Small, versatile, original, accessible & professional touring theatre


Jane Marshall  in the distant past, has appeared in the film Robin Hood and on TV in Brookside. Jane also paints and runs courses on traditional canal art which were featured on the T.V. show Locks & Quays and more recently on BBC 2ís Paul Martinís Hand made Revolution. She also plays the violin.

Duffy Marshall who, many years ago, has appeared on TV in Watching, Coronation Street, Medics, Children's Ward and Brookside. is the writer of all our plays, and some of the songs and music. Duffy is an equity stage name and apparently his real name is Pete. His latest project is co presenting the video music internet based programme, Fat Pigeon Live

Jack Marshall is an acomplished musician with a first class honors degree as well as a singer songwriter currently performing either solo or with Kirsty. He has worked on much of day-starís recent music and has composed and recorded the last 7 rural touring soundtracks with Duffy. He also teaches and runs Hollow Floor recording studios from our base at Audlem

George Marshall is currently our leading sound and lighting engineer having masterminded and developed our last 7 lighting plans. George also plays drums  as well as being a busy marine engineeer in the guise of Audlem Boat Company. He lives on the 107 year old narrow boat Viceroy with his family, Kirsty, Alfie & Keira.

Kirsty Marshall is an occasional member of the sound and lighting team. She is a talented singer and dancer and has recently gained new skills, refitting a narrow boat, splicing ropes and working locks and of course steering the boat.. sometimes single handed!


In 1977 Pete and Jane Marshall moved onto a 45ft wooden narrow boat and found a mooring on the river Thames at Weybridge. The boat was called Day-Star and by 1980 they were fed up of never having enough time to cruise the inland waterways. The solution was to give up proper jobs and head north on to the canal system.

The small matter of money to buy food led Pete (a former drama teacher) to write a short 1 man play to perform at canalside pubs during the summer and then, maybe with the novelty having warn off, they could go back to a normal existence. No chance! The 1 man show soon developed into a 1 man 1 woman show with the unsuspecting Jane (a former agricutural student and dairy farmer) being the other half. During the next twenty five years children were born, other actors came and went, another boat (The Angry Bull) replaced the loveable, leaky Day-Star and more theatre and other projects were started at our South Cheshire base.


11 summers ago saw the final Waterways Tour but Day-Star are still be based on the Shropshire Union Canal at The Old Stables, Audlem, Cheshire continuing with and developing our Rural Tours taking our original and highly relevant plays to village halls and small theatres and continuing our Plays and workshops for schools and Roses and Castles painting wekends.