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The Ministry of Entertainment was formed by two actors, Kate McNab and Joe Hobbs, to produce theatre based on oral histories from the era of the Second World War. They had met in 1997 during Bristol Old Vic’s premier run of Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth which was directed by Andy Hay and written by A.C.H. Smith about Bristol Docks from the stories of the dockers themselves. During the run Joe and Kate persuaded fellow performer Kit Morgan to be musical director for their new venture. more…

As one theatregoer put it,
“If it’s The Ministry of Entertainment you know it will be excellent theatre, great humour and lovely music”.

Doodlebugs And Bogeymen

Written by Joe Hobbs. Musical Director Kit Morgan. Performed by Kate McNab and Ross Harvey

Doodlebugs and Bogeymen takes a fond look at the lives of Jen and Brian Milton, two evacuees from London, who are billeted with Mr. and Mrs. Brimble on their West Country farm.

All set to music from the era and written from stories. A thoroughly entertaining show for the whole family.

“Hilarious, moving.” The Stage. “Mixing comic anecdotes and magical musical interludes, this talented duo impressed us with their endless energy.” Bristol Old Vic. Bristol Evening Post


Photography by Alan Moore


Mervyn’s going to Kidderminster. Beryl’s off for her monthly trip to the wholesaler in Exeter (or is she?) and there’s only Hattie, the over-zealous new junior, to keep an eye on the salon.  What could possibly go wrong?

“I haven’t laughed so much in years!”


“We had tears running down our cheeks!!”

“It was wonderful”


Photography by Alan Moore


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