A StoneCrabs Theatre Company Project

Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale is a British author who was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. As a child, he lived with his family at HMP Isle of Wight; his… Continue reading Patrick Gale

Bruce Laker / Phaedra Kelly

(1955-2019)   Phaedra Kelly/Bruce Laker, an artist, poet and activist was born on the Isle of Wight, living in Freshwater and Ryde.    In 1983, Phaedra Kelly’s wedding at the… Continue reading Bruce Laker / Phaedra Kelly

Nikki Dorakis

(1954-2013) Nikki Dorakis was called Enrico Cortesi when he was born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. He was a courageous activist, author, musician and psychiatric nurse who was involved in… Continue reading Nikki Dorakis

Keith Biddlecombe

Keith Biddlecombe was born on the Isle of Wight in 1936. He served in the Royal Navy in  1952 and was arrested and questioned in Malta under suspicion of being… Continue reading Keith Biddlecombe

Tom Priestley

Tom Priestley is an award-winning British film and sound editor, the son of writer J B Priestley. Tom’s parents owned Billingham House near Chillerton and Tom spent some years living… Continue reading Tom Priestley

Kenneth Kendall

(1924 – 2012) Kenneth Kendall was a popular British broadcaster, known for his pioneering work as a newsreader on the BBC and as the host of Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt.… Continue reading Kenneth Kendall

John Seely and Paul Paget

(1899–1963 Seely,  1901–1985 Paget) ‘The Shack’, a small cottage in the grounds of Mottistone Manor on the Isle of Wight was home to Paget and Seely. They were partners in their… Continue reading John Seely and Paul Paget

Lord Alfred Douglas Tennyson

(1809-1892) Farringford House in Bedbury Lane in the small town of Freshwater on the Isle of Wight was the home of Lord Alfred Tennyson and his wife for 39 years.… Continue reading Lord Alfred Douglas Tennyson

Sydney Cardew

Sydney is a trans lesbian who was born in 1987 and grew up in the small village of Rookley on the Isle of Wight. She tries to make ends meet… Continue reading Sydney Cardew

Rosa McCormack

Rosa is a lesbian who has lived on the Island since 2003. She has found that activities and events for lesbians here are few but the groups that do meet… Continue reading Rosa McCormack