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The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner

Wolverhampton Chronicle 9.01.87 Not a Boy Sprout in sight!

A smashing show for the kids this season performed on almost every West Midlander'sdoorstep seems too good to be true. Wolverhampton's Zip Theatre production of The plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner should be within your reach. Children will love this story featuring insects as the characters, against a simple, but effective set.

The underlying message is to highlight the cruelty of humans who indiscriminately spray insecticide to protect their garden, but fail to realise that without insects gardens could not possibly be pretty. Tired of being continually sprayed the insects vote to go on strike to teach the humans a lesson, saying: "We're creepy, we're creepy, but we're tough."

Led by an aggressive Slug (Gerard Doyle), Maggot (Dyll Ferraday), Greenfly (Bill Turner) and Busy Ant (Colin Dixon) the team encourage the children in the audience to play their part in the show. Charming Ladybird (Lesley Beaumont) and Red Admiral (Marc Finn) do their best to form a type of ACAS, again seeking the help of the children in their work.

Each of the entertaining cast successfully bring out the characters of their creatures, the children loving every minute, although the more sensitive might be taken aback by the sometimes enthusiastic performance.

Director Jon Lingard-Lane and stage manager Keith Lawton get the very best out of David Wood's play. The show is further enhanced by Tim Hubball's talents as both writer and keyboard performer of the musical score.

This is excellent entertainment, especially for those children who don't have the luxury of seeing a professional pantomime this Christmas-time.

School show is just so wizard - CITZ

Express and Star 01.10.2003 - by theatre critic Joe Sweeney

Wolverhampton's Zip Theatre, currently on a fully booked seven week tour of the region's schools, continue to go from strength to strength with this - their latest, self-penned production. Combining comedy and music, Zip's brand of educational theatre has always been a terrific hit with schools - and this hugely entertaining piece is no exception.

With a cast of just five energetic and engaging performers, Citz - written by Lesley Beaumont - is a sort of Harry Potter meets Men in Black with music. There are plenty of laughs along the way and the young audience at Coppice High School, Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, lapped up every moment.Set in a school, the show explores young people's behaviour in education in a thought-provoking, yet thoroughly entertaining fashion. The ever-amusing Dennis Ffrench excelled with his wonderfully excessive turn as head Mrs Bumbledore, while also doubling up as the school's dog-handling caretaker.

As Semolina Alexander and Prunella Parsons, Eleanor Gray and Amy Butler tuned into the wavelength of young girls - one spoilt and scheming, the other her gopher. Dyll Ferreday as the Harry Potter-esque Tania Turner was wonderfully expressive and drew much laughter, while first rate support was provided by Lesley Beaumont as corrupt teacher and alien Miss Ann Thrope.

Clever stuff, and a great way of entertaining and educating youngsters.

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