HIPPOFROG Productions

supporting the darker side of your performance

Every two years we help at the Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts show.

This is where the students from the different branches of the school come together to dance, sing and perform.

We help to rig the show and also provide the stage management and backstage support. As there are around 200 children involved, this is a mammoth undertaking.

As it is 100 years of the end of World War 1, the end of Act 1 was a beautiful and moving tribute. A lot of tears were shed in audience and side of stage.

Picture from Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts

It’s not every day you get to sort the sound for a West End Star.

Ben Forster, who you may remember as the winner of the search for a Jesus Christ Superstar competition, provided an exclusive event for the OU Theatre Group Bookers’ Club at MK Theatre.

Mr & Mrs HIPPOFROG were already attending the event as guests but were called upon to assist with the PA. Our good friend and super sound guy Mike Crofts provided us with the relevant equipment and we set it up.

Ben during sound check

A great evening was had by all.

We returned to Dibley with the Holy Trinity, the third instalment of The Vicar of Dibley for MKTOC.

This was a fairly static set with some memorable moments from the TV series (see picture below!)

Photo from MKTOC website

We will be returning to the trenches for Blackadder later in the year with MKTOC.

Wolverton G&S put on their annual show. This year it was the return of Gondoliers.

We helped to build the flats for the set and minimal crew were needed to run the show.

Image from Wolverton G&S website

We were asked to provide some technical services at an outdoor Scout Camp in February.

Freezer Camp 2018

As the name suggests, it was cold! However, it was also VERY wet and was more of a mud camp, than a freezer camp.

In spite of the weather, a good time was had by all.

Well, that’s it, we did it!

Get-ins, Tech, 2 Dress Rehearsals, 16 shows and a get-out.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this show a success.

We’ll leave you with a picture of the finale of one of our final shows.


In true Crew style, we hit the pub after the last show before Christmas…

(Photo by Bee)

Enjoy the break and see you on the other side.

It’s opening night!

All of the planning and sleepless nights appear to have been worth it.

The get-in, Tech and Dress Rehearsals all went well and opening night is here.

Break legs everyone.

Here is a peak of some of the get-in. For some reason, everything looks rather green!

Well, today was the day we started to get in to the theatre and the snow was nice to us.

A team of willing volunteers arrived to empty several truckloads of lighting and scenery to create Oz.

As the Venue is a theatre that has flying, a different routine to previous pantos took place. The plus side was that everything that needs to be up above the stage can be rigged at a sensible height and then flown out.

It also meant that we didn’t have to spend most of the day rigging truss and motors for everything to hang from.

There are lots of learnings to take away, but we’re looking good for the rest of the pre-show set up.

A Crew marches on it’s stomach so it was important for the table to be fixed for lunch. Mac did a great job in sorting out the wobble! (Photo by Martin)

In just a few weeks it will be the get-in at the Theatre.

This is when all of the months of planning will hopefully come to fruition.

The team on the stage are heading towards their final rehearsals and the team behind the scenes are about to head into the unknown.

Will it all come together?

Watch this space…