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Sheila's Island - A Riotous Tale of Four Menopausal Managers’ Misadventures

L-R: Tina Shinkwin as Julie, Ruth MacCallum as Fay (back), Kim Arnold as Sheila, Katie-Anne Ray as Denise.  Photo by Robert Warner.  Picture composition: Peter Weston.

Sheila’s Island by Tim Firth, at the Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth, from 20 May to 25 May 2024.

Preview by Sharon Sully

The Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre is thrilled to announce its upcoming production of Sheila’s Island by renowned playwright Tim Firth. Set against the backdrop of a remote island in the Lake District, this comedy promises an evening of laughter, friendship, and unexpected twists.

Katie-Anne Ray as Denise.  Photo by Robert Warner.

Directed by Jill Laurie, Sheila’s Island follows the story of four menopausal middle managers who find themselves stranded on an island during a team-building exercise gone awry. As tensions rise and secrets are revealed, the women must navigate their way through challenges both comedic and profound, as they seek to survive by making weapons out of a bra and a spatula and put up a rescue flag fashioned together from a plastic plate and a corkscrew! The stresses bring out the best and worst in them all as truths are told and dirty laundry aired – and they discover the true meaning of friendship and resilience along the way.

Kim Arnold as Sheila. Photo by Robert Warner.

Director Jill Laurie shares her excitement about bringing this production to life: “Sheila’s Island is a gem of a play that brilliantly combines humour and heart. Audiences can expect a rollercoaster of emotions as they join our characters on their hilarious and poignant journey. It’s a privilege to work with such a talented cast and crew, and I can’t wait for audiences to experience this story.”

Ruth MacCallum as Fay. Photo by Robert Warner.

Featuring an all-woman cast of four, who make up Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd’s annual outdoor team-building weekend, this production promises laughter at every missed turn. Audiences can look forward to witty dialogue, captivating performances, and stunning set design from John Ellam that will transport them to the rugged beauty and fogginess of the Lake District.

Tina Shinkwin as Julie. Photo by Robert Warner.

Performances will run from Monday 20 May through to Saturday 25 May at the Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre, Barrow Road, Kenilworth. Don’t miss your chance to embark on this hilarious and heartwarming adventure!

Tickets now available via the website or by contacting the Box Office direct on 01926 856548. Tickets are selling fast!


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