Come behind the scenes for insights and interviews.

Back to the future: Max Stafford-Clark on three major Autumn revivals

Our artistic director MAX STAFFORD-CLARK introduces three plays which started life as Out of Joint commissions, and are now shining bright in new productions this autumn.  It’s always validating when a play you commission gets a further life and becomes part of the national repertoire. And strange, too, seeing someone else’s take on something I’m that close to. This […]

Corbyn & May in the spotlight: read short satirical plays by top writers

Exclusive: read short new plays by Alistair Beaton, Stella Feehily and David Hare. “Oh, I do love your centre ground. Sounds so reasonable, doesn’t it? The centre ground. But does the centre ground stay in the same place? I don’t think so.” – The Accidental Leader READ THE PLAYS: Alistair Beaton: The Accidental Leader Stella Feehily: […]

The Accidental Leader & Corbyn – how fiction became reality

The Chambers English Dictionary defines ‘plot’ variously as a conspiracy: a stratagem or secret contrivance and: the story or scheme of connected events running through a play, novel etc. Imagine my astonishment to find those two definitions of ‘plot’ suddenly merging. The dust had scarcely settled from David Cameron’s successful attempt to blow up Britain, […]

“You can be hated but you mustn’t be laughed at”

Is laughing at politics a catalyst for change – or a substitute? With A View From Islington North about to open in the West End, we asked three brilliant satirists about the relationship between comedy and politics. JONATHAN LYNN co-wrote Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. He wrote and directed Clue and Nuns on the […]

Steamy scenes – trains in theatre

You can’t see the steam train that comes to a halt, hissing and clanking, in the middle of the auditorium during All That Fall – theatre-goers are blindfolded throughout. But you’d swear it was there, thanks to Dyfan Jones’ nine-directional sound design. Beckett’s radio play tells the story of a woman’s arduous journey to a […]

Interview with Max Stafford-Clark

Out of Joint is bringing Max Stafford-Clark’s in-the-dark staging of Samuel Beckett’s radio play All That Fall  into the West End for just 5 weeks from 13 April, following sell-out performances in London and Bristol. He talks about why the play appeals to him more than Beckett’s better known work – and his love of […]

Persuading Beckett

One of Samuel Beckett’s most acclaimed and accessible plays, All That Fall is also one of his least known. The writer’s friend and biographer Jim Knowlson explains why – and why it is “too good, too funny and too moving” to be left on the shelf. When Beckett’s first radio play was broadcast in 1957, […]

My first Beckett

Out of Joint is presenting a rare live production of Samuel Beckett’s radio play All That Fall, in which theatre-goers will be blindfolded, the actors moving about the auditorium. One of Beckett’s most naturalistic plays, it is inspired by his native Foxrock in Ireland. We asked cast members about their first experience of Beckett.     BRÍD […]

A statement about the cancellation of a performance by Jane Wenham

Our production Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern was to tour to the theatre at Ipswich High School for Girls, as part of a 2-week collaboration with Eastern Angles in which we take the show to small venues around East Anglia and Essex. This is part of a wider tour that takes in more conventional […]

Women and witchcraft

Why were women so vulnerable to being accused of witchcraft? By 1712, when our play Jane Wenham: Witch of Walkern is set, the most intense period of witch hunting was over, although still within living memory. During the height of the hunts somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people were tried and of those 50,000 to […]