Walter Croft (1893-1916)

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Wayland the Smith

Almost ready! Been working on it throughout 2017. Maybe as much as 1,500 years old. Revenge, seduction and a little bit of magic.


Heloise and Abelard

Two years in preparation, the first performance of this heartbreaking and true story from twelfth-century Paris was in July 2015 for Bedfringe at the new Quarry Theatre, Bedford.  A love story that has survived in letters for 900 years. A sell-out and well-received.


A Lapful of Windfalls

A new piece for July 2016 Bedfringe, recounting episodes in the life of Helen Waddell.  It mixes biography, storytelling and a little poetry.


The Letters Home of Walter Croft

In 2015 I was commissioned by the Fusilier Museum London to create a performance from the unpublished correspondence of Corporal Croft. This archive of  70 letters from the trenches has only recently been deciphered and transcribed. One young signaller tells his family what he and his comrades are enduring.  Inevitably, he was killed at the Somme, but he left this moving account of his steady physical and mental erosion. By the end, one  man is lifted clear of the great mass of the dead.  Plain language, suitable for most ages. Why not arrange a performance during these years of WW1 commemoration?

      Many thanks to the Fusilier Museum for permission

to share Croft's letters with a wider audience.