INSIDE / OUTSIDE is a collection of world premiere short plays by six emerging and established writers, performed and livestreamed from the Orange Tree Theatre’s auditorium.

Book here for the live-streamed performances of INSIDE, a triple bill of new plays, written by Deborah Bruce (The Distance), Joel Tan (Love in the Time of the Ancients) and Joe White (Mayfly), directed by Anna Himali Howard (I Wanna Be Yours). All three plays will be in each performance. Click here for the OUTSIDE plays.

Recommended by The Guardian's Hottest front-room seats, The Sunday Times and Lyn Gardner

★★★★★ “Even watching on a screen, there’s a real sense that this is ‘live theatre’ and its electrifying. It may have been twelve months, but with Inside the Orange Tree makes a triumphant return” Theatre Weekly

★★★★ “Triple-bill of new writing gives the 60-something woman the attention she deserves” The Stage

★★★★ “It felt close to being there” Broadway World

GUIDESKY AND I by Deborah Bruce


URSA MAJOR by Joe White

The plays look at the lives of three women forgotten by the world, but not by themselves.


The 6 plays of Inside/Outside will be published in a collection by Nick Hern Books on 25 March – pre-order now from their website and get an automatic 20% discount. Bookers for the livestream will receive an exclusive half-price offer on the published collection.

The Inside/Outside series is curated by OT Literary Associate Guy Jones.

The production is filmed by The Umbrella Rooms. All rehearsals and filming will be conducted in a Covid secure environment in line with current government guidelines.


Deborah Bruce’s theatre credits include The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Distance (Sheffield Theatres/Orange Tree Theatre – finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Joanne (Latitude Festival/Soho Theatre), The Light (Live Theatre), Same (National Theatre) and Godchild (Hampstead Theatre). As a director, her credits include Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Joel Tan is a Singaporean playwright based in London. His credits include Love In The Time of The Ancients (Shortlisted for the 2019 Papatango Prize), Tango (Pangdemonium Theatre – nominated for Life Theatre Award’s Best Original Script), Café (The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival), The Actors Tour (international tour), Mosaic (M1 Festival) and The Way We Go (Checkpoint Theatre). He is part of 503 Five, Theatre503’s residency scheme and an associate artist with Chinese Arts Now and Singapore’s Checkpoint Theatre

Joe White’s debut play Mayfly premièred at the Orange Tree in 2018, for which he won Most Promising New Playwright at the OffWestEnd Awards and was nominated for Best New Writer at The Stage Awards. He has written work for The Old Vic, Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Birmingham REP and BBC Radio 3. In 2014, he was selected for the BBC Writersroom 10 and won the Channel 4 Playwriting Award. In 2015, he was the Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre Company, and in 2017, he was selected for the Orange Tree Writers Collective and the Old Vic 12. In 2019, he was selected for the BBC TV Drama Writers Programme, through which he is developing a pilot with STV. Joe is currently under commission from the BBC, Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre, Audible and Michael Harrison Productions.

Anna Himali Howard directs. Her upcoming work as a director includes I Stand for What I Stand On (Strike A Light). Past work as a director includes I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed (Paines Plough/Bush Theatre), A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre), and Albatross by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre). As a theatremaker work includes Jane Anger (Yard Theatre Live Drafts), Mahabharat/a by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People's Theatre), and The Beanfield by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016).  Anna was Associate Director on Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour). She was Paines Plough's Trainee Director in 2016 and is an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. She was recently a Staff Director at the National Theatre, London.

With thanks to the Hayburn Trust.

With thanks to DCMS and Arts Council England for support through the Culture Recovery Fund.

Jay in Ursa MajorFisayo Akinade
Meg in When the Daffodils Ishia Bennison
Samia in When the DaffodilsJessica Murrain
Diana in Guidesky and ISamantha Spiro
Callisto in Ursa MajorSasha Winslow
DirectorAnna Himali Howard
DesignerShankho Chaudhuri
Lighting DesignerJessica Hung Han Yun
Sound Designer & ComposerAnna Clock
CastingSarah Murray