Blood on Your Hands: A New Play

by Patch Plays in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,070

raised so far



Blood on Your Hands is a new play about slaughterhouse workers at the Southwark Playhouse in Jan 2024. We're raising money to pay creatives!

by Patch Plays in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 14th December 2023 we'd raised £770 with 17 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

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In January 2024, our new play 'Blood on Your Hands' will be produced at Southwark Playhouse Borough for three weeks, from 17th January - 3rd February. 

We are raising money to pay for cover costs for all of the creatives involved.



Blood on Your Hands is a contemporary new play that examines the forgotten victims of the meat industry – the slaughterhouse workers.

It's Ukrainian ex-veterinarian Kostyantyn's first day at the slaughterhouse, where he meets Dan, a happy-go-lucky Welsh lad who cracks too many jokes for his own good. Despite their grim working conditions, an unexpected friendship begins to form. Meanwhile, Kostyantyn's wife and daughters are home in Ukraine, and Dan's activist ex-girlfriend won't stop pestering him at work...

Amidst bleak conditions, this is a tale of human strength, connection and hope. Will the two men save each other from slaughter?


Unfortunately the cost of producing theatre is astronomically high, and the arts are underfunded, which makes putting on a show difficult!

We want to pay our cast and crew fairly, as well as cover costs of set, costume, theatre rent, marketing, and running costs. 

£4000 towards actors fees

£3000 towards creatives fees

£500 towards set, costume, props and other production costs.

Any support at all goes an incredibly long way!



We are offering some exciting rewards for those that back the project! 


In 2022, we had an Arts Council England funded limited run of Blood on Your Hands at the Cockpit Theatre, which earned 4- and 5-star reviews, and standing ovations. 

Blood on Your Hands has been shortlisted and longlisted for national awards such as BBC Writersroom, the New Diorama Theatre Untapped Award, the Phoebe Frances Brown Award, the London Library Emerging Writers Programme, and the Masterclass Pitch Your Play award.

Press on Blood On Your Hands: 

★★★★★ “Sinister, moving and electric” London Theatre Reviews

★★★★ “The direction and performances are skilfully and impressively executed and it’s captivating to watch.” West End Best Friend

Audience Feedback for Blood on Your Hands:


A very well-produced and acted look inside a fragile friendship, in trying conditions, and the history that shaped it. The slowly gathering pace perfectly conveys the friendship's inexorable decline into tragedy, fuelled by toxic social, familial and uncaring industrial pressure. A welll-earned standing ovation.


Intelligent and sympathetic writing, powerfully acted and staged A very impressive evening in the theatre. Phillip John Jones as Dan was outstanding in a strong cast of accomplished and versatile performers. Not to be missed!


It was well acted and explored the themes of negative mental health and toxic masculinity in a frank, unpretentious way. A triumph!

Press on Previous Productions: 

★★★★★ “This is an excellent play, well written, directed and performed…they are sure to continue to grow as a theatre company.” North West End on Meat Cute

★★★★ “It turned out to be one of the most memorable hours I have had. Really well written, topical, and funny.” London Pub Theatres on Meat Cute


This project offered rewards

£100 or more

Two Tickets to Press Night

You receive: All previous perks, plus two tickets to the press night performance of this show

£10 or more

Eternal Thanks and Bragging Rights

Thank you for donating to make this play a possibility! We will be eternally grateful, and you can tell all your friends that you were an integral part in bringing Blood on Your Hands to life.

£20 or more

Social Media Shoutout

You'll receive: A tagged thank you across our social media accounts!

£30 or more

Backstage Video

You'll receive: All previous perks, plus a backstage video documenting the creative process of bringing the show to life

£50 or more

A Spot in the Programme

You'll receive: All previous perks, as well as a spot in our programme.

£75 or more

Signed Poster

You receive: All previous perks, plus a poster signed by cast and creatives.

£150 or more

Exclusive Backstage Polaroid

You'll receive: All previous perks, plus behind the scenes photos and a one-of-a-kind personalised polaroid photograph

£300 or more

Patch Plays Workshop

You receive: All previous perks, plus a workshop tailored to your creative needs with Patch Plays creatives. Perhaps a directing workshop with Anastasia Bunce, or a writing session with Grace Joy Howarth, or perhaps a chat about self-producing. Let us know what would be helpful to you!

£750 or more

Invitation to Exclusive Dress Rehearsal

You'll receive: All previous perks, plus an invitation to the dress rehearsal of the show. You'll get the chance to see the performance before anyone else!

£1,000 or more

Executive Producer Credit

You'll receive: All previous perks, plus a credit as an executive producer of the show. You'll be featured in the programme, on the website, and will be an integral part of the show's life.

£3,000 or more

A Handwritten Script

You'll receive: All previous perks, plus a one-of-a-kind handwritten script of Blood on Your Hands by Grace Joy Howarth, annotated by director Anastasia Bunce. This bundle will document the play from its very first fifteen-minute draft to the final version. It will contain never-before-seen scenes and characters, with explanations as to why they didn't make the cut!

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