The Orange Works

The Orange Works is a new theatre company based in Tonbridge, Kent, that specialises in new writing based on real life.

We will be taking our plays to both the Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals this summer - come see what we're about.

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Being Frank

Our new play for 2019,

‘Being Frank’ uses humour, music, movement and a good deal of honesty to explore men’s relationships with each other, with mental health, and with flat-pack furniture.

Frank’s son Alex is facing a mental health crisis, and Frank’s got issues of his own.  Why can't they talk about it? 


Trans Pennine

‘Trans Pennine’ is a funny, fast-paced, and emotional play about family disagreements, gender-identity, and caravan holidays. 

Dave, Ben and Victoria begrudgingly travel to the Yorkshire Dales to scatter Gillian’s ashes - a wife and mother no-one liked - as their secrets, identities, and prejudices are exposed.  

Dad is angry, Ben is Amy, Mum is in the margarine tub. 

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New Writing from Real Life

Our playwright, Ian Tucker-Bell, is passionate about telling stories that honestly reflect real life, and as such his work is often drawn from his own life and experience or that of close friends and family.

Audiences have certainly connected with Ian's form of storytelling.  His plays use unconventional theatrical devices combined with pathos, humour, and empathy - to provoke a real emotional response from the audience.   The last time From Today Everything Changes was performed one video journalist had to wear shades to review  it as she'd cried so much her mascara had run...



Come see us!

We'll be performing Being Frank and Trans Pennine at The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge on July 31st, and then in Edinburgh from August 12th to 24th.

Further details and booking info on the Events page.