talking Scarlet was founded in 2001 as a trading name for Big Dog Productions. Since then the company has produced and collaborated in productions at theatres all over the country and toured internationally.


It is now a fully independent Limited Company run by Patric Kearns and Jane Shakespeare.




2017        Dong Ding Murder Me on High! by Peter Gordon (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Kiss of Death by Simon Williams

                Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens


2016        Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn

                Secondary Cause of Death by Peter Gordon

                Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber

                The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Death Toll by James Cawood (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Swap! by Ian Ogilvy (UK PREMIERE)

                Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

                A Party to Murder by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes

                The Sound of Murder by William Fairchild

                Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

                Nobody’s Perfect by Simon Williams

                Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott

                Who Killed Santa Claus? by Terence Feely

                Beauty and the Beast


2015        The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley

                Stone Cold Murder by James Cawood

                The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

                What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton

                Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Murders by Brian Clemens

                Murder with Love by Francis Durbridge

                Portrait of Murder by Robert Bloomfield

                Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott


2014        In Praise of Love by Terence Rattigan

                The Devil at Midnight by Brian Clemens

                A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

                Shady Business by Robin Hawdon

                The Widow by Merlin Ward (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Double Death by Simon Williams

                Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn


2013        Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti

                Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones

                Dead Guilty by Richard Harris

                Good to Firm by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

                Suddenly at Home by Francis Durbridge

                Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Deathtrap by Ira levin

                Dead Certain by Marcus Lloyd

                Educating Rita by Willy Russell


2012        Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

                Silly Cow by Ben Elton

                Kiss Chase by Philip Gladwin (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Rope by Patrick Hamilton

                Dangerous Obsession by N J Crisp

                A Cricket Match by Alan Ayckbourn

                New York, New York


2011        Equus by Peter Shaffer

                The Chosen Ones by Philip Gladwin (WORLD PREMIERE)

                Frankie and Tommy by Garry Lyons


2010        Noises Off by Michael Frayn

                Maggie’s End by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

                The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (WORLD PREMIERE)

                The Ghost and Mrs Muir by R.A. Dick (WORLD PREMIERE)



2009        Up ‘n’ Under by John Godber

                Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo

                Random Harvest by James Hilton (WORLD PREMIERE)

                The Revengers by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood


2008        Nasty Neighbours by Debbie Isitt

                A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols        

            Oh What a Lovely War (with the Pomegranate Youth Theatre)


2007        Dead Certain by Marcus Lloyd

                The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan


2006        The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

                Men of the World by John Godber


2005        Our Day Out by Willy Russell (with the Pomegranate Youth Theatre)

                Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig


2004        Teechers by John Godber

                Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz

                Anything Further Father? by Steve Haythorne (WORLD PREMIERE)


2002        Laurel & Hardy by Tom McGrath


2001        My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley