World Première

‘Round my way, the boys would drive to the top of the car park - they'd drive to the edge full speed. I wanted to get involved. They said oh aye Sarah, no bother - if you sit on Gerro's knee, he'll hold you nice and tight. Well, I thought to myself, that sounds like a full breach of health and safety regulations.

So I joined the army.

I drive the car now lads. And get paid to do it.’

Kate Bowen's taut thriller about the first generation of British women in close combat roles looks at gender politics 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 7 November

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


  • Wed 31 Oct 7:45pm Book

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