Putting together a national tour is a beast – one with forty legs, umpteen hands capable of a thousand emails per second, impetigo and shifty, disappointed eyes. And, whilst we’re almost there, we’ve spent so long on contracts and copy that we forgot about the final hurdle – making the show.

But whilst we’re almost all spent, we swiftly realised that this final sprint was the treat that was going to make all our hard graft worth it. Because we got to meet Donna again and she’s been such an almighty miss.

We’re currently kicking off week two of rehearsals and our once-epic ‘to do’ list is getting trimmer by the day. Despite the ventriloquist dummy who plays Stuart being an absolute diva and the socks puppets needing a wee press, it’s all coming together beautifully – so, if you’ve not booked, get booked.

There’s a stunning new trailer featuring the kindly donated dulcet tones of Julia H – YouTube’s Ukulele Girl – and we’re reacquainting ourselves with many forgotten Donna moments, whilst finding lots of lush new ones.

For now though, we’re off to find Donna a suitably cringe-y costume and will be on Pride Radio tonight from 7pm so be sure to tune in – I’m hoping me and Paula get to do our favourite cover in the Live Lounge – or, at least, are allowed to push a little button.

Love and Light

Chicken Lee, Chicken Paula, Chicken Laura and Chicken Phil(let)

blog #10 – signed, sealed, delivered, she’s (almost) yours – 12th dec 2014


Between Paula’s kick-ass turn in Get Santa!, Laura’s foray into Amish line-dancing, Phil turning 20-just-a-bairn and Lee’s Quality Street induced diabetes, it’s been non-stop at team chicken, pox and fox of late.

We’ve signed, sealed and delivered umpteen contracts for next years giddy-as-a-christmas-slipper National Tour which means that Donna is almost yours.

Kicking off at our spiritual home of Live Theatre on 26th February we’ll be embarking on an almighty adventure akin to Willy Fogg going loads of places in that cartoon with that dog in that bowler hat…so get booking. The full tour listings are on the Donna Disco page of this very site and you’ve not a single excuse because we’ll be everywhere – like discount Christmas jumpers.

There’s a spellbinding new trailer to kiss you under the mistletoe with later this week and we even have an evocative new logo from illustrator extraordinaire Daniel Weatheritt.

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow Donna on twitter – @donnadisco – as she’ll be tweeting hopes and dreams aplenty in the run up to the tour…because just like the opening song offof Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – she’s ‘been to paradise’ but she’s ‘never been to Leeds.’


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Chicken Lee, Chicken Paula, Chicken Laura and Chicken Phil(let)