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Fantasy
Realms of Imagination Exhibition
Until 24th Feb

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library and Learning Centre, Kirkby-in-Ashfield

logo From epic visions to intricately envisaged details, we celebrate some of the finest fantasy creators, reveal how their imagined lands, languages and creatures came into being, and delve into the traditions of a genre that has created some of the most passionate and enduring fandoms.

Journey from fairy tales and folklore to discover how the oldest forms of literature continue to inspire fantasy authors, filmmakers and game producers today.

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I Am A Reader
The Exhibition at Mansfield Central Library
Until 3rd March

Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield

logo The I Am A Reader exhibition is revisiting Mansfield Central Library! Featuring beautiful artwork inspired by the words and thoughts of real readers, this exhibition reflects and celebrates everything that happens when we open a book, and poses the question: is reading creative in itself?

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Living Letters
Correspondence then and now
Until 3rd March

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

poster For centuries letters have been key vehicles of human communication. This exhibition explores correspondence from the medieval period to the present and celebrates the letter’s enduring importance. It examines letters’ capacity to chronicle all stages and aspects of human life – from birth to death – and to capture both the personal and the professional.

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Claude Cahun
Beneath This Mask
Until 17th March

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

poster Born Lucy Schwob, Cahun adopted her pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines imposed on her sex. At the beginning of her artistic career, she was aligned to the Surrealist movement but distanced herself both physically and politically after fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation.

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Saad Qureshi
Conversations Before the End of Time
Until 14th April

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

poster Described as "one of our most pensive and poetic artists" Saad Qureshi in his solo exhibition explores ideas of paradise, religion and mythology.

In creating Something About Paradise, Qureshi travelled around the country talking to people of faith and no faith about what paradise meant to them. The resulting monumental sculptures are ‘mindscapes’ combining elements of landscape and architecture, both urban and rural, as well as pure fantasy. These sculptures portray a paradise of the afterlife with sprawling palaces, and the paradise of the here and now, with quaint communities and treehouses.

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IN PRAISE OF BEAUTY
BY ADÉBAYO BOLAJI
Until 4th May

New Art Exchange

poster In a thought-provoking major new exhibition, acclaimed artist Adébayo Bolaji delves deep to explore notions of beauty, question established norms and embrace more inclusive definitions of beauty in his latest showcase, ‘In Praise of Beauty’.

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Introducing Mr Charles Dickens
Stave 3 part 1
Auditions
Thurs 14th March 7:30 pm
on Zoom
Hothouse Theatre

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Again
Dora Budor
Until 5th May

Nottingham Contemporary

logo New York-based artist Dora Budor’s (b. 1984, Zagreb) first institutional exhibition in the UK features a series of newly commissioned works concerned with techniques of the built environment and the various forms of psychosocial control induced by it. Inherent to this is the development of ‘pastoral power’ as an individualising and totalising force that continues to shape the social body.

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Fascinating Finds from Nottingham's Caves
Places of Work and Play
Until 7th July

University of Nottingham Museum

poster Nottingham is famous for its hundreds of caves which lie underneath the city’s historic centre, carved into the sandstone rock, some going back to the medieval period.

This exhibition highlights some of the fascinating cave finds, showing the ways in which caves were used for work – as places for tanning leather, brewing and storing ale, or craft-working – and as places of leisure, with impressive caves found underneath many of the city’s famous pubs, inns and townhouses where people gathered to drink, eat and enjoy themselves.

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Mountbatten Hospice Wing Walk 2024
Emily Jones

In 2024, I am taking to the skies and taking part in the first charity Wing Walk on the Isle of Wight in aid of the wonderful Mountbatten Hospice on the island who looked after my lovely Dad and our whole family in his final weeks.
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Minority Report
By David Haig. Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick
Until 9th March

Nottingham Playhouse

poster In 2050, neuroscientist Dame Julia Anderton is about to launch the next phase of her pioneering Pre-Crime programme, detaining people for crimes before they are committed. But when Julia is accused of pre-murder, she’s in a race against time to save herself from her own system.

This thrilling adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s iconic story challenges our beliefs about justice and free will in a real-time chase through the London of the future.

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Women Say Stuff 9
8th March
City Arts 11-13 Hockley Nottingham NG1 1FH. You can also join us via Zoom

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Half Term History Makers
at Bolsover Castle
Until 21st Feb

Bolsover Castle

logo Join characters from the past for historical hijinks and hands on shenanigans at Bolsover Castle this half term.

