Through R&D Folio develops new plays with theatre’s most exciting artists - both emergent and established.  


We are passionate about new writing and bringing it to life, creating a rich and diverse programme of work. We believe in making theatre accessible not only to those with easy access to playhouses and arts centres but to everyone, no matter where they live. 

Our vision is a World where audiences can access top quality theatrical productions in their local area, wherever they live and artists and other creatives can live and work wherever they choose, cultivating a rewarding and successful career in the arts without having to move away from the place they love.


Unearthed - Folio’s debut show - was chosen as one of The Guardian’s Readers Favourite Stage Shows Of The Year in 2015. Since then, Folio has developed 6 new plays for UK tours in association with Bristol Old Vic, Salisbury Playhouse, The Brewhouse Theatre, Pound Arts and English Touring Theatre. We are currently developing a new play Nanny - supported by ETT. Folio are an Associate Company of Pound Arts and a Forge Associate of English Touring Theatre for 2019/20.  Our patron is playwright April De Angelis.

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2015 - ‘Unearthed’ Debut Tour

Venues including the Arcola, New Wimbledon studio, The Bikeshed)

Supported by Proteus Theatre, The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Council England

Charity partners: Carers Trust and The Stroke Association

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Kim Pearce

The Guardian - readers favourite stage shows of 2015


2016 - ‘Reel Life’ tour 

Venues including The St James Theatre London (now the other Palace) and Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Supported by Old Vic Workrooms, Trowbridge Arts

Charity partner: Coppafeel!

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Adam Lenson


2016 - 'Unearthed' Remount Tour & Young Carers Programme

Venues including Salisbury Playhouse, Hull Truck, Cheltenham Everyman 

Supported by Arts Council England, The John Thaw Foundation, The Mortimer and Sackler Foundation and Split Infinitive

Charity partners: Carers Trust and The Stroke Association

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Kim Pearce & Hannah Joss

2018 - 'Our Blood Is An Ocean'

at Bristol Old Vic Studio 

Supported by BOV writers room

Written by Jack Sanderson-Thwaite

Directed by Alex Moxon


2019 - 'The Edit' UK Tour

In association with Salisbury Playhouse

Supported by Arts Council England. 

Written by Sarah Gordon

Directed by Joe Hufton


2019 - 'Believe' tour

In association with Pound Arts & Rural Arts Wiltshire

Supported by Jack Lane Foundation

Written by Russ Tunney

Directed by Lizzie Stables


2020 - 'Nanny' (in development)

In association with English Touring Theatre

Written by Jenny Rainsford, Alana Ramsey and Lizzie Stables

Directed by Jenny Rainsford