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.
The Clothes They Stood Up In
By Alan Bennett. Adapted by Adrian Scarborough

Nottingham Playhouse
Until - 1st Oct

the clothes they stood up in A night at the opera ends with a shock for mild-mannered couple Maurice and Rosemary Ransome when they open their front door to discover their flat completely empty. From light bulbs to carpets to toilet paper, even their chicken casserole has been stolen.

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The Great Big Green Week

Various Venues
Until - 2nd Oct

big green week The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. And everyone’s invited.

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Blk this & Blk that … a state of urgency
Michael Forbes

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
Until - 6th Nov

Blk this & Blk that In his first solo exhibition, Nottingham artist Michael Forbes explores themes of contemporary racial politics, migration, history, religion, and blackness/whiteness. He works with sculpture, installation, and photography.

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The Mousetrap

Theatre Royal,Nottingham
Until 1st Oct

the mousetrap AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP is the world’s longest-running play. This thrilling West End production is THE genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time… case closed!

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst!

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Lakeside Arts,Nottingham
Until - 9th Oct

lakeside arts SÉANCE, the first DARKFIELD shipping container experience, transforms the interior of a 24ft container into a Victorian séance room. Over 20 minutes it explores the psychology of a group of people and asks that they believe, not only in what seems to be happening inside the container but also in what might be conjured up into the room with them.

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
FourBlokes Theatre Company

Rose Theatre Chesterfield
Until 1st Oct

cat on hot tin roof FourBlokes Theatre Company are delighted to be returning to the Rose Theatre to open the 2022 Autumn season with Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

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Ravenshead Theatre Group

Ravenshead Village Hall
Until 1st Oct

frankenstein Ravenshead Theatre Group are excited to announce our next production is the chilling and atmospheric Frankenstein! Come and witness the first true science fiction sorry as a scientist deals with the horrifying aftermath of interfering in the creation of life.

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The Ghost Train
by Arnold Ridley

Burton Joyce Players
Until 1st Oct

ghost train Whilst it not quite Halloween, the story centres upon a group of railway passengers who have been stranded at a remote rural station overnight and are increasingly threatened by a latent external force.

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Word Wise #61
Robert Steventon

The Maypole, Brook Street, Derby,
30th Sept

robert steventon “Rob Steventon achieves with his poetry the aims so often laid out by poetry people, but too rarely achieved. His words are inventive, surprising, political, accessible, relatable and often really laugh-out-loud funny. Our aim as performance poets should always be to be better than what our audience could be watching on telly. Robert Steventon is better than telly.”

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When Pigs Escape
Q & A with Director

Mammoth Cinema, Nottingham
30th Sept

when pigs escape When Pigs Escape is an independent documentary made in Nottingham about the remarkable story of Matilda, a pig who escaped from a farm to give birth to a litter of piglets in the woods.

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September Cinema Critical Mass
Critical Mass

Old Market Square, Nottingham
30th Sept

critical mass Join us for our usual improvised ride on the city streets. There’ll be cycles of all shapes and sizes and music and some fun. And it will be so much better if YOU come. Meet from 18:45ish for a 19:00 start.

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Nottingham Playhouse
30th Sept

fishcat This city is desperate for people to birth, live and die here, Sarah’s fighting against that. She CANNOT be like her mum, passing every childhood friend in the aisle of TK Maxx. FISHCAT follows fourteen year-old Sarah as she searches for her future in a daunting, internet infested world, attempting to take on teenage-hood, her dad, and the coolest boy that ever walked the Earth…Gary.

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Black and White
Mark Thomas

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
30th Sept - 12th Nov

lakeside arts Expect creative fun from one of our oldest surviving alternative comics. Taking down politicians. Mucking about. New ideas and finding HOPE.

This award-winning comedian (is there any other type?) asks how did we get here? What are we going to do about it? Who’s up for a sing song?

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Saturday Mic Live
FREE improv at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse
1st Oct

saturday mic live Join us for Saturday Mic Live in our brand new Company Bar

The Spiders From Under The Stairs

Katy and Lloydie present… Brand New Musical

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NWS Monthly Social

Nottingham Writers' Studio
1st Oct

writers studio It’s time again for our fabulous monthly social! Meet up with fellow writers to discuss/argue the night away over the most affordable drinks in town. The bar opens at 6pm and shuts when we say it does (or until The Carousel kicks us out) so come, enjoy and be merry at the one place which won’t be packed on Saturday night. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) Celebrations
Age Friendly Nottingham
Nottingham City Council

Variois Venues
1st - 7th Oct

age friendly nottingham People aged 50 and over are being encouraged to try a range of activities and make new connections in Nottingham.

Organised by Age Friendly Nottingham in collaboration with local arts and culture partners, a series of events will take place across the city from 1 – 7 October.

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World Jam in October

The Carousel, Nottingham
2nd Oct

world jam oct Poets and musicians from all backgrounds are invited to join us for a free multilingual writing workshop, followed by a poetry and music open mic, as part of the Outreach for Recovery project.

