The Stern Head Mystery

Stern Head Mystery Poster
Stern Head Mystery Poster

Stern Head Mystery Poster

The Stern Head Mystery:

One Night Only:
Eastbourne Underground Theatre

Sunday 8th October 2017 – 7.30pm (Venue & Bar Open 7:00pm)

Online Ticket (no fee

Tickets: £12 (UGT members & Wyntercon Ticket Holders £9)
Also (on the door only) concession rates for anyone in fancy dress.

Underground Theatre Eastbourne

The Stern Head Mystery
A Bentley / Breeze Adventure
(steam radio version)

To coincide with Wyntercon 2017 Afterthought Theatre and Studio1919 present a heroes and monsters adventure comedy.

Sitting on a cliff top shrouded in mist and mystery … the Stern Head Conservatoire, a finishing school where the daughters of super rich are well and truly finished.

Every modern facility the 1920s has to offer, from Miss Willowbark’s debutante assault course to the school abattoir.

When a girl is killed and another driven mad, undercover chap Courtney Bentley persuades the intrepid Mrs Lorna Breeze to infiltrate the school as the new escapology mistress.

She will need all her skills to survive and foil the villainous plot that threatens to unleash an unspeakable horror…

A modern comic book story set in the 1920s and presented in the style of a 1950s radio serial.


In addition to Thomas’ writing for stage and screen, and Thomas and Philippa’s collaboration for BBC Radio 4’s Weekending comedy sketch show:


Talking Speaking

Philippa’s new book Talking Speaking, the guide to public speaking for business, performance and social occasions will be available soon


Plain English Campaign

Philippa is the winner of the PEC Inside Write Award for her article
Public Speaking – Handling Nerves



Thomas writes on cinema special effects

Philippa writes on public speaking, leadership and management, career development, art and cinema


Studio1919’s Afterthought Theatre Productions.

Fanny Hill

Full-length costume drama

adapted by Thomas Everchild
from John Cleland’s notorious 18th century nove

The adventures of Mistress Fanny Hill on a journey through the madams and tarts, sailors and gentlemen of the dark side of Georgian London

What the press say about Fanny Hill

“… a hugely enjoyable bawdy romp . It’s deliciously naughty and well worth staying up for…!

Jane-Ann Purdy, The Scotsman

“… Everchild’s adaptation for the stage catches the essential lusty humour and irreverence of John Cleland’s original book …

… Actress Philippa Hammond is instantly likeable as the much-sought-after Fanny, and brings an unexpected grace and vulnerability to the character…

… the intelligent script explores the base reality behind the veneer of genteel respectability in an enchanting and highly entertaining way…

… a scorcher of a show ..”

Liam Rudden, Edinburgh Evening News

“The Madames, rakes, fops and sailors of this time are wonderfully evoked and the erotic adventures and encounters of our heroine vividly realised…

… it’s very rude, often funny, but without ever descending into bad taste. Fringe drama doesn’t come any more stimulating than this…”

Ross Holloway, The List

Poster for the touring production of Glimpse


Originally produced by Afterthought Theatre Productions.

Comedy, tragedy and mystery – a quartet of one-act plays / monologues for women written by Thomas Everchild and originally performed by Philippa Hammond

The plays glimpse the lives of four characters from different points in history:

An Honorary Man

Drama – Fifth century Egypt: The final hours of scientist, philosopher and teacher, Hypatia of Alexandria

Turning The Handle

Vintage naughty romantic comedy-drama – Edwardian England: an unusual twist to a story set in the early days of cinema as a lady looks back on her life making naughty ‘what the butler saw’ films with her beloved

Little Girls Like to Kiss

Thriller – 1940s New York: Glamorous Marcia Blouse, receptionist to the mysterious private eye Dick Mammal … just what are the Black Hats plotting and what is Marcia’s terrible secret?

