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An Ingenious Purpose Production


By Douglas Post

Tue 22 Sep 2020 - Sat 17 Oct 2020

We are delighted to announce that this autumn we will be presenting a limited season of socially distanced performances inside our auditorium. 

London. 1957. A tantalising puzzle! Policeman-turned-photographer Derek Eveleigh is down on his luck, but when a mysterious envelope full of money arrives it looks like his fortunes are about to change. Tasked with taking photos of an elegant young woman as she walks through leafy Holland Park, Derek relishes his new challenge.  

But when the job is turned upside down in a sudden, shocking turn of events, Derek must cling to the shadows to uncover the truth about this enigmatic stranger. The mystery deepens - what do an Irish comedian, an American saxophone player and a Russian magician have to do with the bloody event he witnesses? And how are these men connected to the woman in Holland Park?

This thrilling one man show returns to The Watermill after almost ten years, performed by award-winning composer and actor Simon Slater who moves effortlessly from ukulele to saxophone with even the odd conjuring trick!

Tickets £25 to £23

Age guidance 14+ 
Please note, this production includes themes of violence, discussion of sexual assault and crude language. There will be haze, a prop gun and gunshot sound effects used on stage.

Running time: approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval.

Audio Described performance: Saturday 10 October at 2.30pm. To reserve a headset for the performance and to book your tickets, please contact the box office on 01635 46044.

Keeping you safe at The Watermill  

Bloodshot is part of The Watermill Theatre's autumn 2020 reopening season featuring shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating to enable you to get back to watching the very best live theatre.

Audience members are required to wear face coverings (unless medically exempt or children under 11) when moving around the Watermill site, including in the bar and restaurant and at all times in the auditorium. Face coverings do not need to be worn when eating or drinking.

When you arrive at the theatre a member of the box office team will take your temperature. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the performance starts to allow time for this.

For more information about your visit and the steps we have taken to reopen the theatre safely, please click here

By Douglas Post
Directed by Patrick Sandford
Lighting designed by David W Kidd

Simon Slater

Derek Eveleigh

Previous Watermill credits include: Honk; For Services Rendered, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Tuxedo Junction, Bloodshot. Simon has composed the music for numerous Watermill shows including Pinnochio, James and the Giant Peach, Wind in the Willows, Arabian Nights and Alice in Wonderland.


Other recent theatre credits include Wild Honey, Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre); Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre London); Sam in Mamma Mia for 4 years in London’s West End (the Prince Edward Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead and West End); Peter Pan (Winchester Theatre Royal); Song of Singapore (Chichester Festival Theatre); Forbidden Broadway (West End); Sugar Hill Blues (Hampstead); Wizard of Oz (Richmond); Waiting for Godot, Wind in the Willows and Earth and Sky by Douglas Post (Nuffield Theatre); Woman in Mind (Salisbury Playhouse) the award winning The Great White Hope (Tricycle).

Simon is a familiar face on television, having made more than two hundred appearances. Credits include most recently Mr Selfridge, Scott and Bailey, Doctors, and Spooks, two seasons of Monarch of the Glen, Hotel Babylon, Inspector Morse, Angel Cake, Sam Saturday, In a Land of Plenty, The Bill (Inspector Kite).

Film credits include: Mamma Mia 2, The Fool, Iron Lady, Dealers.

Simon is regularly heard on audio books including the multi award winning Wolf Hall.

Simon is an Olivier nominated composer, who has composed over 300 original scores for film, TV, theatre and radio. Theatre credits include: Europe (Donmar Warehouse); Frankenstein (National Tour); Amadeus (National Theatre 2017 and 2018); Killology – winner of an Olivier 2018 (Sherman/Royal Court); the award winning Constellations (Duke of York’s and Royal Court, New York) for which he was nominated for an Olivier. Carmen Disruption (Almeida), Wonderland, The Cost of Living, I and You (Hampstead Theatre); King Lear, A Winter’s Tale, The Broken Heart, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Shakespeare’s Globe).


Simon is an Associate Artist at Mayflower Theatre Southampton, and the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough.