Southern Magpie is the film and theatre production company of writer and director Max Kirk.

We commit to telling bold and moving stories with a stong sense of place to audiences thoughout the UK.

"passion, playfulness, tenderness and brutality all flicker between them like lightning sparks... Southern Magpie are clearly one to watch."


Skin Tight
Skin Tight
Skin Tight
Skin Tight
Skin Tight
Skin Tight
Skin Tight


Southern Magpie was founded as Southern Magpie Theatre in 2017 with the aim of discovering bold and moving stories from across the world, with a particular focus on New Zealand, and staging them for audiences around the UK. Our debut production of Skin Tight by Gary Henderson played at the Hope Theatre, Islington and recieved numerous 5 star reviews and an Off West End Award Nomination for Best Director.

We have now moved into making our first short film, Our Old Den and are excited to announce a festival run soon.

Please get in touch via email or click the button below for bookings or more info.


Artistic Director - Max Kirk
Max is a theatre and film director and writer with tri-nationality (New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom) and a keen interest in kiwi theatre. He graduated LAMDA's MA Directing programme in 2017 and has worked at numerous venues in London, Bristol, Oxford and Edinburgh.

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Graphic Design by Adelaide Waldrop


by Gary Henderson.




The Hope Theatre 2017

Directed by Max Kirk

Designed by Rachael Twyford

Lighting Design by Oliver Bush

Costume Design by Kilah Williams

Produced by Cindy McClean-Bibby for Southern Magpie Theatre


Tom - Philippe Edwards

Elizabeth - Louise Hoare

Off West End Award Nomination 2017 - Best Director

CRITICS CHOICE BEST SHOW 2017 -  London Pub Theatres

"A polished piece of work from an exciting new company. Southern Magpie are clearly one to watch."

*****  thespyinthestalls


"Moving, provocative, and truly original as a piece of art, this hidden gem is definitely worth seeing."

Islington Tribune

"fervently brought to life... we should highly anticipate what is next to come from Southern Magpie Theatre"

***** londonpubtheatres

"solid writing and superb acting really draws the audience in and holds them spellbound"

***** londontheatre1

****1/2 Breakingthefourthwall



Skin Tight by Gary Henderson at The Hope Theatre - brilliantly directed and performed two-hander that is seared into my memory for its beauty, energy and poignancy.

A couple’s life in 1950s rural New Zealand, Cindy Marcolina catches director Max Kirk just before the press night for Skin Tight

Lauren Gage chats to fast rising director of SKIN TIGHT, Max Kirk, bringing award-winning New Zealand plays to the UK


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