World Première

"You were the only folk out of five thousand who got through - you’re legit badass." 

Cormack, Findlay and Davies are the elite. They are the first generation of female soldiers to serve in the British infantry in close combat, ever. They’ve aced physical tests only 5% of female soldiers can pass; they’ve run tactical drills with live fire. They’ve proven their astounding courage and discipline - while everyone around them constantly questions whether they should even be allowed to serve. And they’re about to join the front line.

Kate Bowen’s taut, funny and powerful thriller follows three very different, pioneering young women in the world’s most dangerous workplace.


Alongside Close Quarters, Out of Joint are offering a number of education opportunities for schools and young people:

2-hour workshops run by actors from the company. A hands-on opportunity to gain insight into how Out of Joint create shows, designed specifically with the Live Theatre Review section of exams in mind.

They are also offering a number of free workshops to schools in the Sheffield area. To enquire about this, to book a workshop or for any other queries about their education offerings please contact Gina Abolins, Education and Artist Development Officer on 0207 609 0207 or email

Close Quarters - Page to Stage Q&A -  Wed 31 October

Join us for a Page to Stage Q&A with the Cast and Director, Kate Wasserberg. We are inviting teachers to submit any questions beforehand that their students may want to ask about the rehearsal process, and taking the play from script to performance. This post-show talk will be filmed so that you can share it in class and students can view it outside of school at their leisure to help prepare them for their Live Theatre Review exam.

Running time: TBC

A Sheffield Theatres and Out of Joint Co-Production

  • Kate Bowen Writer
  • Kate Wasserberg Director
  • Sarah Jane Shiels Lighting Designer
  • Dyfan Jones Sound Designer
  • Sooki McShane CDG and Lucy Jenkins CDG Casting Director

Access performances

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Audio Described by Jane Ensell + Jill Mason

  • Thu 1 Nov 2:15pm Book
  • Tue 6 Nov 7:45pm Book
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Captioned by Cara Lawless

  • Fri 2 Nov 7:45pm Book
  • Thu 8 Nov 2:15pm Book
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Signed by Julie Fletcher

  • Tue 6 Nov 7:45pm Book

Performances with Extras

Live for 5

  • On sale 7 September at 5.00pm. Available on all performances


  • Wed 31 Oct 7:45pm Book

Associated Events

Directing Masterclass: Close Quarters

Led by Close Quarters director Kate Wasserberg. Based on Close Quarters, look at how to create gallows humour and how to find the balance between t...

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Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London. Across our three auditoria: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, we offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.