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Monday, 21 November 2011

The Natural History of Trolls Programme

Most programmes for shows come in paper form.  Ours is no exception.  Though we also publish it online, in advance, for those who would like to come along.  Box Office is open - book your tickets now!

Tuesday 29th November to Friday 23rd December 2011
Tickets £12 / £10 concessions
Tuesday to Saturday starts at 7.30pm – doors open 7.15pm.  Sunday at 7pm, doors open 6.45pm.
Box Office: 020 8932 4747
Barons Court Theatre, “The Curtain’s Up”, 28A Comeragh Road W14
Nearest Tube:  Barons Court (Piccadilly/District Lines)


Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
Robert Crighton:
The Natural History of Trolls

Written and Performed by Robert Crighton
Plus Special Guests: Georgina Blackledge & Sophie Morris-Sheppard
Three stories covering 150 years of history, two Queens, orange Penguins and the fairy kingdom.  Midst this is the story of an ordinary commute gone wrong, when a troll-like tramp on the Underground turns out to REALLY be a Troll.

At the Quay Theatre - Sunday 20th November 2011
At the Barons Court Theatre - Tuesday 29th November to Friday 23rd December 2011.
Running Time: Eighty minutes approximately without an interval.

Robert Crighton - Writer and Performer 
Robert Crighton is an award-winning storyteller, writer and performer, whose last big project was performing every Sherlock Holmes story back-to-back over the Christmas season.  He is only entrant in the 25 year history of the Lost One-Act Festival to win three awards in successive years and is sadly no longer eligible to win anymore.  With Milk Bottle he has produced a mix of work, from classical drama to new plays, swapping roles from production to production.  Recent productions include: Blind Spots, Shoes That Angels Fear To Wear, Cuckold’s Fair, Teaching Gods & Other Stories at the Barons Court Theatre.
For Video Blogs of the making of Storyteller go to TheRobertCrighton Channel on YouTube.

Georgina Blackledge - Performer
Having decided to swap a sterile theatre for a dusty one, Georgie has thrown herself head first into the acting world. Her most recent work includes 'Excess Deductible' with So It Goes Theatre and filming Emma Peel in ‘The Avengers Return’, of which a pilot series in is development with Gin and Tonic Productions. Other film work includes 'The Fiddler', Faith Productions; ‘Africa in her blood’, Nightpiece Media; ‘An act of loyalty’, Evergreen media; ‘Define Crazy’, Ravensbourne Films; ‘Two Birds One Stone’, JAM films; ‘The Cabinet’, Mad Ninja Films. Theatre includes ‘Noises Off’, The Company and ‘The Rover’, The Company. After stumbling upon the audition, Georgie is extremely excited to be making her return to 'Trolls'. 
Sophie Morris-Sheppard - Performer
Sophie has recently finished filming a short film.  She has made many appearances as part of the Play to Stage new writing initiative at The Jackson Lane Theatre which is where she originally met Robert Crighton - and subsequently became involved in this Milk Bottle Production.  Sophie originally attended the Oxford School of Drama. Her first job was as an ASM at Southwold Summer Theatre for Jill Freud.  She went from here to work on several productions at the Kings Head, the Old Fire Station, Oxford, The Wolsey, Ipswich, The Duke of York’s Theatre and The Haymarket Theatre, London.  She has had a variety of supporting roles on both TV and film and has appeared in many commercials, as well as doing intermittent voiceover work.
Stints as a milliner and assisting making theatrical costumes, amongst many other things, have kept her busy in between acting.
To watch an interview with the Cast go to TheRobertCrighton Channel on YouTube - 'Meet the Cast'

At has been a long process writing and producing these stories.  Normally I work very quickly, producing a dozen or shows a year.  After the epic task of performing all the Sherlock Holmes stories last year, I decided to slow down and present the process of creating this years run online.  If you're interesting in finding out how this show came together check out my blog and my vlogs.  The blog covers the more... shall we say cerebral processes of writing a show, the vlogs (video blogs) are a little more... silly.   It wasn't all silliness - there are some telling moments in the vlogs mid April when the final drafts for Trolls were coming together that I didn't look my best.
I hope you enjoy tonight's story and come again in the future for more.  To join our mailing list and be kept up to date with future shows just email us at

Milk Bottle would like to thank the people at the New Wimbledon Studio, the Lavenham Guildhall, the Angel Pub in Glemsford, the Billericay Arts Centre, The Quay Theatre (Nicki and Joe) and Barons Court Theatre (Ron and Chris) for their assistance.  We'd also like to thank our occasional photographers this year Holly Nicoll and Matthew Vile and our website designer Keith Atkinson. 
We'd also like to thank the original company at the New Wimbledon production - sorry we couldn't take you
along for the whole ride:  Charlotte Hunter, Philippa Tatham, Simon Nader, Jessica Moore, Emma Burn, Sally Gilfillan, Ailsa Ilott, Richard Ward, Sophie Carmichael, Denys Gaskill, Jessica Tobert, Josie Bloom, Kate Steel, Matthew Harrison-James, Elizabeth Jee, Jamie Addlet, Gillian Horgan, Elizabeth Quinn, Elizabeth
Nicholson, Colin Emerson & Pamela Flanagan. 
And, of course, we must thank the Imaginary Duck and Bagpuss for all they have done for the company.

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Crighton Channel on YouTube
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Or... Nope, run out of ors.  As the pander said to the Bishop.  We’ll stop now.

Production Photos taken at the Quay Theatre, Sunday 20th November 2011.

Robert Crighton with Georgina Blackledge

Georgina Blackledge

Sophie Morris-Sheppard with Georgina Blackledge

The Cast - Left to Right: Sophie Morris-Sheppard, Georgina Blackledge & Robert Crighton

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