THE CULT HIT MUSICAL

by Paul Boyd

With the show successfully 'tried out', the Lyric decided to stage the show in full as part of its 2012 main stage season, but when a suitable slot in the season could not be secured the decision was made to delay production until 2013 and, in the meantime, send the show to the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to increase its profile.  The late, great Christopher Malcolm (one of the originators of the ROCKY HORROR SHOW) helped Paul to develop the show and MOLLY WOBBLY'S TIT FACTORY returned in a lengthened and more fully-staged version for a brief run at the Lyric in July 2012 prior to a critically acclaimed run at Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh throughout August, produced in association with the Stand Comedy Club.  The cast featured Christopher Finn, Tara Flynn, Orla Gormley, Kevin Hynes, Leanne Jones, Conleth Kane, Russell Morton, and Tommy Wallace, and it was this production that first attracted the attention of Martin Witts and Lesley Ackland of Leicester Square Theatre.

Despite the amazing response and national coverage that the show attracted in Edinburgh, the plan to produce MOLLY WOBBLY'S TIT FACTORY as part of the Lyric Theatre's 2013 main stage season never came to be, scuppering plans to bring the show to London audiences later that year in a co-production between the Lyric Theatre and Hackney Empire in a production which was to star Samuel Buttery, Sophie-Louise Dann, Stephanie Fearon, Christopher Finn, Conleth Kane, Russell Morton, Shona White, and Gary Wilmot.  As a result, in 2013 Paul Boyd became the sole rights holder and MOLLY WOBBLY'S TIT FACTORY, now often referred to simply as MOLLY WOBBLY, became available to new producers for the first time.

 

Jamie Chapman Dixon was the first producer to take the show on, and he presented a staged concert production in March 2014 at Phoenix Artist Club in the West End of London.  This intimate staging (performed by Alastair Brookshaw, Jordan Lee Davies, Kate England, Christopher Finn, Lucy Garrioch, Leanne Jones, Conleth Kane, and Russell Morton) won even more critical acclaim and five nominations at the BroadwayWorld West End Awards (including Best Direction for Paul Boyd, Best Choreography for Sarah Johnston, and Best Musical Direction for Simon Burrow), and ultimately reignited the interest of Leicester Square Theatre.

The entire MOLLY WOBBLY family was devastated to lose Christopher Malcolm, who died in February 2014 just prior to the show opening.  Great comfort was taken in the fact that the staged concert production at Phoenix Artist Club was very much in keeping with Christopher's overall vision for MOLLY WOBBLY and that the resulting discussions with Leicester Square Theatre would have pleased him greatly as they were in essence a continuation of discussions in which he had been involved back in 2012.

 

Most recently, then, MOLLY WOBBLY opened at Leicester Square Theatre on 27th January 2015 starring Cassie Compton, Stephanie Fearon, Christopher Finn, Conleth Kane, Ashley Knight, Jane Milligan, Russell Morton, and Alan Richardson.  Audiences, who had taken MOLLY WOBBLY to their hearts from its very first perfomance in Belfast in October 2011, finally got to experience the show in its full glory, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all of those that have been involved in the show over the years - previous cast members, crews, creative teams and managements, promoters and sponsors, and producers.

SHOW HISTORY

MOLLY WOBBLY'S TIT FACTORY was commissioned in 2010 by Northern Ireland's national producing theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast.  The Lyric Theatre has enjoyed a long and very successful working relationship with writer, composer, and director Paul Boyd; his acclaimed ALICE THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the Lyric in 1998 (the show has since gone on to enjoy professional productions around the world and was remounted at the Lyric for a 20th Anniversary production in 2018), his musical HANSEL & GRETTEL was staged at the Lyric in 1999 and again in 2012, in 2019 the Lyric commissioned Paul to write the hugely successful PETER PAN THE MUSICAL, and in the intervening years the Belfast venue has produced hugely successful revivals of his musicals including McCOOL, RED - THE RED RIDING HOOD MUSICAL, and THE TALE OF THE BEAUTY AND THE TAIL OF THE BEAST.

 

MOLLY WOBBLY'S TIT FACTORY is based upon a ten-minute musical of the same name that Paul wrote for the Mackintosh Foundation's 2006 Quest For A New Musical.  The full-length version was first unleashed upon an unsuspecting public at the Lyric Theatre's Naughton Studio in a staged concert production for a 10 night run in October 2011.  The original cast featured Christopher Finn, Tara Flynn, Orla Gormley, Kevin Hynes, Conleth Kane, Russell Morton, Liza Pulman, and Tommy Wallace, and the sell-out success of that initial run came as a great surprise to the theatre, the writer, and the cast.