Two creative associate appointments have also been made by the Playhouse: theatre company and Nottingham based all-female comedy collective Major Labia and local writer and actor Ben Norris.

These new roles come as part of the Amplify artist development programme, which aims to recognise talent within the region and support developing artists at different stages in their professional careers. After launching a year ago, the programme – which is led by Artist Development Producer Beth Shouler – now has more than 150 active members.

Beth said: “Amplify is in its first year and the calibre of applicants and standard of applications for creative associates was exceptional. Major Labia make hilarious and politically astute comedy theatre which we’ve seen sell out our studio and transfer to the main house. Ben Norris began in Nottingham Playhouse’s youth theatre and is a really exciting writer and actor. He’s also sold out the studio with his first show and the latest had an outing at Amplify 18 festival. We can’t wait to see what they make while creative associates at the Playhouse.”