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Mamma Mia! Michael's a Super Trooper

PUBLISHED: 13:25 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 05 July 2010

MAMMA MIA! Michael Brammall outside the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft.

MAMMA MIA! Michael Brammall outside the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft.

IF there was a chosen specialist subject on Mastermind about the film Mamma Mia! no-one would have a hope in hell of beating Michael Brammall.

Since the musical was released on the big screen, the 46-year-old has been to see it at The Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, no less than 11 TIMES.

IF there was a chosen specialist subject on Mastermind about the film Mamma Mia! no-one would have a hope in hell of beating Michael Brammall.

Since the musical was released on the big screen, the 46-year-old has been to see it at The Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, no less than 11 TIMES.

And together with his twin daughters Emma and Victoria, 15, the trio have notched up an amazing 22 viewings of the movie, perhaps making them the country's biggest fans.

Surprisingly Michael was never an original fan of Abba, whose music provides the film's soundtrack, much preferring the sounds of Johnny Rotten.

He said: “I read the review when the film came out. I never really knew Abba's music when they were about as they were the days of punk for me. But I saw the making of the film on ITV2 and thought it looked really interesting and that I would like to go and see it. I really enjoyed it and I couldn't wait to see it again. I went with my two daughters, then with my mum, friends and her daughters, then I went with a friend and then persuaded my daughters to go again, and so it went on.”

Aside from Michael's 11 viewings, his daughter Emma has seen the movie six times at the Marina and twice at the Hollywood Cinema, at Great Yarmouth, while Victoria has watched it on three occasions.

He said it had become quite a big thing at Birds Eye, where he worked, with members of staff challenging each other to find who could see the film the most.

“I started joking to people that there was a guy going for eight Olympic gold medals and my challenge was to see Mamma Mia! eight times. I gradually got to eight and thought perhaps I would keep going. And every time I enjoy every minute of it, I never get bored,” said Michael, of Whiting Road.

“It's just something about the story line and I've really got into the music.

“The versions of the songs in the film seem to convey more emotion.”

So much so that Michael and his daughters have all been and bought the soundtrack. The family also recite lines from the film to each other, even knowing the names of both the dogs, belonging to Colin Firth's character Harry. “I've looked on Amazon and the DVD is out on November 24, my birthday is on the 28th so I will celebrate my birthday by watching the DVD,” he laughed. And it's not over yet. Michael admitted he was planning on his 12th visit to the Marina, as well as a trip to see the sing-a-long version next month, taking the total family visits to 24.

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