National Theatre New Views play If Not Now, When? embarks on Yorkshire tour

Hattie Fisk
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Funded by Arts Council England, the play is set to be performed at the Theatre Royal Wakefield, The Civic in Barnsley and the Junction Theatre in Goole.

If Not Now, When? performed at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre
If Not Now, When? performed at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre

Emma Hare

Isabel Hague won the National Theatre New Views competition in 2019 with If Not Now, When? - a script that celebrates her Northern upbringing - and she is now a professional playwright. 

The text is to be performed by students from Hague’s former college this Autumn, in a show produced by Momentum Theatre. The show's tour will go around Yorkshire and be performed at Wakefield, Barnsley and Goole. 

Hague said: ‘I’m really excited for the tour to kick off. I’m so proud that If Not Now, When? Is having this Northern tour. I grew up around here and have seen plays in all these amazing theatres. I wouldn’t have believed it if you’d told me when I was 15 that I’d get to see my play performed here. It is just incredible!’

Isabel Hague

Hague was the second student to win the New Views competition from Wakefield’s Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) college, after Alice Schofield won with If We Were Older in 2018. 

‘We are thrilled that Isabel Hague’s first play If Not Now, When? is continuing to develop with CAPA College, and with support from Arts Council England’, says the National Theatre. 

‘Isabel took part in the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting programme in 2018/19 and her play was selected as the winner from 350 entries across the UK. It was a joy to see her script brought to life on the Dorfman stage and we look forward to seeing its development with CAPA College.’

Tickets are on sale now:

Theatre Royal Wakefield – 26 October 2021, 7pm 

The Civic, Barnsley – 11 and 12 November 2021, 7.30pm 

Junction, Goole – 18 November 2021, 7.30pm