'A sparkling new musical set in Denny’s Department Store bringing you “tomorrows fashions today” gives a comic insight into the lives of the staff striving to deliver the very best service to its customers. Filled with romance, deceit, technological challenges and musical numbers including “On a Jolly with your Trolley” “The Customer is Always Right” and “Stuck in a Job That I Hate”.
With a witty original script and score this musical enjoyed a small rural tour of the West Country where it received rave reviews.
So come and treat yourselves to a little Retail Therapy.'
The first work that MAdD Theatre Company produced was
'Retail Therapy' written by Sophy Layzell, Kat Wilsher and Nat Wilsher.
This began as a three Act musical comedy with a simple plot, a love story and upbeat catchy songs suitable for a cast of 6 men and 5 women, plus up to 10 supporting roles/chorus.'Retail Therapy' toured with a small, select and very talented cast, to 5 unusual venues (including a cage fighting club) in Somerset September 2011.
Following editing to 50 minutes running time and the ruthless omitting of songs and scenes it then premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe August 2012.
All photos copyright Gorilla Photographic Studios
Wednesday August 22nd, 2012 01:38
A lot of Fringe musicals take a normal setting, familiar ideas or recognisable characters, and parody them by adding songs. In this case it’s department store workers but, like most of these shows, there’s nothing particularly new in terms of characters or plot. But the acting’s good, the jokes are pretty great and the whole thing is completely fun. What really marks this one out from the rest is the quality of song lyrics and musical composition. They’re not only good in their own right, but manage to pay homage to classic musicals. If you’ve worked in a shop you’ll enjoy the sense of familiarity, if you haven’t you’ll enjoy the ridiculous clichés. It’s not perfect, but you’ll leave happy.
Greenside, 14-18 Aug, 3.00pm.
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The Tour September 2011
Thursday 2nd August 2012
Pre Edinburgh show 7.30pm Sweet Surprise Ilminster
Edinburgh Fringe August 2012
Greenside Venue 231 Studio 2
Monday 13th-Saturday 18th August 2012 3pm
'all the cast were lively and energetic. Clever use of characters with witty songs utilised to full effect. A must see and would recommend to everyone. Appealing to all ages.' Leon and Amy
Follow our progress on our blog below.... from concept to staging, from Somerset to Edinburgh, read the reviews!