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We’re proud to present the world premiere tour of Alan Stockdill's new play, 'GODFREY'S LAST SUMMER’, a gentle comedy drama about life, death, dreams, family and friendship.

Godfrey Shackleton, international cricket umpire and famous Lottery winner, is coming to the end of his innings. Before he leaves the Middle for the very last time he needs to put his affairs in order.
Join Godfrey’s journey through the tears, smiles, songs and secrets as he spends his last summer.

This play is the third to feature the loveable Yorkshireman, Godfrey Shackleton after 'Godfrey's Last Stand' and 'Godfrey's Last Love (Bring Me Sunshine)'.

Please note that it is not necessary to have seen the other two plays to enjoy this 'stand alone' story.

"As usual with this company, there are serious, thought-provoking undertones, but also plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to savour as the ingeniously engrossing plot twists and turns its way along."
Kevin Bourke (Manchester Theatre Awards)

"It’s a real treat to see an Alan Stockdill play. He is a master at drawing out the idiosyncrasies of character and taking his audiences on the most incredible journeys."
Jayne Marshall (Greater Manchester Fringe)

"Made of the same stuff that inspired Peter Tinniswood’s ‘Tales from a long room’ and Roy Harper’s ‘When an old cricketer leaves the crease’ and of course ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, we see at play the notions of passion, pride, fair play and a sense of belonging to a tradition of something essentially English.”
Ian Parker Heath (Buxton Festival Fringe)

The Last Memory

Following on from a short tour of 'The Last Memory' for our NHS and Council clients in early 2019 we’re now planning another in the summer to mark Dementia Action Week, 20 - 26 May.

Thursday 16 May 2019
Hettie’s Café Bistro, Skipton

Friday 17 May 2019
Post Mill Centre, Derbyshire (NHS PRIVATE PERFORMANCE)

Tuesday 21 May 2019
Moorside Community Primary School, Ovenden, Halifax

Wednesday 22 May 2019
St Hilda’s Church, Gibraltar Road, Halifax

Thursday 23 May 2019
St Margaret’s Parish Centre, Horsforth, Leeds

Friday 24 May 2019
Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden, Halifax

Saturday 25 May 2019
St Bartholomews Church, Ripponden








Following our short tour in January we’ve been approached by Leeds West Primary Care Network (NHS). We will be performing the piece in training sessions with GPs, nurses, practice managers and carers helping to train on dementia issues, using the play as a talking point. We'll also be performing as a dementia charity fundraiser at the Ilkley Playhouse Wildman Studio - dates and times to be announced. Other dates may be announced in due course. Watch this space!

"How can I go to heaven if I don't know who I am?" says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when he’s diagnosed with Alzheimer's. But he also has a plan: to leave a vital imprint of who he is.

Lynne is to be the keeper of his memory, the guardian of their past. Join them on their journey; share their hopes, fears, smiles, strength and tears - and arrive with them as they seize the last memory and a carpe diem hope.

“Brilliant, tender and powerful. It made me think about dementia in a different way.” JB
















Calendar Boy

Richard Lloyd

Congratulations to our talented Talking Stocky, Richard Lloyd, who played the part of Jim in Godfrey’s Last Summer. He is currently touring with Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical, Calendar Girls.


Marie Curie fundraiser

Work is underway to reprise one of our most popular one-act plays, Godfrey’s Last Stand, later this summer. This will be a fundraising tour to raise money for the wonderful charity, Marie Curie in memory of Alan’s much-loved Mam, Molly, who passed away in November 2018.



Your good health

We recently performed The Last Memory for the Leeds Health & Wellbeing Board at the City’s famous Carriageworks theatre. We hope to develop more of these performances, helping shape the views of decision-makers in both local councils and NHS trusts..



It is with great sadness that we report the passing of valued company member, Pam Asling.

Pam toured with two Talking Stock productions playing Mary, the mother, in 'Five Kinds of Silence' and dizzy Debbie in 'Give a Little Love’.
She was a true team player, professional, practical and very talented. Rest in peace Pam. We miss you hugely.


We’re almost six years old. What a joyous journey we’ve had as this YouTube video will testify.





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