The Darkest of Souls

Our next live script reading will be on Zoom on Thursday 16th July at 7pm. We will be reading a sci-fi film, The Darkest of Souls, by Deloris Collins (@obsidianrose3)

Deloris is an award winning horror and sci-fi writer and director.

Her film, Skin, won Best Fantasy Film at Terror Film Festival and was selected for American Horror Film Festival and Modcon, London.

If you’d like to attend the reading email for the link.

Shed by Kate Webster

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Our February reading and workshop is on Wednesday 13th February at 7pm, Theatre Deli Moorgate. To Participate email us or join the Backbone Theatre Collective on Facebook for more information.
Shed by Kate Webster

Retired teacher Alan loves his garden, the sound of his own voice and cricket. And he’s living in his garden shed. Teenage daughter Rachel hasn’t even noticed – she just thinks he likes the outdoors – and her older sister Gayle doesn’t believe their crotchety dad has got quite that eccentric.

When he signs over the family house to Gayle and Rachel they can’t believe their luck. They have no idea the house comes with a particularly stubborn sitting tenant in the garden shed, who has no intention of leaving and launches an anti-estate agent offensive. 
After a spectacular England victory over New Zealand in the Second Test, which Alan celebrates by getting a bit pissed with friend and neighbour Nad, he forgets his house keys and gets soaked to the skin by a summer storm. Found the next morning in a shivery heap speaking entirely in Shakespeare quotes, Alan’s not as self-sufficient as he thinks.
When he mistakes Gayle for her mother, Maggie, who’s been dead for 15 years, she and Rachel finally realise Alan isn’t just a stubborn old man – this is his response to the memory loss he knows is getting worse. Determined not to be carted off to a nursing home, he’s made a strategic retreat to the most familiar place in his world, where everything’s simple. Alan’s made his decision – what are Gayle and Rachel going to do now?



Bio – Kate Webster


Kate has had short plays staged at Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse and the Arcola Theatre over the last eighteen months. She has also written her first audio drama “Devil’s Rock” for Big Finish Productions, been longlisted for The Old Vic 12 scheme and was one of the six writers of Fun Palaces’ WriteScience pieces. She was commissioned to write two site-specific plays for the MAZE festival with Sheer Drop Theatre, has been shortlisted for the Euroscript Story competition and was a finalist in the
RED Women Theatre Awards, who staged a rehearsed reading of her work at Greenwich Theatre.


We are very excited to announce our next reading on November 20th at 6.30pm, Theatre Deli, Moorgate.

Run, Monster is a feature sporting biopic written by BAFTA winning writer Alex Rose and created by Georgina Higgins. The film is inspired by the true story of World Championship hurdler Dai Greene. — A sports fanatic teenager, Dai Greene, from the Welsh seaside town of Llanelli, aspires to pursue his love for athletics, and achieve his dream of winning the World Championships. But this dream is soon under threat after a series of epileptic seizures he experiences.

To RSVP as an actor or participant please email us at or via the Contact page.

More on the creatives:

Georgina is a filmmaker with seven years of on set experience within the film business. Georgina is an experienced Script Supervisor who has shot worldwide on numerous films working with multi-cam set ups, VFX, IMAX and 3D. She continues to write and maintains her passion in writing and directing.

Georgina grew up in Sheffield where her love for media started at BBC Radio Sheffield creating short documentaries. She then went into film production and worked at Picture Palace Productions under the wing of Academy Award winning Producer Alex Usborne. She later went onto receive a bachelor’s degree from Bournemouth University’s prestigious Media School.

Georgina has worked on films such as Amazon AdventureAccess All Areas; Florence Foster JenkinsPaddington 2 and many more, as well as Television, commercials and dozens of short films that have been selected and screened at festivals around the world. Her most recent writer/director role is sci-fi short film Blue Season starring Daisy Ridley which is available for download on iTunes and Amazon Video. She is currently in development with a feature sporting biopic inspired by the true story of World Championship hurdler Dai Greene.

Chopsticks in the Cotton Fields / You Can’t On These

Bistro Rehearsals

This summer we’re workshopping two plays from East Asian writers.

Chopsticks in the Cotton Fields by Mei Mac will be workshopped in July.

You Can’t on These by Bertha Lee will be workshopped in August.

Both stories explore East Asian identities, and we’re so excited to be hosting the work as part of our residency at Theatre Deli.

For more information, or to register interest, please go to the contact page


Oliver Twist



In December 2017 we workshopped the Dickensian classic Oliver Twist at Theatre Deli, Broadgate. We’ve been looking at some classic storytelling and devising techniques, and at lesser explored themes of the book, which are usually overlooked.

We’ll be holding more workshops throughout 2018, if you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch via our contact form. Performers/readers/devisers/Dickens enthusiasts all welcome. A love of storytelling and devising is a plus. Musicians also encouraged.




