Michele & Ribs have met at a local writers’ group a few years ago and have been plotting ever since. They write sitcoms together and the storytelling evenings are there first foray into events in the Folkestone area. Michele writes a lot of short stories and Ribs writes mainly for performance.

Hand of Doom: Hand of Doom Productions is a theatre company Ribs started in September 2016, primarily so that she could get insurance for some fringe theatre shows she wanted to put on. Our passion is getting new work in front of interested audiences, whatever the format. Our output ranges from plays and live comedy, to performance poetry and storytelling.


Different venues? It’s a brilliant way to bring theatre to people who might not otherwise come to a traditional venue. By staging plays and events in different venues, we can reach a different demographic and hopefully create new theatre-lovers. There’s a real appetite for listening to stories. It goes back to when you’re very young and you listened to your mum and dad or your teachers reading stories. 




Best view 
Michele: It always lifts my spirits when you go along Wear Bay Road and then down the hill, looking across the Martello Tower and Jock’s pitch and the White Cliffs. The sea and sky are always changing colour depending on the weather so it’s always very dramatic. I love the view from Little Switzerland too on a sunny day, all the better with a cup of tea.
Ribs: I like to look across The Channel on a clear day, to see France in the distance.

Best bar
Ribs: The Firkin Alehouse in Cheriton Place. Fabulous micropub with great beers and a lovely landlord.

A hidden place in Folkestone
Michele: Anywhere on The Warren. It’s got so many great hiding places.
Ribs: The art installation overlooking the Martello tower at the western end of The Leas.

Best walk
Michele: Sunny Sands to The Warren and beyond to Samphire Hoe.
Ribs: Being a West End girl, I like to walk down through Sandgate and onwards to Hythe.

Best restaurant
Beanos in Tontine Street. Mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan food.

Best fish and chips
Papa’s in Sandgate Road.

Best ice cream
Morelli’s Gelato in Cheriton Place. The black cherry is to die for.

Best coffee shop
Steep Street Coffee House. It’s where we hatch our plans and plot our sitcom scripts.

Best kids activity
Coastal park, it’s free and it’s a beautiful place to have a picnic, playing on Sunny Sands, fossiling, exploring the Warren and all the wonderful shows put on at the Quarterhouse.

Best artist
Ribs: I love what The Dirty Pen does and Fat Hen & Flo has a wonderful world-view. And Leigh Mulley‘s murals are amazing.

Ribs Norman | handofdoom.online | @RibsNorman | www.facebook.com/handofdoomproductions/ | hopfestfringe.co.uk

Michele Sheldon | michelesheldon.com | @Michele10013

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