Nottingham Playhouse: Playground Festival. October 3-7th 2017

Influencing Machine presents

The War on Terry

By JFW Nutt

Playground Festival

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 7.45pm

Neville Studio – Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions)

“My girlfriend thinks I’m obsessed with death. Well maybe I am, but only as much as the next rotting sack of bones.”

It’s Terry’s birthday, but living with your parents at his age isn’t exactly a recipe for fun. At 27, Terry is now, and forever more, older than his older brother Danny, who killed himself three years before.

Terry reminisces over their childhood, whilst fighting to come to terms with his regrets over how things could have been different. What’s more, he may have just murdered 300 ladybirds. A darkly comic monologue about boys, Christmas socks and not growing up.

Directed by Hugh Dichmont
Performed by Steve Conlin


Weds 4th October 7.45pm

The pouring sweat. Adrenaline. Heavy breath. Grunts, as you force fists into flesh.

Billy has been training for this fight his whole life. Everyone says he’s the next Amir Khan. He’s got what it takes to become a star. His mum’s already planning the extensions: the one for the kitchen and the ones for her hair. Gotta have posh locks if your son’s a celeb. Everyone guessed his name would make headlines, and they were right…

GUTS follows the hopes and dreams of a boy who died on the pavement outside the Victoria Centre one Friday night.


LaPelle’s Factory in association with LittleMighty and In Good Company presents

The Black Cat

Thursday 5th October 7.45pm

A renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted tale. Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by reimagining a macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes.

An enigmatic writer has adapted Poe’s original story and handed scripts over to LaPelle’s Factory who are now taking merciless liberties with his words – like a madman taking out a furious rage on a helpless pet. Balanced between the hilarious and the horrific, this show revels in the darkness that hides just under the surface.

Returning to their home city and the Playhouse for the first time since presenting their killer movie night CLOUDCUCKOOLANDERS at neat16, LaPelle’s Factory are as delightfully dark as ever.

The Black Cat is gravely good fun, but be warned: it will get catty. Meow.

Devised and performed by Olwen Davies and Ollie Smith
Text adapted by Mufaro Makubika
Photography by Julian Hughes
Produced by LittleMighty
Supported by In Good Company

LaPelle’s Factory is company-in-residence at Attenborough Arts Centre. | | @LaPellesFactory

Major Labia presents

Vulva La Revolution

Friday 6th October 7.45pm

Did you know that for every man in Nottingham, there are 412 women? Making Notts men a great resource for meeting more interesting women they’ve also slept with. But regardless of figures, numerical or physical, Major Labia want you to join us in celebrating wonder women of Notts throughout the ages.

Major Labia are graduates and associates of the BAFTA award-winning Television Workshop, and bloody funny ones at that. Vulva La Revolution is a frank frolic about life, love and labia.

Audience reactions include, “A bit too rude, really” – one of our Nanas. Get yer sens to Playhaas. #laughyourvagoff

Zoo Indigo presents

Celluloid Souls

Saturday 7th October. 7.45pm

Celluloid Souls is an interactive and unique digital performance experience exploring our obsession with the cinema. Fusing live film and snippets of cinema in collaboration with media artist Barret Hodgson, the performers dive into the silver screen.

The female performance duo transform into Western cowboys and James Bond villains, accompanied by a live cinematic sound score by musician Matt Marks.

Zoo Indigo use audience contributions to create a tailor-made multimedia performance, including re-enactments of the spectators’ favourite films. The performance humorously challenges gender representation across movie genres, with a delicious assortment of cross-dressing, miscellaneous costumes, make up, and fake moustaches.

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