New Drama

Anything That Flies

See It Safely
18 October -
11 November 2017


“I hate Christopher Robin. He’s everything I loathe about England. Sentimental. Sanctimonious. Above all, false. Childhood was never like that.”

The Berlin Wall has fallen. Reparations are being made to Jewish families. Germany has reunited. And in Belsize Park, Otto Huberman is listening to recordings of himself playing Brahms, when he is interrupted by a visitor who will turn his life upside down.

Alice Hamilton directs Judith Burnley’s debut play.

Judith Burnley is the author of best-selling novels The Wife and Unrepentant Women and editor of the Penguin Modern Stories series. Anything that Flies is her first play.

Alice Hamilton is Co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms Theatre Company. She has worked as Assistant Director at Trafalgar Studios, Liverpool Playhouse and Rose Theatre Kingston.


Clive Merrison
Clive has appeared in Peep Show, The Lady in the Van, and onstage at the NT.
Issy van Randwyck
Actress and singer Issy is best known for her roles in London’s West End including at the National Theatre, Duke of York’s and Hampstead Theatre. She was one of the longest-serving members of satirical cabaret acts Fascinating Aida, with which she toured the world and received two Olivier nominations.

Judith Burnley
Alice Hamilton
Neil Irish
Set and costume design
Emily Adamson
Set and costume design
Max Pappenheim
Music and sound design
Elliot Griggs
Lighting design
Tom McClane
Assistant director


“There are so many marvellous, carefully orchestrated moments in Hamilton's production.”
My Theatre Mates
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“There is enough here to make one hope for more.”
The Guardian

“Good performances ... genuinely touching.”
British Theatre Guide