The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents:

Sheila's Island

by Tim Firth


A Comedy in Thick Fog

The Office meets Lord of the Flies meets Miranda.

We are proud to present our first piece of self-produced work in several years, Sheila’s Island, a sparkling, sharp-witted new comedy from writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, The Band); starring Olivier Award winner Sara Crowe (Private Lives, Calendar Girls, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Abigail Thaw (Endeavour).

Bonfire night 2019 and Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual outward bound team-building weekend. Somehow, Marketing Manager Sheila has been nominated team leader, and, using her cryptic crossword solving skills, has unwittingly stranded her team on an island in the Lake District. 

As the mobile batteries die, and cold and hunger take over, our intrepid heroines find themselves called on to manufacture escape routes using cable ties and spatulas, and create a rescue flag with plastic plates and a toasting fork.  

Is it possible to build an adequate night shelter with a prom dress and a sleeveless jumper?

Is there an I in Team? And do endless verses of Kumbaya really keep up spirits?

Can Sheila keep tempers from fraying, nails from breaking and get her band of top level executives safely back to shore?

It appears Fay is in some state of undress...she’s sitting in a tree, she’s got an eighteen inch knife and she’s singing the first line from Oklahoma!


Fay - Sara Crowe

Denise - Abigail Thaw 

More casting to be announced soon!



Writer - Tim Firth 
Director - Joanna Read
Set & Costume Designer - Liz Cooke
Lighting Designer - Paul Anderson
Composer & Sound Designer - Jon Nicholls


Tickets from £28.50.

Concessions & Members' discounts apply.
Prices include all applicable fees & levies.


Special Offer: Gala Performance

Join us to celebrate our return to producing and touring. Enjoy the show from the best seats in the house, and add a glass of fizz for just £5 extra!

Available in Area A on Sat 23 May only. 


Venue: Main House

Running Time: To Be Confirmed

Show Times

Mon - Thu Evenings: 7:45pm
Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm
Thu & Sat Matinees: 2:30pm


Captioned Performance: Thu 28 May (Evening)

Access tickets available.
Please call the Box Office on 01483 44 00 00 to book. 
For more info on Accessibility, click here.  

Advisory Info

Suitable for Ages 13+.

Post-Show Talk

Wed 27 May - Evening Performance