Come see our show…

It’ll make you laugh and cry, but a happy cry, not a I hate my life cry!



When Donna discover that her Dad has gone missing she tries to keep his struggling shop together as long as possible before any one finds out. But with no clues to his whereabouts, it’s not long before she enlists the help of the town. With Louise, her easily distracted co-worker, clumsy ‘Romeo’ Jamie the fruit and veg delivery boy and Derek a pensioner with a motor mouth and temperamental mobility scooter, Donna goes on the search for her missing Dad ‘Top Man’ Terry.

Written after seeing so many shops closing down or empty on the high street and wondering about the people who owned them and the stories behind why it was happening. Twelve Miles North of Sheffield is a funny and touching play about family, friendship and trying your best.


8th-10th 7.30pm, June Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, Sheffield

15th-16th June 6.30pm & 8.30 pm, Cafe Odessa, Exchange Street, Bolton

29th June 7.45pm, CAST, Waterdale, Doncaster


12MilesNorth are CASTING..

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted for the casting of Jamie and Donna. Both parts have now been cast. Sorry we’ve not had time to respond to you all. We did check out everyone’s cv’s and show reels and lovely headshots and are keeping people in mind for the future!!

Thanks everyone hope you can catch the show somewhere…

Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield 8th-10th June 2016

Octagon Theatre, Bolton 15th-`16th June

CAST, Doncaster 29th June

We did it…

It’s been just over two weeks now since we finished the play and it has took me this long to sit down and write this, mainly due to a lovely holiday but you don’t want to know about that – you want to know how it all went.

Well, it went well, really well, more well(er) than we ever expected.

And we want to say thank you.

Thank you to everyone that came along and paid what they could. Thank you to the babies and toddlers that watched in Goldthorpe, blissfully unaware of what we were on about but so transfixed by the lights and the quietness that they fell asleep – it was definitely nothing to do with the play or our acting as I got them to fill out a feedback form after, on which they drew a big smiley face and I’m translating that as “Great evening, great acting and great story. 10/10”

Thank you to Jeff in Wombwell for the magic trick he performed at the end of the performance with his over sized cards (as he cant see so well nowadays) I think we’ll take him on tour with us and have him as the warm up act, along with the man that handed round his chocolate to everyone. These two are very good people to have as an audience member during a lull in the performance.

Thank you to Donna Turner for bringing her students down to watch in Barnsley, I hope they got some good answers from the Q & A, sometimes we ramble on but I think the point we wanted to make sure we got across was, if you want to do it – act, write, put on a play etc then you’ll find a way, there is no set route. Determination, self belief and a cheeky grin go a long way.

Thank you to Adam at Cafe Creme in Penistone for letting us take-over nearly every inch of your lovely cafe! At one point we didn’t think it would be possible to do the play in such a small space but we are Yorkshire lasses and we make do with what we have and get on with it, so we did, and it worked, proper good. Look we took a photo as evidence…


There were more than four people watching (18 sitting and 2 people stood up squeezed at the back to be precise) and it was funny – this was one of the little serious bits hence our pained acting faces. Penistone was the one we were worried about no one turning up to but they did and everyone said how much they’d enjoyed it.

Finally I want to say thank you to Tom, Ray and James, our actors, for saying your lines and doing good acting. You brought out everything we wanted from the characters and made them real.

From the very beginning of thinking of the idea for the play we knew we wanted to perform it in alternative venues, we wanted to take theatre, good theatre, real stories and truthful acting to the people that had inspired the story, to the high streets where they lived and to show them that theatre doesn’t have to be in a theatre, it doesn’t have to have set rules, there doesn’t have to be a set way to behave and it doesn’t have to be expensive. And looking back I think and hope we achieved that.

Now here are some pictures of us doing acting…Thanks again everyone xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx










PS: don’t be fooled by the photos, it really was funny!

Until next time,

Theresa, Liz and Emma x

Opening night!!!

Well, its finally here! Tonight we get to show you Twelve Miles North of Sheffield, our debut work and hopefully the start of much more that you can come and support.

When we first decided to start making our own work we never imagined how enjoyable it would be. We have learnt so much about an industry we thought we already knew about. Its been hard at times but what its showed us is that if you really want to do something you’ll find a way, whatever obstacle is blocking your path. Learn to love challenges and do what you think will never work or feels too hard to do because you’ll feel invincible when you finally manage to work it out and do it.

This is turning into one of those annoying ‘deep quote over a lovely background picture’ things people share on facebook so I’ll stop now but please if you want to see some new writing that’ll make you laugh and maybe cry a little joyfully sad tear in the space of about an hour come and see our play.

Thanks to Tom, Ray and James for doing good acting, we just need an audience now so come and see it, dates and ticket info below…


Updates and dates – not the food…

So we are well and truly on our way to making a play! We’ve nearly sorted a set, the lighting design is coming on, we have our actors and we are ready to start rehearsals next week.

Next week?

Ey, that’s come around fast, before you know it it will be all over and people will be saying “Oh remember that really good play we went to see” “Ah yes Roy, weren’t it magical” or “Oh no, I never got round to getting tickets for that really interesting play” Well don’t panic! Below are details of dates and times of all our shows.