Animal Instinct

Next play reading confirmed!

This month we will be reading Animal Instinct by Alex Gwyther and Paul Davidson, on Monday 28th May, 6pm at Theatre Deli.

As always the event is free and drop in, but do email to let us know you’d like to come along.

Info below:

‘Animal Instinct is a dark comedy consisting of three actresses, the entire performance being set in a living room over the course of one disastrous night.

New Year’s Eve. Leanne, dressed as a lobster, sits in her flat waiting nervously. Dani arrives, dressed as Catwoman, in high spirits with their cash from doing a last minute delivery job in a van.

Leanne explains she returned to the van to pick up her wallet and found out that they were delivering. Having brought the delivery back to the flat, both characters battle with their morals of whether or not to hand themselves in to the police.

When an unwanted guest pays them a visit and insists on them having their own New Year’s party until her ‘merchandise’ has been located, things take a dramatic turn. Before they welcome in the New Year, they will both find out how far they’re willing to go to keep themselves alive.

In a digital, morally conscious world where it truly is survival of the fittest, Animal Instinct asks how much of our primal instincts are still left within us?’


Alex Gwyther

Alex Gwyther is a writer and actor. Writing credits include Our Friends, The Enemy (New Wimbledon Studio, Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour, Theater Row New York), The Cost Of A Player (commissioned by The Premier League) and Eyes Closed, Ears Covered (The Bunker Theatre, London). In 2017 he was shortlisted for Most Promising New Playwright at the Offies and has work published by Oberon. He is currently developing a new one man play Ripped and writing for screen.

Paul Davidson

After undertaking the MA Screen writing course alongside MA screen Acting at The Drama Centre London, Paul wrote his first short film for the Graduate Showcase. Since then he has been involved in numerous projects both in the UK as well as internationally.

He wrote award winning music video ‘Witch In Me’, has had his work showcased at BAC in London, and has released the award winning short comedy ‘Article 50’ with Mini Mammoth Films.

He has experience as a stand up comedian and working in improvisational comedy groups and is currently co-writing a short format online comedy as well as developing his first feature screenplay.

Blogpost: The Road(s) Less Travelled

In your late twenties you start to look to the future. You perhaps realise that the assumptions you made at 16 about where you’d be at 27, 33 or 40 come from media related hype, involving ancient societal pressures on any woman over 27 to marry immediately and sort her life out, all the while with a deeply ingrained will to overachieve but zero direction, and various emotional scars from watching too many Disney movies. It’s the classic, ‘When I am 27 I will have an enviable career at some fabulous advertising/fashion/film/fine art company, be married, with a son and daughter, own a flat in the city, a house in the country, and a German Shorthaired Pointer’

Now this is not true for most ‘millennials’. If you are reading this and thinking, ‘Well I pretty much have all that’ or even ‘I made good choices throughout my late teens and early twenties’ and you’re under 33, well, good for you. Most of us are somewhere in-between, somewhere far behind, or frantically sifting through the reduced jam section in Fortnum and Mason, secretly hoping that this small taste of the high life will act as a catalyst for disillusionment, and remind us of what truly matters. Hopefully at some point we’ll be able to whole-heartedly give the jam away to passers by on the street as an act of liberation from society, capitalism and our family’s expectations. The truth is, when the time comes that we start to look back and realise that we can’t redo anything, whenever that time does come, the shock of it can be no better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

There are some classic, supposedly helpful questions that you (or someone else) will ask when faced with any sort of existential crisis. If you’re starting to question your life choices, or if you’re feeling lost, like you aren’t quite sure what your purpose is, or that something is missing and you can’t put your finger on what, you often get greeted with an array of comments like ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’, ’What is your life’s purpose?’, or ‘What is it that makes you happy?’. Certain thought processes might work for us at a specific time, but we often make the mistake of thinking that everyone who is struggling is having the same issues as we had that one time. We might get directed to Ted Talks that mean a lot to the person suggesting it but seem very obvious to us, or someone might buy us a copy of The Secret. We’re all different and learn our lessons at different times, and there’s no one solution for feeling out of sync, or we’d all have already done it.

These questions are problematic: sometimes they work but not all of them work for everyone. Saying that in five years time you’d like to be in a West End show or running your own incredibly successful contemporary art gallery in Mayfair isn’t helpful, because even if it’s not completely unrealistic, it relies on far too many factors that you can’t control. The same goes for falling in love and getting married. Asking someone what makes them happy is not a helpful retrieval question when their response is to shout ‘Pizza’ at you. That having been said, I have a friend who loves pizza, and has spent the last five years running Napoli style pizza restaurants. She is incredibly fulfilled, and even has a pizza tattoo on her ankle.

