In Her Defence is available for touring productions at receiving houses nationwide. Contact us for more information; the show runs for approximately 45 minutes with minimal set and technical requirements.
Back on stage
Our clients are used to our brand of quirky improvisation, role playing and characterization but did you know that we sometimes actually stick to a script?
Just recently we’ve headed back to our theatrical roots with a performance of Helen’s new play In Her Defence at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review from Edinburgh Guide – “Brilliantly Clever”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review from British Theatre Guide – “Skillfully Written”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review from Chris Sparkle – “Extremely Well Written”
“Agatha Christie would certainly enjoy this ingenious puzzle of a plot to plan the perfect murder of ‘quiet domestic interest.’”
British Theatre Guide
“Dead Herring’s In Her Defence, skillfully written by Helen Saxton, is the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery play with a wicked twist.”
“Good fun and engrossing.”
London, 1947. Philip Mackinder is dead. His wife, Catherine, has shot him. As a court hears the evidence leading up to the murder, we witness the disintegration of the couple’s marriage and discover the real, surprising truth.
In Her Defence is an homage to Agatha Christie – a one act play with a nod to the golden age of murder mystery with a modern twist. Catherine has shot Philip, but why? His blossoming and inappropriate ‘friendship’ with a work colleague? Catherine’s bitterness at her lack of children and her husband’s marital coldness?
There’s no mystery. But is everything as it seems? You may think you are sure. You may wonder how and if she gets away with it. But will you be surprised at the truth?
Touring and Receiving
Professional or Amateur companies wishing to put on a production can contact us for details on purchasing scripts. In Her Defence can be performed as a seven-hander or a three-hander depending on requirements and is ideal for festivals.
We are aiming to publish In Her Defence professionally and are in the process of talking to publishers. Follow us for updates or get in touch for more information.
I was surprised to see there weren’t already reviews for this show, as I saw it yesterday and think it might be in the top 10 Fringe shows I’ve ever seen (I live here in Edinburgh and, as a theatre graduate myself, I’ve seen thousands of shows over the past 25-30 years)
A great piece of new writing, snappy and tightly scripted
Clever writing, intricate plotting and superb dialogue made this a real highlight of the Fringe for me
I thought the writing was really clever and subtle, a really smart plot. For me mysteries often are either a bit obvious or sometimes too clever for their own good so end up being a bit incomprehensible. This totally hit the sweet spot.
Thank you so much for Evil Will Come. You inspired this retired critic to pick up the pen again and try out this Twitter lark. Bravo, Bravo, Bravissimo.
Brilliant – such a perfect and clever story.
Awesome writing and definitely kept me guessing until almost the end…
Agatha Christie would have been proud!
Many congratulations to cast, crew, and of course writer of Evil Will Come! We really enjoyed it and didn’t predict that ending! We also all jumped out of our seats (twice – despite knowing the exact moment to prepare the second time…) so 5* for props too!!
Such clever writing and gentle humour