Who are the company and how long have they been together?
We (Feargus Woods Dunlop & Heather Westwell) are a husband & wife team who run the company.
New Old Friends formed in 2008 as the first company to take part in the Egg’s Young Premieres scheme. Which, as the name suggests, gives young companies their first exposure on a professional stage. At that point the company was just Feargus and Josh Golga a fellow Bretton Hall graduate. The following year Josh left to pursue a screen writing career and Heather joined the company.
What is the show about?
The show is a detective story: The mysterious Jonny Naples hires Tim Diamond, private detective, to look after a package. But unfortunately for Naples, Tim is the worst Private detective in the world. Then Naples turns up dead and a whole host of criminals want the package. It’s up to Tim’s clever 13 year old brother Nick to keep the Diamond Bros safe and solve the case of The Falcon’s Malteser.
What attracted you to creating this particular show?
Anthony Horowitz’s book is so funny we were laughing out loud reading it. We were certain that it could make a brilliant family show.
What was your vision for the production?
We wanted to create a mid-scale piece of work for an audience that is traditionally a little under served. There is a wealth of work for very young children and a lot aimed at teenagers, but very little for the 8+ Family audience. We hope that The Falcon’s Malteser will appeal across a broad age range but particularly to children too old for another fairytale but not quite ready for hard hitting drama or innuendo-filled comedies.
What other productions have you directed/starred/adapted/written?
This is the company’s 7th show. Previously highlights we’ve produced Anti-Panto, an adult pantomime which smashed records at The Rondo, last year we toured another egg co-production around the country Silly Songs of Shakespeare.
Who inspires you as a director/writer/actor?
Oh so many. But we ways return to Morecombe & Wise as our centre.
What was your approach to directing/writing/performing/creating this piece?
Our approach is always to create the most entertaining show for the audience. With this we needed to balance all the jokes (and there are lots) with a brilliant twisty plot.
What plans do you have for the future?
We’ll tour this again a couple if times hopefully. Perhaps restage it as a Christnas show somewhere next year. But we’ll also create something new in 2016 too.
Where can people find out more about you, the company and the show?
New Old Friends in association with the egg presents
THE FALCON’S MALTESER
By Anthony Horowitz, Adapted for the stage by New Old Friends
Directed by Lee Lyford
Performed by Feargus Woods Dunlop, Tom Medcalf, Dan Winter, Heather Westwell
Dates:Monday 20th October to Saturday 25th October 2014
Times:Monday: 7pm, Wednesday to Friday: 11am & 7pm
Saturday: 11.30am & 7pm
Age guidance: 8 years and over
Venue: the egg theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET
Tickets: £11 / £8 (children & students), Family ticket (for 4): £30
Schools: £7.50 per student
(Booking fee applies: £1 for transactions below £15 / £2.50 for transactions of £15 or over)
Box Office: 01225 448844 or 01225 823 409, www.theatreroyal.org.uk
17th October 7.30pm Peterborough – Key Theatre 01733 207239
18th October 7.30pm Chipping Norton – Theatre 01608 642350
20th – 25th October (see site for times) Bath – the egg 01225 823409
26th October 3pm & 7pm Margate – Theatre Royal 01843 292795
27th October 2pm Farnham – Farnham Maltings 01252 745444
29th October 2.30pm Buxton Opera House – Pavilion Arts Centre 0845 127 2190
30th October 3pm & 7pm Poole – Lighthouse 0844 406 8666
31st October 3pm Frome – Merlin Theatre 01373 465949
2nd November 3pm & 7pm Great Torrington – The Plough Arts Centre 01805 624624
4th – 8th November (see site for times) London – Jacksons Lane 020 8341 4421
12th November 1pm & 7.30pm Wolverhampton – Arena Theatre 01902 321321
15th & 16th November 7pm & 3pm Inverness – Eden Court 01463 234234
21st November 1.30pm & 7.30pm University of Hertfordshire – Weston Auditorium 01707 281127
22nd November 7pm Manchester – Z Arts 0161 226 1912
23rd November 2.30pm Southport – The Atkinson 01704 533333
29th November 7.30pm Didcot – Cornerstone 01235 515144