In 1991, a new minister, Phil Thomas, joined Liphook Methodist Church and wanted to put on a pantomime. We couldn’t find a script that fitted our needs, so I wrote one! We had a budget of £50 for the first show, so we begged, borrowed or made everything, including props, costumes, light and sound and we performed our first ever show in front of audiences of 300 per performance at Bohunt School, our previous home. It was a great success, and we donated £500 to High Hurlands Nursing Home from our first ticket sales. It proved to be a wonderful, happy show not just for the audience but also for cast and crew, and we still have some of the founder members in our team today.
Dedication and Endeavour
Many of the MAD Company cast and crew have been involved in the show for many years - some from a very young age and gone on to have very successful careers in the theatre. It really is such a happy team and we are delighted to welcome new members every year. The budgets are of course much higher now and our aim is always to provide good, clean family fun and we attract large audiences, often with sell out shows.
Vanessa K Breach
Writer, Director & Producer
The Future's Bright
In 2016 The MAD Company moved home; after spending 25 years performing at Bohunt School we moved to The Millennium Centre in the heart of Liphook Village.
This purpose built venue provides audiences with a more inclusive theatre experience offering tiered seating and improved facilities, whilst also benefitting The Company the change provided them the opportunity of extending their repertoire. In 2017 The Company performed their annual Pantomime - Cinderella and then moved into the Operatic world performing an abridged version of Gilbert & Sullivan's comedic opera "The Pirates of Penzance," teaming up with Liphook's Love to Sing Choir on stage both companies played to two sold out shows which proved to be a huge success.
With traditional Pantomime values still the heart of the MAD Company continued family entertainment can be assured all the while offering a more varied theatre experience to a wider audience.