houses and rave reviews. Snakes was called 'A must See!' from The Stage and a 'cult classic' transferring to the West End's Leicester Square Theatre. Thom wrote the book for At The Edge of the World and performed in both shows.