Exciting feast of theatrical treats in new Nottingham Playhouse season

Nottingham Playhouse has lined up plenty of theatrical treats as part of its new Spring Loaded season.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:00 am
Mark Gatiss's Ghost Stories is among the many highlights of the season (Photo credit: Nottingham Playhouse/Marc Brenner)

The extensive season of live and digital productions – running from April 16 onwards – aims to celebrate local stories and support East Midlands’ talent.

The shows and events range from dance, music, drama, and Bollywood to horror, comedy and romance.

Most the productions will be available to rent for on demand viewing over five days, with others livestreamed.

Prices start from just a small suggested donation to the theatre’s Curtain Up appeal, to £20 per household.

Stephanie Sirr, chief executive for Nottingham Playhouse, said: “We’re just so pleased to be able to showcase so much brilliant local talent at a time when there have been so few chances for them to shine.”

Still Life: Untold Stories from Nottingham Now is a new collection of short films telling stories through the eyes of residents who sometimes pass unnoticed.

Still Life pairs a group of writers with members of the local communities. Using conversations with these individuals as a starting point, the writers each create a short piece that sheds light on previously unexplored stories of how we live now.

Bring On The Bollywood features in Nottingham Playhouse's Spring Loaded season (Photo credit: Nicola Young Photography)

The confirmed writers were selected as a part of an open call out – and now internationally renowned writer Alan Bennett has joined the project with a specially-written vignette. Still Life will be directed by Adam Penford and Matthew Xia.

Joining this collection of new productions is comedic romp Bring On the Bollywood, a Bollywood dance-theatre extravaganza that revels in the shared dramatic heritage between the UK and India.

There will be other events that will appeal to theatre fans and industry creatives alike. An Evening with James Graham, hosted by Adam Penford, will give viewers to an insight into the career of the multi award-winning Mansfield-born playwright and screenwriter.

Many of the productions that were livestreamed last autumn as part of Nottingham Playhouse’s Unlocked festival will also be hitting screens in homes once more, with shows available to rent for five days.

Nottinghamshire-raised playwright James Graham.

Shows available include Ghost Stories told by Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough, West End Leading Ladies starring Rosalie Craig, Sandra Marvin, Jodie Prenger and Sara Poyzer, a rehearsed reading of Rootless Island Baby by Sarah “Rain” Kolawole, the chilling story of Shuck by LaPelle’s Factory, and dance show Hand Me Down by Wayward Thread.

Tickets and further information on performances can be found at nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/.