The Orange Works was formed in 2017 following a short run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by a group of like-minded souls from The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge. We were interested in developing new work at taking that to Edinburgh and other places – something outside the remit of The Oast, but something The Oast was quite happy to encourage us to explore.
That first trip to Edinburgh, where we performed From Today Everything Changes, was under the auspices of The Oast, and was by all expectations a success. Those of us involved knew this was something we wanted to continue, and also was something we wanted to do more of, and so The Orange Works was born.
Our playwright, Ian Tucker-Bell, chose the name due to his slight obsession with the colour orange, and amazingly we let him get away with it. The name stuck. We became The Orange Works.
The following year, with a slightly expanded team, we headed back to Edinburgh where we once again performed From Today Everything Changes, and also Ian’s latest work, Trans Pennine. This play was very well received by audiences, and even some critics liked it. Our final performance of the season saw Creek FM give it five stars and call it a “pure gem”. That was nice.
In 2019 we brought more people in, expanded our team a little further, and once again we embark on a summer with Trans Pennine playing alongside Ian’s latest work – Being Frank. The new one has extra cast members, original music, and songs. We like it, and we hope you will too.
The Orange Works are passionate about developing new writing, exploring real life in theatre, and the joy of good friendship. We’re a friendly bunch. If you come and see our shows join us for a G&T afterwards. We don’t bite. Unless you’re cake. Are you cake?