I started making comedy work as a student, producing and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe with sketch group Bristol Revunions. Since then, I’ve worked with companies The HandleBards and New Old Friends to make some silly shows focussing on clowning and physical comedy.

Crimes of the Christmas Pudding

Crimes of the Christmas Pudding was produced by Bath-based company New Old Friends, and was Lichfield Garrick’s adult Christmas show in 2018. A very silly Poirot-style murder mystery, this was a fast paced, gag-filled, romp of a show, with at least 13 characters played by a cast of just four.  

★★★★ “Very funny stuff with an emphasis on physical comedy” - The Stage
Nel Crouch directs with panache and extracts the maximum amount of comedy from the piece.” - British Theatre Guide

Writer: Feargus Woods-Dunlop | Design: Connie Watson | Sound: Dave Culling | Lighting: Liz Porrett | Cast: Laura Crowhurst, Oliver Malam, Jill Myers, Stephen Rostance | Photos by Pamela Raith

The HandleBards

I’m currently directing my third show with comedy Shakespeare company, The HandleBards’ all-female troupe. Work with the company tours worldwide to theatres, outdoor spaces and schools throughout the year, starting with an initial cycling tour, where the performers cycle from London to Edinburgh and perform on the way. Condensed versions of Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and now The Tempest are performed with four actors and live music. We work with slapstick, clowning and rapid multi-rolling to transform even Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies into comedies.

More info on the shows here.

Praise for As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet:

★★★★★ – The Shields Gazette
★★★★★ 'Charming, funny and very silly,'  Young Perspective
★★★★ 'A tender and touching production, whilst still managing to get away with a lot of piss-taking' - The Wee Review
★★★★ 'It is cheeky, it is hilarious and it is touching (sometimes literally).' Reviews Hub