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Nicholas Cass-Beggs as Stephen Harper,


The Alchemist Theatre Company at Finborough Theatre

Denis Lill as Major W H Lewis (Warnie), Amanda Ryan as Joy and Stephen Boxer as Jack, Jack Ladenburg


Birdsong Productions in association with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre at Richmond Theatre

Babes in Arms, David Ovenden

Babes in Arms

All Star Productions at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow

While You Wait

BTG has partnered with Fuel Theatre on a series of podcasts called While You Wait.

  1. Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer
  2. Waiting... to be born by Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake
  3. Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth
  4. Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild
  5. Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue
  6. Waiting... are we? By The Company in collaboration with Jonathan Reades and Raphael Woolf
  7. Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh
  8. Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese

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