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Deborah McAndrew

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Christmas 2018


.Deborah’s adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL  at The Leeds Playhouse, directed by Amy Leach.


Deborah’s adaptation of OLIVER TWIST at Hull Truck Theatre, directed by Mark Babych.

Other Shows from 2018


For Northern Broadsides



by Dario Fo

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew

Directed by Conrad Nelson
Designed by Jessica Worrall
Lighting by Douglas Kuhrt

Opening venue: York Theatre Royal – 5-13 October 2018 National tour: 16 October –2 Dec 2018


Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal join forces to stage They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!, Deborah McAndrew’s new adaptation transposed to Brexit Britain of Dario Fo’s political satire of civil disobedience Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

★★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
★★★★ North West End
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ Reviews Hub
★★★★ The Times
★★★★    The Observer 





For Claybody Theatre



A new play by Deborah McAndrew

A tale of passion and betrayal in the 6 Towns.

Directed by Conrad Nelson
Designed by Dawn Allsopp
Lighting by John Slevin

Autumn 1956. The dance halls are full, the nights are drawing in, and a mysterious woman returns to the Potteries after many years away. Her presence reopens old wounds, and stirs secret desires. But why did she leave so suddenly thirteen years ago… and why has she now come back?

Following their sell out 2017 production of DIRTY LAUNDRY, Claybody Theatre Company will once again transform the iconic Spode Works to bring you a fabulous night out, with colourful characters in a powerful new story, made in Stoke.



14 – 24 November

Spode Works, Eleanor Street, Stoke-on-Trent


For info visit: claybodytheatre.com


JULY 2018

Photography by Mark Carline


Deborah has created the script for the Chester Mystery Plays 2018.

This set of plays based on Hebrew and Christian Scripture and apocryphal religious stories were first performed in Chester in Medieval times by the various craft and merchant Guilds of the city. Banned in the late 16th Century as a result of the Reformation, the plays were revived in 1951 and are now performed every 5 years. The acting, singing, and musical company comprises volunteers from Chester and its surrounding area, supported by a professional creative and production team.

Deborah has crafted 24 individual plays into one seamless script telling the story of God and Humanity from Creation to Doomsday.

Utter clarity is the hallmark of this epic community production, with 250 actors involved, half of them children. It is simply magnificent. The Church Times

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild

Designed by Dawn Allsopp

Photography by Neil Kendall

Musical composition and direction by Matt Baker

Movement directed by Cariad Morgan

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★★ We Are Chester

★★★★★ Chester Chronicle

★★★★ Northern Soul



Photography by Neil Kendall

MARCH 2018


ANNOUNCING: Claybody Theatre will be performing a rehearsed reading of Deborah’s acclaimed drama DIRTY LAUNDRY at the Festival in a Factory at the Emma Bridgewater Factory in June. Please follow this link to book FREE tickets for this event: Festival in a Factory

Cast announcements to follow.