Up in Arms presents


by Barney Norris

Mar 06 2014 - Mar 29 2014

In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain, a family is falling apart. Stephen can't afford to put his mother into care; Arthur can't afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger with blue hair moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family are forced to ask: are we living the way we wanted?

A beautiful and sharply funny love story, Visitors also takes a haunting look at the way our lives slip past us. With a cast including Linda Bassett (East is East, Calendar Girls, Grandma’s House), it is the latest collaboration between playwright Barney Norris and director Alice Hamilton following their productions of his debut At First Sight and the acclaimed Fear Of Music.

"Smart work from Alice Hamilton"

Daily Telegraph on Fear of Music

"To write like this, while making the audience ache with recognition, is a wonderful thing"

Exeunt Magazine on Fear Of Music

Directed by
Alice Hamilton
Chloe Courtney
Francesca Reidy
Simon Gethin Thomas
Frank Moon
  • Edie - Linda Bassett
  • Stephen - Simon Muller
  • Arthur - Robin Soans
  • Kate - Eleanor Wyld

"An absolute beauty, by turns funny, tender and desperately sad."

"Alice Hamilton directs a beautifully judged production for the Up in Arms Company, which finds all the humour, pain and love in this exceptional play."

★★★★ The Telegraph

"The writing is beautifully layered, touching on themes of family, the changing attitudes of generations, religion and love."

"Visitors is a sweet, subtle, sad tale of lives being lived at the edge of death."

★★★★ TimeOut

"Outstanding. See this."

★★★★★ The Times

"astonishingly accomplished"

★★★★★ Evening Standard

“Infinitely touching”

★★★★ The Guardian

“Sharply funny, tender and at moments utterly eviscerating”

★★★★ Exeunt

"It would be difficult to find fault with Visitors. It is beautifully written, well observed, objective yet sympathetic."

★★★★★ Stage Talk