New Old Friends are a multi award-winning company who create theatre with a desire to entertain the largest audience possible.The company is run by Feargus Woods Dunlop & Heather Westwell. Feargus founded New Old Friends in 2008 after graduating from Bretton Hall, and Heather joined after meeting Feargus following the company's debut show, Mate. Together they have built New Old Friends into a national touring presence producing reliable, engaging, accessible shows that make people laugh. Heather & Feargus love to work with new people from all areas of theatre, and have made many new old friends of their own through the company. They got married in 2012.
After two sell out Christmas runs with Crimes Against Christmas & Crimes on the Christmas Express, we are thrilled to be returning to The Garrick with a brand new Crimes comedy featuring Jill Myers returning to lead an all new cast.
A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is all quite what it seems?A comedy thriller directed by James Farrell (Associate Director - The 39 Steps, West End). The show features four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in the company’s trademark inventive style. Inspired by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and classic thrillers, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. Crimes Under the Sun completed a large national tour in Spring 2018, enjoying sell-out shows and great reviews. "It's murder most fun." British Theatre Guide
Meet mum, wobbling under the weight of her enormous Christmas tree and a to do list longer than her arm. She will just have time to get everything done and still make it home for Christmas.Home for Christmas is a wonderful, fun-filled adventure that delighted younger audiences at the Lichfield Garrick at Christmas 2017. We follow mum’s quest to make it home on time whilst helping out lovable and amusing characters along the way; clumsy sheep, lost birds, stranded farmers and mayors in a pickle. Can she help them all and still get home before the snow is due? The gentle rhyming story unfolds with wit, warmth and joy. It will captivate younger audiences and be a gorgeous festive treat for families. "half an hour of festive loveliness, a show that the whole family can enjoy" Little Pickles Mom
After the sell-out success of 2016's Crimes Against Christmas the Lichfield Garrick was delighted to once again team up with New Old Friends to create a new alternative Christmas comedy for adults.Crimes on the Christmas Express is inspired by Agatha Christie, 39 Steps and Jason Bourne and takes the audience on a hilarious and thrilling train journey through the snow-capped mountains of the East. On board are jewel thieves, circus performers, lovelorn porters, sleazy Americans and countless other characters all brought to life by a cast of just four. "Cleverly choreographed, comedy Christmas crime caper" The Stage
Christmas is a time of year for family and kids, but sometimes as an adult you just need to get away. So in 2016 New Old Friends and the Lichfield Garrick teamed up to present something a little different for adults only.Crimes Against Christmas is a comedy thriller that sees a host of characters invited to a party in a mysterious house on a remote island. No sooner has the party started than the guests start dying in suspiciously Christmassy ways: the Lords they are a-leaping to their deaths, people are piped to death and Pete Artridge does not like the look of the rope in the pear tree one bit. Think Agatha Christie meets 12 Days of Christmas meets 39 Steps. Crimes Against Christmas played to packed houses at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield in December 2016, before moving on to Bath's Ustinov Studio for the first week of January where every single ticket was sold including returns. Crimes Against Christmas is a co-production between New Old Friends, Lichfield Garrick, and supported by Theatre Royal Bath & Natural Theatre Company. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England in funding this show. "a mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and comedy" The Stage
The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, adapted for the stage by New Old Friends New Old Friends created this show in 2014 with the partnership of Newbury Corn Exchange, Theatre Royal Bath's egg and the Natural Theatre Company.It toured the country to mid-scale venues in 2014 and again in 2015 following a remarkable run at Pleasance Forth as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it enjoyed multiple sell-out performances. The show itself features a cast of four playing multiple characters, slapstick, comedy songs, a fully realised car chase on stage and a set with almost as many quick changes as the cast. The show enjoyed great critical acclaim and was selected by the Guardian for it's 'Best Family Shows' at the festival list.
Press for New Old Friends' shows:
Top 50 Christmas Shows 2017 - The Telegraph for Crimes Against Christmas
Best Family Shows at Edinburgh 2016 - The Guardian for Falcon's Malteser
“This is a hugely entertaining family show” - The Scotsman
"murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy. Even has echoes of those word-play specialists The Two Ronnies" - The Stage
“Genuinely hilarious a true delight for audiences of all ages” - One4Review
"laugh a minute roller coaster" - Behind the Arras
“Witty writing, warmth, charm and winning performances” - Public Reviews
“Takes all the best bits from Horowitz’s novel, then adds to it” - The List
“Delightful old school romp of a detective story” - Broadway Baby
“Cleverly staged and brilliantly acted” - Three Weeks
“A high energy, inventive and skilful production” - Whats on Stage
“Mystery, magic, mayhem and Maltesers” - Remote Goat
“A great children’s show full of humour and silly gags” - Black Diamond FM
“Just like the book it is based on; simply great fun” - EdFringeReviews
“This is fantastic feel-good theatre” - Fringe Review
“An excellent show for both young and old” - Primary Times
New Old Friends have been creating work since 2008. If you would like more information on any of the shows below please don't hesitate to get in touch.2008 - Mate, Theatre Royal Bath's egg & White Bear Theatre Club, London 2009 - Sketchy@Best, Rondo Theatre & Various Festivals 2010 - Pick & Mix I, Rondo Theatre 2010 - Anti-Panto, Rondo Theatre 2011 - The Happy Couple (work in progress) 2011 - Pick & Mix II & III, Rondo Theatre 2012 - The History Cycle, Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov (with Roughhouse Theatre) 2012 - Silly Songs of Shakespeare, Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov 2013 - Silly Songs of Shakespeare, National Studio Tour 2014 - The Falcon's Malteser, National Tour (in association with Newbury Corn Exchange, Theatre Royal Bath's egg, & The Natural Theatre Company) 2015 - The Falcon's Malteser, Pleasance Forth, Edinburgh Fringe & National Tour (in association with Newbury Corn Exchange, Theatre Royal Bath's egg, & The Natural Theatre Company) 2016 - Crimes Against Christmas, Lichfield Garrick (co-produced with Lichfield Garrick) 2017 - Crimes Against Christmas, Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov (co-produced with Lichfield Garrick) 2017 - Home for Christmas, Lichfield Garrick 2017 - Crimes of the Christmas Express, Lichfield Garrick (co-produced with Lichfield Garrick) 2018 - Crimes Under the Sun, National Tour
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