Written and Performed by Neal Pike, Directed by Matt Miller

Five Years

Part of the Amplify Festival

Tuesday 8 October, 7.30pm

Neville Studio - Tickets: £12 (£10 concs)

14+ - Running time: 1 hr (no interval)


Part of the Amplify Festival

“Let me tell you about Foxwood. A place that my skipping voice would not get me thrown down stairs. Unlike other schools. It was very much like other schools.”

From 1998 to 2002, Neal Pike attended a special educational needs school in Nottinghamshire. Five Years is about trying to hold on to a sense of who you are during those messy, brutal and mundane years of adolescence. With warmth and humour that cuts to the bone, Neal Pike explores identity, community and the parts of him that were shaped by Foxwood.

Written and Performed by Neal Pike
Directed by Matt Miller

Age guidance: 14+
Content/Trigger Warning: References to bullying, occasional strong language

Five Years a Relaxed Show and BSL interpreted.

See the pre-show guide for the show here.

Relaxed performances are carefully created for people with learning disabilities and their families or carers so that everyone can enjoy the wonder of theatre at Nottingham Playhouse in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding familiarisation visits, wheelchair access and disabled parking – all you need to do is email access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.

What People are Saying about Five Years

Audience member

“A midlands version of Stand By Me”
Audience member

“Powerful, moving and tender. Loved it.”
Audience member

“Lots of impact, vivid, we began to inhabit the performer’s biography and world.”
Audience member

“The exploration of youth, friendship, sexuality and loss will resonate with most as experiences we all have to come to terms with, as we grow up and grow older… gives a voice to those who do not always have the words to express themselves.”
Fran Bonner, LeftLion (for Five Years work-in-progress)

“Through Five Years [Neal] has become the narrator of his own story… His ability to set a scene with movements and tone is spot on.”
Hey! What’s On Notts? (for Five Years work-in-progress)

“Engaging, warm and illuminating”
British Theatre Guide (for Five Years preview)

“Evocative, and at times beautifully poetic, use of language brought Foxwood School to life.”
Dani Watson, New Writing North Young Writer (for Five Years preview)

“The show talks of human-ness, of vulnerability, and ultimately of escaping those boxes.”
Disability Arts Online (for Five Years preview)

Dates & Times

Five Years - Tue 8 Oct 7:30pm Tue 8 Oct Neville Studio 7:30pm £12 (£10 concs)

Cast and Crew

Name Role
Neal Pike Writer and performer
Matt Miller Director

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