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Past Productions

                   The Way It Is
                                            by John Casey
'A funny, entertaining, challenging, shocking, moving journey into the hearts of darkness world of parental alienation.' 
Our debut Edinburgh Festival Fringe production is on the Royal Mile in the second week of the Fringe.
In this original piece of new writing/ musical theatre, Sophie meets the man of her dreams and they start a family. However, he turns out to be a parental alienator who manipulates the family courts to gain custody of their child and exclude her. Her joy, despair and finally her determination to keep contact with her child despite all the difficulties is chronicled in original songs against a background of devils, demons and angels.
Directed by John Casey. 
theSpace on the Mile (V39) 
Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH 
August 14 -19 
12.05 – 1pm 
Tickets are available on the Edinburgh Fringe website.
Listen to 'Angels Wings' from the show
Angels Wings - The Way It Is cast
00:00 / 00:00
The Devil's speech


14 - 19


theSpace on the Mile (V39) Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

 12.05 – 1pm 

Families Need Fathers Scotland

10 Palmerston Place


EH12 5AA

This is a free evening performance.(7.30pm)

Phone FNF Scotland 0131 557 2440





Webster's Theatre, Glasgow

 Next to Kelvinbridge Subway.


Informal music event in bar afterwards to celebrate debut of 11:87 Theatre Co.​

Come along and sing/ play !

The Company

We are delighted to welcome singer actors to the company to play the parts of Sophie, George and Angel following auditions in London. Many, many thanks to all the talented people who took part. 




Jessie Waterfield:        SOPHIE


Robert Maksymowicz: GEORGE

Charlotte Shaw:           ANGEL

Don Crerar:                 THE DEVIL

John Casey:                DEMO

Don Holdernesse:       THE BUSKER

Jessie Waterfield trained in professional dance and musical theatre at the Urdang Academy London. Since graduating she has appeared in several short films, fringe productions and pantomimes. One of the highlights of her career was performing in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with the English ballerina Darcey Bussel. She has always been a keen singer and writer and her musical interests range from jazz to popular music, classical and musical theatre. She is absolutely delighted to be part of this production and to be returning to Edinburgh for the 70th Anniversary. She is currently based in London.






Charlotte Shaw comes to the Edinburgh Fringe having just graduated from an advanced musical theatre course at Associated Studios. Recent productions she has been involved in include 'Spelling Bee' (Schwartzy) with Chickapow Productions, 'Legally Blonde' (Brooke) at Magna Carta Arts Centre and 'Rock of Ages' (Ensemble) at The Bob Hope Theatre. Charlotte is thrilled to be taking on the role of Angel in an exciting new musical and is very much looking forward to her first experience of the Fringe.


Robert Maksymowicz graduated from the Acting and Musical Theatre course at Aelfa Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014.Whilst studying, Robert performed in the London Fringe and at the Ventnor Fringe festival in Tin Can Soldiers. He was then involved in Lost in Transit at the Brighton Fringe festival, which won an Argus Angel Award. Since graduation Robert has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Notflix (2015) and The Enchanted (2016). He has also worked in various professional touring theatre and production companies. 




Musical Director Ellen Casey is a graduate of Cardiff University and the RWCMD. Her musical interests range from classical to folk, popular music, jazz and improvisation. She has played with professional and semi-professional orchestras, recorded albums with French post-rock band Kwoon, Folk/Indie group Rio Amarillo and the Andres Hayes Jazz Quintet in Argentina, and has composed and recorded string ensembles for singer/songwriters. She is based in London.



Don Holdernesse is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who has worked in the music industry for 35 years. Trained in music performance in Australia he has performed in Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia both solo and with artists including Eric Bogle, Colcannon, Richie Havens, the Fastliners and Dougie Mclean. He has appeared at major music festivals in Scotland including Speyfest, the Orkney Folk and Blues festivals and the Edinburgh Fringe. Don currently runs Galleri Audio recording studio in Moray. 




Don Crerar trained at the RSAMD and worked in theatre and television for many years. In Scotland, he has performed with Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, Traverse Theatre, Communicado Theatre company, the Scottish National Theatre company, the Brunton theatre, Eden Court Theatre and TAG. He has also appeared in London west end and fringe, and in many repertory productions and tours throughout the country. He currently lives in Hampshire and sings opera for fun. 



Director/writer/songwriter John Casey appeared in television in Taggart, Take the High Road, Charlie Endle Esq, Dreaming,Omega Factor, Oliver's Travels amongst others and in Theatre at the Young Lyceum, Perth Rep, TAG and a hugely enjoyable two seasons of weekly Rep with the Victor Graham Players in Ayr (where he swears he left half his brain cells). He cut his acting teeth playing Gerry in Albee's The Zoo Story at Strathclyde Theatre Group's The Drama Centre where he was also resident Stage Manager. John completed a three year STAT training course to become a Teacher of the Alexander Technique.


by John Casey

Brighton Fringe 2018

Singer          Jessie Waterfield  (see above)

Georg           John Casey (see above)

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Singer:           Josephine Lopp (see above)

Georg             John Casey

Ellen Casey playing her cello for a youngster while back packing in Argentina.

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