THE NOMADIC PLAYERS are making momentum in their 16th year as a society with several shows on the way.
First the bittersweet Two by Jim Cartwright, a microcosm of working-class life in a Northern local in the 80’s; a place of forgotten aspirations and unfulfilled life. Featuring at The Coopers Arms on the 12th, 13th, and 14th November, where proceeds will be going towards Tickled Pink and Young Minds Foundation.
Then into the new year will first be the edgy and acute Punk Rock; a slow-building story of violence at school, told with compelling depth and tension. Seven high-achieving teenagers at a fee-paying grammar school are holed up in their School library, tucked away from supervision, revising — or not, as the case may be — for their mock A-Levels. William, a bright Oxbridge-hopeful, falls for the enigmatic new girl Lilly, but she’s falling for someone else. Watched by his girlfriend Cissy, Bennett bullies the unconfident Tanya and the awkward prodigy Chadwick. As exam pressure builds, anxiety flares up into aggression, revealing a raw undercurrent of panic and hostility.
Soon following will be larger than life comedy One Man Two Guvnors. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
This diverse group of plays has got us itching for tickets when they take to theatre, and we look forward to seeing Two in such an intimate setting next week.