Sheila’s Island by Tim Firth UK Tour – February – May 2022 

Olivier Award winner Sara Crowe (Private Lives, Aldwych Theatre; Calendar Girls the Musical, UK  Tour and West End; Four Weddings and a Funeral), Eastern Eye Award winner Rina Fatania (Waking/Walking, Kiln Theatre; Dead Dog in a Suitcase, UK and International tour), Judy Flynn (The Brittas Empire, BBC; Dinnerladies, BBC), and Abigail Thaw (Endeavour, ITV) have been cast  in Yvonne Arnaud’s production of Sheila’s Island by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, The  Band). This sparkling, sharp-witted new comedy is akin to The Office meets Lord of the Flies meets Miranda

Rooted in the everyday lives of four women finding themselves truly out of their comfort zones,  Sheila’s Island examines what lies beneath the superficiality of office relationships. With  vulnerability, viciousness, painful honesty and great wit, we can all (female or male) see some of  ourselves in Sheila, Denise, Fay and Julie. 

Tim Firth comments, As a male writer I initially thought what happens on the island could only  happen between men. It took Joanna Read to remind me that shoddy, childish and viciously  destructive behaviour is not the exclusive preserve of the male sex. 

Joanna Read, Director of Sheila’s Island and Chief Executive of Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  comments, I’ve had a very enjoyable time demonstrating to Tim quite how mean women can be. I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented, well-known cast. They have so much comedy  experience between them it’s going to be hysterical working together.

Page | 1 

Bonfire night 2019 and Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s  annual outward bound team-building weekend. Somehow, Marketing Manager Sheila has been  nominated team leader, and, using her cryptic crossword solving skills, has unwittingly stranded  her team on an island in the Lake District. As the mobile batteries die, and cold and hunger take  over, our intrepid heroines find themselves called on to manufacture escape routes using cable  

ties and spatulas and create a rescue flag with plastic plates and a toasting fork. Is it possible to  build an adequate night shelter with a prom dress and a sleeveless jumper? Is there an I in  Team? And do endless verses of Kumbaya really keep up spirits? 

Sheila’s Island is a sparkling new version of Tim Firth’s sharp-witted and highly acclaimed  comedy Neville’s Island. It will be directed by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s Director and Chief  Executive Joanna Read. 

Sheila’s Island 

Running time Approx 120 mins. 

Box Office Tickets are available from the theatre websites with all direct  links accessed from 

Write A Comment