Hi everyone

As we move from summer to spring the thoughts of us all at White Cobra roll on from The Lonesome West to our next production Around the World in 80 Days, which is now just days away!


Over the past few months Director Jude Wilton has been working with the cast to bring this wonderfully imaginative family show to the stage, and the props are now being finalised, the costumes got ready - and let's address the elephant in the room....there's an elephant on stage in this one!

Here are the thoughts from Jude on the challenges of telling the classic story of Phileas Fogg and his global odyssey.

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around-the-world-in-80-days-rehearsal-2jpgJude Wilton directs Around the World in 80 Days (photo by Martin Borley-Cox) 

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In rehearsal: Matthew Fell plays Phileas Fogg and Louise Drage is Mrs Ayouda (photo by Martin Borley-Cox) 

Taking home the silver

As I mentioned our spring production was The Lonesome West, and a huge thank you to everyone who came to see the show. It seems a bit strange not to be working on that particular script given it's been sitting in the "in-tray" for over three years!

We were less than a week from opening night back in 2020, when Covid intervened, but hopefully you agree that the wait was worthwhile.

As well as the tour, we were lucky enough to perform at The Gaiety Theatre in Douglas on the Isle of Man as part of the Island's Easter Festival of Plays. Groups from across the country perform their plays, these are then reviewed by an adjudicator and marks are awarded, and at the end of the week the winning production is announced.

I'm really pleased to say we won the festival, and took home seven awards in total, including Best Director for Ian Spiby, and the Audience Appreciation Award. This is always a great one to win, as the audience who attended every play during the week get to vote on which play they enjoyed most, and they went for ours! On top of the seven "official" awards (Best Play, Audience Appreciation, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Set and Best Drama), we also got the award from the backstage crew. This is given to whichever company they want, for whatever reason they want, and we clinched it with the "Best Exploding Cooker!"

Richard Jordan and Fraser Haines in The Lonesome West (photo by StageyRebel)

All in all it was a fantastic production, and a pleasure to be involved with. A lovely group of people and to get those accolades makes all the hard work everyone put in over three years worthwhile.

We hope to see you all at Around the World in 80 Days and please visit our website ( for more information and booking links. Act soon to make the most of our early bird offers for each venue.