We tour new plays about the contemporary rural world to new audiences in village halls, fields, festivals and theatres, telling stories with local relevance, plus national and international impact.
We believe that every person living in an isolated rural community has a right to exceptional theatre. We are based in a Victorian school in rural Shropshire, and to date all of our work has been made here. It then tours village halls and theatres locally and nationally.
Over four and a half decades we’ve produced 172 new plays, reached over half a million audience members, won a prestigious South Bank Show award for our show about racism, a Fringe First for our play about climate change and were the first to live stream from a village hall.
We have hosted a writer in residence since 2014 and they have gone on to be commissioned by the Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, Royal Welsh College, the Bush, HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse.
We are a champion for rural young people aged 16 to 25 and Pentabus Young Company is our initiative offering workshops, masterclasses, work experience and mentorships, as well as the opportunity to join our Young Writers’ Programme, which has been running for seven years. Previous participants of the Young Writers’ Group have had their work presented at Ludlow Fringe, Latitude Festival and Hereford Courtyard. It is a springboard into further study and the arts industry, with over 50% of our Young Writers from the first four cohorts going on to be published and professional writers or to study an arts subject at university.