Chichester’s CAOS Musical Productions return with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Becky Backham is the choreographer for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Musical, the first full-scale show from Chichester’s CAOS Musical Productions in nearly two and a half years.

Monday, 25th October 2021, 8:32 am
Rebecca Backham pic by Dan Farmiloe

But she admits she got a little jealous of the performers and will be joining them on stage for the big number The More We Dance.

They take to the stage with the show at Westbourne House School from Oct 27-30 (tickets through http://caos-chichester.squarespace.com/) – their first big show since Half A Sixpence at Bognor’s Regis Centre in June 2019.

“Initially I was saying I wasn’t going to be in it, that I wanted to be able to be watching and tweaking.

“But I couldn’t resist – and I will be on stage for the one number,” Becky says.

It’s all part of the joy of being back.

“I have never seen this show before so really I was working completely from scratch with the choreography. I just thought that that would be a good point to start from. I have got no influences from watching other companies’ videos.

“You just get a feel for the music and go with the feel of it.

“The More We Dance has got quite a salsa vibe so that’s the style we have gone for, and you have got the usual classic musical theatre numbers, and there is your average musical theatre jazz hands and you have got a little bit of the slower work with the duets and the songs that are more ballroom influenced.”

Becky is delighted with the way CAOS have managed to navigate the lockdowns: “Initially there was a lot of online stuff going on, just meeting over the internet every week.

“We were doing quizzes and things just so that everyone stayed in contact.

“And as things started to lift we did a few online things, like Walking On Sunshine in the summer, just really trying to keep everyone in the loop.”

Now, obviously, the hope is that CAOS can truly get back to live performances.

“I started with CAOS when they did Boogie Nights in 2018.

“I had done shows since when I was very small. We lived over Eastbourne way and I was involved in quite a few things over there,

“And when we moved this way I was focusing on my career and so didn’t do shows for quite a long time.

“I am a physiotherapist and once I qualified and started my job I didn’t have time for the amdram stuff as well, and when it got to the point where I was happy with what I was doing jobwise, I started looking around for local companies and found CAOS and looked at what they had done previously.

“I just love singing and dancing.

“It’s just something I have always done.

“My parents were both into theatre, and I was dancing since the age of about three. I did consider it professionally for a while when I left college and I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

“But it is a really hard business to get into.

“I thought if I could carry on doing it as a hobby and also pursue my career, that would be best.”

And she has found a good home with CAOS: “What has happened is that having a younger group has given it more energy.

“We are in a really good position.

“We have got lots of young people with lots of energy and we just hope we can carry on putting on shows for the local community.”