Alan Bennett, Mark Gatiss and Emteaz Hussain feature in Spring Loaded season at Nottingham Playhouse
New work by Alan Bennett, Emteaz Hussain and other artists feature in a Spring Loaded season at Nottingham Playhouse over the next few weeks.
With coronavirus restrictions still in place, the performances will be on demand online.
The season will feature more than 20 events, including plays, readings, dance and music.
Stephanie Sirr, Playhouse chief executive, said: “We are 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 will feature a specially-written vignette by Alan Bennett and new work from Emteaz Hussain and will bring to life newly-commissioned writing from across the East Midlands.
Conceived by Nottingham Playhouse and shot on location around the city, Still Life will pair a group of writers with a member of Nottingham’s communities. Using conversations with these individuals as a starting point, the writers will each create a short piece that sheds light on the previously unexplored stories of how we live now.
Adam Penford, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “The pandemic has changed the way we live and Still Life will capture this moment in time, revealing some of the lesser-known stories of the people of Nottingham in 2021.
“They are part of our on-going commitment to nurture the immense talent in the region, and provide some much-needed employment to freelancers, including writers and actors, many of whom have had little government support since last March.
“I’m delighted that Alan Bennett has also penned a short ‘bonus track’, as our audiences loved his The Madness of George III a couple of years ago.”
Critically-acclaimed drama LIT, by local writer Sophie Ellerby, will be reimagined for an ambitious new film, in a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and HighTide Theatre.
The play explores the turbulent teenage years of a Nottingham girl looking for love in all the wrong places.
Meanwhile, armed with just himself and a chair, Lewis Doherty presents a live streamed performance of BOAR, a fantasy adventure set in a distant kingdom where pirates, bounty hunters and thieves do battle.
BOAR is the second instalment of Doherty’s BEAST Trilogy.
Another new production is comedic romp Bring On the Bollywood — a Bollywood dance-theatre extravaganza inspired by classic Indian cinema that also revels in the shared dramatic heritage between the UK and India.
There will also be rehearsed readings of future shows Private Peaceful and First Touch as well as question-and-answer sessions with theatre experts.
Productions from last year’s Unlocked festival have also be re-released on demand, including Ghost Stories with Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough.
It also includes Bubble, starring Jessica Raine and Pearl Mackie, and a musical performance by West End leading ladies Rosalie Craig, Sandra Marvin, Jodie Prenger and Sara Poyzer.
Family show Jack And The Beanstalk will be able to view once again, after delighting families over Christmas.