It was an ordinary week on the usually sleepy Isle of Sheppey… until the shadows appeared.

These mysterious jet black apparitions swooped low across the marshes, menacing towns, frightening children, stalling cars and causing the disappearance of at least one local resident. The local police and coastguard are mystified. Time for the Sheppey Sheriffs to investigate!

Led by local private eye Detective Clarsson, the Sheppey Sheriffs are a secret order of protectors of this ancient Isle. To the untrained eye they look like ordinary children. But each of them is bestowed with a unique skill, acquired from a magic potion brewed by the mysterious Jimmy, a 4-year-old enigma with his own lab.

The Sheppey Sheriffs fan out to conduct their enquiries… Little do they know, their investigation will lead them to uncover an ancient secret, and a grave danger.

Listening Party

Experience the magic and mystery of stories from the Island.

Sheppey Shadows, an audio drama by Fin Kennedy of Applied Stories co-created with local young people, premiered at Sheppey Matters in June 2022.

The free listening party gave audiences a chance to meet the team behind the stories, before going to the seafront with a pair of headphones, to be immersed in the world of Sheppey Shadows.

Sheppey Shadows was made possible thanks to funding awarded by Kent Community Foundation from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.


Waterfront Room, Sheppey Matters, Sheppey Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness, ME12 1HH

About the Project

Sheppey Shadows has been a unique opportunity for young people to create with an acclaimed playwright Fin Kennedy. Together they have co-created an audio drama that blurs the lines between true events and imagination.

Sheppey Shadows is an Applied Stories project.
Co-created with Queenborough School and Nursery, Minster-In-Sheppey Primary School and Theatre31 Youth Theatre. Commissioned by Icon Theatre.

Funded by the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council.

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