Playground Festival


Nottingham Playhouse is excited to announce Playground, our new performance festival for work by artists, makers and theatre companies based in Nottinghamshire.

We’re putting together a stellar line‑up of some of the most exciting artists and companies in a six-day fiesta of the best and brightest new performances that Notts has to offer. All right here, on home turf, at Nottingham Playhouse.

Whether you’ll be purring for Poe, swooning at sirens of the silver screen or just plain laughing your vag off*, come and experience bold, vibrant theatre, made in Nottingham. It’s going to be some week! Keep up to date with all the latest announcements via social media: #NottmPlayground

OPENING NIGHT

Join us from 5.30pm for the launch of Playground. Meet and mingle with Notitngham’s artistic community, and get ready for three great performances in one evening!

The War on Terry

Main Event
Neville Studio, 7:45pm
Influencing Machine

It’s Terry’s birthday, but living with your parents at his age isn’t exactly a recipe for fun. At 27, Terry is now, and forever more, older than his older brother Danny, who killed himself three years before.

In this darkly comic monlogue, Terry reminisces over their childhood, whilst fighting to come to terms with his regrets over how things could have been different.

The Dead Sea

FREE Curtain Raiser
Ustinov Room, 7pm
Louise White

All Louise wanted to be was a marine biologist. Once grown-up, she embarks on a mission to the deep ocean, but on the way tragedy strikes and her life and childhood dreams hang in the balance. The Dead Sea is a family friendly performance looking to get all ages excited about saving our planet and looking towards the future.

Five Years

FREE Curtain Raiser
Ustinov Room, 6.15pm
Neal Pike & Matt Miller

Set in a special needs school in the 1990’s, Five Years is an autobiographical one-man show which combines spoken-word poetry, improvisation and direct address to ask how do you find your own identity in an environment where you’re only defined as ‘special’?

GUTS

Main Event
Neville Studio, 7:45pm
Sophie Ellerby

Billy has been training for this fight his whole life. Everyone says he’s the next Amir Khan. He’s got what it takes to become a star. They guessed his name would make headlines, and they were right…

GUTS follows the hopes and dreams of a boy who died on the pavement outside the Victoria Centre one Friday night.

A Second Opinion

FREE Curtain Raiser
Ustinov Room, 7pm
Bread & Roses

The NHS born in 1948 – she works hard, and doesn’t expect a thank you, but now she needs our help. Delve into the history of our health service and what it is up against in order to provide everyone with free healthcare.

The Black Cat

Main Event
Neville Studio, 7:45pm
LaPelle’s Factory in association with LittleMighty and In Good Company

A renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted tale. Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by re-imagining a macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes.

Balanced between the hilarious and the horrific, this show revels in the darkness that hides just under the surface. The Black Cat is gravely good fun, but be warned: it will get catty. Meow.

The Russian Play

FREE Curtain Raiser
Ustinov Room, 7pm
Nonsuch Theatre

What happens when Three Sisters go to Moscow? In a mix of traditional song and Balkan beats, a nomadic anachronistic gypsy disco of travellers and migrants collide to see if the reality of what they’ve wished for lives up to expectation.

Vulva La Revolution

Main Event
Neville Studio, 7:45pm
Major Labia

Did you know that for every man in Nottingham, there are 412 women? Making Notts men a great resource for meeting more interesting women they’ve also slept with.

But regardless of figures, numerical or physical, Major Labia want you to join us in celebrating wonder women of Notts throughout the ages. #laughyourvagoff

Mother

FREE Curtain Raiser
Ustinov Room, 7pm
Dearest Productions

When did you realise you were no longer a child? I knew it when my own mother died, that’s the last time there would be anyone in the world who always put me before herself. This piece will draw on personal experiences of having a mother, being a mother and explore everything in between.

Celluloid Souls

Main Event
Neville Studio, 7:45pm
Zoo Indigo

Celluloid Souls is an interactive and unique digital performance experience exploring our obsession with the cinema. Using live film and pre-recorded material the performers cross the celluloid divide.

Zoo Indigo humorously challenge gender representation in different movie genres, with a delicious assortment of cross-dressing, miscellaneous costumes, make up, and fake moustaches.

Aunting

FREE Curtain Raiser
Ustinov Room, 7pm
Tilly Branson

This is a show about my Great Aunt Bun, and about me trying to find out more about her. It’s about me working out why I feel so connected to a women I didn’t really know when she was alive. It’s a show about me becoming an aunt in the same week I inherited her diaries.

*Disclaimer: Playground may contain bad language, nudity, scenes of extended peril and feminist comedians talking about vaginas. Those of a sensitive disposition may want to watch Antiques Roadshow instead.

Main Events

Neville Studio, 7:45pm
Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions)

Curtain raiser tickets are not required to attend.

Curtain Raisers

Ustinov Room, 7pm
Tickets: FREE

See work-in-progress performances from up and coming artists for FREE in the Ustinov Room, before the evening’s main event. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Main event tickets are not required to attend.