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WSO Sherwood Shessions
We Shall Overcome

Bradey’s Micro Bar, Sherwood
2nd Oct

we shall over come An evening of music and poetry with Lewis Burner, Manjit Sahota, Phil Harrison, Tibbie Star, and Paul Carbuncle. Free admission. Collection bucket for BlindEye (Nottingham soup-run). We Shall Overcome!

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Writing for Wellbeing
with Tionee Joseph
Nottingham Writer'sStudio

2nd Oct

writing for wellbeing We know that modern times can be particularly challenging to our mental health. Tionee invites you to use the proven power of words (written and verbal) as a way of grounding yourself.

Become part of a supportive community where you can safely share your feelings and experiences, and find language to increase self-awareness; empowering you to improve your own wellbeing.

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Poets At Work
Writers At Work 25th Anniversary Reading

3rd Oct

poets at work Writers At Work celebrates 25 years with a reading by members of Poets At Work: Kimberly Esslinger, Yvonne M. Estrada, Dylan Cameron Gailey, Eric Howard, Helaina McKibben, Ronna Perrin, Ann Pibel, Bill Ratner, Paula Rudnick, Helen Yeoman-Shaw, and Terry Wolverton.

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Kinky Boots
ESNA Theatre

Loughborough Town Hall
4th - 8th Oct

kinky boots Follow the lives of Charlie, a shoe factory owner struggling to save his family’s business, and the fabulous drag entertainer, Lola, in a bid to create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen!

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Nottingham Creatives Pub Quiz
LaPelle's Factory

Nonsuch Studios
6th Oct

nonsuch studios On the first thursday of every month, join the Nonsuch Studios' team and the great and the good of Nottingham's theatre-making, artistic and creative communities for our anti-networking Pub Quiz and social!

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Five Leaves Bookshop visits Seattle UNESCO City of Literature
Five Leaves Bookshop

6th Oct

five leaves bookshop This is the second of six international online events organised by Five Leaves Bookshop, with funding from Arts Council England. The events bring writers from our region of England together with native writers from the cities we are visiting. All of those cities are UNESCO Cities of Literature, as is Nottingham, and as Nottingham’s independent bookshop we want to help to establish links with other Cities of Literature, their authors and their bookshops.

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Wildlife conservation around the world
Barbara Meyer
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

6th Oct

wildlife trust Barbara Meyer provides a fascinating run-down of different approaches to wildlife conservation, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Journaling for Creativity and Personal Growth
with Sam Gray

Nottingham Writer's Studio
7th Oct

journaling A journaling practice can liberate creativity, lead to greater inner balance and provide a sense of clarity and momentum as we navigate change.

This one-off session offers a supportive space for those who love words – wherever they are on their journey with writing – to spend some time opening into creativity and self-reflection while exploring the dimensions of keeping a journal.

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The Great Almighty Gill
New Perspectives

Nottingham Playhouse
7th - 8th Oct

almighty gill My Dad, Dave, died on 5 November 2015 of complications related to dementia.

It was f*cking awful. But the eulogy I gave was brilliant. It deserves a bigger crowd.

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by Euripides in a version by by Ben Power

Lacemarkt Theatre, Nottingham
10th - 15th Oct

media Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children.

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Young Creative Performance Showcase 2022

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
11th Oct

young creatives showcase Enjoy dance, theatre, music and spoken word performances from this year’s Young Creative Award winners and beyond.

Young Creatives Nottingham, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Dance4 have come together to present some of the best young talents in Nottingham, for an evening of performances in our Djanogly Theatre.

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I Am a Camera
by John Van Druten
The Bonington Players

Bonington Theatre, Arnold
12th - 15th Oct

i am camera ‘I am a Camera’ is set in Berlin, just before the Nazis ascend to power in Berlin. Chris, an aspiring novelist from England, meets flamboyant cabaret entertainer Sally Bowles and an unusual friendship is born. As Sally feeds her extravagant tastes, Chris goes along for the ride, until their Jewish pal, Fritz, encounters trouble.

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The Uninvited
by Tim Kelly
Blaby Drama Group

13th - 15th Oct

To escape the demands of London life Pam and her brother Roddy Fitzgerald discover a charming house in the West of England overlooking the Irish Sea unaware of its unsavory reputation.

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Hugh Cornwell: Live + Signing

Rough Trade Nottingham
24th Oct

rough trade Rough Trade Nottingham is very excited to present a live in-store performance and signing from Hugh Cornwell. This unique event celebrates the release of the widely regarded poet laureate of the punk era and former frontman of The Stranglers' tenth solo album 'Moments of Madness' released on October 21st via His Records.

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New Art Exchange, Nottingham
25th Nov

Jamaica poetry Developed as part of her recent residency at NAE (July to September 22), artist and educator Ioney Smallhorne will be presenting a new body of writing produced as part of her research project Jamaica & Her Daughters in an interactive and multi-disciplinary poetry experience.

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