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Based on the book Right from Wrong by Jacob Dunne.

Teenager Jacob lives in The Meadows, Nottingham. Like his mates, he spends his Saturday nights drinking in the city, looking for a bit of trouble. One adrenaline-fuelled night in Old Market Square, he throws a single punch at a stranger – with fatal consequences. Released from prison, Jacob is lost and adrift. Searching for answers, Joan and David – the parents of his victim James – ask to meet. An unlikely connection is made,and Jacob’s life begins to turn around.

Nottingham’s James Graham, is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers, winning multiple Olivier Awards, as well as BAFTA, Emmy and Tony Award nominations. In Punch he turns Jacob Dunne’s unflinching truelife account into a gripping and moving new play, that’s firmly rooted in our city, energetic, entertaining and heartbreaking.

“Our premier state-of-the-nation playwright”
The Telegraph

“Heartbreaking and heartwarming - James Graham's most moving work yet”
5 rating
The Times
“An absolute POWERHOUSE of a production - it NEEDS TO BE SEEN”
5 rating
4 rating
The Guardian
4 rating
The Telegraph
4 rating
Financial Times
4 rating
The Stage
5 rating
Whats Good To Do
5 rating
East Midlands Theatre
5 rating
Theatre and Tonic


Alec Boaden
Raf, DS Villiers, Sam Alec Boaden
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Joan Julie Hesmondhalgh
Tony Hirst
David, Derek, Jacob's Dad Tony Hirst
Shalisha James-Davis
Clare, Teacher, Nicola Shalisha James-Davis
Emma Pallant
Wendy, Sandra, Jacob's Mum Emma Pallant
David Shields
Jacob David Shields


Writer James Graham
Director Adam Penford
Production Designer Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer Robbie Butler
Sound Designer and Composer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Movement Director Leanne Pinder
Movement Consultant Lynne Page
Voice and Dialect Coach Sally Hague
Casting Director Christopher Worrall CDG
Fight Director Kev McCurdy
Linbury Associate Designer Tallulah Caskey
Props Supervisor Kate Margretts
Lighting Programmer Stanley Olden
Company Stage Manager Patricia Davenport
Deputy Stage Manager Sarah Jenkins
Assistant Stage Manager Emily Humphrys
Production Consultant Jacob Dunne
Artist Wellbeing Consultant Noelle Adames
Talking Circles Designer Imogen Melhuish

Schools and Groups


Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on full price tickets.

Discount will be automatically applied on the ‘Checkout’ screen. Book up to 20 tickets online with the groups discount, discounts vary per performance and are subject to availability.

See the list of discounted performances on the Group Discounts Page.

Have a large group looking to attend? Please email and a member of the team will be able to assist.


Show tickets for school pupils are £13.50 each (one teacher goes free with every 10 tickets purchased). Find out more about School Visits here and book by calling Box Office on 0115 941 9419.


We will be offering a series of workshops for schools and groups to support their visit to see the show. See here for more information about the workshops available.


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning, Reduced Capacity, Relaxed Performance and Audio Description for this production.

Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.