Theatre, Film & Comedy

Backbone is a female-led company formed in September 2012.

Backbone produce our own short films, theatre productions and standup comedy shows. Below The Hills was screened at several festivals in the UK, Europe and US and won Best Experimental at the Lisbon New Cinema Festival 2020. How to be Maggie: With Maggie P was nominated for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2022 for best online comedy. Our first show, The Bistro, was a site-specific piece first shown at the Bush Theatre in November 2012 and at The Roundhouse in May 2013.

For six years we produced monthly events at Theatre Deli, providing writers with the opportunity to workshop their scripts – at any stage of development – with a group of dedicated actors. We provide that extra push that creatives often need to get their work off the ground: a safe space, with actors and industry professionals, where we can workshop and showcase ideas, with the nights tailored to the needs of the writer and their process. Many of the scripts we develop go on to take shape as full productions, either with Backbone Theatre and Film or independently.


Stories need to be told: they allow us to see the world differently, fuel our imagination and what we find in them can inspire us to live more fully. Real stories from real people always fuel our work, because once you’re able to empathise with one person’s story, you’ll be able to understand entire communities better.


Founded in 2012 by Andrea De La Cruz, Natalie Raaum & Kate-Lois Elliott

Backbone Theatre, Film & Comedy is an ensemble of screen and stage creatives who support our members by making their projects and ideas a reality.