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Alastair Mackenzie
John Schwab
Olivia Williams
Sarah Alexander
Derek Nash
MyAnna Buring

WordTheatre presented its ‘Noir’ series at St. James Theatre. The night featured a collection of stories that dealt with with the shadowy depths of humanity. The lucky audience for the night heard a brilliant cast of actors bring to life some extraordinary stories penned by the English and American Masters: Agatha Christie,  William Trevor, Joyce Carol Oates and TC Boyle. Accompanying each performer was the wonderful talent of jazz saxophonist, Derek Nash, to set the mood and tone for each piece. Noir and jazz, what more do you need for a perfect night?


  • Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina, An Education) read “Gilbert’s Mother” by William Trevor.
  • Alastair Mackenzie (Borgen, Monarch of the Glen) read “In a Glass Darkly” by Agatha Christie.
  • Sarah Alexander (Jonathan Creek, Coupling) read “Three Quarters of the Way to Hell” by T.C. Boyle.
  • John Schwab (Zero Dark Thirty, Yellow Face – The Park Theatre) read “Three Quarters of the Way to Hell” by T.C. Boyle.
  • MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) read “Wolf’s Head Lake” by Joyce Carol Oates.

Included special accompaniment by jazz saxophonist, Derek Nash. Nash is a leading UK saxophonist of the highest degree. For over 30 years he has led the group Sax Appeal, which won the John Dankworth Award for Ensemble in the 1998 B.T. Jazz Awards. He is a co-leader of the funk/groove band Protect the Beat, as well as a featured member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. He has played with the likes of David Sanborn, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Jools Holland. Never missing a chance to be involved with music he is even a producer and engineer at Clowns Pocket Recording Stuido. 

Directed by Cedering Fox. Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox.

EFG is a keen supporter of the written word. In addition to its close association with The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, it has supported a number of literary festivals, including Charleston, Althorp and Chipping Norton, and has worked with WordTheatre for several years.