In 2022 we’re collaborating with Theatre Royal Plymouth to produce a UK tour of Samuel Bailey’s latest play Sorry, You’re Not a Winner. The play tells the story of Liam and Fletch, two friends who’ve reached a crossroad in their friendship as their lives take them in different directions. 

The show opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 24 February and will run until 12 March, it then tours to Bristol Old Vic (29 March – 2 April) and then to Northern Stage, Newcastle (5 – 9 April). Tickets for all venues are now on sale and more information for each venue can be found via the links below.

Sorry, You’re not a Winner is a Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth production in association with University of Plymouth, School of Society and Culture. Full cast and creative team details will follow in the upcoming months, so keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for updates.

About Sorry, You’re Not a Winner:
Liam and Fletch grew up together. Born on the same street. Best mates since primary. Inseparable. The only difference was while Fletch was getting suspended from school, Liam was studying. And now he’s going to Oxford. But with Liam gone, who’s going to keep Fletch out of trouble? 

A striking new play from Samuel Bailey, whose debut play Shook won him the 2019 Papatango Prize and Times Breakthrough Award in 2021, Sorry, you’re not a winner is a play about aspiration, social mobility and getting caught between class. It asks; if ‘making it’ means leaving everything you know and everyone you love behind – what’s the point?

About Samuel Bailey:
Samuel Bailey is a writer born in London and raised in the West Midlands. His play Shook won the Papatango Prize in 2019. After a sold-out run at the Southwark Playhouse, Papatango created a digital version of the play in collaboration with James Bobin. The film was a NY Times Critic’s Pick and won Samuel the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Show Sky Arts Awards. Previously, Samuel has been part of Old Vic 12, the Orange Tree Writer’s Collective and a recipient of an MGCFutures bursary. 

UK tour dates:
Theatre Royal Plymouth
24 Feb – 12 Mar 2022

Bristol Old Vic
29 Mar – 2 Apr 2022

Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
5 – 9 Apr 2022