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The Glad Game

In April 2022 our dear friend Phoebe Frances Brown died. She was a friend, colleague and one of the best. She is deeply missed. Phoebe leaves an ongoing legacy, and the Phoebe Frances Brown Award for young female identifying writers, supported by Hampstead Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse was launched. Find out more about the award here.  

The Glad Game is Co-Produced by Nottingham Playhouse, supported by Arts Council England, Television Workshop, The Bush, Hampstead Theatre and Leicester Curve. Directed by Tessa Walker. 

Phoebe Frances Brown is an actor. From her early impressions of Dolly Parton, to becoming a member of Nottingham Television Workshop, from co-founding the sketch group Major Labia to roles at The Donmar Warehouse, Birmingham Rep and The National Theatre, acting has defined, formed and driven who she is.


In November 2018, aged 26, Phoebe was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in the area of her brain that controls speech, language and memory.


The Glad Game is Phoebe’s story. Her story of finding herself in the darkest, bleakest of times, of finding gladness in the saddest of moments and of how who and what you love can pull you through.

The Glad Game is a full stage show, with a film version of the story. The film is not a recording of the stage show,  but a stand alone artwork in it's own right, created with TEA films.

Read a review of the film from Exeunt Magazine here

Read a review of the stage show here

Watch BBC coverage about the project here

Production images © Graeme Braidwood


Nottingham Playhouse 23 - 25 Sept 2021

Hampstead Theatre, London, 9 & 12 Feb 2022

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