Backbone Theatre & Film

Backbone is a female-led company formed in September 2012. We are a diverse group of theatre and filmmakers who all believe that storytelling can change the world.

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.

We have 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.


Recent work

See Gentrifucked (Work In Progress) at Brighton Fringe:

Kate-Lois Elliott has been rising fast on the UK comedy scene with her self-deprecating millennial meltdowns. In 2022, Kate was nominated for the Writers’ Guild Awards for best online comedy and the Funny Women Content Creator Award in 2021. This work-in-progress comedy show takes you on an exploration of finding your purpose in a world that’s a little bit on fire… Gentrif*cked is a 45-minute journey through village life, thirty-something existential crises and… cults (?)!

The Quadrant 12-13 North Street 

MAY 31 at 20:30 (60 min) – PWYC

The Walrus 10 Ship Street

JUN 2 at 17:45 (60 min) – PWYC

Backbone TF

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

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

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