Barney Norris


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Simon Beresford


Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. After leaving university he founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms with Alice Hamilton.

His plays include Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre); While We’re Here (Up in Arms at the Bush and on tour); Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse); Eventide (Up In Arms, Arcola and on tour); the acclaimed Visitors (Up in Arms, Arcola and on tour – Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated for an Evening Standard Award). His short plays include Every You Every Me (Salisbury Playhouse and on tour); Fear of Music (Up in Arms and Out of Joint); and At First Sight (Up in Arms at Latitude Festival and on tour).

His novels Turning For Home and the bestselling Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain are published by Transworld, his non-fiction books The Wellspring: Conversations with David Owen Norris and To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill are published by Seren. He is a Martin Esslin playwright in residence at Keble College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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