Issued by: Ministry of Entertainment
Contact: Kate McNab
Tel: 0117 973 3223
Theatre production collecting dinner ladies’ stories
The Ministry resume their busy touring schedule of theatres and villages halls with
Goodbye Mrs. Chips after another sell-out premier week at The Tobacco Factory
Theatre, Bristol. Kate McNab and Ross Harvey perform all eight characters over six
decades in this new upbeat, energetic and typically inventive production.
In this, their eighth production, dinner lady extraordinaire, Mrs. Chipping, is
finally hanging up her potato masher, egg mallet and gravy sieve for the last time. She
has watched generation after generation of the Brookshields boys grow up fit and
healthy, dining on her traditional school fare of watery cabbage, steamed mullet and
lumpy custard. To the boys, as they've gazed through her hatch, she is their surrogate
mother. To the Headmaster, she is his inspiration, solving the problems of the school
from the pages of Mrs. Beaton, Elizabeth David and Fanny Craddock. Now it is time for
her to retire, to move on to the dessert course of life, or rather at her age it's more the
little square chocolates you get with the bill!
Laced with true stories and popular songs from the era produced by Total Guitar’s Kit
Morgan, bookings are coming in fast! Small surprise, as "If it's The Ministry it'll be
authentic, funny and thoroughly entertaining." (BBC Website)
Formed eleven years ago by four ex Bristol Old Vic Company members, Joe Hobbs (writer),
Ross Harvey (actor), Kate McNab (actor and producer) and Kit Morgan (Musical Director), the
Ministry has been touring continuously, with the trilogy always a sell out.
Stories should be sent via the website or The Ministry of Entertainment, c/o The Tobacco
Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF.