Rumpy Pumpy! is a vibrant new musical based on the true story of two ladies from the Hampshire Women’s Institute, Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels, who set out on a worldwide campaign to decriminalise prostitution and improve conditions for working girls. As the conflicting worlds of WI members and working girls collide for tea and crumpets, comedy and chaos ensues in this controversial new comedy.
With this year marking the 100th Anniversary of the WI, Rumpy Pumpy! is proud to be a part of celebrating the WI’s history of helping women. Jean Johnson is still campaigning to this day.
Rumpy Pumpy will feature Valerie Cutko as Jean Johnson – Carousel (Arcola Theatre), My Fair Lady (BBC Proms), Flahooley (Sadler’s Wells), with her trusty sidekick, Shirley Landels, being played by Marjorie Keys – Dr Do-little with Philip Schofield, Spend Spend Spend with Barbara Dickson, Chicago.
Other casting includes Mandi Symonds as Holly – 1984 (Almeida Theatre), Carrie’s War (Apollo Theatre), Amazonia (Young Vic); Deborah Poplett as Mags – Love Story (Union Theatre), Holby City, Doctors; Ria Ulleri as Italian Momma/NZ working girl – Romance (Mind The Gap Theatre, Manhattan), The Fall Guy (The Royal Exchange, Manchester), Sweet Love Remembered (The Globe); Matthew Pennington as Hugo/Big Hank – Victor Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Parkwood Theatre); Adam Scott Pringle as Jamie/Shakin Stevens/DCI Harrison – Stand and Deliver (The King’s Head), Spend Spend Spend (Bridewell Theatre); Jennifer Harding as Carol/a working girl/Texas Tilley – The Devil’s Disciple (Union Theatre), Songs from the Playground (Union Theatre); Joanne Sandi as DC Hecks/Sandi – Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre); and Scarlett Courtney as Trish/Celia.
Rumpy Pumpy will play at the following venues:-
Kings Head Theatre.
28th March, 4th April, 9Th April at 3pm
14th April – 17th April at 7.30pm
18th April 3pm and 7.30pm
19th April 3pm
For further information visit the Rumpy Pumpy Website