Nottz Diary
What's happening around Nottz
Due to the changing circumstances relating to the pandemic, some live events listed may have been cancelled. Please check with the organisers to see if the event is going ahead.
Old Time Sayings
City Arts

The Window Gallery, City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham
Till 3rd March

woman in traditional dress Colourful portraits accompany ‘Old Time Sayings’. These are aphorisms and idioms shared by older members of Nottingham’s African-Caribbean community.

During the UK’s second COVID-19 lockdown, poet Panya Banjoko ran 1 to 1 workshops over the telephone with a group of older people. The group transcribed & explained a number of sayings, some in Jamaican Patwa.

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Watson Fothergill Virtual Walk
A Zoom Tour of Victorian Nottingham
Nottingham Writer's Studio

online
20th Jan

 poster Join tour guide and art historian Lucy Brouwer on Zoom for a look at the highlights of The Watson Fothergill Walk - a look at the buildings of Nottingham’s most flamboyant Victorian architect, Watson Fothergill.

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An Introduction to Experimental Poetry
An Overview of Different Practices
Nottingham Writer's Studio

online
20th Jan

experimental poetry poster As an introduction to experimental poetry writing, this one-off two-hour workshop will provide an overview of different experimental poetry practices, including: visual and concrete poetry, sound poetry, pangrammatic poetry, palindromes and anagram poetry, conceptual poetry and various other experiments championed by the Oulipians.

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A Bit of A Carry On
Mario Productions

Mansfield Palace Theatre
20th Jan

a bit of acarry on poster Darling Buds of May actor Tyler Butterworth tells the funny, moving and unashamedly nostalgic story of his much-loved parents, the nation’s first female TV impressionist Janet Brown, and the inimitable Carry On star Peter Butterworth.

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Silly Cow
Bonington Players

Bonington Theatre, Arnold
20th - 22nd Jan

sillycow poster Ben Elton's Silly Cow is a slick, razor-tongued modern satire on the viciousness of tabloid journalism with an ingeniously dramatic dénouement.

Doris is a newspaper columnist and reviewer with a talent for caustic insults and career assassination.

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Some-Antics Spoken Word
Championship Slam

Grays Coffee Shop & Kitchen 31 Rutland Street Leicester
21st Jan

some antics logo Come see the 2021 slam winners compete for the title of Some-Antics Slam Champion 2021! The winner takes home a cash prize, trophy and paid feature slots at Some-Antics and other events throughout the East Midlands.

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Phoney Fools and Horses
That's Entertaiment Productions

Mansfield Palace Theatre
21st Jan

phoney fools and horses poster Based on the TV show everybody loves, comes a brilliant homage, bursting with renditions of your best-loved moments and characters. Meet DEL BOY, UNCLE ALBERT, RODNEY, BOYCIE and TRIGGER in a specially scripted, hilarious storyline delivered by the show’s cast of three who superbly embody all the laughter-moments we remember so well.

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Comedy, Life Writing and Breakups
with Rosie Wilby
Madrid Bookie

online
22nd Jan

rosie wilby In this friendly and supportive online workshop, comedian and author ROSIE WILBY will discuss typical joke structures, comedy writing prompts and techniques, and explore how writing for stage and page can differ.

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Ghost of the Gaol

National Justice Museum
22nd Jan, 5th and 19th Feb, 5th and 19th March

woman's face Here’s your chance to walk in the steps of those who were condemned, imprisoned and executed here over centuries. Uncover eerie tales and learn of the paranormal experiences within this historic building.

Over 14s only. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult due to the adult themes of the tour.

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Story Circle
Lichfield Storytellers

online
24th Jan

litchfield storytellers A warm welcome in a creative and supportive environment..... one evening every month for an hour and a half. It's FREE - but you will need to REGISTER so that we can send you the Zoom link. (EVEN IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED BEFORE) Please CONTACT CATH if you wish TO TELL A STORY

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Writing Great Short Stories
with Alex Davis
Nottingham Writer's Studio

online
24th and 31st Jan

alex davis Kick-off your 2022 writing goals with Alex, where you’ll explore the popular medium of short stories, looking at the history of the form and how the short story is defined.

You’ll look at the hook, at characterisation in short stories, the specifics of pacing and structure in the form and much more.

This 2-part course serves as an ideal introduction for anyone new to the form, or a helpful reminder for anyone returning to short fiction!

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Breezeblock Park
by Willy Russell
Robin Hood Theatre Company

Robin Hood Theatre, Averham Nr Newark
25th - 29th Jan

breezeblock park poster A 1975 vintage comedy from the author of Educating Rita and Blood Brothers. This hugely funny play joins Betty, Reeny, Vera and their menfolk, who consider themselves a close-knit family team as they prepare for Christmas in their traditional style.

