Mr Dean's Marvellous Trip


IIts 1912 and all is not well in Barrow. There has been a worldwide slump in the price of Steel and the Barrow Haematite Steel Company shed over 2000 workers. Mr Dean, foundry man and general dogsbody, can no longer provide for his family. What will he do?

Mr Dean’s Marvellous Trip began life based on a true story of a young Edwardian man from Barrow who journeyed to New York to join a Wild West show on Coney Island, but grew into something far stranger.


With the skill of a contortionist, Theatre Factory jammed suffragettes, mind readers, fortune tellers and elephants into a story of leaving home to make ends meet.


A show for all the family, funny, poignant and sometimes downright daft!


Performed at The Forum, Barrow on 28 and 29 March 2019



















The Cast

Cedric Dean CJ Birchall

Celia Dean Nicole Rose

Conman Daniel Hardie

Jack / Terence Von Tooze Nathan Powell

Mam and Florence Tara Edwards-Doughty

Porter Luci Lauderdale

Victoria, Girl Elephant and Posh woman  Keira Hall

Archie Archie Harris

Postman and Fast Pete Toby Meys

Mum Elephant and Posh woman Macy Richards

Dad Elephant and Posh man Vinnie McIlgorm

Francis Jack Sharkey

Fast Pete and Posh man Dominic Meys

Design Kate Unwin

Lighting design Phil Bentley

Sound design and Projection Damian Rose

Choreography Rachel Ashton

Written and Animated by Phill Gregg and Karen Hall with the Cast

Song composition Nicole Rose and Phill Gregg

Directed by Phill Gregg and Karen Hall

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