Please come and see it, we promise to make you laugh.

And if you come to Goldthorpe* there’s gonna be a raffle! What more do you need for a good night out!?

*All money we raise on ticket sales and the raffle on this night will go to the Goldthorpe Development Group to help them keep up all the great community work they do there.


Tues 9th June – Union Jack Memorial Club (Comrades), Goldthorpe, 7pm

Weds 10th June – Lockys Bar, Wombwell, 2pm

Thursday 11-13th June – Better Barnsley (Formerly HMV), Barnsley, 7pm                     Matinee Thursday 11th, 2pm

Sunday 14th June – Cafe Creme, Penistone, 4pm

Tickets available from and from all venues.

All tickets are pay what you can.


We’re Casting…

We need a man, a man to play Jamie.

Here’s all the details you need so please get in touch if you think you fit the part.

Jamie     Male, 20-25   
A core character within the play he is young and vibrant with a cheeky charm. Jamie works as a fruit and veg delivery boy and throughout the play is plucking up the courage to tell Louise, the girl working in the local shop, how he really feels about her. 
We are looking for an actor with a Yorkshire base and accent. The play is set in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Rehearsals are 25th May-5th June Performances 8th-14th of June in Barnsley.
Fee is £410.00 per week all inc.
Casting will take place in Barnsley in the week commencing 4th May.
The play is being produced by 12MilesNorth Theatre Company in association with The Civic Theatre Barnsley. 

Twelve Miles North of Sheffield is happening!

Yes it is. We have secured funding from the Arts Council with the help of Barnsley Council and the Civic and now are knee deep in admin, confirming and sorting out everything we need to sort out to get this play ready to show you all in June.

There’s loads of things that people don’t tell you about when you decide to set up your own theatre company, things like making a logo look good is very hard to do without professional help and an apple mac and how people will be so much more helpful and supportive than you would have ever imagined.

We are proper chuffed – everyone’s always “sooo excited” these days so I’m sticking with chuffed which is what we are, proper proper chuffed and nervous and … alright then excited!! We’re soooooo excited to be able to show you our little play and hopefully you’ll like it as much as we do.

Now to finish off trying to make a flyer on Microsoft paint – who’s got a spare apple mac?!

Dates and times and venue information to follow!

Na then si thee,

Theresa, Liz and Emma

We need your shop

Shop owners of Wombwell, Goldthorpe, Penistone and beyond 12MilesNorth needs your shop!!! We want to perform our play in it. Yep, that’s right in your shop. Not while your working in it of course, that wouldn’t work, but in the evening for one night only.

The play is about a fight to save a shop while the owner is missing, and thought it’d be ideal to perform in shops on the high street. We already have to go ahead to perform in the old HMV shop in Barnsley town centre but we want to take it on a mini high street tour of South Yorkshire but need your shops to perform it in.

We realise this may sound like a strange and risky request but we think it would create an exciting event happening in the community and would bring theatre directly to people who wouldn’t normally be able to go. We would be doing a performance on one day on the week of 15th-19th of June.

We are being supported by Barnsley Council and The Civic Theatre Barnsley and are currently applying for Arts Council Funding. We would have a budget to work with in order to be able to offer you a fee.

We would not interfere with your working day and can promise to ensure the safety and security of all your stock, equipment and store. We would have all of your stock out of sight and reach and would have our two security people on site as well as cast and crew. It is only a small production with a cast of four and will work well in a small space. We would allow only for a small audience and create an intimate performance.

We feel it would be a great opportunity for both you and us to reach to the community. We would also feature you in all of our advertising on press, radio, leaflets and programmes. The performance will be ticketed at a cost of £5 and £3 concessions.

We will make a memorable experience for the community that it would place no risk on yourselves.

If you’ve read this and thought “Thats sounds great! Where’s the phone!” Then go on, give us a ring or if you’ve gone “Ummm, maybe” then go on, give us a ring and we’ll talk you round.
We’ll make sure it’s great.

Awaiting the phone calls,

Theresa and Liz and Emma x

Play, Pie, Pint read through – we love pies

Last Saturday Ian Morley at the Barnsley Civic Theatre hosted the first ever read through in front of an audience of our new play Twelve Miles North of Sheffield. With the help of brilliant actors Ray Castleton and Brett Lee Roberts we had the audience listening, laughing and a couple of hysterical tears. Apparently it was the mention of ‘pork pies flooding out’ that sent them over the edge. It was part of the Paines Plough Roundabout festival that came to the Civic so we got to play on the beautiful pop-up roundabout stage.

Thank you to all who came to this event and for the Civic for hosting it. Now that the play has been read aloud and received good feedback we can start to take some steps into the unknown in trying to get our first play up on it’s feet and fully tech-ed up.
So we’re in the process of making plans. We’ve got an idea of how we want to present it and where we want to take it. We’ve got a gut feeling that people will like it….
It’s a tough thing beginning to make your own work. Having absolute faith in it at all stages seems to be key. But we’re also finding there’s lots of supportive people out there full of advice and encouragement. So watch this space, we’re working on coming to a town near you soon!