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Outliers - Stories from the edge of history

Jan 14, 2020

Thomas Phelippes is a spy and code breaker in the court of Elizabeth I. He plots the downfall of Mary Queen of Scots. As Phelippes struggles to decipher a code that could result in her death, the prospect of succeeding leaves him feeling cold and empty, but very powerful. The life of a queen rests in his hands.  

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Written by Jon Cooper

Performed by David Oakes

Produced by Adam Sibbald, Claudia Strange, and Alexander J Newall with April Sumner

Script edited by Sarah Kilby 

Directed by Alexander J Newall 

Edited by Maddy Searle and Alexander J Newall

Main theme arranged by Samuel D F Jones, adapted by Domini Hooper and Nick Hart from the original 17th century ballad ‘The Sea Martyrs’. 

Additional Music by Samuel D F Jones 

Artwork by Lyndon White

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