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BANG BANG KISS KISS

Ian Fleming wrote all the James Bond books, one a year for 14 years, at Goldeneye, his house in Jamaica. This carefully researched, intense play examines the emotional turbulence of his marriage to Ann, their despair over their troubled son Caspar and the tragedy and uneasy redemption that followed. Ready with serious observations as well as his own brand of humour is Noël Coward, who lived a few miles along the coast.

 

Full-length; 2m, 1f (Ian Fleming, Noël Coward, Ann Fleming)

 

 

Available for production: if interested please

HOLMES & WATSON:

THE FAREWELL TOUR

Before slipping into well-earned retirement, Sherlock Holmes has prevailed upon his long-time companion Dr Watson, his landlady Mrs Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard to join him in a farewell tour of the British Isles. For the first time ever they will re-enact one of the detective's most baffling unrecorded cases – The Case of the Prime Minister, the Floozie and the Lummock Rock Lighthouse – an affair upon whose outcome the security of Europe once hung by a thread. Shrouded in secrecy until now, this case has finally been approved by the government for public disclosure.

It is also understood that Mr Holmes has been entrusted by Her Majesty with the conveyance to the Tower of London of the fabled Satsuma Stone, stolen from the crown of William of Orange in the seventeenth century and only recently discovered in a midden in Maastricht. It is expected that the evening will include a glimpse of this priceless gem; in which case, one can only be thankful that Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime, fell to his death at the Reichenbach Falls. Or did he? Or is he still alive, planning another deadly strike as he lurks, unseen, in the wings ...?

The show has toured nationally every year from 2009 to the present, winning new fans at every venue.

 

Presented by Angus & Ross Theatre Company

Julian Finnigan as Holmes
Dominic Goodwin as Watson

Margaret Prendergast as Mrs Hudson

Alan Proudfoot as Inspector Lestrade

Director: David Robertson

 

This is one of those productions where the script is so clever that to reveal more about the story would be unfair. The audience are drawn into the mysterious case through the brilliant acting, imaginative use of props and the interaction with the audience ...  A fantastic night's entertainment! 

Teesdale Mercury

This show is so funny, it should carry a government health warning!
Promoter, The Acorn Theatre, Worksop

Expertly written, it uses the basis of Conan Doyle’s canon with the two well-known characters that most audiences would be able to recognise, but also constructed to still work for those without any knowledge of the original.

With so many versions of Holmes and Watson this performance stands out not only as a great homage to Conan Doyle, but also as a stand-alone work of art. It confounds, surprises and amazes, as would an original case by the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

A truly magnificent production, guided through the expert hands of two masters of comedy on stage.

Broadwaybaby.com *****

 

 

Gold medal winner at Henley Fringe 2009 and 2012 for Best Production and Best Actor (Dominic Goodwin)

Full-length; available for production: if interested please

 

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The second production of Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour was presented by Cherwell Theatre Company. It premiered at the Mill in Banbury in 2011, was seen at the Courtyard, London, and enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012.

 

James Snee as Holmes

Liam Nooney as Watson

 

Director: Nasser Memarzia

Stuart Fortey's hilarious script kept the audience simultaneously laughing and guessing. . . . Fast-paced entertainment at its very best.

Oxford Times *****

Ingenious; people gasping and howling with laughter.

Banbury Guardian

UP FRANKIE!

...an offbeat and affectionate look at the life of the troubled comedian Frankie Howerd, who died in 1992 but whose tics and mannerisms remain so vivid in the British collective memory. Dominic Goodwin - a very funny man himself, at his best when working an audience at close quarters - conjures up the spirit of Howerd with a repertoire of rolling eyes and 'tittersome' catchphrases, and with the help of Penny McDonald playing everyone else in the story from God to Frankie's mother. What seems in the first half to be a straightforwardly saucy recollection of Frankie's comic style evolves in the second half into a more complex portrait of a lonely depressive tortured by his homosexuality, yet gifted with the ability to make audiences laugh. Stuart Fortey's script pulls no punches, and Goodwin makes the change of mood feel uncomfortably real. The audience lapped up the ancient gags, and responded with audible sympathy to the moments of pathos. A finely crafted and truthful show, not to be missed.
Martin Vander Weyer (columnist for The Spectator)

Frankie Howerd has been thrown out of heaven! As he bemoans his fate, dressed in his robes and halo, he reveals what made him tick, what took him up and what brought him down. Most extraordinarily of all, he tells how his hesitations, his oohs and ahhs, his "no, no"s were all carefully written in advance and not ad-libs at all. So, how much freedom and how much control did he really have in his act? How much do we have in life itself? The man who once wanted to be a saint, battles for his soul with God and throws in some glorious one-liners and a lot of cheeky innuendo along the way!

