The Company

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

Up In Arms is a multi award-winning touring theatre company from the south west of England.

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 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 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 a non-fiction study, To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill. 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. His play Nightfall will appear in the inaugural Bridge Theatre season in May 2018, and his second work of non-fiction, The Wellspring: Conversations with David Owen Norris, will be published in the summer.

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 Vaudeville, the Barbican and the Arts Theatre as a stage manager for Kenny Wax, Nick Brooke Ltd, Tall Stories, Complicite, 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.

We are an associate company of Farnham Maltings, Watford Palace Theatre and The North Wall

Advisory Board

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


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The March on Russia

by David Storey


While We're Here

by Barney Norris


German Skerries

by Robert Holman



by Barney Norris



by Barney Norris


Fear Of Music

by Barney Norris


At First Sight

by Barney Norris


If you'd like to become a Supporter of Up In Arms, there are three key ways you can help us:

Donate £200 to support our work for a year, and you’ll receive signed copies of our playtexts and complimentary tickets to our shows.

Donate £20 and you’ll receive playtexts from our productions.

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From these starting points, anything could happen. Every one of our Supporter relationships is unique, and every new Supporter makes us stronger. Our Supporters have shared ideas that turned into our plays, introduced us to actors and other collaborators, made donations amounting to 10% of all the money we've ever raised to make our work, and used their contacts in their local communities to ensure that our work has the maximum possible impact when we play there. Join the scheme now to begin a dialogue about how you can become part of the work we're doing.

Email [email protected] to be part of what we do.

All our Supporters are thanked in our playtexts, invited to readings and sharings of new work in development when they arise, and kept in touch with our activity through our mailing list.

Very Special Thanks to Frank and Elizabeth Brenan, Alison Lowdon, Derek Relph, Sarah, Pete and Ruth Shepherd, Peter and Jane Hamilton

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

Thanks to The Workers Educational Association, Lindsay Balkwell, Sarah Blake, Cassie Bradley, Sophia Chetin-Leuner, Natalie Denton, Tyson Douglas, Milly Ellis, Laura Elmes, Aidan Grounds, Barbara Houseman, Luke Holbrook, Louisa Hollway, Katharine Ingle, Max Lindsay, Alex Orchard-Lisle, George Nicholls, Joz Norris, Naomi Petersen, Ivan Richardson, Kandy Rohmann, Carly Thoms, Josie Underwood, George Warren

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'I adored While We're Here' (The Times)

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'Makes you thrill to be alive' (Financial Times)


'A writer-chronicler to be cherished' (Evening Standard)


'An important act of reclamation' (Studies in Theatre and Performance)

What You wish For

Three short plays by Barney Norris

Visitors book

'Heartbreaking' (New York Times)