Fred Jeffs

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Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

A theatre show and Podcast by Graeme Rose

Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder is the story of a ‘true-crime’ noir thriller, set in Birmingham and the Black Country, which re-investigates a 62-year-old, unsolved murder.

When teenage boys stumble across the body of Fred Jeffs on Good Friday 1957, it sends shockwaves around the neighbourhoods of Quinton / Warley, where the dead man ran his Stanley Rd. sweetshop. Despite an extensive manhunt, the Police investigation soon grows cold, and in the absence of truth, rumours and speculation persist…

But what really happened to Fred Jeffs?

Using newspaper archives and the recorded memories of local people who remember the case, Graeme Rose attempts to piece together the fateful, jigsaw-puzzle mystery of his great uncle – Fred Jeffs. He discovers what impact the murder had upon the local community and invites you the audience to join in with the investigation. Can someone in the audience shed new light on the mystery, and help crack the case?

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Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder has been made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Black Country Touring, Creative Black Country and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (through the Furnace community engagement programme).

The theatre show premiered in the Spring of 2019.

Weds 15th May – Sat 18th May 2019: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

5th June 2019: Stourbridge Glasshouse

6th June 2019: Wednesbury Library

7th June 2019: Thimblemill Library

8th June 2019: Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton


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