Fiona Talkington, Fiona Leonard, Nyani Quarmyne, Andrew Taylor and Arturo Castro Nigueras

Reading Fringe 2018 L to R: Fiona Talkington, Fiona Leonard, Nyani Quarmyne, Andrew Taylor and Arturo Castro Nigueras

In the sad absence of live theatre in these troubled times, the Blue Goat Theatre, Düsseldorf, led by the enterprising Fiona Leonard, has served us up a smorgasbord of dramatic delight with 12 short pre-recorded plays; this is a collaboration between nine countries, reaching across time zones, involving some 36 stellar artists, complete strangers, who have met online to write, create and record a play with the theme, The Thread.

The plays range from The Blockage, starring the self-isolating and delightfully doleful Emily Carding, dealing with a tiresome toilet blockage, whose soul mate is Professor Bagpuss and only comfort an inexhaustible supply of gin, wine and chocolates…through the charming Threadbare Thread Bears, featuring the expressively winsome I-Lun Chung, Grubby Grubby, the capitalist Vampire Monkey, a grey rabbit shopkeeper and two threadbare bears…the Invisible Thread, a  touching tale told by Alexandra Fedorovsky about a gold necklace’s emotional link to her late grandmother…and If I sew it, I sew it well, an account of marriage desertion during a Golden Wedding Anniversary speech, leaving the flabbergasted wife (the defiant Denise J Killick) grasping her double string of pearls…

Thank you Blue Goat Theatre for keeping theatre alive with these vibrant and varied short plays and for brightening our drama-less  days – and thanks to the tireless Zsuzsi Lindsay of the Reading Fringe Festival for letting us know about them.

We do hope you enjoy these and look forward to bumping into you in a theatre foyer when this is all over!


  1. 24 Hour Play Festival
  2. Blue Goat Theatre
  3. Reading Fringe Festival at the Whitley Pump