About Us

New Old Friends 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.

New Old Friends are very proud to have been a named a finalist in the Arts category of The Bath Life Awards 2017 and a finalist in two categories (Organisation & Writer) at the Creative Bath Awards 2017.
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Crimes Against Christmas

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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.

"This is a mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy... even has echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies." - The Stage

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The Falcon's Malteser

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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.

"This is a hugely enjoyable family show" The Scotsman

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Previous Shows

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)

Contact

If you have seen our show and would like to let us know what you think, have an idea for our next show, are looking to get involved, or want to talk to us in any way. We'd love to hear from you.

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