The Playwright Launch Party

This May, The Playwright, a new bar on Shakespeare Street, opened its doors to Nottingham, promising to be the stylish summer bolthole of 2019. Bathed in shades of deep greens and blues, the cosy, colonial décor features cream lampshades and patterned tiles on the wall. The bar, owned by the Charles Wells group and run by a core team of 20, was buzzing on Wednesday with the reveal of the new menu, with a prosecco reception and flurry of cocktail tasting. The Playwright’s cocktail menu is desig

Human Animals @ NNT

The confrontational and thought-provoking production of Human Animals is in full swing in the Nottingham New Theatre, the only theatre exclusively run by students in England. A dystopian projection of the human destruction of the environment, set in contemporary London. With a small cast of six actors, the play centres around the interactions of a young heterosexual couple, a mother and daughter, and two men meeting in the pub. Within the play, a disease has broken out amongst urban animals, an

Interview - Aryana Ramkhalawon, 'The Funeral Director'

Impact interviews Aryana Ramkhalawon, who stars as Ayesha in the Nottingham Playhouse’s upcoming performance of The Funeral Director, which debuts tonight at 7.45pm. The play explores the experience of Ayesha and her role as a Muslim funeral director when asked to plan a memorial for a gay man. What would you say is the main moral or message of the play? What do you want people to gain or take away? Aryana: I think acceptance is at the core of it. My character has to come to accept herself. Al

Women In Music @ Metronome

The third event of Women in Music took place in Nottingham on 13th March, resulting in an interesting night of discussion and networking. With talks, interviews and personal anecdotes from many women working in diverse roles within the music industry, the night proved to be informative and inspiring for any woman with similar aspirations. The evening opened with a welcome talk from Katie Muckle, head of HR at the DHP Family. She informed the audience that she receives 10 times as many applicant

'The Funeral Director' @ Nottingham Playhouse

After a successful string of performances in London’s Southwark Playhouse, the matinee of The Funeral Director by Iman Qureshi took place on Thursday 14th of March in the intimate Neville Theatre of Nottingham Playhouse before an anticipatory audience. The play continued its 3-night run at 7.45pm, culminating on Saturday 16th March. The Funeral Director explores, with delicacy yet fearlessness, the difficulty of contemporary Islamic attitudes towards sex-same relationships. The strained marriag

Lo'Jo @ Lakeside

The Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre welcomed the French group Lo’Jo to play their eclectic set to a full theatre, with 90 minutes of soul-warming rhythms that proved to be both an auditory and visual treat. The group of 6 members, each with obvious passion for their music, interwove their instruments to create both harmony and dissonance, resulting in a highly unusual night that had the whole audience bopping and swaying after a few songs. The fusion of gypsy, North African and French chanson s

Coram Boy - Launch @ Nottingham Playhouse

An atmosphere of excitement was gathering in Nottingham Playhouse on 30th January, as some of Nottingham’s greatest community workers and press were greeted by a champagne reception for the launch of Coram Boy, a new community project that aims to open the doors of the theatre to every citizen of Nottingham and the surrounding area. The play by Helen Edmundson is adapted from the novel by Jamila Gavin, and is set in the eighteenth century when the Coram Hospital for unwanted children was opened

Citizens of Nowhere? @ Lakeside Arts

Written by Ming Ho and directed by David Jiang, Citizens of Nowhere? makes a powerful statement on contemporary racial issues whilst disguising itself as a fly-on-the-wall domestic comedy. The play came to the Nottingham Lakeside Arts for one night only on the eve of Chinese New Year as part of the Chinese Arts Now Festival, and features an all-Chinese cast. Based around a casual conversation of a Chinese family, this play highlights contemporary subversive attitudes surrounding ethnicity and dr