HIPPOFROG Productions

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The team are working on the Annual School Show for MTPAS.

MTPAS 2019

Helping to setup the show and hand it over to the show team.

The team are working on Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Iolanthe this week.


The audience have been welcomed by this view for the final time and the last show has been performed.

Panto is over for another year

Just a small matter of putting all the pieces back into the flight cases!


Then the planning will start for next year’s Panto.

All of the hard work getting the show ready has paid off as we’re now well into the run.

This picture is from the end of Act 1, taken by Stage Management from the wings.

Panto in full swing

Here we have the DSM desk during the show.

Panto in full swing

Have you spotted the Fruit Salads? If you know, you know!


The first lorries of gear have been arriving for this year’s Panto get-in.

Panto rigging is underway

All of these have to be emptied and the contents put into the right places.

A few of the additional lighting bars are already in place and being rigged.

Panto rigging is underway

Have you got your tickets?

We are working like little elves getting all the magic arranged for this year’s panto at the Venue theatre.

This year we are going on an adventure with Dick Whittington and his cat Tommy chasing after all the rats.

Work on creating the plans for this year started in February and a snapshot is below.

More details will be coming to the website so watch this space.

To book tickets visit https://www.dreamsnwishes.co.uk/boxoffice.html

Company MK asked us to assist with their production of Guys and Dolls.

It’s a show with a well-known score and storyline which adds a bit more pressure on the team.

There was a large amount of set that required some choreographed truck ballet and some very quick scene changes.

A lot of Crew were needed to move the scenery and Mrs HIPPOFROG took on the role of DSM for the first time in 9 years!

Tech Rehearsal. Photo by Karen Young
Tech Rehearsal. Photo by Karen Young

This was the final return to Blackadder for three episodes, culminating in the episode where they go over the top.

We built the trenches and dugouts for a static set.

There were also pyrotechnics for going over the top, followed by a poppy drop at the end.

Picture of the on and off stage ‘troops’ below!

Picture by Keith Lennox

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.