‘An Unexpected Tale in Smoky Midtown’ Stage Noir

A new musical comedy about neurodiversity, belonging, and reclaiming one’s narrative

Low on leads and all out of whiskey, a down-on-his-luck Detective has no choice but to team up with unlikely allies and old enemies to solve a missing persons case with deeply personal stakes.  

The show aims to increase representation of neurodiversity and was developed with input from Wac Arts College, writer Ian McHugh, actor Daniel Toney, and other members of the autistic community. Half the company identify as neurodiverse. The show was created with Arts Council England funding and features original songs and music by composer Ashley Hodgson. 


“It’s so fulfilling for me as an audience member to say ‘I’ve put it together myself’ – it almost feels like I’m part of the show. I’m blown away.” 

“It’s something you should witness. It doesn’t matter who you are, you should watch this so that you can understand how people work and take note.” 

“It’s very insightful. I think it would be helpful for my Mum to watch cause she’s neurotypical.” 

“It kind of felt like you’d plagiarized my life. I think it would be great for neurodiverse people to see. Thank you for writing that for me because it was very helpful for my mental health.”

All performances will be relaxed (no loud noises, dimmed house lights, allowed to leave/re-enter). 

Writer: Amanda Elizabeth Rischel 

Director: Rosie Frecker 

Performers: George Alexander, Emily Barnes, Sam Bell, Ashley Hodgson, Amanda Elizabeth Rischel, Daniel Short and Daniel Toney 

An Unexpected Tale in Smoky Midtown



Monday 8th August @7pm  

Tuesday 9th August @7pm 

Wednesday 10th August @7pm 

Running time: 65 minutes

Age recommendation: 12+

Canal Café Theatre – Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London, W2 6ND.   

Box Office: https://canalcafetheatre.com/our-shows/an-unexpected-tale

020 7289 6054

Tickets: £10/£8 (+£1.50 booking fee)

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