Step back in time to the 17th century during Britain's Civil War. Be entertained by story telling and dressing up, from the stealing of the Crown Jewels to England's smallest man.

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Time to Connect Exhibition
The Big Draw 2023

Until 30th March

Beeston Library

logo The 2023 Big Draw Festival heme #DrawingwithSenses explores the way we process the world and our experiences through our senses - touch, sight, sound, taste and smell. The artwork on display is an exploration of these through drawing.

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Romeo and Juliet
Until 24th Feb
Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham

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I Am A Writer
Neurodivergent Families Call Out
Until 10th March

Online

poster Calling all Neurodivergent families from Mansfield and Ashfield!

Do you love words? Would you like to work with an established writer and explore your creativity in a safe and welcoming environment?

Apply now for the chance to take part in a series of four free online and in person workshops throughout February and March. Applications are welcome from families where at least one member identifies as Neurodivergent.

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Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Until 24th Feb

Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham

poster "These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume."

Romeo and Juliet are young, impatient, passionate and caught in a series of events which rapidly start spinning out of control in 15th century Verona.

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Talking Heads
by Alan Bennett
Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group
Until 24th Feb

Grange Hall, Vicarage Lane NG12 2FB Radcliffe-on-Trent Nottinghamshire

logo February Production - Alan Bennett's famous "Talking Heads"

Performances will start promptly at 7.30 pm - the doors and bar open at 7.00 pm.

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The Sound of Music
Nottingham Arts Theatre
Until 24th Feb

poster The Sound of Music, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

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Di and Viv and Rose
by Amelia Bullmore
West Bridgford Dramatic Society
Until 24th Feb

Studio Theatre West Bridgford, Nottingham

poster "Di and Viv and Rose" by Amelia Bullmore is a heartfelt and humorous play that explores the journey of three diverse and dynamic women as they navigate the ups and downs of friendship, love, and life.

Di, Viv, and Rose meet as university roommates and embark on a transformative journey that spans over three decades. As their individual paths diverge, they remain connected through their enduring bond. Together, they navigate the challenges and triumphs of careers, relationships, and personal growth.

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The Fall of the House
Giles Abbott
Beeston Tales
21st Feb

Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall, NG9 1AE

logo 19th Century England. A ruined stately home and a man come to see if Love can knock on a grave and open it like a door. But what must he give in return? This gothic love story movesand frightens adult audiences in equal measure.

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Dandelions Poetry
with Gail Webb
plus open mic
22nd Feb

The Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham

poster Gail Webb’s passion for poetry re-ignited after a series of health issues, grief and loss. Social justice, equality and community singing are close to her heart. A Welsh woman living in an English Wolds village, she has set up a local writers group, facilitates the Creative Writing Group at Maggies Nottingham and loves all things poetic.

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Digital Zoom Workshop
This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing.
22nd Feb

Online

logo Following the 2023 Festival and DPF Poetry Prize, Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country.

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Speak Easy
The Spoken Word Collective
Young People
22nd March, 3rd May

Nottingham Playhouse .

poster Come and join the SpeakEasy Spoken Word bi-monthly open mic nights at Nottingham Playhouse. Led and curated by The Mighty Creatives and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature youth board member Connor Brown, alongside Nottingham Playhouse and fellow City of Literature youth board member Abigail Hutchinson.

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VERVE Poetry Festival & Spoken Word
22nd - 25th Feb

Birmingham Hippodrome and Online

poster Now in its seventh year, Verve Poetry Festival has become synonymous with a lively and celebratory approach to programming poetry of every different kind. Whether it be raucous performance poetry events, quiet reading events, studious workshops, mind-blowing dramatic poetry, collaborative work or open mic poetry – the programme encourages audiences to see their favourite poets and to try something new – to join in, create, listen and learn.

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Word Wise
feat Trish Kerrison
23rd Feb

Dubrek Studios 67 Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3, United Kingdom

poster Word Wise is a spoken word and poetry night uniting the best talent from around the UK and beyond, with Derby's finest performers. This month we've got Trish Kerrison from Derbyshire.

Trish Kerrison was a nurse for thirteen years, and is now a Tutor of Adult Literacy. She is also the mother of four children - the eldest two, in their late 20s, have the condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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DH Lawrence’s Muse
Jessie Chambers Wood
23rd Feb

Scarthin Books The Promenade, Cromford, DE4 3QF

poster Nobody needs a reason to go to Scarthin Books, but here’s one. Haggs Farm Preservation Society and Five Leaves Publications are off on a jaunt. Do join us!

