Playing ON is a theatre company and social enterprise, set up in 2010 to produce quality theatre, transforming the lives of disenfranchised people.

The company translates their authentic voices and real life stories into high quality new writing.  Through taking part in Playing On workshops and performances, participants can become professional theatre-makers, gain skills for life and are empowered to re-engage with education, training and employment.


“Playing ON exists to develop and promote theatre as a method for the powerless and the powerful to actively explore the key issues of a shared context.”
Pauline Gladstone (Chair of the Playing ON Board)


By Philip Osment

Nicholas is a psychiatrist battling with the demands of his work. His father is showing early signs of dementia and he is finding it hard to cope.

When an incident occurs involving one of Nicholas’ patients; his life is turned upside down.

Hearing Things is the result of five years of work with psychiatrists, staff and patients. Playing ON draws together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care and opens the door on a closed world.

“A rare and timely piece of drama on this increasingly urgent subject.

It comments sensitively and astutely on the mental health system, exposing the ways in which its flaws and its inherent complexities affects both Professionals and those receiving treatment.”

– Disability Arts Online on HearingThings

Philip Osment has written and translated plays for a wide range of organisations including Method and Madness, the RSC, 20 Stories High, BBC Radio, the Royal Court, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal, Stratford East.

He won the Writers Guild award for Best Play for Young People (tor “Whole”).

“Philip Osment creates a compelling portrait of seven frustrated, not to mention Frustrating- young men in prison…what’s unmistakable is the gripping ensemble dynamic that director Jim Pope and his committed young cast convey.”

January 8-27, Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm (4pm Sundays)
Omnibus Theatre, Clapham Common
North Side London SW40QT
box office 02074984699

“I particularly value Playing ON because there is magic in the process.   Every time I see a performance I come away thinking: ‘how the f**k did they do that?’ “
Adam Moll (Treasurer and Board Member)