Silly Cow is as bold and brassy as its leading lady, Doris Wallis, who takes pleasure in trouncing the careers of many of the nation’s actors through her newspaper gossip column. With a cast of misfit characters filling Doris’ hectic schedule, the tables soon turn and events start to spiral out of her control. Step back with us to a time of Sunday paper scandals, toy-boys, and Terry Wogan… a time when a portable fax machine was the height of sophistication. Written and set in the late 1980s, expect loud decor, big hair and even bigger egos as Ben Elton’s black comedy brings laughter, witty writing and a happy sprinkling of farce to this stage of actors.
Ben Elton carved out a name for himself in the 1980s as one of television’s funniest writers, with credits including The Young Ones and the Blackadder franchise, plus winning four Bafta awards along the way. He has collaborated with musical royalty including Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen for the hit musical We Will Rock You, and Andrew Lloyd Webber for the sequel to Phantom: Love Never Dies. Elton wrote and produced the 1990s police comedy The Thin Blue Line starring Rowan Atkinson, gaining more awards along the way. Having written 14 novels to date, Silly Cow is the second of only three West End plays penned by Elton and was critically acclaimed during its original run in the early 1990s. It’s a fantastic comedy that showcases Elton’s infamous talent for tongue-in-cheek satire and lampoons the world of the 1980s tabloid perfectly.
The Cast (In order of appearance)