Of all of the questions I remember being asked, ‘What is your life’s purpose?’ is the most annoying. To me it’s arrogant to assume that anyone has a purpose, and is suggestive of the idea that the speaker knows the meaning of life, and if they do they’d save us all a lot of angst by sharing it.

I get into a panic particularly when people ask me what I do. I met with a friend recently who I hadn’t seen in years, and she asked me where I was working now. ‘Erm, well, I have 5 jobs at the moment, unless you count the unpaid projects I’m working on and then it’s more’. I caught myself, and I wondered whether the gaping feeling I sometimes get in my chest was to do with me not really deciding on a particular path? Have I wasted my 20s refusing to make a decision about who I am?

I trained as an actor, and when I graduated, after working in a restaurant part-time since I was 14, I decided that I wouldn’t be one of those actors who worked a job that they hate in order to carry on being an actor. So I took other seeming eclectic freelance jobs, hoping that one day I’d find that thing that paid the bills and allowed me to go off on semi-glamorous theatre tours around the UK. I did and still do a lot of writing, I worked in front-of-house management at theatres and festivals, I was a copywriter, an art gallery assistant and a singer in a band. I worked for a magazine, I worked as a producer, a dramaturge and even a runner on film sets. Now my main day job is teaching Shakespeare to students, and storytelling (I still have 4 jobs if you don’t count the acting work).

No matter how well we do, it’s always possible to doubt ourselves and our choices. Who is to define what success is? Who has ever really experienced something where the gratification of ‘success’ doesn’t eventually decay and leave us just as vulnerable to self-doubt and angst as we ever were? Success in it’s modern context can’t fulfil us, the buzz you get from being celebrated doesn’t last, but creativity in whatever role you play can, and doing something because you feel it’s worthwhile can.

If you have too many interests (aka. freelancer) does that mean you’re forever doomed to be a jack of all trades and master of none? Aimlessly wandering from one glorified ‘entry level’ position to the next, doomed to work temp contracts with no real purpose or understanding of where anything is leading you? You’re either in the middle of the river going full speed ahead or holding on to the sides, whilst floating slowly down the stream, never wanting to jump so far into a path that you can’t get out and try something else.

Someone asked me a question the other day that I found profoundly useful. They said, ‘Who are you and what do you do? Don’t tell me what you do for a living. What is it that you do?’ I thought for a moment, desperately trying not to think about what answer would get me more work. I entertain? No. That’s what I’m good at but that’s not why I do it. I am the vessel for other people’s words? Aptly poetic but not quite right either as I write stories too, and sometime I just help other people tell theirs. I tell stories. I am a storyteller. Everything I’ve done (bar my glittering career as a supervisor in a nightclub on Brighton seafront) has been to tell, or aid in telling, stories.

I have my pizza friend who just loves Italian food and hospitality, spent her birthday last year going on a food tour of Italy and has a pizza tattoo on her ankle. I have an actor friend who loves performing, but is also an activist within the arts, and feels just as passionately about equal representation for BAME and female identifying artists, about creating role models for minority audiences, and about fuelling what she does with that fire. I also have a friend who was on the way to becoming a big shot theatre producer, but gave it all up to study anthropology and become a Steiner teacher because, like me, she believes that stories can be shared in many ways.

 Hi, I’m Kate and I’m a storyteller. I believe that stories can change the world, and that stories help us learn about what it is to be human, and that stories make us human. I don’t own a dog or a house but that’s OK, and when I do I know exactly how I will decorate it. Who are you?


Kate-Lois Elliott, Co-Producer, Backbone Theatre


Comedy Nights

We’ve workshopped various scripts over the last few sessions at Theatre Deli, including a workshop and performance of the talented Emma Richardson’s new work ‘Sugar Daddy Dot Com’ as part of Mind The Gap at the Theatre Delicatessen bar.

We’ve also worked on comedy sketches and short films. If you’re attending a comedy night, though we will have some specific scripts available, we encourage you to bring a script or idea along with you.

It’s a space to play around with ideas, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and hopefully produce some new material as well as developing existing scripts.

If you are interested in coming along as an actor, writer or both please email




The Frog Princess @ Theatre Deli

The first workshop of 2018 was ‘The Frog Princess.’ It’s a feature-length film script being developed by Fish Overboard pictures (4 Fit Girls) who plan to shoot in Spring 2019.
‘The genre is fairytale/drama/comedy/epic, it’s an allegory for marriage and learning to accept your partner for who they are, and who they may become. With similarities to Shrek, Finding Nemo and Beauty and The Beast we want to pack an emotional punch that will stay with viewers for days after leaving the theatre.’
The writer Tizzy Gregory is documenting her progress with the project via a vlog, visit the Fish Overboard facebook page for updates, and look out for Backbone in her January video!