Feather Productions

Award-winning theatre, film and television since 2005

In Development

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Notes From A Small Island

We are tickled pink to announce that Tim will write a theatrical adaptation of Bryson's hilarious travelogue for the beautiful Watermill Theatre, Newbury and subsequent UK tour early next year. The odyssey takes Bryson from Calais to Scotland in 1995 as he rediscovers the land that he called home before moving back to his native United States. Paul Hart will direct the show, with a creative team and cast still to be announced. Bryson commented: "I am naturally intrigued and excited to see how Notes from a Small Island will be translated into a theatrical experience.

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Bring Me Sunshine

We are thrilled to announce the development of a new feature film, BRING ME SUNSHINE, a big-screen adaptation by Tim Whitnall of his award-winning play MORECAMBE, directed by Paul Hendy and produced by Feather Productions & Chris Ball for Wrekin Hill Films. We hope to confirm our shoot dates and cast & crew details very soon.

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Productions

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LES DAWSON: FLYING HIGH

Les Dawson: Flying High. Starring actor and impressionist Jon Culshaw, this show brilliantly channels all the emotions such a rich life would procure, gifting the audience with anecdotes, incidents, and insights into Les’ journey, as he travels on Concorde at twice the speed of sound 68,000 feet above the Earth, in this new play from BAFTA and Olivier Award winning writer Tim Whitnall and director Bob Golding. With the intent to go beyond and above a basic recount of Dawson’s life, the piece explores contemporary themes such as mortality, identity, love, kindness, spiritual beliefs or even ambition,that paced Les’ life. Tim analyses concepts we have all faced or inevitably will, as he magnificently narrates the happy moments, trials, and tribulations of Les’ life. He presents a more philosophical version of the late popular comedian, as he dives into his indisputable literary talent and the origin of such a successful and brilliant life. Les Dawson: ‘Flying High’s dramatic foundation is an advantage in building up the ambiguous tone and style of this ‘hilarious-yet humbling; heightened yet grounded; poignant yet ultimately uplifting’ tale.

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LENA

LENA is a powerful new play with music by Tim Whitnall recounting the true story of Scottish singing sensation, LENA ZAVARONI. 1999. Twenty-five years after rocketing to overnight fame and fortune on the hit TV talent show “Opportunity Knocks”, Lena undergoes a surgical procedure which she believes will turn around her troubled life. In a hospital waiting room her father, Victor, retraces the steps that have led him and his precious daughter to this critical point. His revealing journey is one filled with triumph, tragedy, tears and laughter. With a five-strong cast plus a band of live musicians, “Lena” also features several show-stopping songs that ‘the wee yin’ made her own. The show is designed by award winning designer Becky Minto, lighting design is by Emma Jones, and musical direction by Matthew Brown. Super talented production manager Suzie Normand is on board with Katy Nicolson our fabulous stage manager.

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Paxo

Co-produced with Anita Land, PAXO was a solo-performance show starring Jeremy Paxman. In a ‘pacy, slickly produced one-hour production’ (Daily Telegraph), PAXO saw the formidable ex-Newsnight presenter fielding a diverse range of questions from an omnivorous audience as well as holding forth on a wide sweep of topics from Tony Blair to pognophobia - the irrational fear of beards. Directed by Sarah Esdaile and designed by Bobby Warans, PAXO previewed at the Pleasance Theatre, London in July 2014, before transferring to the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh as “the festival’s hottest ticket” (Guardian).

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The Mallorca Files

THE BLUE FEATHER, Tim’s episode from Series Two of the popular crime series, THE MALLORCA FILES, aired on BBC One on 5th February 2021. Set against a backdrop of the island’s hauntingly beautiful northern coast, the plot follows detectives Miranda (Elen Rhys) and Max (Julian Looman) in their manhunt for a British ‘twitcher’ (Wayne Foskett), reported missing by his concerned wife (Kacey Ainsworth). The trail soon leads all concerned in an unexpected new direction...

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Morecambe

MORECAMBE is a solo-performance play by Tim Whitnall, celebrating the life and career of comedy legend Eric (and his partner Ernie Wise). Premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009 and having completed the first of several national tours, the play transferred to London’s Duchess Theatre later that year. Starring Bob Golding, the original production was directed by Guy Masterson and designed by Julia Bunce, with music by James Compton. Licensed by Samuel French/ Concord Theatricals, MORECAMBE continues to play both in the UK and internationally.

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Gone

Shot in North London in the winter of 2017, GONE is a short film co-produced by Feather Productions and TeamAkers Productions. In a beautifully pitched, powerfully moving piece by writer/director/co-producer Laurence Akers, the brilliant Suranne Jones and Daniel Betts (with support from Robert Perkins and Zaraah Abrahams) portray a contemporary couple who re-meet following their traumatic separation. The cinematography is by Chris Fergusson with original music by Rose Betts.

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The Hide

The Hide (Poisson Rouge Pictures & Solution Films) is a feature film adaptation of our stage play The Sociable Plover. Shot at Pinewood Studios and on location on the Isle Of Sheppey, the film stars Alex Macqueen and Philip Campbell. Directed by Marek Losey and designed by Nick Palmer with cinematography by George Richmond and an original score by Debbie Wiseman, The Hide made its TV premiere on Film Four in February 2009, before receiving a cinematic release through ICA and a listing in The Times' Top 100 Films of 2009.

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The Fabulist

Marking a welcome return to The Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington for us, our second production, THE FABULIST, enjoyed its run there at the end of 2006. Directed by Howard Ward and designed by fabled film, TV and stage designer Eileen Diss, this comedy-thriller by Tim Whitnall starred Paul Goodwin in the title role with a cast including Tessa Churchard, Joanna Mays, Rosie Wilkinson and Paul Reynolds (above) and the special participation of the legendary Fenella Fielding.

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The Sociable Plover

Feather Productions’ inaugural production, The Sociable Plover by Tim Whitnall, premiered at The Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington in June 2005. Co-starring Alex Macqueen and Tim Whitnall, the play was directed by Howard Ward and designed by Chrystine Bennett. Published by Samuel French/ Concord Theatricals, this taut two-handed psychological thriller has enjoyed productions in Eire, Italy, Greece, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, as well as here in the UK.