Who We Are

There are two things fundamental to Off the Fence: new writing for performance and creating engaging, contemporary theatre to tour.

As further commitment to writers and development of new writing, we offer workshops on writing for performance and also a script editing service.

Our Story

Market Forces, our first production in 2011 featured four new plays performed in Leicester’s historic market place. Since that drizzly afternoon in December we have continued to show our commitment to writers, giving them a platform to see their work performed.

In October 2012 we successfully produced and directed Godot Was Here by Loughborough writer Thomas Burns Scully. Performed in the spare upstairs room at popular local pub The Western, this turned out to be the beginnings of Leicester’s first pub theatre, Upstairs at the Western, which became our home until December 2016.

Our Recent Productions

In 2013 we produced Hitchcock re:presented, a series of eleven new plays performed at Curve Theatre, Leicester as part of their Hitchcock season.

In 2013 and 2014 we developed Stranger in the Kitchen by Azma Dar, following a mentoring programme with Out of Joint, and supported by Arts Council England.

During Autumn 2014 we toured two new plays in the UK, England Expects by Tom Glover and Clamber Up the Crucifix by John Kitchen. Girls with Balls by Ann Richards toured in venues throughout the UK during 2016.

He Shot, He Scored was written specially for Brighton Fringe 2019, and ran at Sweet Werks.

In August 2019, Ann Richards’ Agent 14 will be performed at Upstairs at the Gatehouse at the Camden Fringe.

Contact Information

We provide opportunities for cast and crew to perform new work to new audiences ensuring theatre continues to grow and develop. If you would like to get involved with Off the Fence Theatre Company please get in touch.

Twitter: @OfftheFenceTC

Gary firmly believes that theatre will die unless new, quality writers are nurtured. His wide experience in theatre combined with a flair and appreciation for new, innovative writing and drama means Off the Fence has an enthusiastic and dynamic director at its heart.

Since 2013, Gary has directed all of Off the Fence’s productions, including Hitchcock re:presented, thirteen plays for Curve’s Hitchcock season in October 2013, England Expects by Tom Glover and Clamber Up the Crucifix by John Kitchen, both in 2014 and Girls with Balls at Curve in May, 2015.  Girls with Balls by Ann Richards is touring in Spring 2016. Gary also leads Off the Fence’s workshops, including the popular Writing with Actors in Mind.

Contact: gp@off-the-fence.com

Sally is a writer, reviewer, editor and published poet.

Sally reviews theatre and spoken word events in the Midlands and is co-founder of Upstairs at the Western, Leicester’s first pub theatre. She is also co-founder of DeMontfort Books Ltd, an independent small press specialising in play texts and poetry.

Sally enjoys seeing the development of a production from initial script to performance and was thrilled to see this happen with Spinning Yarns: Leicester Unravelled, her first play, co-written with Laurie Cusack and performed for Heritage Open Days at Leicester Castle, one of her favourite places.

Contact: sj@off-the-fence.com

David is a freelance lighting designer and theatre technician who spends a lot of his time in the theatres of Leicester. His recent credits include
Off the Fence’s Performance Without Decor season at Y Theatre, Leicester, Antenna, Nottingham and touring productions, 2012
Body Language, Little Theatre, Leicester Same Time Another Year, Little Theatre, Leicester
Man of the Moment, Little Theatre Oliver (Sound #2), Curve, Leicester
Gypsy, Curve
Finding Neverland, Curve

As well as an experienced lighting designer and technician David is also a talented bassoonist. He would like to work on the stage production of War Horse at the New London Theatre, and if not that at least share a coffee with Paule Constable, War Horse’s lighting designer.

Contact: dh@off-the-fence.com