Nottz Diary
What's happening around Nottz
Due to the changing circumstances relating to the pandemic, some live events listed may have been cancelled. Please check with the organisers to see if the event is going ahead.
Derby West Indian Community Association: Culture and Legacy
Derby Museums

Till 31st July

Derby West Indian Community Association The exhibition dives into the heritage of Derby West Indian Community Association (DWICA), including Windrush generation memories and the experiences of younger members growing up in Derby. It explores how the Association has positively responded to challenges over six decades, to support its local community, building a legacy in the city through its many social, cultural, educational and sporting achievements. The exhibition celebrates the vibrancy and spirit of Derby Caribbean Carnival and the year-long local, national and international connections and collaborations that make this highlight of Derby’s cultural calendar possible.

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Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries
A British Museum touring exhibition

Lakeside Arts
Till 19th June

iraq artifact Some of the first cities in the world developed in Ancient Iraq. Its people developed and devised many things that we take for granted today, from the wheel to schools. They invented irrigation systems to water crops, divided time into 60-second minutes and 60-minute hours, and created writing – one of the most important development in human history.

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First Touch
Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company

Nottingham Playhouse
Till 21st May

first touch Clayton James, a 17-year-old Nottingham lad, dreams of becoming the next Viv Anderson. With a prodigious talent, the offer of a professional contract at a First Division club and a growing romance with girlfriend Serena, he appears to have the world at his feet.

But life at the beginning of the 1980s isn’t easy for Clayton and his family, trying to make it in an era of racism and hooliganism.

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Urban Tree Festival

events are both online and in person
Until 22nd May

shewolves This year, the Urban Tree Festival events are both online and in person! Here’s what we’ve got planned so far, with more to come. We've made as many events as possible low- or no-cost. We are relying on donations to fund the festival, so if you think you could contribute, please hit the Donate button!

The Programme is still developing, so watch this space or sign up to our newsletter for updates in the coming weeks.

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Veronica's Room
By Ira Levin

Studio Theatre, Stamford Road, West Bridgford
17th - 21st May

veronica's room This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys.

Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?

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Ladies of Letters
by Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayma
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Derby Theatre
17th - 21st May

Ladies of Letters Ladies of Letters is a riotously funny, sharply observant comedy, about women finding their voices later in life, adapted by acclaimed writer Jonathan Harvey, from the long running TV and radio series

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Two One Act Plays
"Alternative Accommodation" by Pam Valentine
"When I Snap my Fingers" by Bruce Adam
Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group

Grange Hall, Vicarage Lane, Radcliffe-on-Trent
17th - 21st May

radcliffe-on-trent drama group Alternative Accommodation - Recently widowed, Anna is visited by her three middle-aged children who have already decided that the family house must be sold and Anna move either to a residential home or sheltered housing.

When I Snap my Fingers - Simon and Maria Moffat agree to undergo hypnosis as part of performer Sven Gali’s act when a ­fire alarm sounds before Sven has had a chance to remove the effect of certain trigger words.

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Made in Dagenham

Acorn Theatre, Worksop
18th - 21st May

Made in Dagenham Made in Dagenham is set in 1968 in Essex, the community is a close and loyal network of working Class solidarity. The women of Ford Dagenham go on strike following a proposal to downgrade their skill set and subsequently their pay. This then highlights the massive inequality between men and women in the workplace when doing the same job.

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3 Year Scumiversary Special!
Poetry Scum

The Old Bus Depot, Fishergate Point Studios, 3 Fishergate Point, Nottingham
20th May

scum poetry Nottinghams only celebration of working/under class & activist art is back! It's our 3 year anniversary, we have a new veneue & we have 7 friends of Scum featuring!

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Some-Antics Spoken Word
Episode LII

Grays Coffee Shop & Kitchen, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester
20th May

some antics There will be open mic, a poetry slam, Ajay Mistry playing tunes and this time features our current Slam Champion Laura Dickinson!

Ajay will be playing tunes from 7pm and the poetry will start at 8pm.

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The F Word
University of Derby 3rd Year Theatre Arts

Derby Theatre
20th - 21st May

the f word Nina, Stacie and Ivana, three best friends out on the town for the night of their lives. Trying to exist in a world where they are objectified, vilified, making discoveries about themselves, each other and the disappointments of everyday life, people and patriarchy. You might laugh, you might cry, you might die a little inside.

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The Thrill of Love
University of Derby 3rd Year Theatre Arts

Derby Theatre
20th - 21st May

The Thrill of Love Ruth Ellis: model, nightclub hostess and the last woman to be hanged in Britian.

The Thrill of Love dives into the story behind her crime, what drove her to murder her lover on the streets of London, and the life she lived that led to her hanging.

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Annual Showcase
Presented by Nottingham Arts Theatre Youth Group

Nottingham Arts Theatre
21st May

Annual Showcase The young people of our Youth Theatre group bring an evening of drama, dance and song to showcase their talents and hard work.

After nearly 18 months of virtual sessions over 2020 and 2021, they are finally back and ready to show you what they can do and welcome you back to the theatre to share their work.

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May Work Party
Friends of Sharphill Wood

Sharphill Wood, West Bridgford
22nd May

sharp hill wood As you know, we are limited in what work we can undertake during the bird nesting season. So on this occasion we are going to take it fairly easy. We will inspect the whips and canopy trees we have planted in the last few years, removing excessive encroaching nettles etc. and ensuring that guards/canes are in place (or removed if no longer needed). Plus a bit of litter picking.

