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News and Productions
Hope Mill Theatre, 8th - 24th September
Thank you so much to the incredible Envelope Films for creating this trailer for us.... Come and join us at Hope Mill Theatre for this powerful, vital production.
We are thrilled to announce that Play With Fire Productions now has a home in central Manchester.
We want our studio to be a thriving, creative space for Manchester, offering guided warm ups, yoga classes, intensive Scene Study and our unique 'Mindful Actor' course.
Read more about our classes and getting involved....
Our studio is also available for hire as rehearsal space, workshop space and anything in between.
Click here for our rates and booking information.
Read what people are saying about Scene Study, our main stage productions and everything in between...
Directed by Play With Fire's Artistic Director, Daniel Bradford, 'Sans Merci' is a powerful story of grief, loss, love and equality.
Starring Hannah Ellis Ryan, Portia Booroff and Chloe Proctor.
Kelly, an idealistic young woman—and a survivor of rape and attempted murder by South American revolutionaries—is visited three years after the attack by the conservative mother of Tracy, the other victim.
Slowly, the survivor and mother dance through their grief at losing Tracy, while negotiating the truth of what brought the two young women together, why they undertook their dangerous humanitarian mission, and what happened on that final day.
Coming to Hope Mill Theatre in September, 2016.
Read more about Sans Merci, including the full creative team by clicking here.
(Just some) ORPHANS Feedback
"Play With Fire’s production is outstanding. There’s a wonderful pace, both in the snappiness of exchanges and in the way the play slows down for moments of reflection. Intelligent direction from Alyx Tole makes excellent use of the well designed set, and develops the three characters effectively...." Quiet Man Dave Review
"It's only the middle of January, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this production will be one of the most outstanding to come out of the Fringe scene in Manchester this year. If you only go and see one production, make it this!" - North West End
Photos by George Hill Photography
Act 1 #Orphans. Building tension. @_DanielBradford captivating younger element in the room whilst staying true to the original 80's script. - Ravi Thornton
Congrats 2 @playwithfiremcr + @AlyxTole 4 #Orphans Great Acting, Design - sound, lighting and set - all hung together by an amazing director - Mark Fox
A Twitter love affair.... @playwithfiremcr
Amazing night of theatre seeing Orphans @hopemilltheatr1. Congratulations to @playwithfiremcr for producing such brilliant work! - Max Emerson
Superb emotional rollercoaster black comedy seeing #Orphans at @hopemilltheatr1 tonight (amazing space too!) - Dan Jarvis
Congratulations to @playwithfiremcr and @AlyxTole for a great opening night of #Orphans. @hopemilltheatr1 upping the Manchester Fringe game! - Laura Danielle Sharp
Orphans from @playwithfiremcr, directed by @AlyxTole, is excellently done and totally absorbing. Still on @hopemilltheatr1, don't miss it! - Abi F-A Hynes
Explored @hopemilltheatr1 for the 1st time last night for the opening of @playwithfiremcr 's #Orphans. A lovely venue for a fantastic show. - Jodie Radcliffe
Get yourself along to @hopemilltheatr1 & see #Orphans @playwithfiremcr Fab new venue, fab play, fab performances! Congrats @highpeakpapa - Jane Hollowood
Loooved #orphans at @hopemilltheatr1 last night. Well done all @AlyxTole @playwithfiremcr - Annika Edge
Guided Vocal Warm Ups
Every Saturday - we hold Guided Voice and Body Warm Ups in our central studio space 9:30 - 11am.
If you are interested in participating in regular guided warm ups - please email your name and details to
PWF's Hannah co-produces "Scripts Aloud", a playwriting event at The Kings Arms on the last Monday of every month with Diana Atkins.
If you're not already involved - come along and check it out! This is a regular event and always looking for new script contributions.
For more information - go to www.manchesteradp.com
Play With Fire is currently meeting up with individuals, venues, companies and businesses to discuss creative collaborations. If you are a writer who would like to see their work produced, a director wanting experience or anything in between, we would love to hear from you.
Sign up to our new monthly newsletter to receive updates on our upcoming productions, castings and call outs.
Also - as of the end of May 2016, PWF will be launching weekly classes in our central Manchester studio.
We look forward to connecting with you!