Up In Arms is a multi award-winning touring theatre company from the south west of England. We tell stories about people and the places they’re from.

We have presented work in theatres, woods and village halls across the UK, in co-production or in association with Arcola Theatre, The Bush Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre Company, The North Wall Arts Centre and Reading Rep. We are an associate company of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Farnham Maltings, Watford Palace Theatre and The North Wall.

Our projects draw on a wide range of artists and collaborators, but always begin with the ideas of three people:

Alice Hamilton

Co-Artistic Director

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Direction for Up in Arms includes The March On Russia (Orange Tree), While We're Here (Bush Theatre, Farnham Maltings and tour), German Skerries (Orange Tree and tour), Eventide (Arcola and tour), Visitors (Arcola, Bush Theatre and tour), Fear of Music (tour with Out of Joint) and At First Sight (tour and Latitude Festival). Other theatre includes Paradise and Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (Hampstead Theatre), Echo's End (Salisbury Playhouse), Thirty Christmases (Supporting Wall), Orca (Papatango at Southwark Playhouse) and Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse).

Barney Norris

Co-Artistic Director

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Barney's plays include Nightfall, While We're Here, Echo's End, Eventide and Visitors (winner of the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright). He has published two novels, Turning For Home and Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain, which was a Times bestseller and won a Betty Trask Award, and two non-fiction studies, To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill and The Wellspring: Conversations with David Owen Norris. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford, and has been named by the Evening Standard as one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners.

Charlie Young

Company Stage Manager

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Charlie has worked around the UK and across the world at venues including Sydney Opera House, the Lyric, the Vaudeville, the Barbican and the Arts Theatre as a stage manager for Kenny Wax, Nick Brooke Ltd, Tall Stories, Complicite, Mischief Theatre, The Wrong Crowd, House, Arcola, Southwark Playhouse, The Point in Eastleigh, Trafalgar Studios and many others. For Up In Arms she has stage managed Fear Of Music, Visitors, Eventide, German Skerries, While We're Here and The March On Russia.

Advisory Board

Lauren Clancy, Sophie Curtis, Iain Gillie, Lucy Howe, Peter Lawlor, Tom Lyons, Frances Macadam, Michael Marks



In Lipstick (2019)

by Annie Jenkins


The Line (2019)

curated by Barney Norris


While We're Here (2017 - 18)

by Barney Norris

March on Russia image (2)

The March on Russia (2017)

by David Storey


German Skerries (2016)

by Robert Holman


Eventide (2015)

by Barney Norris


Visitors (2014 - 15)

by Barney Norris


Fear Of Music (2012 - 13)

by Barney Norris


At First Sight (2011)

by Barney Norris