A Plymouth-based theatre company, committed to tackling

controversial issues with a personal aspect,

recently commissioned for Outpost 2015


  • Pilot’s Thumb commissioned for Outpost -2015

    We are delighted to announce we have been commissioned for Outpost 2015 , hosted by New Model Theatre Company for our new piece A NIGHT IN THE DAY OF EMILY HAYES. For more information, bookings and tickets please book through The Barbican Theatre website.  ... Read more

  • Eddie

    Have a drink with Eddie, compulsive gambler, serial lover, likeable -up to a point- rogue. Nothing’s ever really his fault. Take the gambling- “The problem with gambling is not when you lose; it’s when you win, then it’s out of your control, got yourself a wedge and it’s a new suit, into... Read more

  • NOW TOURING: Inner Chimp

    Inner Chimp: A term originating in Buddhism referring to that part of our mind that is wild and difficult to control. ‘Inner Chimp‘ a play devised by Pilot’s Thumb theatre explores the idea of two sleepless women in one hotel room. As the night wears on so their “Inner Chimps” take over... Read more

  • Protest

    ‘Protest’ is a powerful docu -drama which explores the voice of protest, using multi media, theatrical collage, dance, all focused on the heart-warming story of two women, modern day suffragettes, Jo and Becky as they embark upon a Pussy Riot style campaign of protest, with unexpected... Read more

  • Touched

    A play devised by Pilot’s Thumb Theatre based on an idea by Laura Quigley and Directed by Marion Macbeth.Set in the near future as Britain plunges further into depression, Touched is a poignant exploration of longing and loss played out against the Government’s Urban Regeneration Programme... Read more

  • Cover Story

    ‘Cover Story’ Louise is gregarious. Louise is popular. Louise believed in happy ever after. Paul is a loner. Paul is odd. Paul was the last person to see her alive. Interviewed by the police on suspicion of murder and hounded by the press, Paul’s life is never the same again – but did he do... Read more

  • Playing with Daisy

    Playing with Daisy, by Eleanor Fossey. A two hander exploring the themes of love, loss and friendship that can never die! Can Daisy ever forgive Esther for forgetting about her? Will Esther truly believe it is her and why is she here again after all these years apart? How do the friends overcome... Read more

  • Voices

    A ghost story with a difference, Thoughts are often random and chaotic: The characters of “Voices”find themselves in “dislocated thought space” unable and unwilling to face the truth that will enable them to move on. They are current and ancestral; lucid and confused but... Read more



The Core Company
Cassie Williamson – Actress / Writer / Director
Beth Scott Hewlett – Actress / Writer / Director
Danny Strike – Director / Writer / Actor

Our Associates
Jamie Smith / Matt Cann – Lighting technician
Jon Broks – Projectionist and sound technition
Robert Cargill – Actor
Joe Carey – Actor
Sarah Keogh – Actress
Mark Gillham – Actor
Marion MacBeth – Director/Actress/Writer
Sarah Killingsworth – Stage manager
Arwen Ross – Technical assistant

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Beth Scott-Hewlett

Beth graduated from East 15 in 2003 and lived in London working as an actress for a further five years. Since returning to the West Country Beth has played Sam – The Man in The Red Scarf (Barbican Theatre), Tikka – Beautiful Journey (Wildworks), filmed 2 Episodes of Doc Martin plus toured with The Barbican Theatre as an actress and theatre practitioner with the Barbican’s one extreme to another. In 2008 Cassie and Beth met in a play and the beginnings of Pilot’s Thumb began, a year later Danny came on board to direct Playing with Daisy and the three have not looked back since. Beth has played Daisy in Playing with Daisy, Pam in Voices and KC in Touched. Beth has directed Cover Story and the recent full length version of Protest for Pilot’s Thumb, Beth is an actor, writer and director as well as having extensive experience of teaching drama and working with young people with behavioural and emotional problems. Beth recently welcomed a new addition when baby Matilda was born one month early in December 2013.

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Cassie Williamson

Cassie trained at Bretton Hall and earned a Ba Hons in Theatre Acting. Since then she has appeared in various stage and screen productions from Pantomime and TIE to feature films (Icharus Broken) and TV (Emmerdale, Doctors, Casualty). After her move to Plymouth in 2008, Cassie embarked on further acting projects with BBC Radio Devon, Wildworks, Oddbodies, Burn the Curtain, Part Exchange and the Barbican Theatre where she then met Beth and Pilot’s Thumb was born. For Pilot’s Thumb Cassie played Esther in Playing with Daisy, Cheryl in Voices, Jessica in Touched, Louise in Cover Story and Jo in Protest.


Danny Strike

After a career spent in Education and Theatre, the last twenty years in Munich, where he founded and directed the internationally renowned Entity theatre group, Danny returned to the West Country in 2008. Since then he has acted for Wild Works, Burn The Curtain, Paine’s Plough and The People’s Company Plymouth, as well as being a visiting director for Attention Seekers. He is a founder member of Pilot’s Thumb for whom he directs, writes and acts.


