When switchboard operator Sheila Chadwick answers a mysterious call from a dying woman, she is entrusted with a top-secret message to be delivered to the ominous Charles Briand. Fast-forward half an hour, Sheila is chasing friends, foes, and old flames on the 14:52 to Exeter, as members of the Nuclear Justice Association attempt to arm the entire world with enough weapons to destroy it. Can Sheila, the not-so-innocent bystander help diffuse the situation? Or will her utter lack of experience and necessary skills drag the mismatched team down?
Set in 1952, this fast-paced original comedy satires classic spy films with an abundance of fourth wall breaks and shocking plot twists, as well as the expected high-speed train chase. Think Clue. Think Monty Python. Think The 39 Steps, but with actual roles for women.
Number, Please. 2019
We are absolutely delighted to be returning not one, not two, but three stages this year! Find out more about our Summer Tour below!
The Local Theatre, Sheffield:
Our first stop on our Summer Tour is The Local Theatre in Sheffield! A new venue in the heart of Sheffield, The Local Theatre provides new creatives with a unique opportunity to showcase their work in a welcoming and open environment.
‘Number, Please.’ will play from Wednesday 10th July 2019 to Saturday 13th July 2019 at 19:30. Get your tickets here!
The Bread & Roses Theatre, London:
Our second stop on our Summer Tour is The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham, London! An award-winning fringe pub theatre, The Bread & Roses Theatre boasts an incredibly diverse theatre programme from a range of visiting companies, performers, and their own in-house productions.
‘Number, Please.’ will play from Tuesday 23rd July 2019 to Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 19:00. Get your tickets here!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, Edinburgh:
We will be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 to finish our summer tour! We will be performing every day of the festival (except Sundays) in The Studio in Paradise at St Augustines at 16.50. We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets will be available from the Edinburgh Fringe website soon!
Number, Please. In Development
Number, Please. follows the adventures of Sheila Chadwick, a switchboard operator in the 1950s. The show's concept originated with non-other than the original Sheila Chadwick. Like in the show, the real Sheila worked on a switchboard in the 1950s and to this day she continues to share tales of listening into people's phone conversations - a common occurrence in the 1950s! And so, inspired by the farce of shows such as The 39 Steps and the absurdity of classic spy films like James Bond, a script was born.
The first draft was written in December 2016 by our writer and director, Becca Chadder - the granddaughter of non-other than Sheila Chadwick herself. The script was completed within three weeks and edited over the following months. A show team was assembled, the actors cast in the summer of 2017 and rehearsals began the following September. After two months of intense rehearsals, the show was performed by members of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company in October, with an amazing response and sold out shows on both nights.
Following such an excellent first run and (most importantly!) the support of the real Sheila, members of the original production team and cast came together to revive the show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. Following significant script revisions, many additions to our team and the securing of a prime slot at theSpace on North Bridge, our Fringe run began! Our Fringe debut was a huge success! We sold out many performances and recieved 5 star reviews, and can’t wait to begin our Summer Tour and 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run!