Under A Redcar Sky

A Pilot Theatre project commissioned by Borderlands and funded by Creative People and Places, Arts Council England

This autumn a group of strangers wandered through the seaside exhibition at Kirkleatham Museum in search of a story.

Working with Redcar writer Carmen Marcus, these writers have created a series of stories for performance that will take you on a journey to the back stage of Redcar’s strolling performers who entertained holidaymakers on the golden sands in the 1930s and 40s to the lights and drama of Redcar’s seafront Arcades.

You’ll be transported from Redcar sands on a rainy day to the opulence of Dubai’s beaches, the smell of black tea and beach smoke in Iran and the first love poem spoken to the sea in Iraq. These sea tales have been woven from the history of and love for Redcar and tell its secret stories and hidden pasts.

Suitable for ages 11+.

This performance will be BSL interpreted.

Running Order

1. Just Hopped Off The Bus – Phoenix (Elizabeth) Mocker

2. It Can Be Rain or Sudden – by Zainab Aboharoon and performed by Farrah Cave

3. The Ballerina on the Beach – by Jenna Warren performed by Helen Coverdale

4. St Peter’s Day – by Carmen Marcus, performed by Farrah Cave

5. Larry’s Jacket – by Cathie Sprague and performed by Philip Harrison

6. Under A Redcar Sky – by Olivia Harrison, Jasmine Smee, and Hayley Mitchell performed by Hayley Mitchell

7. The Final Call – by Sharon Chapell and performed by Alistair Oakley

8. Daisy Ellen – by Carmen Marcus performed by Farrah Cave

9. Crazy Money – Hayley Mitchell

Workshop Dates

Past Events

Taster Session

Wednesday 6th September, 5:30pm – 8pm

Writing Workshop 1

21st September, 6pm – 8pm
Kirkleatham Museum

Writing Workshop 2

28th September, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Kirkleatham Museum

Music/Song Workshop 1

Wednesday 4th October, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuned In!

Writing Workshop 3

Thursday 5th October, 6pm – 8pm
Kirkleatham Museum

Music/Song Workshop 2

Wednesday 11th October, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuned In!

Writing Workshop 4

Thursday 12th October, 6pm – 8pm
Redcar Palace

Music/Song Workshop 3

Wednesday 18th October, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuned In!

Writing Workshop 5

Thursday 19th October, 6pm – 8pm
Redcar Palace

Writing Workshop 6

Thursday 26th October, 6pm – 8pm
Redcar Palace


Zainab Aboharoon, Sharon Chapell, Phoenix, Bozz Halliday, Olivia Harrison, Carmen Marcus, Hayley Mitchell, Jasmine Smee, Cathie Sprague, Jenna Warren.


Farrah Cave, Helen Coverdale, Hayley Mitchell, Alistair Oakley, Philip Harrison

Musician – Liam Narain Detar

Production Team

Directed by Esther Richardson and Patricia Verity Suarez

Movement Direction – Patricia Verity Suarez

Musical direction, composer and sound design – Emily Levy

Writers’ Mentor and Dramaturg – Carmen Marcus

Sarah Rhodes Cannings – Company Stage Manager

Luke James – Production Manager

Project Champion – Hayley Mitchell

Lighting Designer – Simon Cole

Curator/Designer – Lucy Hammond

Stage Management Assistants – Olivia Harrison & Jasmine Smee


Farrah Cave photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Helen Coverdale photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Philip Harrison photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Hayley Mitchell photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Alistair Oakley photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Phoenix photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Emily Levy and Liam Narain Detar photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Esther Richardson photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Alistair Oakley and Esther Richardson photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Hayley Mitchell photographed by Olivia Brabbs