Amplify Festival: a word from the creatives

Friday 11th October 2019

We recently caught up with some of the creative voices of this year’s Amplify Festival – learning a little more about why people should see their productions, and what the Playhouse means to them.

Five Years

Matt Miller, Director of Five Years – written and performed by Neal Pike – said he’s excited to return to Nottingham Playhouse.

“Having performed at the Amplify launch with an early scratch of Five Years, it feels we have come full circle in bringing the finished touring show back to the Playhouse and Amplify. Neal Pike and I met at the Playhouse too, as part of The Mouthy Poets, so it feels like we’re bringing two years of work back to a home crowd, which is very exciting.

“We’re looking forward to bringing a coming of age story with a difference to audiences, shining a light on perceptions and life experiences of disability, with a healthy dash of Nottstalgia along the way.”


Lewis Doherty – one of our associate artists and creator of BOAR – wants to entertain and surprise theatre-goers.

“I want people to have a fantastic night! It’s a great show if you’re into theatre or not, and I really enjoy surprising audiences with what they think is possible on stage.

“And it means a lot to be part of the festival. There’s so many interesting voices coming out of the East Midlands and I’m honoured to be included in such a talented list of performers and creatives across the region.”

Ruby & Cedar

Alison Dunne, writer of Ruby & Cedar, sees the performance at Amplify Festival as the culmination of years’ hard work.

“Ruby & Cedar, means so much to me as it’s our first Fishhouse Theatre production to be ACE funded which made a massive difference. I took paid time to concentrate on writing the script and worked with actors and a director and such a brilliant designer who all fed into the development of the play. I love the story and the way people respond to seeing the beautiful set as soon as they walk in.

“Being part of Amplify feels like a validation after four years of ongoing hard work. As older ‘emerging’ artists we often found doors closed to us and have had to keep pushing at them. In the last year some have started to give, Amplify being one of them and that’s a huge relief! It is great to be in the festival in such amazing company and we can’t wait for Amplify audiences to see our show.”

Amplify Festival runs until Saturday 19 October 2019.