WATSON: The Final Problem
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SMOKESCREEN PRODUCTIONS create impact theatre, working with national charities to bring contemporary issues to life in cinematic style, supporting dynamic theatrical performance with multimedia techniques.
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 and Auckland.
'Mengele', inspired by the novel 'Right to Live' by Philip Wharam, is endorsed by 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 has brought forward period of intense creativity
with two new productions, 'Waiting for Hamlet' and 'Watson: The Final Problem' becoming audio projects and the development of an online monologue series, Baby Zoomers written by David Visick, directed by Tim Marriott and featuring Rita May (Trollied), Daisy Eagan (Tony Award Winner), Ross Marshall (Tea for Three) and frequent collaborator Nicholas Collett (Waiting for Hamlet).
Smokescreen Prods is affiliated to the film production
company Smokescreen Visuals. 'Revelation', a feature-length drama, based on a novel by Tim Marriott, is currently in development. The book will be published later this year.