Posts Tagged ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’

The Fell Walker Flyer
This busy  week has been very productive as Fired Up Theatre confirmed further shows for both the Hound of the Baskervilles and the Fell Walker but more on these later in the post.


My week started  with a full day of workshops with year 5 pupils in a local primary school, exploring the world of kites through the poetry of the air, which resulted in the children writing their own poems and turning them into kites.  A really fantastic day full of imagination and great verse and as for the kites they look pretty good too.


Poetry Kites


Thursday and Friday saw a technical trip up North to Cumbria, to look at two theatre spaces. The Heron Theatre in Beetham where Fired Up Theatre will perform the Fell Walker on December 11th. The theatre is a wonderful space using an old school and set in a rural location. It is well supported and is very active in providing theatre, music and film to the local community. It has 80 seats so is an intimate space that will work well for production. I really look forward working there.

The Heron Theatre – Beetham, Cumbria.


The Heron Theatre – interior

Under Blencathra

Blencathra fell rises along side the A66 between Penrith and Keswick, it over looks the village of Threlkeld, this really is Fell Walker country and if you listened carefully you could hear the faint echo of a SNIFF from a flaring nostril as the murderer chased down his next victim. 


Blencathra Fell – from Threlkeld Viilage Hall & Cafe

Threlkeld Village Hall is the location of our production of The Fell Walker next April, this is a very different staging than at the Heron Theatre, Threlkeld Village Hall is  a wonderful space to perform, but it is not a theatre and therefore requires us to create a pop-up theatre, a challenge that between us and Threlkeld Village Hall we can rise too. This performance will be part of a three night tour, with a second performance at the Beggar’s Theatre in Millom and a third location as yet to be confirmed.


Threlkeld Village Hall – has the lights but the rest we need to build.

The Hound of Cromford.

Fired Up Theatre  are pleased to announce a further performance of the Hound of the Baskervilles at Cromford Mill on Friday 28th October 2016, this is added to our two performances at Cannock Chase Mining Museum in. August 2016.

More details of how to get tickets for our shows is available on our website http://www.fireduptheatre.co.uk 

Cromford Mill to host Hound of the Baskervilles

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Following the success of our production of the Hound of the Baskervilles at The Garrick Studio theatre last weekend, Fired Up Theatre are pleased to announce that today we have agreed two further shows for Holmes and Watson and the Hound at Cannock Chase Mining Museum next Summer on the 19th and 20th of August 2016.

These two shows are be outdoor productions that will draw on our expertise in delivering theatre productions in unusual spaces.

Joint artistic directors, Simon Quinn and Mal Dewhirst today viewed the site at the museum and will start planning how to turn the production into pop-up theatre. 

Simon said “we are really excited to be able to stage our production of the Hound of the Baskervilles in the open air and are looking forward to working with the team at the Cannock Chase Mining Museum”

More details will be provided in the near future as we begin our planning.

Simon Quinn views the Cannock Chase site of our soon to be pop-up theatre 

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Today is  so much slower paced following  the successful production of Fired Up Theatre’s Hound of the Baskervilles, which not only sold out but also received a great review from one of the Midlands foremost theatre critics, Gary Longden.


You can also read my pre-production interview with Gary at:


It was really satisfying to see our minimalist approach to theatre deliver an uncompromising version of this classic tale. 

Fired Up Theatre prides itself on delivering high quality professional productions that rely upon good scripts performed with great acting, we can only measure this through the response from our audiences and I was pleased to see that Gary Longden’s review recognised our achievement.

I am beginning to feel that we now have enough work, with six major productions in our portfolio with The Wall, Quadrophenia, Enigma, at the Crossroads, The Fell Walker and now the Hound of the Baskervilles, that we can start to consider widening our ambitions, whilst at the same time maintaining our commitment to working with a mix of community and professional actors.

Simon and I are already talking to other venues about future performances of both The Fell Walker and The Hound of the Baskervilles for next year and the same time planning new projects that will explore more contemporary themes with our unique uncompromising approach to theatre.

Progress on all our work will be discussed through this blog and the Fired Up Theatre website at http://www.fireduptheatre.co.uk  or our Facebook page, please follow us to become part of our development.

Photographs Neil Thorne (c) 2015.   

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It has been some time since my last blog post and a lot has happened in my role as an artistic director and writer.

During the summer  I took the opportunity to take on my artistic endeavours full time, leaving my role in industry to focus my mind on developing new theatre and poetry.

I have been part time Joint artistic Director with Fired Up Theatre since our performance of Quadrophenia in 2013, my role is to develop Literature, through new writing, workshops creating the production on the page which is then transferred to the stage by  my fellow artistic director Simon Quinn.  In reality Simon and I share the writing  and the transfer to the stage, working with the company of actors to create outside of the box productions that we hope both delight and challenge our audiences.

Our current productions include a new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles, paying homage to the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films of the 1930’s , with comedy, tragedy, projections, live action and shadow theatre. This brand new script brings new twists and perils to the stage. The production is at the Lichfield Garrick Studio on Friday and Saturday 16th/17th October.

For more information check out our website at http://www.fireduptheatre.co.uk 

Some of the cast of Fired Up Theatre’s  Hound of the Baskervilles suspects all.

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