Ben Norris

Ben Norris is a playwright, poet, and actor from Nottingham. He is two-time national poetry slam champion (2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam) and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

His debut solo show The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia, including sell-out performances at Nottingham Playhouse. His first short film, commissioned by Channel 4 for their Random Acts programme, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. He has also written commissions for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label, among others. Ben is writer-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, and is a former writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd.

He is currently developing a new show about elite sport The Distance based on his experiences as a teenage international cross-country runner, which has been supported variously by the Roundhouse, Nonsuch Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Yard Theatre.

Ben studied at the University of Birmingham before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio 4.