The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents:

Sheila's Island

by Tim Firth



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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).

This production stars Judy Flynn (The House of Eliott, The Brittas Empire, Dinnerladies), Olivier Award winner Sara Crowe (Private Lives, Calendar Girls, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Rina Mahoney (Royal Shakespeare Company, The Archers) 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!


Sheila - Judy Flynn

Judy is an instantly recognisable face from her frequent appearances in some of TVs best-loved dramas and comedies, playing Madge in The House of Eliott, Julie in The Brittas Empire, and Val in Dinnerladies. Judy’s theatre credits include Chicken Soup (Sheffield Crucible Studio),  East is East  (Northern Stage/ Nottingham Playhouse),  Emil & the Detectives (National Theatre),  A Day in the Death of Joe Egg  (Library Theatre Manchester) and When We are Married (Crucible Theatre Sheffield), 

Fay - Sara Crowe

An Olivier Award winner for her performance in Private Lives, (Aldwych Theatre) Sara is well know for her numerous film, TV, and stage performances, as well as the role of Laura in Four Weddings and a Funeral. She has recently toured in stage productions of The Entertainer, Calendar Girls the Musical, How the Other Half Loves, and Fallen Angels

Julie - Rina Mahoney

Rina has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. She has also been heard playing numerous leading roles on BBC Radio 4 and was a semi-regular in The Archers for a number of years playing the role of Jess Titchener. 

Denise - Abigail Thaw 

Abigail will be known to viewers of ITV’s Endeavour as Dorothea Frazil, the editor of the Oxford Mail. She has worked with Joanna Read twice before, in Macbeth (Salisbury & Watford) and in Rough Crossing (also Salisbury & Watford). Abigail was nominated in the Best Actress category in the Off West End Awards for her performance as Catherine in The Firewatchers at The Old Red Lion.



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