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If Not Now, When?

CAPA College to stage student Isabel Hague’s award-winning play ‘If Not Now, When?’ with the support from the National Theatre.


CAPA College has received National Lottery Project Grants funding from Arts Council England to develop, ‘If Not Now, When?’, a play written by CAPA College graduate and emerging young writer Isabel Hague. The R&D production, also supported by the Civic, Barnsley, will tour the Yorkshire region from October 2021.


With Dramaturgy mentorship from National Theatre’s Stewart Pringle, the play will be performed by CAPA College’s in house theatre company, Momentum Theatre, directed by in-house directors Stacey Johnstone and Katy Dartsch and supported by guest director, Joseph Hancock who will contribute to making ‘If Not Now, When?’ a full-length studio performance of 80 minutes.


CAPA College is based in Wakefield and provides full-time, free, post-16 education in the arts: Dance, Drama, Performing Arts and Production Arts.  The 17-year-old, CAPA College student from Barnsley, South Yorkshire won the 2019 National Theatre New Views annual playwriting competition with her play ‘If Not Now, When?’. The play was then professionally produced with a professional cast, crew and creative team (as part of New Views) in the Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre in July 2019.


‘If Not Now, When?’, explores Liam’s turbulent relationship with his sister Chelsey. Liam is misusing alcohol, but Chelsey sees his potential. In a world fractured by their family’s past, Chelsey and Liam try to piece together their future. Isabel Hague says, “I target the truth of people and the significance of faults, the normality of contradiction in characters and the dynamics of everyday situations.”

If Not Now, When? is set to tour across the Yorkshire region in 2021:

  • In-house rehearsed reading (invited audience only) – 10th June
  • Wakefield Theatre Royal (development sharing) – 26th October
  • The Civic, Barnsley -11th and 12th November
  • Junction, Goole -18th November

“The National Theatre is 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. 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.” –

The National Theatre


“Congratulations to CAPA College on their National Lottery Project Grants funding for ‘If Not Now, When?’. It is great to be able to support young talented playwrights like Isabel Hague to develop their skills and hone their craft. It is fantastic that this funding not only enables Isabel get to share her awarding winning play with audiences across Yorkshire, but it also gives her fellow college students the opportunity to showcase their talents.” –

Pete Massey, Director, Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help deliver this vision.


Follow Momentum Theatre’s journey in developing ‘If Not Now, When?’ below.

If Not Now, When? Podcast

Meet The Cast

First Read Through


Blog Post: What We Don’t Talk About


Blog Post: Reflections on Stage One of R&D

Blog Post: No Plan of Stopping Soon