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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Dementia Friends

We worked with several charitable organisations during our production of Visitors to promote understanding and awareness of issues raised in the play. As well as providing a platform for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust and the Carers Trust to talk about their work, we were proud to host several Dementia Friends sessions from the Alzheimer’s Society, educating audiences about how to support people living with dementia.

Engaging Audiences

We offered a wide range of engagement opportunities around our run of Visitors at the Bush, including post show discussions and captioned performances to make our work more accessible. Artistic Director Barney Norris also ran a devising project with students at Hammersmith Academy and residents of Mary Seacole Nursing Home, creating a ten minute play drawn from the lives of the participants that was performed on the Bush stage.


A new play by Barney Norris

We’re working with Greenhouse, the development arm of the House theatre network, to collect material for a new play about the way people long for meaning in modern England. Barney, Charlie and Alice are teaming up with Rural Arts Wiltshire, the Spring in Havant and the North Wall in Oxford to collect stories from three different communities. The play is a co-commission between Up In Arms and the Royal Court Theatre.


Our Supporters are a vital part of the company, and help us make our work. We’d love to count you among them too.

Very Special Thanks to Alison Lowdon, Sarah, Pete and Ruth Shepherd, Peter and Jane Hamilton

Special Thanks to Offline Magazine, Rachel Bebb, Susanna Bishop, Farhana Bhula, Richard Broyd, John Cox, Veronica Dewan, Bekah Diamond, Hasan Dixon, Esther Ruth Elliott, Victoria Gee, Hannah Groombridge, Anna Hamilton and Angus Meryon, Juliette Kelly-Fleming, Suzy McClintock, Alice Malin, Linda Morse, Janet Rieder, Stephanie Ressort, Celia Swan

Thanks to The Workers Educational Association, Lindsay Balkwell, Sarah Blake, Milly Ellis, Aidan Grounds, Barbara Houseman, Luke Holbrook, Katharine Ingle, Max Lindsay, Alex Orchard-Lisle, Naomi Petersen, Ivan Richardson, Kandy Rohmann, George Warren

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