Fred Jeffs

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Episode 4 – The Mystery Woman

Episode 3 – A Robbery Gone Wrong

Episode 2 – The Short Good Friday

Episode 2 – Bonus Material – David Jones Interview

Episode 1 – Maundy Thursday

A ‘true-crime’ noir mystery, set in Birmingham and the Black Country. Graeme Rose investigates the unsolved murder of his great uncle on Good Friday 1957, by talking to people who remember the case.

Written and presented by Graeme Rose
with direction from Steve Johnstone
Sound design and composition by Sam Frankie Fox and Ricardo Rocha.

Sam Frankie Fox; Harp, Voice,
Ricardo Rocha; Guitar, Accordion, Percussion
Martin Cox: Double Bass

Featuring the voices of Quinton & Warley; with contributions in this episode from Tony Chew, Val Taylor, Betty Rose, Elizabeth Rose, Alan Dunnaker., Eileen, Denis, Roger Philpot, Helen Newman. With thanks also to Sheila from Candies sweetshop, Birmingham and Paul Fox for the Austin A35 stunt driving.

This Podcast is part of a theatre project, created in partnership with The Birmingham REP and Black Country Touring, with support from The Arts Council of England.

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Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

A show co-produced by Graeme Rose & Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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?

Tickets now on sale:  Weds 15th May – Sat 18th May 2019: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EP

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


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