The Company

Honest, human, affecting, revealing: we make plays about people and the places they’re from.

Alice Hamilton

Co-Artistic Director

Alice is a theatre director. Her productions for Up in Arms include Visitors (Arcola, Bush Theatre, and tour), Fear of Music (tour with Out of Joint) and At First Sight (tour and Latitude Festival). Short plays include Belarus (Arcola for the Miniaturists), Extinct and Starcrossed (Bush for Courting Drama) and The Kingdom of Me (Park Theatre for Hatch). She has recently been working as assistant to Simon Godwin on a national tour of Regeneration and is currently Staff Director on Man And Superman (National Theatre). Forthcoming engagements include directing Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse) [email protected].

Barney Norris

Co-Artistic Director

Barney won the Critics Circle Award and the Offie Award for Most Promising Playwright for his play Visitors. His short plays Fear Of Music and At First Sight were also produced by Up in Arms, and his first book, To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill, is published by Seren. His theatre writing is represented by Judy Daish Associates and his fiction writing is represented by Peters, Fraser and Dunlop. [email protected].

Chloe Courtney


Chloe is the Project Manager for the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice, the producer for Mouths of Lions and is currently producing Klippies at Southwark Playhouse. She was previously Project Manager at Complicite, and has produced work for Oxford Playhouse, BAC, Wilderness Festival, Secret Garden Party, Shunt Vaults and Liverpool's City of Culture Festival. [email protected].

Charlie Young

Company Stage Manager

Recent stage management credits include The Snail and The Whale (Tall Stories, Sydney Opera House, International and UK tour), Emily Brown and the Thing and The Snow Dragon (Tall Stories), Visitors and Fear Of Music (Up In Arms), Between Us (Arcola), Barbican Box (Barbican), Blind (Paper Birds), Amazon Beaming workshop (Complicite), Pinocchio (Berry Theatre), Hag and The Girl With The Iron Claws (The Wrong Crowd). [email protected].

Advisory Board: Lauren Clancy, Iain Gillie, Peter Lawlor, John McGrath, Frances Macadam, Peter Tyas, Lucy Williams



A love song, an elegy, a celebration - Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing. John is a landlord forced to sell up; Liz is a church organist who can't get a gig; Mark takes what work he can just to pay the rent. Their tales unfold round the back of a pub hidden deep in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. But is that heart still beating?
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In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain, a family is falling apart. Stephen can’t afford to put his mother into care; Arthur can’t afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger with blue hair moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family are forced to ask: are we living the way we wanted? Visitors is a sharply funny love story that takes a haunting, beautiful look at the way our lives slip past us.
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Fear of Music

Packed with beautiful observation and outrageously good jokes, Fear Of Music is a brilliant burst of a play in which two boys with starkly different futures, surrounded by mixtapes, guitars and ambitions, discover how easy it is to get lost in a country that doesn’t look after its own.
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At First Sight

Two young people meet and spend a New Year together in Salzburg. Holly is there on holiday with her parents; Jack plays piano in the hotel bar. In this award-winning one act play, their story is told through a collage of exchange and recollection.
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Participation and Development


Alongside our productions, Up In Arms run a Participation programme encouraging people to engage with the conditions of their lives through theatre.

We offer two-hour practical workshops free of charge to groups who book to see our productions, which can be tailored to any level of experience. If you would be interested in organising a workshop with a member of Up In Arms, email [email protected].

We also regularly work with partner organisations whose expertise allows us to increase the impact of the theatre we make, helping the stories we tell reach people to whom they matter. We have previously worked with the University of the Third AgeBath Spa University, the Alzheimer's Society, the Alzheimers Research Trust, the Carers Trust and the Workers Educational Association among others.


We develop new plays with the support of theatres around the country. If you like what we do and would like to find out more about becoming part of it, email the Artistic Directors, [email protected] and [email protected].


We've set up a new kind of Supporters scheme that recognises and rewards the many different kinds of encouragement and engagement Up In Arms has benefited from in its first five years of making theatre, and we'd love you to be part of it. Read more here.