Formed in 2012 by Sonnie Beckett and Max Saunders-Singer, Grindstone is an innovative company dedicated to creating cutting edge drama.

The Grindstone is a symbol of simplicity, hard work, innovation, and craft. We find the image of the craftsperson sharpening and honing tools at the Grindstone extremely powerful.  As the great wheel of stone spins, grinding against metal, it sends sparks flying, gradually shaping, refining and polishing those tools to perfection. 

At Grindstone our objective is to set the bar higher for each production, from scripting right through to individual performance or shoot. 

We want the work to be so well crafted that the audience is transported by the story and its environment.  We want to push the boundaries of what art can be.  We are for everyone.

Our critically acclaimed productions push those very same boundaries. Have a look through our pages to find out more.

If you would like to work with us/support our mission please get in touch.

Grindstone…Cutting Edge Drama.


Sonnie Beckett

Director & Dramaturg


Sonnie is an award-winning professional director and dramaturg.

Grindstone was created in 2012 when Sonnie's musical RIP won Iris Theatre's Workin Process award.  The production then transferred to the Kings' Head Theatre.

Alongside professional directing, Sonnie now teaches and directs in some of London's most prestigious drama and film schools. 

She say's "I love working on new writing, especially with flawed characters, and challenging perspectives". 

Get in touch if you have projects in the pipeline. 


Max Saunders-Singer

Writer & Director

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Max trained as an Actor at the Italia Conti Acting Academy. Since graduating he has

worked extensively in theatre, and film.

As a Writer and Director Max is forging a solid career with an excellent

reputation. He received a scholarship for the most prestigious dramatic writing MA in

the country and his play ‘The Glasshouse’ won 1 and was nominated for 3 Off West

End Awards, returning to Manchester with Arts Council funding last autumn.

He is currently writing a new full length play To Slaughter, a story about love and what it takes to let someone go. 

Max directs and teaches Acting both privately and at various film/drama academies in

the U.K.

Max is represented by Malcolm Browning of MMB CREATIVE.