A Double Bill of New Work by East Midlands Talent

Wednesday 28 October 2020

In person tickets £10, online tickets £8 - optional donation

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Ben Norris: A Short Tour of the Heart

Join star of The Archers and two-time UK National Poetry Slam champion Ben Norris on a short tour of the heart. Fusing spoken-word and music with his trademark storytelling panache and famous modesty, the Notts-born writer-performer will be trialling brand new work as well as sharing pieces from his back catalogue.

Armed with several probably-illegible notebooks, a loop pedal, and a refurbished macbook paid for by the government’s coronavirus self-employment income support scheme, Ben anticipates exploring themes as diverse as family, general sadness, lockdown sadness, grief, heartbreak, other miscellaneous sadnesses, memory, The Midlands, family, and the art of effective list-making. Like so many things in the world right now, including this description, the show will be a work-in-progress.

Ben Norris is an award-winning poet, playwright and actor, and a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. His second pamphlet of poetry, published in 2019, was described by Colm Tóibín as ‘the real deal’, by Andrew McMillan as ‘moving, witty and beautifully-crafted’, and by his mum as ‘obviously quite painful to read’. In lieu of this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe, he endeavoured to capture the feeling by spending most of August standing in the rain talking to himself at home, finding it much more cost-effective and considerably better for his mental health.

Naomi Obeng: Where it Lands

The first reading of a new Nottingham Playhouse commission by East Midlands based writer, Naomi Obeng.

a woman. a mind. a knock on the door. a permission denied.

and yet, The Idea sees no boundaries, The Idea lets itself in.

mixed race people are the UK’s fastest growing ethnic group
mixed race people are the UK’s
mixed race people are

Nottingham has a higher than average mixed race population compared to the rest of the UK. Against the backdrop of historical hostility against mixed race people, resurgent racial divisions in society, and the mainstream use of ‘mixed’ as an ethnic group, this probing new piece of one-person storytelling examines the reality of a mixed race identity in 2020.

Naomi was previously a member of Nottingham Playhouse’s Homegrown group for young theatre-makers. She is a New Associate at New Perspectives, currently part of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Alumni Group and was a writer in residence at Leicester Curve. Her writing for the stage includes A Distance Between for Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From project and I’ll Show You The Oranges (Young Court at the Royal Court).


This exciting double-bill is part of the Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked festival of live and livestreamed shows. There is a strictly limited number of tickets to watch the event in person at Nottingham Playhouse, or purchase an e-ticket to watch the livestream at home.

Ticketing information

If you’re buying tickets to see the show in person at Nottingham Playhouse

All shows in the festival will be sold as unreserved seating. We will allocate your exact seats in the auditorium and confirm these with you in advance of the performance. As well as emailing your seat numbers, we’ll also provide full information about the social distancing measures that will be in place when you attend in line with the latest Government advice at that time.

When booking online, please ensure you choose the ‘Hold at Box Office’ option. No physical ticket will be need to be collected and you will be emailed an e-ticket closer to the performance date.

For customers requiring a wheelchair space, please call 0115 941 9419 to book. Our phone lines are currently open 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday.

If you have any other specific access requirements, for example if you require level access, please email us at tickets@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.

If you’re buying a ticket to watch the online, live stream of the show via Zoom
You will be sent confirmation of your booking and we’ll be in touch in advance of the event with full details of how you can join the performance online.

When booking online, please ensure you choose the ‘Hold at Box Office’ option. No physical ticket will need to be collected and you will be emailed a viewing link the day before the performance.


This event is sponsored by Nottingham Trent University.

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A Double Bill of New Work by East Midlands Talent - Wed 28 Oct 7:30pm Wed 28 Oct 7:30pm £8 - £10
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