‘The Reversing Mystery Clock Watch’ by A Children’s Story (A GCLP commission) – an online, storytelling adventure!

Saturday 08th May 2021 10:00 - Saturday 31st July 2021 17:00

Doors open: 10:00 am

‘The Reversing Mystery Clock Watch’ is an exciting, storytelling adventure which takes us to Northill Village & Ickwell Green, Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Shuttleworth Collection and Moggerhanger Park.  Join Clockmaker, Thomas Tompion, as he tries to solve this horological mystery with the help of other famous figures from Greensand Country  – Mary Russell & Humphry Repton.

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership are thrilled to commission local theatre makers A Children’s Story to produce this work – one of three new shows created for children, young people and families as part of the ‘Celebrating Greensand Country’ programme. The roles are performed by local professional actors and the costume, make-up and script have been developed with insight from work from Greensand Country Landscape Partnership Volunteers.

To watch this show on Saturday 8th May and beyond, please click on link below – this will take you to A Children’s Story’s YouTube Channel.

We would love your feedback after watching the show and please share with your friends and family too.

Any feedback or questions please contact Community Arts Officer Sally Christopher at sallyc@greensandcountry.com

We hope you enjoy the show!


Suitable for all ages. Free.


Aaron Spendelow – Thomas Tompion & Humphry Repton

Victoria Jane  – Mary Russell


Produced by A Children’s Story & Charlotte Read

Aaron Spendelow

Aaron is a theatre maker and performer based locally in Clophill, Bedfordshire, specialising in storytelling, acting, puppeteering & delivering work for families and children. After training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, Aaron worked as a touring performer for 15 years, with credits including ‘Cat In The Hat’ – UK Tour, Storyteller/Puppeteer with Little Angel Theatre and performer for Spread A Smile Children’s Charity. After a successful performance career, Aaron used these experiences to the develop his own unique children’s theatre practice, setting up his own company, A Children’s Story. This company aims to produce new, accessible theatre for families and to produce high quality educational work that engages children in a conversation about important issues in a positive manner. Aaron has also been awarded the prestigious DYCP from Arts Council England in developing work for young audiences and families.

Charlotte Read

Charlotte Read is a Luton based creative, specialising in puppetry, theatre, and visual art. Charlotte trained with 100% Young Producers, a scheme supported by The Culture Trust Luton for 16-25-year-olds to develop their skills in producing theatre. While in the team she wrote her first play, ‘Songs for the Strange’, and co-produced and programmed for various festivals.  Charlotte then went on to study puppetry at Little Angel Theatre in London, going on to create puppetry for ‘Riki Cycle’ as well as for private commissions. In 2019 Charlotte was involved in the ‘People Power Passion’ programme where she was the Trainee Stage Manager for Riot Act, Trainee Carpenter for The Children’s Peace Party, and the Stage Manager for The Children’s Peace Party.  Charlotte also works as a freelance artist and illustrator, regularly making commissioned artwork. She is currently working on a range of gifts with her original artwork & is developing a new children’s puppetry show.

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership Historical Volunteers: Daniel Bowles, Mariella Cook, Dorothy Jamieson, Sian Griffiths, Kelvin Horton, Molly Lambourne, Mark Lewis, David McKears, Sheila Meekums, Peter Goff and Sandra Reed.

Special Thanks to: His Grace the Duke of Bedford, Nicola Allen and Emma Brophy at The Bedford Estates, Pamela Birch and Bedfordshire Archives, Amanda Done and Sophie Jeffrey at Shuttleworth, Joanna Hewitt, Lesley Kendrick, Tim Kirk at Moggerhanger Park, Vicki Manners, Jill and Charles McLachlan at Moggerhanger Park and Northill Parish Council