‘Anything Goes’ as NOWMADS take on classic show

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A LONG-established theatre group whose ranks are bolstered by performers tied to the Dispatch district are busy rehearsing for their autumn production of the Cole Porter classic, ‘Anything Goes’.

The show is being put on by the Nottingham and West Music and Drama Society (NOWMADS).

Among the stars will be Rosemary Lishman, who is business manager at Bulwell’s Hempshill Hall Primary School, and her daughter, Hannah, who is a teacher at the same school.

The show is being directed by Gillian Williams and is set aboard the ocean liner S.S.American in 1930s New York.

An engaging romantic comedy, it features former Hucknall resident Martin Belcher as the male lead, Billy Crocker, who forms an unlikely alliance with hoodlum/cleric Moonface Martin.

Rosemary Lishman is cast as Reno Sweeney — an evangelist turned nightclub singer — while Hannah will play the part of Erma, a gangster’s moll.

New faces making their debuts for NOWMADS in the show in Kimberley include musical director John Wilson, Paula Quigley, a leading light with the ill-fated Hucknall Operatic Society who is in the chorus, along with Eve Gurd from Nottingham Arts Theatre.

Since their inception, NOWMADS have gone from strength to strength and full houses are anticipated when the production begins its run at Kimberley School in October.

n OUR PHOTO shows fab four Hannah Lishman with Tom Bailey (left) Martin Belcher and John Wilson (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).