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, Wiltshire Creative, Farnham Maltings, The North Wall Arts Centre and Reading Rep.


Our projects draw on a wide range of artists and collaborators, but always begin with the ideas of our artistic directors:


Alice Hamilton

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Direction for Up in Arms includes Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse), The March On Russia (Orange Tree),  In Lipstick (Pleasance), 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 The Weatherman (Park Theatre), 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

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Barney is the author of three novels, several plays and two books of non-fiction. He has won awards from the Critics’ Circle, the International Theatre Institute and the Society of Authors, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and sits on the Society of Authors’ Scriptwriters Committee. 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.


Over the last ten years, we’ve made shows with Beth Absalom (stage manager), Teresa Banham (actor), Linda Bassett (actor), David Beames (actor), Carys Rose Beard (designer), Sarah Belcher (actor), Ana Beltscheva (producer), Harry Blake (composer and sound designer), Emmet Byrne (actor), Ed Clarke (sound designer), Tara Claxton (stage manager), Rob Colquhoun (sound engineer), Chloe Courtney (producer), Dom Coyote (composer and sound designer), Fly Davis (designer), Rebecca Denby (stage manager), George Dennis (composer and sound designer), Alex Dickens (lighting designer), Hasan Dixon (actor), James Doherty (actor), Liz Eddy (producer), Madeleine Ellis (makeup artist), Delyth Evans (designer), George Evans (actor), Reece Evans (actor), Henry Everett (actor), Caroline Faber (actor), Sally Ferguson (lighting designer), Jack Finch (actor), Timmy Fisher (composer), Roseanna Frascona (actor), Andrew French (actor), Ian Gelder (actor), Tom Gibbons (sound designer), Nick Gordon Smith (director of photography), Jack Greenyer (production manager), Rob Heaps (actor), Eleanor Henderson (actor), Nicholas Holdridge (lighting designer), Robert Holman (writer), Ashley Illmann (stage manager), Annie Jenkins (writer), Ellie Keel (producer), Anouska Lester (costume supervisor), Natalie Lloyd (assistant director), Michael McCabe (focus puller), Nick May (production manager), Will Measham (stage manager), Emily Moitoi (stage manager), Frank Moon (composer and sound designer), Kate Moore (producer), Katie Moore (actor), Lucy Morris (stage manager), Simon Muller (actor), Ben New (colour grader), Lily Nichol (actor), Nisha Oza (producer), Sophie Parrott (casting director), Tessa Peake Jones (actor), James Perkins (designer), Ellie Piercy (actor), David Poole (sound mixer), Jennie Quirke (costume designer), Jeff Rawle (actor), Francesca Reidy (designer), Charles Reston (actor), Joe Robertson (actor), Tammy Rose (production manager), Josephine Rossen (stage manager), Jasmine Sandalli (production manager), Sophia Simensky (costume designer), Robin Soans (actor), Vicky Smart (costume designer), Charlotte Sutton (casting director), Alice Sykes (actor), Simon Gethin Thomas (lighting designer), Colin Tierney (actor), Johanna Town (lighting designer), James Varley (editor), Miguel Vicente (lighting designer), Connie Walker (actor), Sue Wallace (actor), Howard Ward (actor), Ally Watson (assistant director), Sarah Wilson (producer), Eleanor Wyld (actor), Charlie Young (stage manager) and David Storey, who passed away in the months before we began work on his play The March on Russia.