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Rumpy Pumpy

Sam Fraser meets playwright Barbara Mackie.

Katie Martin Show, BBC Radio Solent, 6 November 2014

 

 

Rumpy Pumpy - a case of tea and crumpets

Style of Wight

 

 

Exuberant Musical is a sell out!

Barbara Jane Mackie should take great satisfaction from a great audience response to her first Musical. Billed as a female 'Full Monty' there were several outstanding performances and the show is superbly cast.

County Press, Entertainment Page, March 21, 2014

 

 

Rumpy Pumpy: a new musical on the IOW about the oldest trade in the world

Script writer Barbara Mackie & WI member Jean Johnson explain their inspiration.

BBC Radio Solent, 23 January 2014

 

 

 

 

Press

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The comic and dramatic possibilities of the situation are immediately obvious: village hall meetings with crumpets at Dawn; prostitutes mingling with middle class older woman, shocking them with stories about the realities of their life; the visionaries in the Institute slowly converting their more staid colleagues; field trips where conversions to the cause are achieved; a meeting with the Minister. There is an excellent idea here and the score shows real potential. I look forward to its next run.

 

British Theatre

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The remarkable true story of two genteel ladies from the Hampshire Women’s Institute who take it upon themselves to campaign for better conditions for working girls. Rumpy Pumpy! is a charming and very English comedy of manners, with a good social conscience at its heart. Its heart-warming plea for justice is impassioned.

 

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