About Us

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.

Current Shows

Crimes On The Coast

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?

Touring the country once again after the spectacular sell-out success of its 2018 national tour, (under previous title Crimes Under the Sun), Crimes On the Coast is 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 our now trademark inventive style.

Inspired by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and PG Wodehouse, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat.

Full tour dates here.

"Murder most fun." - British Theatre Guide
"A whodunnit romp." - The Stage
"A comedy thriller of the highest order." - Weekend Notes

Swiss Family Robinson

For Christmas 2019, we are over-the-moon to be working with The Core at Corby Cube to be presenting a brand new adaptation of the classic family story: The Swiss Family Robinson.

When a family find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island, they have to use all of their wits, strengths and skills to build a new home. As well as finding shelter and safety on the island, they (and their dog) must also make friends with the local inhabitants who are all manner of creatures, some friendly and some not.

We are very proud to say our previous family work has won national acclaim for its particular brand of entertaining and engaging theatre and this production will be overflowing with creativity. Delivered by a cast of just four talented performers, the show will feature stunning ship-wrecks, wonderful wild animals, glorious gags, marvellous machines, stupendous songs and witty wordplay.

Join us for a festive family island escape this December!

Tickets Here.

Crimes On the Nile

Following its sell-out world premiere run at the Ustinov Studio in the New Year, and a critically acclaimed national tour. We were delighted to bring our 'hilariously inventive' comedy thriller to the Theatre Royal Bath Main House stage for the first time to end the tour with a "triumphant return" to our home city.

Belgian detective extraordinaire, Artemis Arinae, is set to enjoy a holiday cruise along the river Nile when tragedy strikes. All the passengers and staff aboard are suspects, and the murder count is growing, will Arinae’s little grey cells identify the murderer in time?

A versatile cast of just four, brings to life lascivious lawyers, crocked captains, fastidious physicians, ardently amorous authors, feuding femme fatales, plodding paramours, friendly first mates and attractive Americans, in this romp inspired by Christie, Coward and Wodehouse, directed by James Farrell (Associate Director – The 39 Steps, West End). We are currently planning a second national tour in autumn 2020.

“Celebrations of theatricality…low budget aplomb worthy of The 39 Steps” The Times

“It’s a proper Good Night Out, cannily conceived and impeccably made” Exeunt Magazine

“A fast-paced, beguiling romp through the thriller genre; a combination of slick storytelling and new and old tricks… for sheer madcap fun you would find it criminally hard to beat” British Theatre Guide

The Falcon's Malteser

The Falcons Malteser

The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, adapted for the stage by Feargus Woods Dunlop, presented by New Old Friends & James Seabright, originally co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath's egg & Newbury Corn Exchange.

After touring the country in 2014 & 2015 plus a remarkable run at Pleasance Forth as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it enjoyed multiple sell-out performances, we were thrilled to bring our acclaimed stage version of Anthony Horowitz’s hilarious novel introducing the Diamond Brothers Detective Agency to The Vaults, London where it enjoyed great success. Tim is the world’s worst private investigator, so can the help of his clever younger brother Nick be enough to crack their toughest case yet?

A solitary box of Maltesers is delivered by a miniature Mexican, but what’s so special about these chocolates that half of London's criminal underworld are willing to kill for them? New Old Friends’ acclaimed adaptation features four actors playing dozens of characters, comedy songs, and a fully realised car chase on stage!

CRITIC'S CHOICE - Best Family Shows - The Guardian

★★★★★ ‘Wonderful fun for both young and old’ The Spy in the Stalls

★★★★ ‘Highly entertaining… compelling and funny’ LondonTheatre1

★★★★ ‘Excellent… bundles of fun and excitement’ Love London Love Culture

★★★★ ‘A must-see for anyone in London’ My Theatre Mates

Other Christmas Shows

Over the last few years we have had a string of successful Christmas shows, some for adults and some for young children. If you would like to know more about them, please visit their respective pages. Home for Christmas - a story with puppets and songs for early years audiences The 'Crimes...' series at Christmas - three Christmas comedy thrillers for adults from our hugely popular 'Crimes...' series.

Press & Awards

New Old Friends are very proud to have been named the first ever recipients of the Creative Bath Awards in the Writer category in 2017 and 2018.   The company were also a finalist in the Arts Organisation category at both the Creative Bath Awards and the Bath Life Awards of 2017 and 2018.

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

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) 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 2018 - Crimes of the Christmas Pudding, Lichfield Garrick 2019 - Crimes on the Nile, National Tour 2019 - The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, The Vaults (co-produced with James Seabright) 2019 - Crimes on the Coast (formerly Crimes Under the Sun), National Tour 2019 - Swiss Family Robinson, Core at Corby Cube (co-produced with Core at Corby Cube)

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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