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fear of music

Up in Arms supported by Out of Joint presents
Fear of Music by Barney Norris
Thu 28 Feb & Fri 1 Mar, 7.30pm / Sat 2 Mar, 3pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £12 / £10 concessions

Luke is the first in his family to go to university, and he’s determined to stop his irritating fireball of a brother from following in their father’s footsteps by joining the army.

Returning to the TBT (where it premiered as Missing in 2012) as part of a UK tour, Fear of Music is a brilliant burst of a play from up-and-coming young writer Barney Norris. Packed with beautiful observation and outrageously good jokes, it sees two brothers with starkly different futures, surrounded by mixtapes, guitars and ambitions, discover how easy it is to get lost in a country that doesn’t look after its own.

Directed by Alice Hamilton
Designed by Carys Rose Beard
This production is supported by Out of Joint.

Free Workshop for 16 -18 year-olds Click Here



'Brought to life by vigorous, raw and touching performances by Dixon and Finch in Alice Hamilton’s unsettling production, Norris’s writing has shards of wit, a sense of forlorn claustrophobia and inertia and a feel for brotherly love' York Press

‘Well constructed and eloquent… This is smart work from director Alice Hamilton’Daily Telegraph

‘That most poignant of cocktails: youthful hope mixed with youthful disillusionment... See this memorable, touching, unsettling, occasionally funny, and thought-provoking play now’British Theatre Guide

‘Wonderful… Both actors nail the painfully awkward mannerisms of adolescence... By the end of their story, it is a sense of fierce ambition and a deep, compassionate love that one comes away with’ Exeunt

‘Well-observed with a dash of nostalgia and, despite the bleak background, often humorous, the piece is as a snapshot of a family - and a country - struggling against the odds.’ A YoungerTheatre


Here’s a Spotify playlist of the music that features in Fear of Music. Talking Heads, Stone Roses, Erasure, TheJam and Kim Wilde!



Free Workshop for 16-18 year-olds
Saturday 2nd March, 12.00PM - 02.00PM Tristan Bates Theatre.

Join young theatre company Up in Arms in a free practical workshop about making theatre out of your own life. Learn about telling stories through games, improvisation, free writing, and more. There will also be the chance to work on scenes from their new play, Fear of Music by Barney Norris.

For more information please contact Ashleigh Wheeler, Up In Arms Education officer, on ashleigh@upinarms.org.uk.



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