GOBS Announce Their Brand-New Show 'EARTH'

Words: Andrew Tucker
Monday 26 February 2024
reading time: min, words

Nottingham's hand-picked poetry collective returns with a globe-spanning show...

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Towards the end of last year we ran a quick update on Notts’ GOBS collective, a hand-picked Avengers-style assemblage of some of the city’s most exciting up-and-coming poetic talents, as they looked set to return this year for a brand new round of workshops - building up their team to an onstage debut that would be stuffed, we were assured, with authentic and fiery-fresh wordsmithery.

True to their word, and following a six week boot-camp led by Cara Thompson (producer at Nottingham Poetry Festival, UNESCO City of Literature Slamovision winner) and Bridie Squires (a previous writer in residence at NTU, who’s penned radio for the BBC and performed with Lemn Sissay, Holly McNish and many more), the eighteen current members of the collective have devised a pioneering stage show - EARTH - with the curtain to be raised at the Nottingham Playhouse on the 30th of March.

‘A heron lands among seashells,’ reads our invitation cryptically, ‘her rusty compass swings west…’ If this line and the show’s globe-spanning name are anything to go by, we’re expecting this year’s GOBS production to dip its beak into the rich captivation that the natural world offers - and the way that we connect to it - a ‘journey through softness, hardship and magic’.

Given the blessing and support of trailblazing British poetry organisation Apples and Snakes, as well as the Playhouse, the new Nottingham Central Library and Arts Council England - and with movement direction from accomplished performer John Berkavitch - well, we’re sure that this’ll be one to stamp into your Google Calendar eagerly and without hesitation.

You’ll also get EARTH’s anthology booklet included with your ticket - and if getting free books isn’t the main reason for getting out of bed in the morning, then somebody neglected to tell the LeftLion Lit department.

You can buy tickets for GOBS’ show ‘EARTH’, at the Nottingham Playhouse on the 30th March at 7.30pm, here.

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