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Cinderella
Burton Joyce Players

Burton Joyce and Bulcote Village Hall
26th - 29th Jan

glass slipper Tickets are available to purchase from Rhubarbs Cafe and Tea Room (Church Road, Burton Joyce), The Willow Tree Tea Room (Main Street, Burton Joyce), Hugo’s Kitchen (Main Street, Burton Joyce) or online from TicketSource:

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Writing Comedy Scripts
with Hugh Dichmont
Nottingham Writer's Studio

online
27th Jan

comedy script poster Drawing on comic theory, this fun, hands-on, two-hour workshop will give learners techniques for creating material far funnier than this workshop description, which, frankly, Hugh admits to phoning in a bit.

A workshop for all levels of experience and writers of all genres. Whether aspiring or established writers of any medium: novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, filmmakers, poets, storytellers – anybody interested in exploring the line between comedy and drama.

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Season Launch
New Art Exchange
39-41 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham

28th Jan

woman with hands to camera Join us to celebrate the launch of Trinity, the largest solo exhibition to date from highly acclaimed artist Hetain Patel, featuring a trilogy of films created by the artist between 2015 and 2021.

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Get ready for Big Garden Birdwatch
the RSPB
Your Garden

28th - 30th Jan

blue tits Be wowed by your local wildlife. Big Garden Birdwatch is for everyone, whether you're a complete beginner or a birding expert. Simply count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour between 28 and 30 January 2022.

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Word Wise # 53
Sam J Grudgings

The Maypole Inn Derby
28th Jan

word wise logo The first Wise Wise of the new year, they'll be an open mic and we'll have a lovely performance from our Bristol headliner Sam J Grudgings. 25 tickets available, find them on presale via the link.

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Xīwàng (Hope)
Stunning Digital Projections

Highfields Park, Nottingham University
29th Jan

highfields Welcome to Chinese New Year 2022! Amidst the shortest and darkest days of the year, we, with Nottingham Confucius Institute, hope to bring some cheer with stunning digital projections on the University of Nottingham's iconic Trent Building. Embrace time together with friends and family and enjoy our wonderful outdoor display with a warming treat from the Pavilion Café.

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Big Garden Birdwatch
Summerwood Community Garden


29th Jan

birds in trees Help us count the birds we see on the community garden. There'll be a bird expert on hand to help us identify any birds we see on a guided walk around the garden, we'll make bird feeders, put out messy play trays, sow some sweet peas in pots for you to take away and provide refreshment. No need to book, just turn up

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Big Garden Birdwatch
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens


29th Jan

birds in trees We'll be joining in with the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - drop into the community gardens on January 29th to find out what we do to help the birds here and how you can help the birds in your own garden and locally. We'll be counting the birds we see during the day and making bird feeders and a few other things.

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Beeston Light Night 2022
The Boat & Horses Beeston


29th Jan

beeston light night A light In Beeston. Beeston are holding their inaugural Light Night on 29th January 2022. To light the darkest month. Beeston Rylands is a small community within Beeston Nottingham. Please come along and join us. Raising funds for Suicide Prevention and raising awareness for mental health. Various events are taking place in the Rylands.

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Sleeping Beauty
Mayor's Panto

Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham
29th Jan

sleeping beauty poster The ever-popular Mayor's Panto returns this year with a classic tale of witches, curses, fairies and princes! Performed by The Strelley Players, this evening always proves to be a hit, so don't miss out on tickets...

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The Incredibles
New Art Exchange
29th Jan

the incredibles A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Our family-friendly film screenings are back! Where you're welcome to take breaks, breastfeed, bring snacks with strictly no shh-ing!

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Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood
Ravenshead Theatre Group

Ravenshead Village Hall Nottingham
29th - 30th Jan

robin hood After a triumphant return with Agatha Crusty it’s Panto time and Ravenshead Theatre Group are delighted to announce we will perform Ben Crocker’s Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood in January

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Beat The Streets

Nottingham - Various Venues
30th Jan

beat the street logo Nottingham’s annual charity music festival Beat The Streets aims to bring our community together to battle homelessness and raise vital funds for Framework.

The 2020 edition raised a fantastic £75,000 through a combination of ticket sales, merchandise, tombola, collection buckets, badges and bar spend at DHP venues across the city.

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Leopoldstadt
National Theatre Live

Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham
30th Jan

leopoldstadt poster Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.

