OFF Book

The club night where new writing leaps off the page and onto the stage

A chance to sample exciting new fiction - live on stage 

Fiction is as thrilling to witness live as it is to read. OFF book is the club night where new writing leaps off the page and onto the stage. We take some of the most cutting-edge new fiction and transform it into theatre. Plus, there’s fiction-related music and informal author chat, all in a cabaret atmosphere. Meet the creators, get your copies signed, discover new writing and acting talent, and to get closer to the creative process. It's a chance to see familiar faces and discover tomorrow’s talent, in a fast-paced irreverent atmosphere. But most of all a chance to watch great contemporary writing brought to life.

Who we are and how we came to be

 OFF book is the brainchild of:

  • actor, singer and writer Tracey Brown
  • novelist and actor Matthew Blakstad

We met through performing together as students and we share a passion for great theatre and great writing. Not so long ago we were talking about how hard it is for both new writers and up-and-coming actors to be seen and heard.  And Tracey had an amazing idea: why not give brilliant actors a chance to be seen by getting them to perform exciting scenes from new novels that deserve to be read?

And so OFF Book was born. 

Audiences will adore OFF Book because it’s fun and full of life – literally! OFF Book breathes life into novels and characters, infusing stories with a new spark on stage. Audiences are transported to the delicious space between printed words and theatre performance, the wonderful middle ground between the heart of a book and their own imagination. The result is a brilliant, multi-sensory experience to remember. Head to the next OFF Book – you’ll love it!
— Felicia Yap, author of YESTERDAY





Book OFF Book for your festival or event!

OFF book makes it fun to discover new fiction. It’s the perfect club night for venues and festivals with an arts or literary focus. Our set-up needs are minimal: a bare stage, a sound system and a basic lighting rig. We create everything else.