Archive for the ‘Fred Jeffs Story’ Category

Today is the 23rd April 2020, and it would have been Fred Jeffs’s 101st Birthday. Episode 4 of Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder is now released to coincide with this anniversary. I started working with the team on this Episode in the summer of 2019, and I am sad to report that in the time […]


Last summer, Alicia Taylor got in touch. She’d been talking to her grandad about his childhood and he revealed an extraordinary story of stumbling across a body whilst birds-nesting with teenage pals. A quick internet-search led her to me and the Fred Jeffs project. Just as with Alan Warr’s story, the impact of that day’s […]


As our run of five shows at Birmingham REP comes to an end, I have a moment to reflect on the extraordinary journey so far, and to thank all those who have made the journey possible. I will post a full list of credits down below, but the core creative team of Steve Johnstone (director), […]


Fred Jeffs was born at Bridge of Allen, near Stirling, on the 23rd April 1919, which makes today a special occasion indeed. The above photo is the earliest I can find in my family’s possession and shows him in the back-yard at Bath Row, Birmingham, in the late 1920’s. This morning, on what would have […]


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The murder of my great uncle, Fred Jeffs, in 1957, remains one of the West Midlands’ great unsolved crimes. I first stumbled across the story when I was in my early teens. My Nan – like so many of her generation – did not yield family secrets so easily, but she had been sent a […]


The Box Offices are now open for the July performances of Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder, commissioned as part of FURNACE, Birmingham REP’s Community Engagement Programme. Tickets for the three shows are free, but limited in number so please book ahead if you can.


There were plenty of excuses NOT to come to see us in Engine Brake at Salisbury Playhouse last Saturday afternoon, (19th May.) The much-touted ‘Making of the Mayor’ parade was bringing the sun-drenched Wiltshire streets to life with its celebrations; whilst footie fans were busy clearing the mart-shelves of Carling in readiness for the Cup […]


After an early morning interview with presenter Alex Lester on the WM Breakfast Show, I appeared on Caroline Martin’s lunchtime show (BBC Radio WM, 3/4/2018) talking to her about the mysterious unsolved murder of Fred Jeffs and my community project with the Birmingham Rep Furnace programme. The broadcast is available for ‘Listen Again’ until 29th […]


Maundy Thursday

30Mar18

What is it about an unsolved murder that holds its grip on us? Perhaps it’s a need to complete the story and provide some sort of closure? Or a fascination with gruesome misadventures?  Wherever I have been in the last month – whether talking to local history societies, visiting retirement homes or holding sessions in […]