Some of our latest news and musings

  • Emily Hayes and sleeplessness montage

    We are taking a few months out of rehearsals to put together our G4A application for 2017, we will be putting forward ‘A night in the Day of Emily Hayes’ as well as creating a new montage piece based around the theme of Sleeplessness. We are looking to create real stories from... Read more

  • Extending the Pilot’s Thumb family once again.

    Next week is Cassie’s due date and we will be extending the Pilot’s Thumb family once again as she welcomes a little boy, photos and updates to follow... Read more

  • Cover Story-Barnstaple Festival

    We will be performing ‘Deadline’ at the Fringe Fest in Barnstaple on Friday June 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th at the Baptist Hall, Tickets available through the website. Be great to see you there xxx  ... Read more

  • Cover Story-Cygnet Theatre-Exeter

    We will be performing a new version of Cover Story at The Cygnet in Exeter on Friday Feb... Read more




Some of our lovely reviews:

Pilots Thumb was formed in 2009 to pursue the development of a modern drama of ideas, experimental in spirit without losing sight of empathetic characters, compelling narratives, pithy humour and at the same time committed to stimulating debate and discussion on topical issues, and in the case of our proposed piece-action.

Our journey to date has certainly been a dynamic and stimulating one as can be seen from the following responses from audience members...


To all at Pilot's Thumb, well done everyone!

Most impressed by your 'Protest'. I came with high expectations after our previous encounters, and left with them all fulfilled - and more. I wish you could present this to a much wider audience, and not just locally but maybe on the national stage one day. You hit all the right buttons for me - in a most telling way. Too many of us are too complacent these days, especially
in this country, knowing little and often caring even less about issues which affect the lives of so many but just don't happen to touch us personally. Keep up the good work.

"so moving and so well tuned that I was enthralled every minute of the play."

Jenni Mikulla, audience member.

"What an epilogue to your play this morning on British TV: 53-year- old woman, hit by the bed room tax kills herself, leaving a note saying it's the government that's to blame."

David Maguire, Pensioner.

"Thanks again for an enjoyable and provocative evening at the Barbican Theatre on Saturday evening. I think that your aim to “Activate The Audience” had more success than you imagined it would as the discussion and feedback afterwards showed."

Michael Skinley, local business man.

Several years ago some members of our society saw a performance of ‘Playing with Daisy’ at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter. This small venue ideally suited the play, and the atmosphere created by the fledgling ‘Pilot’s Thumb’ company was electrifying! After the performance, they spoke to the company and found that they had a lot in common... a passion for all that’s good in theatre being the basis.

Since then, ‘Pilot’s Thumb’ has visited Brixham Theatre, which is managed by BATS, and Performed their play “Touched” to an enthusiastic audience. On the strength of the high standard of their work, BATS has invited ���Pilot’s Thumb’ back for a run of their next production....probably in February, 2014.

BATS is endeavouring to rekindle the latent interest in theatre in Brixham, and for the past three years has seen a steady increase in attendance for their varied programme. The inclusion of the innovative ‘Pilot’s Thumb’ Company represents a significant contribution to this aim.

John Miles, Director, Brixham Theatre

I have followed Pilot's Thumb for the last 12 months. They are a talented company with a growing reputation in the South West. Their work is always of a high standard and they have developed a challenging, edgy and insightful voice related to psychological, social and political issues.

They have helped hugely in their support of our Plymouth Plan project, helping to give an interesting and engaging aspect to our consultation process.
An apt example is their ‘work in progress��� piece 'Protest', a political play that look to explore various forms of protest. A play supported by the Barbican Theatre, as their 2013 Flourish Company, giving them space and development.

Pilot's Thumb is a local, hard-working, small-scale Plymouth based theatre company made up of experienced professionals, which offers new work and an independent eye that enhances the creative mix of what the city of Plymouth and the South West has to offer.

From the Press:

  • Review of Inner Chimp/Eddie

    Pilot’s Thumb Theatre Company comprises an unusual grouping; two young women actors/directors Cassie Williamson and Beth Scott-Hewlett, who over seven years, have sustained a productive trio with Danny Strike, writer/director & actor, just old enough to be a father-figure to his partners.... Read more

  • Danny proceeds to give a masterclass performance, his self-penned brilliant lines spoken trippingly off the tongue as if freshly occurring in his mind. And he is wonderfully relaxed and entertaining. with a flow of events involving Barbara, his frowsty wife – played with humorous aplomb by... Read more

  • Thumbs up for Pilot project

    IT’S thumbs up from the Arts Council for a city theatre company’s Pussy Riot-style drama. Pilot’s Thumb has won funding for Protest, a story of suffragettes who copy the tactics used by the balaclava-clad Russian feminist campaigners. The Plymouth company developed the piece with the help of... Read more


In connection with their performances Pilot’s Thumb also offer workshops to schools, colleges, local groups, directing, devising, acting all of which have proved most stimulating and popular.

Please contact us for more information.



Best Wishes

Matt Dean – Theatre and Drama Lecturer, City College, Plymouth


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  • Address: c/o Barbican Theatre, Castle St, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
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