When writing In Flanders Fields in a shell-beaten dugout at the trenches of Ypres, John McCrae could not have predicted the legacy that his poem would inspire. Thanks to his harrowing and poignant ode to the fallen as well as the hard work of activists Moina Michael and Anna Guerin, the poppy is a symbol that has endured a century as a call to remember and to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for so many.
The Poppy Red, a brand-new Parkwood production marking the centenary of the very first Inter-Allied Poppy Day in 2021, is the story of the birth of the scarlet emblem, it’s enduring legacy and why it means so much to so many.
"A powerful and poignant play... And one that I will remember for a long time to come!" - Crawley Observer
The Hawth Theatre (Crawley)
Taking An Age
Six friends discover what it is to grow up as they spend their final Summer together. On the verge of adulthood, some invite change freely into their lives, others resent the idea.
"An exceptionally enjoyable watch." - Scatter of Opinion
Waterloo East Theatre (London)
A Norman's Tale
Local tales from Bramber and Beeding in West Sussex interweave among the ruins of Bramber Castle and through the stunning rooms of St Mary's house. Featuring invading Norman lords, dejected gravediggers, Crusader knights, kindly benefactors, tenacious students, WWII commanders and even Charles II...
Bramber Castle & St Mary's House, Bramber
In a military field hospital the line between war and terror is blurred on the eve of the final push. Relationships are built and discarded as the medical staff question what it is to love in war.
"A tense, haunting interrogation of the effects war can have on love, hope and identity." - Theatre Bubble
The Bute Theatre (Cardiff), Waterloo East Theatre (London), Venue 13 (Edinburgh), The London Theatre (London)
The Old Friend
Within the confines of small-town monotony Sarah makes a choice to change her life for the better; a fateful choice that will inevitably lead old friend Lindy, boyfriend Jez and local barman Ant to make some of their own.
"I could not find a single thing to fault this show." - The Reviewer
Waterloo East Theatre (London)
Jane has lived her life feeling an outcast but finds home as governess to a young girl in the care of Mr Rochester. But all is not as it seems as Jane discovers that many secrets are held by both the residents and walls of Thornfield Hall.
This novel, deemed ahead of its time, is reimagined for the stage with traditional folk music woven into this love story of excitement and intrigue.
“A lovely production with an enchanted feel… Certainly worth looking out for!” - Grapevine Live
National Tour | 2021
The Snow Queen
When her friend is stolen by the cold hearted Snow Queen, Gerda must find the strength and courage to travel across the lands to save him. An array of characters along the way will guide and aid her journey but can Gerda bring the warmth of summer back to her friend?
"An imaginative and poignant adaptation! The mysterious Snow Queen was both beguiling and menacing… A lovely start to the festive season, highly recommended" - Sussex Local Magazine
National Tour | 2019 & 2021
A fun-packed, family-friendly short play following weary but quarrelsome storytellers as they bicker about which tale they should present to the King that evening. Should it be pirates and ghost ships? Perhaps Vikings and bears? Or should it be the immortal story of St George and the Dragon?
Crawley High Street - Short Play
Ever feel like you've met someone before, in another life? Two strangers meet in a park, but with Emma and Alex it might be more than just déjà vu.
Available to listen to on Spotify.
Un:Voiced - Audio Drama