An Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production


By Tim Firth

A Comedy in Thick Fog


The Office meets Lord of the Flies meets Miranda.

Sheila’s Island is 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), Judy Flynn (The Brittas Empire, Dinnerladies), Abigail Thaw (Endeavour) and Rina Fatania who won the Best Actress in Theatre category at the Eastern Eye Awards, for her ‘perfect comic timing’ in Love and Stuff at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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 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. 

Questions are asked; truths are told; dirty washing is aired. Can Sheila keep tempers from fraying, nails from breaking and get her band of top level executives safely back to shore?

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?

What is Julie’s husband really up to in Aldi? What is it that should be never be mentioned to Fay? And why are they on this bloody team building exercise when they could be at a spa?

‘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!’

Running Time

2 hours and 20 mins, including a 20min interval

Age Advice:


Standard Pricing
Tue 15 - Sat 19 Mar 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm £31.50 £25.50 £19.50 £14.50
Wed 16 Mar 2.30pm £27.50 £24.50 £19.50 £12.50
MAST Supporters £3.00 off Band A and B only. 
Access Membership Companion seats 75% discount at all performances
Schools/Young People's Group 10+ All Seats Thu £14.50
Groups 10+ £3.00 off. 

Love Your Local Theatre 2 - for - 1 on performances Tue 15 - Thu 17 March*


*T&C's apply.

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