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Mouse with muscle takes to the road

SOMEWHERE in leafy Olton, a toad and a crow are about to do something unpleasant to a mouse, writes David Irwin.

SOMEWHERE in leafy Olton, a toad and a crow are about to do something unpleasant to a mouse, writes David Irwin.

But don’t call the RSPCA just yet, it’s the final rehearsals for Danger Mouse - the latest show from a Solihull-based theatre company.

Katch 22 were putting the final touches to the production when I visit them last Thursday, at Olton United Reformed Church.

By the time you read this, the cast will have finished the first week of their tour - but when I meet up with the actors they are getting ready for their opening show in Torquay.

Jonathan Garratt, from Shirley, is appearing as the villainous crow Stiletto and said he was looking forward to getting on the road.

“When you’ve been rehearsing for a long time it’s always good to get the first show under your belt,” he said.

“Obviously this is a great family show, but it really chimes with the adults who are old enough to remember the cartoon series.”

The cartoon was on TV from 1981-1992 says Ellis Creez, who plays the courageous rodent himself and has become something of an expert on the original show.

“He’s our DM expert,” laughs Karen Powell, who plays his sidekick Penfold, “I think it’d be his specialist subject on Mastermind.”

The show will be visiting venues up-and-down the country - the closest to Solihull being Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre.

It’s the latest Katch 22 creation to enjoy a national tour and a far-cry from their last production - Think Twice.

That play was about knife crime and visited a number of prisons.

I’d imagine the Danger Mouse crowds would be easier to please, but then, nostalgia can be a dangerous thing...

To find out more visit www.dangermouseshow.co.uk

 

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