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Out of Joint

Out of Joint is an outstanding company with an international reputation for new writing, touring new plays to middle-scale venues throughout the country. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £423,896
  • 2013-2014: £433,645
  • 2014-2015: £444,920

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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage - Trailer

A powerful and often funny new play about gay Welsh rugby icon Gareth Thomas and his home town Bridgend: two Welsh names that have had their share of the media spotlight. Produced by some of the UK's most exciting theatre companies and directed by Max Stafford-Clark, this is a great story about sport, politics, secrets and learning to be yourself. Crouch Touch Pause Engage is produced by Out of Joint; National Theatre Wales; and London's Arcola Theatre; with Sherman Cymru. Find out more, get tour dates and book tickets: ----- Film by Sounds thanks to

Our Country's Good - meet the cast

We took a break from rehearsal to ask director Max Stafford-Clark and cast members about the the Olivier Award-winning play: its themes, its characters and its enduring popularity. In Autumn 2014 this acclaimed production plays in Toronto before returning to the UK, playing Richmond, Brighton and Windsor. For details, visit

Pitcairn - audience voxpops

Pitcairn is Richard Bean's new play about what happened after the mutiny on The Bounty: about the mutineers' attempt to start a new, better way of life on a remote island in the South Pacific. Tour dates and more:

Pitcairn - teaser trailer

What happened after the mutiny on The Bounty? Richard Bean's thrilling and often funny play is inspired by a little known piece of history. It charts one man's dream of building a utopia - and its bloody collapse.

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Pitcairn by Richard Bean - Trailer

Richard Bean's gripping island story is about what happened after the mutiny on The Bounty. Richard, director Max Stafford-Clark and actors Siubhan Harrison and Tom Morley talk about the play. Visit for tour details and more.

This May Hurt A Bit Interview with Stephanie Cole

Award-winning actress Stephanie Cole is much-loved for roles in Waiting for God, Tenko, Doc Martin, Open All Hours and most recently Coronation Street, as well as West End shows including Blythe Spirit and Noises Off. Here she talks about This May Hurt A Bit, a new comedy-drama about the NHS. Now touring, then playing at London's St James Theatre from 14 May 2014. Tour dates and more:

Under Milk Wood - the Dylan Thomas Centenary production

Now touring the UK. Full dates here: Under Milk Wood is a work of genius; ripe with vitality, rich in humour and populated by sublime, eccentric, enchanting characters. Come to Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edwards and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood. Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day. Both a play and a poem, written from the heart, it offers an unforgettable journey into the roots of language and the soul of Wales. This new production, directed by Terry Hands, marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth in 1914 and the 60th anniversary of the play's British première. Recommended for age: 12+

Ciphers Voxpops

We chatted with members of the audience after a performance of Ciphers at Exeter Northcott Theatre. Ciphers is a play about spies and secret lives. It tours until February 2014. You can find out more here:

CIPHERS | a play by Dawn King

"Most of what she told me about herself is a cover story. She is a British Intelligence Officer. How far would she go to get information out of me? The answer is, quite far..." A young woman is found dead. Her sister sets out to find out what happened, and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living? Dawn King's debut play Foxfinder was "thrillingly original" (Time Out), "a contender for new play of the year" (Guardian) and a "spell-binding dystopian parable" (Independent). Now, in Ciphers, she has written a smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. Directed by the award-winning "rising directorial star" (Time Out) Blanche McIntyre. More:

CIPHERS interview with Dawn King v2

Interview with Dawn King, who as you'll see has excellent taste when it comes to wallpaper. Dawn's first play was Foxfinder, which caused big waves in 2011 (the Independent called it "spell-binding" and the Guardian thought it "a contender for play of the year"). Here she talks about her new play Ciphers, about an MI5 officer who is found dead and whose sister sets out to investigate. She also talks about her favourite writers. The play tours from October 2013 to February 2014. You can find tour dates here

Our Country's Good - London trailer

The acclaimed new production of the Oliver Award-winning play drew rave reviews on tour and now reaches the new St James Theatre in London. In Our Country's Good, a ragbag group of convicts attempt to stage a play under the direction of an earnest young officer.

Our Country's Good - trailer

In Timberlake Wertenbaker's award-winning play, an earnest young officer, Ralph Clark, is tasked with directing a bunch of convicts in a comedy to celebrate the king's birthday. This new production is directed by Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the world premiere. Touring September 2012 - March 2013.

Our Country's Good - from model to workshop to stage

From designer Tim Shortall's model box, to timelapse footage of the set being built, Pete Rimmer talks us through the build for Our Country's Good, and preparing a set for touring.

Our Country's Good - real life convict drama

Actors Ciaron Owens and Helen Bradbury talk about meeting an actor who discovered acting while in prison, and how this shed light on their stories in Our Country's Good, Timberlake Wertenbaker's Olivier Award-winning play.

OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD - Crime, punishment and a voyage

Kathryn O'Reilly takes a break from Our Country's Good rehearsals to talk about crime, punishment and the voyage of the First Fleet to Australia. Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton's production, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, tours from September 2012.

Top Girls audience reactions

January 2012: we spoke to audience members at Warwick Arts Centre and Oxford Playhouse who had seen production of Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. An Out of Joint and Chichester Festival Theatre production.

Top Girls - Angie and Kitty's "dark" friendship

Cast members Victoria Gee and Emmy Sainsbury discuss their roles in Caryl Churchill's landmark play Top Girls, touring to 17 March 2012

Top Girls - Success, class and loneliness

Cast members Victoria Gee and Emmy Sainsbury discuss the central character of Marlene and the themes of class and the cost of success in Caryl Churchill's landmark play Top Girls, touring to 17 March 2012

How The World Began - audience reactions

Catherine Trieschmann's play is set in a school in a small Kansas town that's been ripped apart by a tornado. A science teacher, newly arrived from Manhattan, gets into a storm of her own when she dismisses non-scientific theories about how life on Earth began as "gobbledygook". We spoke to audience members after an early performance.

Bang Bang Bang audience reactions.wmv

Bang Bang Bang is Stella Feehily's play about human rights defenders wroking - and playing - in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, audience members share their experience of the show.

THE BIG FELLAH - the hit play is back

Richard Bean's brilliantly original, funny and shocking play returns in Spring 2011. Visiting Dublin, Cork, Liverpool and Newcastle. Finbar Lynch reprises his acclaimed perfromance in the title role. Max Stafford-Clark directs. Full tour information:

The Big Fellah - trailer

Trailer for "The Big Fellah" - Richard Bean's darkly comic play about an IRA cell in New York. Spanning three turbulent decades it's a witty story of loyalty, disillusionment and betrayal. From Out of Joint and the Lyric Hammersmith. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Andersen's English Video v.2

A trailer for Sebastian Barry's new (2010) play Andersen's English. Including interviews with actors Niamh Cusack, David Rintoul and Danny Sapani and director Max Stafford-Clark. The play tours from February 2010, to Bury St Edmunds, Southampton, Leeds, Manchester, Coventry, Salisbury, Mold and London.

Andersen's English

A trailer for Sebastian Barry's new play Andersen's English, including interviews with actors Niamh Cusack, David Rintoul and Danny Sapani and director Max Stafford-Clark. The play tours from February 2010, to Bury St Edmunds, Southampton, Leeds, Manchester, Coventry, Salisbury, Mold and London.

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