We are a theatre company based in the UK creating original productions through ensemble collaboration. We use stories as a launch pad to create live and immediate contemporary performance. We also run a learn and train program engaging with schools, colleges, universities and professionals.
With backgrounds in new-writing, devising and physical practices, company members continue to work professionally outside of Rough Fiction as actors, directors, theatre-makers and practitioners. People we have worked with include: The National Theatre, Frantic Assembly, Paines Plough, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The National Theatre of Scotland, Punchdrunk and Cardboard Citizens.
Co-founders Phil King & Simon Pittman meet at university and, after transferring a production from university to The Pleasance Theatre in Islington, they were invited to bring a new show to the Edinburgh Festival in 2005. They created Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire which was met by critical acclaim, nominated for a Fringe First and subsequently selected for the National Student Drama Festival in 2006. They then formed Rough Fiction producing Killing Alan, also at the Edinburgh Festival. Rough Fiction were an associate company at The Point, Eastleigh from 2010 to 2012. The Last of The Lake toured the UK in 2012 supported by Arts Council England and co-commissioned by Brighton Dome. Simon also established Rough Fiction’s Ensemble Laboratory in 2010 first hosted by The Actors Centre. The Lab ran weekly training and rehearsal sessions in London with over 40 ensemble members for over four years and produced a pop-up production of The Love of The Nightingale with a cast of 24.
In 2015 Phil and Simon stepped back as joint artistic directors and became part of the new artistic team who now direct Rough Fiction’s output. The six artistic directors of Rough Fiction now run the company together, each leading on productions and projects.
Rough Fiction’s current projects have been supported by: