EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE:
3-28 Aug - WATSON - Edinburgh
6-26 Aug - WAITING FOR HAMLET - Edinburgh
17-28 Aug - APPRAISAL - Edinburgh
9/10 Sept - WATSON - Chatham tbc
17 Sept - WATSON - Stafford
30 Sept - SHELL SHOCK - Petworth
2 October - LONDON MARATHON for COMBAT STRESS
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Founded by Tim Marriott, SMOKESCREEN PRODUCTIONS is a Community Interest Company (CIC) creating impact theatre and film content, telling stories in cinematic style, supporting the work of charities with dynamic theatrical performance.
Smokescreen was awarded grants via the Chancellor's LIBOR fund to create 'Shell Shock', an adaptation of Neil Blower Watkin's biographical novel. Supporting charities such as Help For Heroes, Combat Stress, The Armed Forces Network, Heads Together and Time to Change, the play has toured to festivals, theatres and colleges in the UK, New York, Australia and New Zealand as well as 'behind the wire' at Plymouth, Saffron Waldron, Aldershot, Larkhill, Tidworth, Colchester, Catterick, Christchurch and Auckland (NZ).
'Mengele', inspired by the Holocaust themed novel 'Right to Live' by Philip Wharam, is endorsed b the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in New York. Following 5* reviewed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, both plays were selected as 'Encore Winners' to transfer to the SoHo Playhouse in New York.
'Mengele' sold out at both Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe 2018 where 'Shell Shock' won Best Solo Show. EdFringe 18 also saw the opening of 'All Change', a poignant comedy. All three plays were presented at EdFringe 2018. 'Shell Shock' went on to complete a long tour of Australia from Brisbane to Melbourne to Sydney for the Invictus Games. 'Mengele' was again a Sell-Out Show at EdFringe in 2019 and won the Lustrum Award as did a new show, 'Judas'. Both 'Shell Shock' and 'Mengele' continue to tour and were at Adelaide Fringe in 2020 where touring was halted due to Covid-19.
Lockdown brought forward a period of intense creativity with two new productions, 'Waiting for Hamlet' and 'Watson: The Final Problem' becoming audio and then stage projects, as well as the development of an online monologue series, Baby Zoomers featuring Rita May (Trollied), Daisy Eagan (Tony Award Winner), Ross Marshall (Tea for Three) and frequent collaborator Nicholas Collett (Waiting for Hamlet).
Smokescreen Productions is affiliated to the film production company Smokescreen Visuals. 'Shell Shock' is now complete as a vlog-style film project created for the Armed Forces Network. 'Revelation', a feature-length drama, based on a novel by Tim Marriott, is currently in development. The book will be published later this year. The opening chapter is available here.