Interview with… Feargus Woods Dunlop | New Old Friends

New Old Friends head to The Core at Corby Cube on 17 May 2018 with Crimes Under The Sun the latest of their comedy thriller productions. We’ve been chatting with the group’s founder Feargus Woods Dunlop about the show.

What can audiences expect from Crimes Under The Sun?

It is a comedy thriller, loosely inspired by Agatha Christie. The plot focusses on the murder of Abigail Peavey an unfaithful femme fatale on an island hotel, but the show is far more about the outrageous characters of the other guests. It’s very silly but with a heart. There are lots of big laughs but also a love story and mystery too.

Crimes Under the Sun Pamela Raith Photography
Crimes Under the Sun Pamela Raith Photography

There’s just 4 of you tackling 14 characters – how long did it take you to get into the right character at the right time?

We’re very lucky to have worked with a brilliant director, (James Farrell, 39 Steps West End Associate), who drilled us and made absolutely sure we earned our moments of madness by making the characters as true as they can be and not just caricatures. After that, it was just constant repetition!

This is the third of New Old Friends’ “Crimes…” capers – why do you think audiences love a crime comedy thriller so much?

I think the country generally is very ready to laugh right now. The ‘Crimes’ shows aren’t trying to change the world, we’re just trying to give our audiences the best evening we can. The thriller element gives the comedy a really nice grounding to work from, we think it’s important to allow shows to breathe and setting up and solving a mystery helps with that.

New Old Friends is 10 years old this year – do you have plans to celebrate?

We went straight into this tour after our Christmas show, and have been rehearsing, performing or travelling since October last year, so a nice lie down for a while sounds like a great way to celebrate! I’m sure we’ll do something, but not sure what yet.

What can we look forward to next from New Old Friends?

We have another Christmas show at Lichfield Garrick this year: Crimes of the Christmas Pudding. Then in 2019 Crimes on the Nile, a couple of family shows and a second tour for Under the Sun. Suddenly that lie down feels a long way away!

Many thanks to Feargus for taking the time to chat! You can catch Crimes Under The Sun at The Core at Corby Cube on 17 May 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets available from or by calling the Box Office on 01536 470470 You can find out more about New Old Friends by checking out their website


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