ROCKIN' MIKADO (World Premiere) (1998)

Nominated 'Best Visiting Production', Manchester Theatre Awards 1998

Palace Theatre, Manchester
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
His Majesty's, Aberdeen


CAST:                        PROFESSIONAL STAFF:  
Nanki-Poo Glen Wallace   Director/Writer Michael Poynor
Pooh-Bah David Cox   Musical Director/Composer Mark Dougherty
Pish-Tush Mark Dugdale   Designer Elroy Ashmore
Ko-Ko Paraic Duignan   Lighting Designers Michael Poynor
Yum-Yum Gemma Murphy     Keith Shanks
Peep-Bo Deborah Maguire   Sound Designer Patrick Dalgety
Pitti-Sing Clare Donnelly   Production Administrator Niall Cranney
Katisha Rachel Tucker   Aerobic Dance Instructor Martin Wong
The Mikado Richard McFerran   Tai Chi Instructor Peter Gilligan
Ensemble Marcia Cassidy   Voice Coach Paul Nemeer
  Gordon Crawford   Laban Movement Coach Anne-Marie Matthews
  Paul Garrett   Wardrobe Mistress Pat Musgrave
  Joanna Haughey   Master Carpenter David Holland
  Kellie Irwin   Scenic Artists Sarah Holland
  Packy Lee     Stuart Marshall
  Claire Lewis   Emergency Aid Trainer Vi Bowler
  Stephen Maguire   Marketing Assistant Karen Rush
  Julie Mitchell   BAND:  
  Lee-Anne Mulholland   Keyboards/MD Mark Dougherty
  Anna McAllister   Trumpet Alisdair Wallace
  Antoinette McCann   Guitars Jim Armstrong
  Gerard McCarthy   Saxaphones Bob Hunt
  Sean Pol McGreevy   2nd Keys/Trombone Wilson Shields
  Samuel Nicholl   Bass Rod Patterson
  Emmet Owens   Drums John Wilson
  Peter Quinn      
  Clare Rose Savage      
  Naoimh Scullin      
  Margaret Thompson      
Stage Manager Mark Elliot      
DSM Aileen F Gorman      
ASM Zara Casey      
Production Asst Stephen Molloy      

Those in bold italic type went on to pursue careers in the Performing Arts.


This is 'dancing in the aisles' entertainment.  Set in modern day Japan ... flashy, sumptuous, the stage pulsating with light and neon.  Every number is a show stopper ... exhuberant, robust and raunchy ... Rachel Tucker's figure hugging, titillating, whips akimbo, power hungry Katisha was extra special.  This Mikado displayed more theatrical honesty than the more auguste body (D'Oyly Carte) on the South Bank (Royal Festival Hall).


The surprise hit of the summer season. An astonishingly lively update of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operetta ... their first visit to Manchester, but, judging from last night's ecstatic audience reaction, it won't be their last.                 


The Ulster Theatre Company ... a uniquely enjoyable evening for anybody who's got a soft spot for imaginative innovation.            


This is how I like my Gilbert and Sullivan. As hot as a blast furnace, this is an astonishing achievement.     


A very, very strong contemporary musical that aspires to greatness ... a daring adaptation of a classic (which) has refreshed the piece enormously.


This show ranks with the best the city has seen. What ambassadors for Ulster theatre these young people will be.        


Big on spectacle ... the hit show of summer '98.    


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