Bones by Jane Upton



***** Theatre Bath
***** EdFringe Review
***** EdFringe Review
**** Broadway Baby
**** Broadway Baby
Shortlisted Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2015
Nominated for The Drayton Arms Eddies Award 2016



19-year-old Mark lives in Highgate, a district of city-centre Birmingham, and lives from one DWP payment to the next. Although he cares for his drug-addict mum and her new-born baby, it is a relationship that is completely dysfunctional. Mark is being forced to live a life he never signed up for, and he seems to be willing to take desperate measures to change things forever. But how far will he go?”


This harrowing play is a poignant and emotionally charged monologue about a young man trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t want him. Mark’s tale will chew you up, spit you out, and then make you wonder why you cared in the first place.


This production, first seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. It has since returned to Edinburgh, and has been seen at the Bath Fringe, Brighton Fringe, and the Carlisle Fringe.


Dominic Thompson

Dominic is co-founder and producer for Gritty Theatre.


He has produced all of their productions to date. As an actor for them, he has appeared in About a Goth, Bones, Chapel Street, Death of a Clown, Night before Christmas, Bottleneck and Fred and Ginger.


Other theatre includes We Lost Elijah, The History Boys, Lord of the Flies, Dogs of War, Storyteller Storyteller, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Descent.


Dominic has appeared in films including The Day That Broke and Thy Name is Woman and is currently recording a new feature Brumville. Film shorts include Cut Loose, Last Words, Scratch That, It Was Us, Darren Watson:Kind of a Big Deal and Return of the RIng.


Television appearances include Last Stop Café and Lucid: The Dreamwalker.


Ian Robert Moule

Ian is co-founder and artistic director of Gritty Theatre.


For Gritty Theatre he has directed About a Goth, Amateur Girl, Bones, Chapel Street, About a Goth, The Night Before Christmas and Stacey.


Other productions include: The Boy Who Grew Too Fast, The Telephone, A Hand of Bridge, Little Shop of Horrors, The History Boys, Lord of the Flies, Bottleneck, Notes for a first time Astronaut, Taming of the Shrew, and Cooking with Elvis.


Ian studied at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hamburg. He has worked for Hamburg State Opera, Stadttheater Bielefeld, Cologne Opera House, Spoleto Festival USA, Glyndebourne, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Royal Opera House London.


JANE UPTON (writer) plays include FINDING NANA (Pleasance Edinburgh Festival, 2017, dir Katie Posner, New Perspectives), ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS (Fifth Word, UK tour, Arcola Theatre autumn 2017), WATCHING THE LIVING – an adaptation of two short stories by Daphne Du Maurier (New Perspectives, UK tour), SWIMMING (Menagerie Theatre, Hotbed Festival, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), and BONES (Fifth Word, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour).

ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS was nominated for Best Play at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2017, and for which Jane was Most Promising Playwright joint winner of the George Devine Award 2016. The play is published by Nick Hern Books.

Jane attended Stephen Jeffreys' Advances in Scriptwriting RADA, received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and was shortlisted for CBBC New Voices Initiative. She is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates /