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Simon Yates: My Mountain Life

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position.

He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book Touching The Void, the later film and now stage play, both climbers became household names.

It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and film collected on his great climbs.

WHY? 'Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires'

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£16
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm Thur 17 Sept

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.


If you have booked a ticket to watch from home via our website, you can access the live stream on the night of the event by clicking here and logging in to your Norden Farm account.

Click here for a guide to accessing live streamed events and for information on allocating tickets purchased for other households.

Recording of the show is strictly prohibited.

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Lockdown Town: Free Poetry Workshops

Led by Simon Mole.

Free online workshops, suitable for ages 18+ years

Following on from the successful All Write Together series of online writing workshops during the first lockdown, poet Simon Mole is back!

We're inviting everyone to take part in workshops to explore their poetry skills - suitable for all abilities. At the final Friday session you can contribute to the writing of a community poem Lockdown Town that we've commissioned Simon to write.

The final Lockdown Town poem will be made into film featuring animation by Scott Tyrrell. You can watch last year's All Write Together project final film here.

Book to get involved in one, two or all of these free sessions - more details can be found below.

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Mad About Movies

The story of The Hollywood Musical.

Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the incredible story from the magical moment in 1927 when film star Al Jolson uttered the immortal words - 'You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!'. From the first talking picture - The Jazz Singer – to the kaleidoscopic Busby Berkeley musicals starring Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler to the iconic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers musicals. From Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney MGM Musicals to Gene Kelly in the iconic Singin' In The Rain.

Expect beloved songs from Walt Disney's Pinocchio and Mary Poppins as well as songs from movies starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Presley and many more.

Songs include 42nd Street, Cheek To Cheek, Over The Rainbow, True Love, The Trolley Song, The Lady Is A Tramp and It's Magic - as well as a medley of 20 Oscar winning songs.

WHY? Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home

Courtyard Theatre and Livestream
£15
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm on Friday 26 March

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Marlon Solomon - Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he discovered that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened.

From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld. Marlon explores why conspiracy theories are more popular than ever, how fake news gives fresh currency to ancient slander and how this all relates to current issues in the Labour Party. It's a comic tale which is no laughing matter.

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale is a piece of documentary theatre, in 2018 it became the first one-person show to be performed in the Houses of Parliament. It also won Best Spoken Word at Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in the same year.

WHY? 'Funny, moving, at some points deeply disturbing, and provides absolutely essential context for the worst aspects of how we live now' David Baddiel

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home

'Shrewd, funny and important' Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian)

'Compelling, shocking, essential' Al Murray

'A Lizard’s Tale is a devastating show. Informative, absorbing and very funny. The funniest show about antisemitism on the fringe. Or anywhere I suspect' David Schneider

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm on Thursday 20 May


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The Total 60s and 70s Show

Experience the two greatest decades in rock.

Take yourself back to an era of big riffs, timeless tracks and unforgettable anthems by artists including T Rex, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jeff Beck, The Kinks, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and more. Get down to the true spirit of the 60s and 70s, when the world was changing and so were we!

The band features top musicians who have worked with members of The Who, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters and The Small Faces:

Johnny Warman (vocals)
Marcus Flynn (guitar - from The Guitar Legends)
Steve Tilling (bass and vocals)
Richard Willoughby (drums)

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

WHY? ‘Well worth checking these guys out. Not to be missed’ The Who

‘The greatest sixties band on the planet’ Time Out

‘Songs to delight the diehard fans and casual observers… played stunningly’ The Herald

‘If you want to see an electric performance by a band that loves music and loves what they do, go and see the Johnny Warman's Magic Bus’ Ridge Radio

Courtyard Theatre and Livestream
£17
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm on the day of the event

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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The HandleBards present Romeo and Juliet

Three actors cooped up together during lockdown.

Fuelled by cabin fever and with a bookshelf full of Shakespeare, they did what they do best and created an unhinged and bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Romeo & Juliet.

With music, mayhem and more costume changes than you can shake a spear at, expect the HandleBards usual irreverent, charming and hilarious style to come bursting onto the stage at Norden Farm.

WHY? Forget the tears and tragedy, and get ready for some live and wired Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home

'An exceptional touring production…explodes with energy and is a genuine treat from start to finish'  The Stage, on the HandleBards’ Twelfth Night

Courtyard Theatre and Livestream
£15
Booking cut off time: 7pm Thursday 11 February

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Harry Baker - I am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-world-slam-champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself.

Harry's love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew's 21 seconds. He's got 99 problems but maths ain't one.

WHY? 'Ferociously intelligent' ★★★★ Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£12

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

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