Looking Back

Last year was very exciting for us as we took the plunge with our first full length production;

Glamour Girl

The show was performed at The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, and it was a very rewarding and exciting experience.

 Some of the comments we received:
“Glamour Girl was as witty, charming, jaw-dropping, and surprisingly full of heart as Cora Pearl herself.”

“fast-paced, inventive, and witty script sparkled as brightly as the diamonds Cora received from her (multitudinous) lovers”

“A bravura performance from Katy Helps”

“Highly recommend Glamour Girl”


We were very fortunate to have support from such talented and dedicated people. Our first foray was a quite remarkable adventure!

Katy Helps as Cora Pearl

But what next? Well we believe that Glamour Girl needs a revival so watch this space. In the meantime we have other exciting projects to keep 2017 interesting over at Quill & Inkling towers, and we hope to update you with our plans and hopefully, see you soon!

If you are interested in Glamour Girl or any of our other productions please feel free to get in touch.



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Happy New Year everyone!

Introducing the Cast


Katy HelpsStarring Katy Helps as Cora Pearl

Katy is thrilled to be performing as Cora Pearl in Glamour Girl, Quill and Inkling’s first full length production. Recent stage credits include Petruchio/Tranio/Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew with Illyria, Cathy in Wuthering Heights, Elinor in Sense and Sensibility and Jane in Pride and Prejudice with Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Screen work includes Joanna in Killer on the Line (Crime and Investigation Channel) Karen in Retracare (Corporate) and Danielle in The Bill  (ITV). Katy trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. You can follow her on Twitter – @katyhelps for news and updates.


Canavan ConnollyCanavan Connolly as Delamarche

Canavan is a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and in the subsequent years enjoyed such varied roles as Dr Watson (Broken Holmes, Edinburgh 2009 & 2013, Leicester 2010) and Lady Bracknell (In a Handbag Darkly, Edinburgh 2012).  He has been drivers and gangsters for Secret Cinema, prison guards and bank robbers for You Me Bum Bum Train, and this August will be reviving some old English comedies in Drolls at the Edinburgh Fringe.  This well travelled actor will be debuting on the St Albans stage, but be it The Theatre Royal Haymarket, or the Teatro Municipal in Murcia, his aim is always to bring the characters to life.

819bd978-6a2b-4485-b0d3-b72c8e58b9f9Evelyn Shaw as Louise

Evelyn Shaw is an actor and singer from Co Kildare, Ireland. Evelyn trained on the MA Musical Theatre course at Guildford School of Acting, having initially gained a BA in Dramaand English from Trinity College Dublin.  Theatre credits include Colette in Uprising (Smashing Times, Project Cube Dublin), Little Red in Red Riding Hood the Musical (Talisman Theatre, Irish tour), Red in Red Riding Hood’s Dangerous Christmas Adventure (Mill Theatre, Dublin), Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chapterhouse Theatre, UK / Ireland tour), Mrs Barn Owl in The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (Blunderbus Theatre, UK tour and DUCTAC Theatre, Dubai), Helena Moloney in The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of 1916 (Smashing Times, Smock Alley Theatre Dublin) and Helen in Testimonies (Smashing Times, Smock Alley Theatre Dublin).  She also works as a713431a9-a567-4821-901a-5178e95aec77 drama facilitator for weekend-based stage schools and special needs groups, and runs her own series of performing arts camps in Ireland, Summer Stage.  Evelyn is delighted to be working with Quill and Inkling on Glamour Girl and can’t wait to get started!  www.evelynshawactor.com

Ciaran Lonsdale as Brunet

Ciaran was classically trained at The Oxford School of Drama where he graduated in July 2016. His most recent theatre credits include World Mad (Soho Theatre) and Paradoxy (Trafalgar Studios). He makes his professional stage debut in Glamour Girl as Brunet.