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Some-Antics Collective Meetup 2.2.22

online
2nd Feb

some antics image It's 2022! Let's hang out, write some poetry, do a quiz and have a laugh! Zoom link will be in the event on the night

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Proper Funny Comedy's Festival Launch Party
TripleCeePee Events

Firebug, Leicester
2nd Feb

proper funny logo The “Proper Funny Launch Party” returns to kick the Leicester Comedy Festival off with a bang! As always the show includes sets from a wide-variety of acts, ranging from previous Festival Award Winners/Nominees to some of the very finest emerging acts. All of which is held together seamlessly by Leicester’s own Jason Neale (MC)

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Leicester Comedy Festival

Various Venues
2nd - 20th Feb

leicester comedy fest logo LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL – Europe’s biggest and longest running comedy festival

Leicester Comedy Festival is BACK and we will be celebrating British comedy again in February 2022, celebrating our 29th anniversary with a fantastic line up of hundreds of shows! The line up features over 560 shows, over 800 performances and 64 venues.

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Seussical
Presented by Nottingham Arts Youth Theatre

Nottingham Arts Theatre
3rd - 5th Feb

seussical poster The fantastical world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the stage in this larger-than-life musical extravaganza brimming with fun and excitement for “thinkers” of all ages.

Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a host of other much-loved characters on a magical, madcap adventure from the Jungle of Nool, to the Circus McGurkus, to the tiniest planet in the sky, Whoville.

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Uncaged
by Michael Harvey
Matlock Storytelling Cafe

online
4th Feb

michael harvey Matlock (virtual) Storytelling Cafe is very pleased to present Michael Harvey on Friday February 4th with 'Uncaged'.

Sometime in 1871 the great Breton folktale collector François-Marie Luzel sat down in front of a man called Guillaume Garandel in a village called Plouaret, ready to add another story to his bulging collection of traditional tales.

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Making research visible
Meet researcher in residence Panya Banjoko

National Justice Museum
5th Feb

panya banjoko Drop into our free, friendly project lab to meet our brilliant Researcher in Residence, Panya Banjoko.

Panya will be happy to answer your questions about her research into the building, architecture and material quality of the museum.

She’ll be sharing some of the fascinating stories that she has discovered and how the research will be used.

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Lenguas Diversity #7

online
5th Feb

lenguas logo Lenguas Diversity is a monthly performance space for your voices, a community hungry for different lenguas where we gather and celebrate diversidad through any kind of art. Let’s keep it abierto! Performers will have up to FIVE minutes each, helpful for those who decide to read a piece in a different language than English and then translate it.

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Lights in the Garden
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens

5th Feb

lights on a patio Join us outside at the Community Gardens to see the site illuminated with lights and lanterns; part of the Light Night events taking place across the city centre. Entrance to the event is free (there will be a small cost for hot food and drinks if you wish to buy these). Wrap up warm, bring your own torch / lantern/ light if you wish and come and join us to see the gardens looking magical after dark.

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The Elephant Man
by Bernard Pomerance

Lace Market Theatre
7th- 12th Feb

Elephant man poster A moving drama, based on the life of the strangely deformed John Merrick and his attempts to be treated as an ordinary person instead of an exhibit in a freak show. The care of a famous young doctor will change his life. Who decides what is normal?

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SMUT! The Verbal Burlesque!
Event by Ben Macpherson and The Playwright

The Playwright
9th Feb

smut poster SMUT! is a new night of poetry and storytelling in Nottingham celebrating human sexuality. A verbal burlesque that can feature anything from a deeply moving love letter, to an erotic limerick. Whether it's heartfelt, cheeky or downright indecent, we'd love to see you at this Open Mic Night. SMUT! is an inclusive safe-space to enjoy all kinds of love and the writing it inspires. So book your tickets now!

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February Showcase
DIY Poets

City Arts, Hockley, Nottingham
10th Feb

diy poets logo DIY Poets are delighted to bring their first showcase of 2022 as a hybrid event from City Arts, Nottingham.

We’ll have featured sets from Gail Webb and Pete Clavin, music from Richard Banker, plus performances by 10 DIY Poets.

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Public Open Evening
Sherwood Observatory
12th Feb

poster During the autumn & winter months we hold public open evenings at the Sherwood observatory facility. These coincide with the shorter days and longer nights and allow the pubic to experience the wonders of the night sky, weather permitting.

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Due to the changing circumstances relating to the pandemic, some live events listed may have been cancelled. Please check with the organisers to see if the event is going ahead.
Community Valentines Market
Burton Joyce Village Hall
12th Feb

poster Lots of produce and gifts for Valentines Day, come along and see what we have to offer. Everyone welcome - FREE ADMISSION

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Some Antics Comedy Night
Cotesbach Educational Trust

Main Street,Cotesbach,Lutterworth
12th Feb

poster Some-Antics is Leicester's third best poetry night and will be bringing some of the East Midlands' finest comedy acts to Cotesbach Educational Trust as part of Leicester Comedy Festival.