Backstage Whispers

Comedy-drama – Edinburgh Festival today: An actress caught backstage in mid performance recounts the true horrors of profit share in the fringe show from hell

Glimpse has an excellent track record and reviews, and may be available for performance, for amateur or professional production

Glimpse consists of four separate one woman pieces, each 25 minutes, which can be performed as a quartet or as individual plays or together in any combination

A full production may be mounted with a single voice or up to four performers

The plays were originally performed as a single 120 minute show (including interval) by Philippa Hammond, but they have since been performed together by different performers and as individual 25 minute plays

The Glimpse plays are flexible enough to be performed in large or small venues and at varying lengths

What the press say about Glimpse

“… a hit from the Edinburgh Fringe festival …

… drama, suspense and genuine laughs….

… graspable, engrossing and very entertaining …

… Hammond expertly places her audience in the scene, deftly moving across centuries and cultures as she embodies the mind and motivations of four women…”

Lyndsey Winship, The Argus

“… three-dimensional, literate and dramatic scripts …

… spellbinding and entertaining, heart rending and humorous….

… brilliant talent … an hour was all too short….”

Roderick Graham, The Scotsman

“… understated and impressively controlled…

… sense of command in script and acting. Hammond excels …

… the writing is taut, wry and understated. At best reminiscent of Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads, Glimpse is impressive, and well-named; fleeting moments of subtle theatrical insight…”

James Kirkup, The Scotsman

Unreliable Romances

A quirky cabaret noir written by Thomas Everchild

Original songs, stories and poems, Martian adventures and jolly hockey sticks – an evening of tall tales set in a 1950s radio show

The Neverland Singularity
Short comedy two-hander play by Thomas Everchild

An uptight scientist meets her match when a traffic jam throws her into philosophical wrangling with an erudite taxi driver

Thomas Everchild
A full-length two-hander

Science fiction drama mystery



Films in pre-production

Turning the Handle

Edwardian England: A lady looks back on her life making naughty ‘what the butler saw’ films with her beloved Herbert

Available Light

Ice Sleepers

A fantasy feature

Breakfast With Strangers

13 Hoag Alley

Films in post-production

Ye Onlie Way is Camelot

King Arthur comedy short: What would have happened if Merlin had invented silent movies?

Pride and Quatermass

Comedy short: TV’s Movie Heat interviews the stars of the latest blockbuster, Pride and Quatermass – Captain Quatermass of His Majesty’s Rocket Group and Elizabeth Bennet’s unmarried sisters join forces against invading Martians


Short drama: Medusa is alive and well and living in Brighton, and has the chance to rid herself of her terrible powers forever

Previous film projects

Born of Hope

Feature: Philippa plays Ivorwen, an ancestor of Aragorn, in this Lord Of The Rings-inspired film from Actors At Work Productions

Struck by Lightning

Comedy mockumentary short: Doctor Frankenstein – what really happened?

The Recovering

Science fiction short: An endless party aboard an airship adrift in the mist


The world’s shortest horror film: You’ll never look at dolls the same way again

Advance Warning

Short drama: A writer battles deadlines as her stories threaten to take over

The Purloined Ride

Comedy short: Studio 1919’s silent homage to “What the Butler Saw”

Graphics, Special Effects and CGI

As a designer / illustrator, Thomas has worked in photography, traditional paint and draw, CGI vector graphics and 3D rendering

Studio 1919 ar now offering motion graphics and digital rostrum work to non broadcast clients, including websites and corporate marketing campaigns and are willing to discuss rates for digital inserts for independent low bodget films

Digital Bodies

3D graphics for this art installation at the Hague

The Hunt for Gollum

CGI services for this Lord of the Rings-inspired film [IMDB references]

The Powell and Pressburger Appreciation Society

Graphics and design for promotional material

Swings and Roundabouts music promotions

Graphics and design for promotional material

Brighton Film Makers’ Coalition

CGI film ident

The Dan Leno Project

Dan Leno Project

The Dan Leno Project

Thomas has digitally restored a set of century-old Mutoscope cards featuring Dan Leno

Formerly believed lost, this re-discovered one-minute silent gem is an important record from a time when very little film survives, and is one of the few known moving picture images of the greatest star of the Victorian stage

The restored film will receive its world premiere at the British Music Hall Society‘s 50th anniversary celebrations at Wilton’s Music Hall, London, on Friday September 20th 2013, introduced by Roy Hudd

Studio 1919 are in pre-production with a proposed documentary on the life and work of Dan Leno, produced and directed by Thomas Everchild