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NEWS: Bush reopens after £4.3m refurb with Euro premiere directed by Jamie Lloyd

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In March 2017, following a landmark year taking plays into the communities of West London, the Bush Theatre will return home following a £4.3m revitalisation of the venue. The year-long redevelopment has been driven by the aim of realising Artistic Director Madani Younis’ vision for a theatre that reflects the diversity and vibrancy of London today. The Bush Theatre strives …

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NEWS: Barney Norris’ latest play Echo’s End premieres at Salisbury Playhouse

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Salisbury Playhouse’s spring/summer 2017 season has been announced and includes a brand new commission from award-winning playwright – and Salisbury native – Barney Norris. Norris’ new play, Echo’s End (29 March to 15 April 2017), is set on the edge of Salisbury Plain in 1915 as a young couple finds itself caught up in the turmoil of World War I

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NEWS: Orange Tree revives Shaw and Holman, premieres The Rolling Stone

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The new spring season for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, south London, features plays by Robert Holman, Chris Urch, Brad Birch and Bernard Shaw, directed by Ellen McDougall, Alice Hamilton, Mel Hillyard and Artistic Director Paul Miller. Artistic Director Paul Miller announces the January to June 2016 season at the Orange Tree. It follows a year of award-winning theatre …

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EVENTIDE – Arcola Theatre

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We are in a pub garden in rural Hampshire, where landlord John is gathering logs for the fire (in high summer, “it’s part of what people come for”), and telling a joke about a ferret and a blow-job to cheer up Mark, a lanky, sad youth. Along comes Liz the bravely prattling church organist. They talk. A year later, they meet again. That’s all. But it is immense.

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INTERVIEW (pt2): Barney Norris on Peter Gill, Van Gogh writing and theatres as ’empathy engines’

In Books, Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Playwright Barney Norris has followed his award-winning debut Visitors with Eventide, which is now running at London’s Arcola Theatre before touring until 15 November 2015, care of Up in Arms, the theatre company he co-founded with director Alice Hamilton. I’m a huge fan of Barney, both as a great writer and a great thinker. In this second […]

INTERVIEW (pt1): Eventide‘s Barney Norris on monoculture, Thomas Hardy and Salisbury dreams

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I’ve been looking forward to Barney Norris‘ new play ever since I caught his acclaimed four-hander Visitors at the Bush Theatre last year. The play, which centred on an elderly couple dealing with the devastating consequences of dementia, affected me deeply. Partly, that was because of my own family’s experience with my father’s recent post-operative delirium, but mainly […]

ORSON’S SHADOW – Southwark Playhouse

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35 years after his death, Kenneth Tynan still has the power to slice through the loudest chatter a rabble of theatre-goers can summon up. In Orson’s Shadow – Austin Pendleton’s knowingly smug biography of the founding fathers who devised the blueprint for the National Theatre – the legendary critic, played by a dashing Edward Bennett, strolls onto the stage before the lights go down. Right from his nonchalant entrance and through a meta-fictional commentary that sees him refusing to leave his profession in the wings, Bennett’s character casts himself as the driving force behind this show.