Backbone Theatre and Film

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

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.

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.

Backbone produce our own short films and theatre productions. Our first show, The Bistro, was a site-specific piece first shown at the Bush Theatre in November 2012 and at the The Roundhouse in May 2013.


Recent work

Backbone Theatre and Film


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

Backbone Theatre is an ensemble of theatre makers working across a variety of art forms. We work within a community of creatives, and support our members by making their projects and ideas a reality.

People we love to work with: Sidney Berthier (Director – Koschei The Deathless), Dan Haycock (Writer – Koschei The Deathless), Kevin Bennett (Director – Fresco), Emma Rose Richardson (Actor – Below The Hills), Doug Elliott (Cinematographer – Below The Hills), Olivia Mace (Writer – Fresco), Amy Insole (Associate Director – The Bistro), Mei Mac (Movement Director – Oliver Workshops, Writer – Chopsticks in the Cotton Fields), Lucy Laing (Writer – Last Orders)