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 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



While We're Here (2017 - 18)

by Barney Norris

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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


Support from members of our audience who value the stories we tell and want to hear more of them has had a profound impact on this company's growth, and continues to do so today. If you would like to become a Supporter and help us speak up for more of the world, you can start by making a donation via the button below. All Supporters are thanked in playtexts and other publications, and all donations go directly towards funding the development and production of new stories.

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

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


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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)