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Thu 09 – Sat 25 January 7.15pm (no show Sun or Mon)

Matinee Sat 18 January 2.15pm

Tickets Full £11 / Concession £8 (no conc. Fri or Sat eve) / Opening night £6

Running time 1hr 50mins (inc. interval)

Celebrating their 15th year of touring, The Ministry of Entertainment return to Tobacco Factory Theatres with

their latest production, Normal Service Will Be Resumed…

It’s 1962 and things are not looking good. Kennedy and Khruschev are about to collide over Cuba, but the real

trouble is brewing thousands of miles away, deep below the surface of Bristol.

In a top secret location, Skippy Catford, the ninny in the pinnie, cheerily mops away twenty years’ worth of dust

and grime from the BBC’s emergency wartime studio. She hums the latest Brenda Lee whilst daydreaming about

Stanton Drew, everybody’s favourite velvet voiced radio celebrity.

When the Cold War suddenly heats up, Stanton and Skippy are trapped underground with nothing but a pair of

coconut shells and a swanee whistle to keep themselves amused.

A whole bag of spanners drops into the world of Auntie and Listen With Mother will never be the same again.

 

The Ministry of Entertainment was founded in Bristol by two actors, Kate McNab and Joe Hobbs, to produce

theatre based on oral histories from the era of the Second World War. Their shows blend songs, theatre and

comedy and they have a loyal following among the over 50s, with tours regularly selling out. Their previous

productions including last year’s Yes We Have No Bananas, as well as Goodbye Mrs.Chips, Mrs. Gerrish’s Christmas Stocking,

and Doodlebugs and Bogeymen.

 

“Another magical piece” The Stage on Yes, We Have No Bananas

 

Normal Service Will Be Resumed… is written by Mike Akers, with music by Kit Morgan and starring Kate McNab

and Ross Harvey.

 

Kate McNab, on the Ministry of Entertainment’s latest show:

“We’ve done the 40s and 50s, so now it’s time for the 60s! The backdrop of the Cuban Crisis presents the

‘drama’ of this new show where two characters from very different backgrounds are thrown together in a

confined space and have to just get on with the job in hand. Keep the kettle boiling! And the play is boiling

alright – at a real lick.

As usual we collected some oral history of those who remember the early 60s. They didn’t really become

‘swinging’ until after our play is set. And, at last, the MOE is moving into an era I almost remember first

hand! It was nostalgic trawling through the hits of ’62. I particularly liked Might As Well Rain Until September

by the young Carole King. One of my ‘interviewees’ had Mr. Pastry present an actual Austin car to his father

who won first prize in a competition. Another person remembered his ‘gang’ eating daffodil bulbs because a

rumour had gone round that these gave you a high.”

 

Box Office: 0117 902 0344 Online: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com