The show toured nationally encompassing 38 performances: September–November 2010

 

Presented by Angus & Ross Theatre Company

Dominic Goodwin as Frankie Howerd
Penny McDonald as God, Angel, Frankie's Mother and 15 other parts

Director: Tony Lidington
Designer: Denise Kitchin

 

 

Full-length; available for production: if interested please

Penny McDonald

THE KAISER & I

It's Berlin,1914, and the music has to stop. Kaiser Wilhelm has summoned a dance instructress from England to put his officers through their paces, but now war is only days away. From ballroom to battlefield and beyond, this two-hander charts the friendship of a man and a woman caught in their nations' crossfire.

 

First presented by Theatre of the Dales in 2002/3

 

Winner of the 2002 Buxton Festival Fringe

Best Drama Award

 

An unusual story . . . a wonderfully written play skilfully combining humour and stark moments of wrenching sadness

Buxton Fringe Review

 

Judith Notley/Mary-Ann Coburn as Bella

David Robertson as Gerhard

 

Director: Serge Alvarez

 

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The second production of The Kaiser & I was presented by the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough in summer 2002. This lunchtime performance used a specially revised text.

 

Caroline John as Bella

Barry McCarthy as Gerhard

 

Director: Laurie Sansom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline John

Barry McCarthy

Like an amazing magic act, a powerful yet touching story, showing how world politics can affect personal lives, telescopes out among the teapots. This is a big little piece ... wunderbar!

Yorkshire Post

 

Full-length; available for production: if interested please

A HOUSE BY THE SEA

A House by the Sea was first performed by Leeds Actors Company in June 1993.

 

Joint Winner of the 1992 West Yorkshire

Drama Prize

 

Peter Spafford as Anton Chekhov

Eleanor Hall as Sonya

Liz O'Hare as Olga Popov

Stephen Anderson as Yuri Garshin

Stuart Fortey as Dmitry Kokoshkin

William Beard as Ivan Belikov

Ron Blass as Semyon

Fergus Colville as Man in Uniform

 

Director: David Robertson

 

 

 

 

A House by the Sea compares and contrasts Chekhov's real-life dramas with those he wove into the fabric of his play The Seagull.

Chekhov reads The Seagull to members of the Moscow Art Theatre

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Yvonne O'Grady and David Lemkin

Fergus Colville

Ged McKenna

The first professional production of A House by the Sea was presented by Saltaire Productions at BAC, London, in October–November 1994.

 

David Lemkin as Anton Chekhov

Yvonne O'Grady as Sonya

Liz O'Hare as Olga Popov

Fergus Colville as Yuri Garshin

Ged McKenna as Dmitry Kokoshkin

Gil Sutherland as Ivan Belikov

Brian Edwards as Semyon

Nicholas Prideaux as Man in Uniform

 

Director: Dominic Cassidy

Dominic Cassidy's lean production gives the text centre stage, while the performances illuminate this wonderful play.

Bonnie Greer, Time Out

Gil Sutherland

Fortey makes Anton Chekhov both his subject and his model – and he does so with considerable success, using gentle humour and dramatic irony to tackle the theme of the responsibility of the artist. Fortey takes as his starting point the fact that before The Seagull took Moscow by storm it had a brief dummy run when, performed by actors who were out of their depth, it was booed off the stage. In A House by the Sea, we attend rehearsals for this first, disastrous showing of the play. Here a pompous director chivvies his disgruntled actors through their paces, while Chekhov struggles to convince them all that his innovative style demands lifelike performances, not grand, stagy gestures. Fortey has fun with his conceit, peopling the play with delightfully Chekhovian characters, and using them and the play within the play to explore the notion of art mirroring life. … This is a rich, enjoyable piece, and Dominic Cassidy's spirited production is full of strong performances.

Sarah Hemming, The Independent

Full-length; available for production: if interested please

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A radio version of A House by the Sea was broadcast as the Monday Play on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.

 

Ciaran Hinds as Anton Chekhov

Kate Buffery as Sonya

Helena Bonham Carter as Olga Popov

Julian Rhind-Tutt as Yuri Garshin

Hugh Dickson as Dmitry Kokoshkin

John Carlisle as Ivan Belikov

Ioan Meredith as Semyon

Chris Pavlo as Man

 

Director: Cherry Cookson

ON SCARBOROUGH FRONT

It is Scarborough 1917, and Wilfred Owen has been detailed to run a seaside hotel, now transformed into officers' quarters. In this peaceful setting, well away from the distant conflict, he struggles to control his war-shattered nerves. But there are ghosts haunting his attic room – ghosts returning home from the front line …

On Scarborough Front was first performed by Leeds Actors Company in 1994.

 

David Robertson as Gray

Adrian Metcalfe as Owen

 

Director: David Robertson

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The first professional production of On Scarborough Front was presented by Wycombe Theatre Company at Wycombe Swan Town Hall Theatre in 1999.

 

Stephen Hartford as Gray

Adrian Metcalfe as Owen

 

Director: Stephen Hartford

Adrian Metcalfe

This 30-minute play is available for production: if interested please

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