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Barney Norris

BARNEY NORRIS

  (1987 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Judy Daish Associates Ltd  

Barney Norris was born in 1987 and grew up in West Sussex, London and Salisbury. He has been a student at Keble College, Oxford and Royal Holloway, a member of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme, and a Pierce Loughran Memorial Scholar at the Yeats International Summer School. His award-winning debut play, At First Sight, was published and produced on tour in January 2011. He has worked in almost every area of the Theatre, most recently as a producer at Oxford, a script reader for the Yale Drama Series and an assistant director at the Bush Theatre. He is co-artistic director of the Theatre company Up In Arms.

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below is a list of Barney Norris's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        At First Sight         Call of the Wild         Echo's End         Eventide         Fear Of Music         Missing         Visitors         What You Wish For In Youth: Three Short Plays         While We're Here



At First Sight

At First Sight
Two young people meet and spend a New Year together in Salzburg. Holly is there on holiday with her parents; Jack plays piano in the hotel bar. In this award-winning debut play by Barney Norris, their story is told through a collage of exchange and recollection.

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Call of the Wild

Synopsis:
Buck is a powerful and high-spirited dog, revelling in his sunkissed existence in the Santa Clara Valley. Years of taming have led him to trust man, and stamped out his primal instincts. But when gold rush fever hits California, human greed and cruelty tear Buck's easy life apart. Stolen from his home and thrust into an underground world, he is sold into a sled-pulling band of dogs hardened by despair and determination. On the torturous drive North, he begins to forget his sheltered existence and follow the deep-rooted call of the wild. It is only when kind-hearted John Thornton saves his life that Buck learns to love humans again, creating an understanding between man and dog with life-changing consequences.

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from novel by jack London

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Barbarian Productions (Oxford University Student Company)

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Echo's End

Echo's End
Wiltshire. 1915. As the shadow of war falls over the Wiltshire landscape, a young couple finds itself caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. For generations, John and Annas families have made a living by working the land. Growing up in back-to-back cottages, everyone expects them to marry. Now, however, with nearly half a million young soldiers pouring into the country, the world seems so much bigger than they had ever imagined and the future feels far from certain.

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Eventide

Eventide
A love song, an elegy, a celebration: Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing. John is a landlord forced to sell up; Liz is a church organist who can't get a gig; Mark takes what work he can just to pay the rent. Their tales unfold round the back of a pub hidden deep in the heart of the Hampshire countryside - but is that heart still beating?

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Up In Arms

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Fear Of Music

Fear Of Music
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. Packed with beautiful observation and outrageously good jokes, this is a brilliant burst of a play from up-and-coming young writer Barney Norris in which two boys 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.

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Up In Arms

1st Published:
Playdead Press 2013   

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Missing

Missing
This is my life. I want to do more with it than flip burgers.' Thatcher's England, and Luke and Andy are facing the end of their childhoods. Luke is the first in the family to go to university; but as Andy looks for a way of escaping the life he was born into, he can't stop thinking about his father. Surrounded by mixtapes, guitars and ambitions, the two brothers discover how easy it is to get lost in a country that doesn't look after its own.

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Up In Arms

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http://www.playdeadpress.com   

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Visitors

Visitors
In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain, a family is falling apart. Stephen can't afford to put his mother into care; Arthur can't afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger with blue hair moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family are forced to ask: are we living the way we wanted? Visitors takes a haunting, beautiful look at the way our lives slip past us.

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1st Produced:
Cheltenham: Everyman Theatre     01 Dec 2014

Organisations:
Up In Arms

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Oberon Books (2014) >>>
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY (2015)   

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What You Wish For In Youth: Three Short Plays

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Three short plays from the multi-award-winning author of Visitors, Norris was Shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright

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While We're Here

While We're Here
Eddie and Carol were lovers once, but their lives went in different directions. Now they meet again on a park bench in a town full of memories, and find something still burns between them. On the countrys southern margin where the towns give way to the English Channel, both search for the centre of their lives. Will they find a way to let go of the past for the sake of their futures?

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1st Produced:
Bush Theatre, London     26 Apr 2017

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Up In Arms

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