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A night at the musicals
with theCast

Castle Donington Community Hub
12th Feb

a night at the musicals poster The Cast are proud to present a night at the musicals, a relaxed evening of songs from all of your favourite musicals performed by our talented cast!

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Word Walk at Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Poetry Festival

Nottingham Contemporary
12th Feb

people writing Nottingham Poetry Festival invites you to a creative wander around the inspiring Nottingham Contemporary.

The Nottingham Poetry Festival team will greet you at Reception with clipboards, paper and pens, inviting you to respond to the building, its surroundings, and exhibition 'Our Silver City, 2094’ by writing, doodling and chatting, all guided by Lead Writer Caroline Stancer.

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Romeo & Juliet
Royal Opera House

Bonington Theatre, Arnold
14th Feb

romeo and juliet Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the world repertory.

The nuanced and detailed choreography gives dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunity for differing interpretations of the doomed lovers.

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Sister Act
West Bridgford Operatic Society

The space theatre
15th - 19th Feb

sister act poster Disguised as a nun (Sister Mary Clarence), Deloris is at odds with the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. However, she uses her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir. Deloris breathes new life and sparkle into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

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The Nottingham 5k Winter Series - Race 4 2022
Nice Work
16th Feb

nice work logo The Nottingham 5k Winter Series - Race 4 2022 Wednesday 16th February 2022 - 7:30 pm - Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, NG2 2LA Race Entry

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RAPUNZEL
Langley Mill Events

New Horizon Church
16th - 19th Feb

rapunzel poster Preparations are underway for Princess Rapunzel’s big birthday bash, but when the evil Fairy Dreadlock doesn’t get an invite from King Quiff and Queen Curly, she kidnaps Rapunzel and locks her in a tower in the woods.

Luckily Flynn, his pantomime horse Britney Spurs, Dame Penny Perm the royal hairdresser and Fairy Hair-Do set off to rescue Rapunzel. Will Flynn win the day and Rapunzel’s trust? Will Fairy Dreadlock succeed in her plot to ruin royal happiness? Will Penny Perm find a new man in the audience tonight?

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Who Is In Charge Here?
Matt Chorley

Lakeside Arts
19th Feb

Matt Chorley Matt Chorley has spent the past 15 years in Westminster seeing up close how politics works, or doesn’t. After the sell-out success of his first tour This Is Not Normal, the award-winning Times columnist and Times Radio presenter is back with a hilarious new show exploring who really calls the shots. Is the Prime Minister actually in charge, or at the mercy of the opposition, backbenchers, lobbyists, the media, spin doctors, his wife, or the Queen?

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Wildlife in the City on tour
walk and wildlife survey along Valley Road Watermeadow

Valley Road Watermeadow
19th Feb

wildlife tour poster You'll have all seen this Urban site, as it goes along the ring road. Join us for this social walk to properly explore the linear site - where we will note our sightings to compare with previous surveys.

This is an informal walk to share our knowledge and questions, no experience required! Binoculars etc are optional.

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Adventures in Form
by Leanne Moden

online
20th Feb

swirl of colours One of the wonderful things about poetry is the freedom it gives us to write whatever we like, and free verse is more popular than ever before. But, what can traditional poetic forms teach us about our writing, and about ourselves? Sometimes, constraints allow us to break free of our usual writing ruts, and push our writing into new places, making us better, more versatile writers, and giving us the space to articulate ourselves even more clearly.

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Word Wise #54
Thom Seddon
Sophie Sparham

The Maypole Cafe Bar and Theatre 42 Brook Street Derby
25th Feb

thom sparham Word Wise is the concept of poet and performer Jamie Thrasivoulou, now compered and by Sophie Sparham. A spoken word and poetry night uniting the best talent from around the UK and beyond, with Derby's finest performers. Word Wise won the 2019 Saboteur award for Best Regular Spoken Word Event in the UK.

This month sees the wonderful Thom Seddon take to the stage:

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Word Walk at Bulwell Riverside Library
Nottingham Poetry Festival

Bulwell Riverside Library Main Street Bulwell, Nottingham
28th Feb

people writing Nottingham Poetry Festival invites you to a creative wander around the historical Bulwell. Beginning at Bulwell Riverside Library, we will explore our surroundings to write observations, thoughts and memories with guidance from local poet Sonia Burns.

The Nottingham Poetry Festival team will greet you at Reception with clipboards, paper and pens, inviting you to respond to the library and its surroundings by writing, doodling and chatting, all guided by Sonia.

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