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Pearl and Ellen suspect each other.

Two Down and Two To Go!

Half-way through our run of ‘Killin’ in Cactus County’ and what wonderful audiences we have had.

Our first show was at Worthgate Scout Hut, in Wincheap, Canterbury, as a fundraiser for the Scouts. We’ve performed here before, and it is a lovely small venue. Everyone seemed to have a good time, even though no-one guessed the killer!  She’s just too good at what she does! Some of the younger audience members got into the spirit of the event, and came dressed as cows! Well done to them.

Our second show was at the Chislet Colliery Welfare Club in Hersden – a new venue for us, but hopefully not the last time we’ll perform there.   Fund-raising this time was for the Sturry, Fordwich and District / Aire-Sur-Lys Twinning Association, and it was très jolie!  Another fun evening, with a different murderer (we never like to make things too easy!) and three teams correctly guessed whodunnit.

Two events left to go – two different endings to be worked out by two more audiences.  We are looking forward to seeing the good folk in Deal on Saturday 8th April, and then we’ll be in St Peter’s Greenhill on 22nd April.  Deal is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 22nd.  Contact Lisa on 07482 599953

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Happy Birthday to Us!

One year ago today, Phoebus Fire officially came into existence as a CIC (Community Interest Company).  What a momentous day that was!  And what an eventful year we have had since then.  We have run two actors workshops, staged three murder mysteries, and helped six different organisations with their fundraising / awareness raising.

We have learnt a lot, laughed more, met some fabulous actors, entertained some wonderful audiences.

For our second year we already have some massive plans in place.  We are starting off in great style with a murder mystery set in the Old West – Killin’ in Cactus County – which we have four performance dates for.  We will have two more murders later in the year – plus our main project for this year which is to take The Tempest on tour around East Kent in aid of Catching Lives.

What will our numbers look like this time next year?  We are excited to find out.

Improvisation and Devising Workshop

Our first Acting Skills workshop took place on 3rd December, and it was so much fun!  The participants ranged in age from teens to sixties, and in experience from semi-professional to complete novice.  They all agreed it was a huge success, and great value.

We started the day with some physical warm ups, which quickly morphed (almost without us noticing) into the first of our improvisation exercises.


Throughout the day, we were kept on our toes by Ruth Williams, our fantastic workshop facilitator.  Having established some ground rules, including ‘there is no way to be wrong’ she then challenged us (very gently) with activities covering topics such as self-awareness; space awareness; focus and concentration; improvisation with objects; soundscapes; devising scenes from tableaux; devising scenes for story-telling.



Although we had a few random objects to experiment with, and a few hats and costume pieces, we mainly just used our selves – body, voice, and relationships with other participants and the space.



We had a great day filled with learning and laughter, and are hoping that Ruth will come back to Canterbury and work with us again in 2017.

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In the meantime, our next workshop is planned for 14th January, and will be an introduction to Meisner.  Please watch our page for details.

Here are some of the comments from our participants:

“I had a fantastic time, I’ve learnt so many new tricks and skills and had so much fun, thank you very much.”

“Such a positive experience – a great introduction to the world of acting.  A well-structured and most of all “fun” day.  Thank you.

“Tremendous fun!  Lots of new insights into improvising and devising theatre.  I can definitely apply what I’ve learnt today to my current projects.”

We look forward to seeing you next time.


Pirates Ahoy!

MS Therapy Centre

The motley crew of buccaneers be hangin’ out in The Drunken Mermaid, (they got thrown out o’ The Tattered Sail for bein’ too rowdy!) They be sampling the grog, singing shanties and swapping yarns of adventure on the high seas.

They’re gettin’ ready to set sail, and will be dockin’ soon in a venue near you. Don’t miss out on the chance to sing along, solve the murder, and have a great night out with friends, all in a good cause.

Performances 9th & 10th September at the MS Therapy Centre, Canterbury and 17th September at Reculver & Beltinge Memorial Hall.

The Circus was in Town

Sunday 5th June 2016

Rehearsals are over and last night was the first showing of ‘Cirque de la Mort’.  Our audience in Hoath Village Hall was small but perfectly formed and they got truly into the spirit of detective work, asking plenty of interesting and sometimes tricky questions.  Our “circus performers” showed their colourful characters (and costumes), murder was committed and solved, and the circus goes on to perform another day!  Apparently one of the teams (who correctly identified the culprit) contained some real-life detectives!  All the feedback was enthusiastic, and we are now looking forward to taking our circus to Worthgate Scouts for a repeat performance on 11th June.  I can’t wait to entertain another audience.

Phoebus Fire Debut

What a great evening we all had on Thursday as Phoebus Fire performed their debut to a packed and appreciative audience.

A Valentine’s Day Murder was warmly received by the crowd at Canterbury Baptist Church, courtesy of Christchurch Christian Union.  A record 4 teams managed to guess the culprit, though the motives were somewhat dubious!!

thanks again to the organisers.