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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), […]


I’m pleased to announce a number of new performance dates for Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder, across the Black Country Boroughs. These are made possible thanks to the support of Black Country Touring.   Wednesday 5thJune, 7:30pm Glasshouse Arts Centre, Wollaston Road, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF Tickets: £8 / £6 Concessions Box Office: 01384 399408 Online bookings: https://www.rmlt.org.uk/Event/the-sweetshop-murder   Thursday 6th […]


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 […]


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 […]


Another stunning Ed Dimsdale image from the Bodies in Flight archive, part of an exhibition celebrating 30 years of the company’s work. Ed has been a collaborator since BIF’s beginnings in Bristol back in ’89. View this post on Instagram Image from the Bodies In Flight Theatre Company archive, in anticipation of an exhibition to […]


Following the performance of FRED JEFFS: The Sweetshop Murder at Thimblemill Library (12th July 2018), I was interviewed by James Sandy (aka. King Of The Buttons) for his excellent podcast , The New Curiosities Box, show #19, (first broadcast 25th July 2018 on 107.5 Switch Radio) https://www.podbean.com/media/player/avcgy-974155-pb?from=share&skin=1&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&download=0&vjs=1&skin=1 From 37:30 mins you can hear an authentic record of me talking […]


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 […]


ENGINE BRAKE opened last week at the New Diorama Studio in London NW1. The process of making has been hugely enjoyable one, with a bright and talented team of collaborators assembled by The Plasticene Men director Simon Day. Show premieres are terrifying things at the best of times, but if you are devising new performance […]


Engine Brake

11Apr18

The trailer for Engine Brake, a new piece I’m devising along with co-performer Radhika Aggarwal and director Simon Day under the moniker of The Plasticene Men. The show opens at the New Diorama Theatre, London, 8th – 12th May 2018. Further dates; Salisbury Playhouse (17th-19th May), Plymouth Fringe Festival, The Drum, Theatre Royal, (28th May – […]


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 […]