Past Productions 

The following shows were produced as part of the Gainsborough Literacy programme. 
We are planning a national tour of The Murderess to theatre and heritage venues in 2021.

The Murderess


The Murderess, written by Neil Edwards and directed by
Emily Bignell in 2019.

1895. In a prison cell, 72-year old Margaret Van Woods awaits imminent execution for the mass murder of young women, conducted over a 40 year reign of terror. The night before her hanging, a ghostwriter visits charged with the task of penning Margaret’s story, an unprecedented opportunity to unearth the truth behind the frenzied killings.

What were the motivations and methods? How did Margaret evade capture for so long? And why, most alarmingly, was every victim missing her heart?

“How many were there in the end?” the ghost-writer asks the murderess.

But she never gets her answer.
For the total number has still to be settled...

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10:01 The Minute They Came

Written by Neil Edwards and directed by Emily Bignell in 2018. 


After witnessing her baby daughter snatched from her cot by aliens on the sprawling farm she shares with her husband, wealthy heiress Rachel Coombs wonders if she will ever be reunited with her daughter again.

But was it her daughter who was taken . . . or just her sanity?


Written by Neil Edwards and directed by Emily Bignell in 2017, The Demand is a fast-paced thriller that has numerous twists and turns.

After discovering his son has been kidnapped by the enigmatic Mister ‘E’, wealthy bond trader Samuel Tiptree knows that if he’s ever to see his son alive again, he’s going to have to give the kidnapper what he wants.
But when money isn’t enough, what else is there to trade?