Sophie Willan: Novice Detective

  • Play
  • 12:15pm (1 hour)
  • 1-10 & 12-25 Aug 2014
  • Zoo
  • 8
Sophie Willan: Novice Detective. Sophie Willan. Copyright: BBC.

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Play starring Sophie Willan that was performed at Zoo at 12:15pm for 1 hour, on the following days in August 2014.


In this whirl-wind of a one woman play, Sophie fuses storytelling, comedy and theatrical chaos to tell the unbelievable true story of how she and her slightly psychic Gran found her long lost father. This piece was commissioned by Contact Theatre and The National Rural Touring Forum and supported by Arts Council England.


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      Full press release

      Sophie Willan: The Novice Detective is the unbelievable true story of how Funny Women Award Nominee Sophie Willan turned detective to track down her long-lost father.

      The "bright emerging star" (BBC Comedy) Sophie Willan makes her Edinburgh debut in the heart-warming and hilarious Sophie Willan: Novice Detective. The jaw-dropping true story of how Sophie (inspired by an addiction to TV detective shows and ably assisted by her slightly psychic Gran - every detective needs a sidekick) turns amateur sleuth to track down her long-lost father, Novice Detective is an interactive 'who-is-it?' fusing stand-up comedy and theatrical chaos to tell a story of fantasy, failure, grief, love, and ultimately of hope.

      Describing her work, Sophie says "I draw on my own personal experiences to make work that challenges societal norms and celebrates the bitter-sweet, ridiculousness of life. I like to make work that is darkly optimistic, heartfelt, candid, comical and Northern."

      Written and performed by Duckie regular Sophie Willan (2014 Funny Women Awards 'Best Show' Nominee), co-produced by Contact Theatre Manchester and directed by Nathan Evans (Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now; I Love You But We Only Have Fourteen Minutes To Save The Earth), expect laughs, tears, confetti and lots of detective spoofery. Following the show's success, Sophie has been commissioned by BBC Comedy to write and star in her own sitcom pilot, coming soon to BBC.