Quill & Inkling Presents

Glamour Girl

For our first full length production we are very excited to portray the true story of ‘Cora Pearl,’ a provocative and scandalous character who escaped dull 1850s London for Gay Paris, becoming the most celebrated and influential courtesan of the second French Empire.

Set during the 1850s and 1860s this drama explores her rise to fame and the rather modern challenges she faced. From gossip and outrage in the press to riots in the streets and moralistic politicians, Cora’s quick wit, ingenuity (and some other talents), made her the epitome of glamour.

Glamour Girl PosterA fast paced historical drama! Come join us in St Albans.

The Maltings Arts Theatre


  • Friday 23rd September
  • Saturday 24th September
  • Friday 30th September
  • Saturday 1st October

Tickets available now!
More details to follow soon.



A Rather Glamorous Photoshoot

The stage is set
The stage is set for our photoshoot

Over the last few months our writer in residence, Ivan Wilkinson, has been working hard developing and adding the finishing touches to a script that we are excited to be sharing with you soon.

Hair & make up artist Sara Austin making some touch ups on model Tina Barnes
Hair & make up artist Sara Austin making some touch ups on model Tina Barnes

In the meantime we have been busy creating some images to garner some interest in our project. We both love the character and her story. We knew we had to set up a photoshoot to introduce this incredible woman in the most fitting manner.

Armed with a host of old photographs to draw inspiration from, satin dresses and pearls and historical hairstyle enthusiast Sarah, we headed to the studio to begin shooting. Lights, camera, action! Rebecca snapped away as Tina posed effortlessly and brought the character to life before our eyes.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with such talented individuals; our lovely photographer Rebecca Gadsby, beautiful model Tina Barnes and exquisite hair and make up from Sara Austin. It was a long day to find the perfect shot but we are rather excited to show you the final product.

Director and photographer Rebecca Gadsby adjusts the lights
Director and photographer Rebecca Gadsby adjusts the lights
A backstage peek at model Tina Barnes
A backstage peek at model Tina Barnes

Celebrating the Bards

Jan 26: Excellent haggis and a brilliant tribute to the bard from hope this was the first of many!

IMG_4091As our guests arrived, to a sword salute, we were happy to see everyone had worn some tartan; from waistcoats to ties, even our furriest of friends had dressed the part.
After piping in our guests, the night began in earnest with one of Robert Burns most famous songs.

IMG_4087As the night wore on our guests enjoyed the delicious three course dinner while enjoying speeches, song and piping for a truly Scottish experience, all in memory of Scotland’s bard.

By the time Ivan was pulling raffle tickets from his sporran our guests were more than happy to join in and we finished the evening with a heartfelt rendition of Auld Lang Syne!

Now that it is over, we have our sights set on England’s bard and have begun developing one of our favourite Shakespearean plays. Keep your eyes peeled!


Burns Night

January 2015

Quill & Inkling have begun the new year in earnest with their first ‘dinner and aBurns Night Menu show’ offering; an evening of Scottish entertainment, including a Burns Supper, in celebration of the life of Robert Burns.
Burns Night is an annual celebration on the 25th January, Robert Burns’ birthday, commemorating the Scottish bard and his contribution to culture in Scotland.
On Sunday 25th January 2015, guests can expect an evening of poetry, live music and song accompanying a delicious 3 course dinner of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps & tatties and cranachan at St. Cuthbert’s Hall in Bedford.

If you would like to book tickets you can do so in person at Central Box Office, Bedford, by phone; 01234 718112, or directly through St Cuthbert’s Hall website;


We look forward to welcoming you there.


The Laidly Worm of Spindlestone Heugh

June 2014 

A fledgling company with one simple goal; to create dynamic retellings of classic tales. Our first show was inspired by a myth from Ivan’s childhood; a local tale about a dragon.
Within a couple of weeks we had a script, some hand made props, our costume and swords bundled into a chest and we made our way to Northumberland to pass on this local story to a new generation.

Script Here be Dragons Bamburgh Castle