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Craft & Art Fair
Attenborough Arts Centre

Attenborough, Notts
22nd May

attenborough arts The fair will showcase the work of around 50 regional artists and makers, selected to bring you a good variety of the very best local talent, including glass, ceramics, wood, paintings, printmaking, jewellery, homewares, textiles and more. Kick start your Christmas shopping or treat yourself, there’ll be something to suit all budgets.

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by Henrik Ibsen

LaceMarket Theatre, Nottingham
24th - 28th May

ghosts Helen Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but charming husband. But his hidden legacies live on blighting the life of her, her son and all who care for them. Raw and unsparing.

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Vogon Poetry Slam 2022
Dead Darlings Podcast

25th May

nikesh shukla For the second year running, the Vogon Slam has hacked into Deep Thought and is back to take over your computer for a night of vintage Vogon poetry!

WORST POET WINS! The Vogon Poetry Slam is part tribute to Douglas Adams, part geek-out, and part release valve for the occasional stinker that all creatives occasionally make. Come, hoopy froods, for a night of nerding, gnashing of teeth, and tortuously bad poetry.

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Your Story Matters
Life Writing with Nikesh Shukla
New Writing North

25th May

nikesh shukla Everyone has a story inside that only they can tell. Nikesh’s practical advice will help draw it out and let you know that your story is worthy of being told.

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Friends of Colwick Woods Local Nature Reserve

The Bakersfield, Oakdale Road, Nottingham
25th May


We will meet at 7pm on 25th May 2022 at The Bakersfield, Oakdale Road. We will feed back what the Group has been doing since the previous AGM.

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All The Fun of the Fair
Presented by The People's Theatre Company

Nottingham Arts Theatre
25th - 28th May

All The Fun of the Fair Set in a 1970's travelling fair with dodgem cars, waltzers, a rifle range and candy floss booths, all which have seen better days. Levi Lee, the recently widowed proprietor who is struggling to keep his fair afloat, as his star attraction, The Wall of Death, has been closed down.

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Motionhouse - A dance-circus adventure

Nottingham Playhouse
26th May

nobody Fast-moving and highly physical, Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us.

Motionhouse’s renowned dance-circus style combines with mesmerising choreography to tell this emotional and ultimately uplifting story, full of twists and turns.

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Patricia Gets Ready...
by Martha Watson

Derby Theatre
27th May

Patricia Gets Ready... Patricia has spent a year crafting a kick ass speech while recovering from an abusive relationship. But when she bumps into her ex on the street, and accidentally agrees to dinner with him that night, she's got some big decisions to make; what to wear? What to say? And whether or not to go?

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University of Derby 2nd Year Theatre Arts

Derby Theatre
27th - 28th May

darknet In an age where we increasingly play out our lives on the stage of the virtual world, Darknet, by Rose Lewenstein, addresses issues of how much and what we share online. Octopus Inc., an internet giant, encourages individuals to share personal data for currency.

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The King of Reggae
The Man, The Music
Rush Theatre Company

Nottingham Playhouse
28th May

The King of Reggae From the Company that brought you the critically acclaimed RUSH A Joyous Jamaican Journey this narrated musical tells the story of The King of Reggae whose iconic music fused elements of reggae, ska and rocksteady. Enjoy songs like One Love, No Woman No Cry and Is This Love played live by the JA Reggae Band.

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Spontaneous Potter

The Space, Nottingham
28th May

Spontaneous Potter The smash hit Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised wizarding comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Hilarity ensues as an entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment!

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A Murder is Announced
based on Agatha Christie

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
31st May - 4th June

A Murder is Announced The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…

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Final Deadline
Bolton International Film Festival

Film Freeway
3rd June

Bolton International Film Festival Bolton International Film Festival is proud to be one of the Top 10 short film festivals in the UK, it is accredited by both (BIFA) British Independent Film Awards and (BAFTA) British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Thanks to the reviews from alumni filmmakers it currently sits in the Top 10 "Best Reviewed" on FilmFreeway from over 11,000 festivals worldwide.

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World Jam at Bike Carnival and Family Fun Day

AMC Gardens - Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens
4th June

bike carnival World Jam will be part of the Bike Carnival and Family Fun Day at Arkwright Meadows Community Centre on 4th June. There will be an open mic for spoken word and music jam, followed by performance from Paul Nose.

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Belper Goes Green festival 2022

Belper Meadows CC, The Triangle Off Bridge Street, Belper
10th - 12th June

belper goes green Belper Goes Green festival is back! This time it will be held at the Cricket Club. There will be eco info, talks and stalls, lots of live music, CAMRA real ale and cider festival and lots more! Full details to be announced.

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Kendal Mountain Tour 2022

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
15th June

kendal mountain Join us for an evening celebrating adventure from some of the most spectacular places on earth, brought to you by the team behind Kendal Mountain Festival.

You’ll be guided through a curation of short films from across the globe, told by a unique collection of travellers, athletes, activists and creatives.

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Jurassic Mansfield
Mansfield BID

Market Place, Mansfield
18th June

jurassic mansfield RAWRRRRR! The Dinosaurs are BACK and taking over Mansfield Market Place on Saturday the 18th June! ZEUS the Giant T-Rex and his friends will be around to provide entertainment and fun for all of the family.

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Ryan Gander In Conversation
Royal Academy

25th June

ryan gander Ryan Gander is recognised internationally for his works of art, which take many different forms including sculpture, film, writing, graphic design, installation, and performance. Gander seeks to make visible the things that are usually invisible to us in everyday life and he invites and encourages viewers to question and interpret his artworks in their own way.

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