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 Theatre and tour), Fear Of Music (tour with Out of Joint) and At First Sight (tour and Latitude Festival). She is presently assistant director on Regeneration (national tour) and in 2015 will be staff director on Man And Superman (National Theatre). [email protected].

Barney Norris

Co-Artistic Director

Barney is a writer. His plays are Visitors, Fear Of Music and At First Sight. His first pamphlet of poems, Falling, has just been published, 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].

Charlie Young

Company Stage Manager

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



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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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.

To become a Supporter of Up In Arms, all you have to do is tell us you’d like to be one. You don’t have to make a donation unless you want to and are able to. All our Supporters will be thanked by name in our playtexts, invited to selected readings and sharings of new work in development and kept in touch with our plans through our mailing list.

In return, we hope you’ll do something to help us make our work. There are three key ways you can support us:

Recommend us: help us reach more people by sending an email recommending us to your contacts in the run-up to a show, or by bringing people to our work – if you can bring five or more people to one of our plays, we’ll try and arrange you a group discount.

Donate £20: make a donation of £20 to support the company for a year, and in addition to our Supporters benefits you will receive a copy of our playtexts and a Special Thanks credit.


Donate £200: make a larger donation of £200 to support the company for a year and in addition to our Supporters benefits you’ll receive a copy of our playtexts, an Extra Special Thanks credit, and an invitation to a Weekend Writers Workshop with co-artistic director Barney Norris. You’ll also receive personal updates through the year that will take you behind the scenes at Up In Arms.

Or... you may want to do something else! We’ve received help in all sorts of unexpected ways over the last five years, and love being surprised, so whatever you’d like to do, we want to hear from you. What matters to us is that our friends are as involved as possible in the work of the company.

To become a Supporter, email [email protected] and let us know how you’d like to help.

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].