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Writing Comedy
One Day Course
Nottingham Writer's Studio
24th Feb

The Carousel building at 25 Hockley, Nottingham

poster Are you curious about writing a sitcom, comedy sketch or funny skit, but don’t know where to start? During this session, led by award-winning dark comedy scriptwriter Hugh Dichmont, learners will explore the foundations of writing funny things for theatre, audio and screen, whilst exploring their creativity. Throughout the day we will spend time on a different aspect -joke, theme, character, setting, structure, action, genre, form, tone and editing- and a range of other topics including how to get inspired, and how to find your unique comedy-writing voice.

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Reading for Odesa
with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature
24th Feb

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

poster Exactly two years on from Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, join representatives of Nottingham’s Ukrainian community, local poets, and Cities of Literature around the world for an evening of Ukrainian poetry in translation.

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The Lovely Bones
Auditions
Encore Performing Arts
24th Feb

Corner Room, Long Raton, Derbys

poster Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school.

There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead. Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways.

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Newstead Abbey Ghost Walk
24th Feb 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th March

Newstead Abbey

poster Explore Newstead Abbey after dark on a ghost walk inside the Historic House. Starting with a glass of wine to steady your nerves, discover Newstead’s troubled past.

Hear tales of its supernatural inhabitants and shiver at a history involving murder, black magic and cursed families.

Join us if you dare!

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Open Mic
Let’s celebrate self-expression!
25th Feb

Hopkinson 21 Station Street Nottingham NG2 3AJ

poster We welcome you, whether you’re an observer or a performer, to get stuck in to our Open Mic! Station Street Kitchen is a safe space for everyone, and we LOVE self-expression, authenticity and GOOD VIBES!

We welcome singing, music, poetry, comedy, magic, and more...

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Five Leaves Open Fiction Book Group discusses
The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett
26th Feb

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

bookcover Like swallows, like salmon, we were the helpless captives of our migratory patterns. We pretended that what we had lost was the house, not our mother, not our father. We pretended that what we had lost had been taken from us by the person who still lived inside.

In the economic boom following the Second World War, Cyril Conroy’s real estate investments take his family from poverty to enormous wealth. With it he buys the Dutch House, a lavish mansion in the Philadelphia suburbs. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

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SMUT!
Verbal Burlesque
26th Feb

The Playwright Nottingham

poster SMUT! is a 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.

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Edward Scissorhands
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures
27th Feb - 2nd March

Theatre Royal, Nottinghsm

poster Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of audiences world-wide since its premiere in 2005.

Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, Bourne and his New Adventures Company return to this witty, bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world.

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Animal Farm
Based on the novel by George Orwell
28th Feb - 16th March

Derby Theatre

poster Orwell’s enduring and devastating satire about the corruption of power will be brought vividly to life on stage in a brand new production of this compelling and iconic drama.

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master and take over, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality for all.

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Self-Raising
Graeae in association with Soho Theatre and Theatr Iolo, and Developed with The Incubator at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath
29th Feb - 1st March

Derby Theatre

poster "It starts with a secret, but this one's different, this one's mine."

Award winning Artistic Director of Graeae, Jenny Sealey has spent a lifetime championing stories by Deaf and disabled artists. Now she takes to the stage to tell her own story. Unravelling the past and facing the future, Self-Raising is a blisteringly honest, laugh-out-loud one-woman show about growing up deaf in a family with secrets.

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To Hell In A Handbag
by Helen Norton & Jonathan White
29th Feb - 2nd March

The Lace Market Theatre, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN

Whatever happened to...?

A rehearsed reading, café style in the bar, of

TO HELL IN A HANDBAG

The secret lives of Miss Prism & Canon Chasuble

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Women Say Stuff 9

8th March

City Arts, Nottingham

poster Annual hybrid event celebrating Women's voices on the open mic, with 3 featured acts.

All welcome to join the audience at City Arts or online via Zoom.

Fundraising to Support the work of @Equation.

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Introducing Mr Charles Dickens
Hothouse Theatre
Stave 3 part 1
Auditions Thurs 14th March
7:30 pm
This a change of date.
on Zoom

Introducing Mr. Charles Dickens is an audio project, exploring the real life of Dickens, using extracts from his writing to give a flavour of how his own experiences coloured his writing.

The next part will include extracts from Sketches by Boz, Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.

The Dickens Story sofar

If you are interested drop us a line and we'll send you scipts and the Zoom link.
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