Edge Hill graduate, Philip McGuinness, has recently been following the yellow brick road as the Tin Man in Regal Entertainment’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Having performed around the North West, including in nearby seaside town Southport earlier in the year, the show has received plenty of rave reviews and features an all-star cast, including Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders’ Heather Trott) as the Wicked Witch of the West.

North West End Reviews said of the show “The Wizard of Oz is a brilliant, feel-good show which cannot fail to send you away with a smile on your face and a skip in your step.”

Philip graduated from Edge Hill with a BA (Hons) Drama back in 2012, and then went on to do a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and training, before graduating from this in 2014. Since then, he has been a part of several stage shows, as well as appearing in a few TV commercials too.

During his time at Edge Hill, Philip founded Edge of Your Seat Productions which toured a performance of Alice in Wonderland around the North West and North Wales.

“I have worked on a variety of productions with Regal Entertainments, and they have been fantastic with me and have trusted me with some great roles from Captain Hook to Gaston to Scarecrow and the Tin Man,” said Philip. “It’s a real family atmosphere working with this group.

“Being able to go out on Regal’s first two tours in 2017 with The Wizard of Oz was a really special moment for me and working with Cheryl Ferguson is a real delight. She is such a charming, warm, generous and incredibly talented person. I have made a friend for life in her and learnt a lot.

“We are back again in St Helens in February 2017 so do come and check us out!”