StraightUp Productions is a new theatre company comprising Will Dalrymple, Mark Bittlestone and Will Penswick. We are committed to producing new writing that entertains above all else. We are interested in what audiences want to see, not what we want to say. Whether we’re creating theatre, online content or performing stand-up comedy we want people to enjoy it. It’s as simple as that.
Will Dalrymple and Mark Bittlestone met at Cambridge University, where Mark was a member of the Footlights, while Will Penswick and Mark were at school together where they wrote and performed in several productions.
Founded in August 2017, StraightUp's first two productions Pity Laughs: A Tale of Two Gays and The Oppression Olympics played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Pity Laughs, a fusion of stand up and narrative comedy, received 5 stars from Broadway Baby, which called it “the first true gem of the 2017 fringe”. Fringe Review described The Oppression Olympics, a play that takes a tragicomic look at sentimentality and self pity, as “a brilliant, tightly crafted piece of writing, full of belly-laughs but with an undercurrent that chills”.