Dates and Times
30 July 2015 to 31 July 2014 at 9pm
Presented by Ben Norris
Produced by Louisa Davies and Oscar French
A one-man show about love, loss, and motorways.
Join writer-performer and UK poetry slam champion Ben Norris as he battles the country’s most notorious service stations and the perils of lower-league football in search of the man who became his father. Born in London, Ben’s dad then moved to Welwyn Garden City, then Breachwood Green, then Langford, and then Nottingham. Always North, and always loosely in line with the M1. Which got Ben thinking…
So he decided to start in Nottingham, where he was born and grew up, and where his dad still lives, and hitchhike south down the M1, backwards in time through his father’s life. This poetic multimedia ramshackle pilgrimage is the result. By turn hilarious and moving, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family explores the merits of Travelodge while asking searching questions of identity.
"A more capable storyteller would be hard to find" – The Tab
"Accessible and arresting – never at the cost of complexity and depth – Norris combines poignancy and comedy, the colloquial and the poetic" – Apples & Snakes
About the artist
Ben is an actor, writer and spoken-word artist. He was the 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam Champion, and regularly performs at festivals and major venues across the country, recently at the BBC Proms, Latitude Festival, the Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham Literature Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s. Ben has had his work broadcast on BBC Radio 3, his first pamphlet of poems was published by Nasty Little Press in July, and his plays have been staged at Leicester Curve, Theatre 503, and the University of Birmingham. Acting credits include work with the National Theatre and Frantic Assembly. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family is his debut one-man show, and was the winner of the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award.
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