Barney Norris is a critically acclaimed playwright, poet and author. He chats to Paul following the very successful run of his play -Visitors- at The Watermill Theatre….

 Barney Norris tells stories.

His work has received the International Theatre Institute’s Award for Excellence, the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, a South Bank Sky Arts Times Breakthrough Award, an Evening Standard Progress 1000 Award, a Betty Trask Award and the Northern Ireland One Book Award, and been translated into nine languages.

He is a a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, teach creative writing at the University of Oxford, and regularly review fiction for the Guardian.

He is also am a patron of Alabare Christian Care and Support, a charity supporting homeless adults, young people, veterans and those with learning disabilities based in my home city of Salisbury; of Studio Theatre, Salisbury’s amateur theatre; and of the Salisbury Literary Festival.

My advocacy work for writers and writing currently includes serving as Chair of the Society of Authors’ Scriptwriters Panel, and as a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain Negotiating Team.

Playwright Barney Norris’s first full-length work for the stage, Visitors, captures a married couple’s descent into old age and has recently had a very successful run at The Watermill Theatre.

Barney chats to us about his life, what it was like to write and direct Visitors – plus what the future holds…..

Visitors Review

“Writer and director Barney Norris is a local man, whose own life has been affected by the dementia at the heart of his characters’ journeys.

He displays so much deep knowledge and affection in this tale of love rising above the almost insuperable challenges of dealing with a loved one affected by dementia.

Coupled with his obvious feeling for the Berkshire and Wiltshire countryside around, and beyond the Watermill, it makes for an elegiac evening”

What’s On Stage –

What's On at The Watermill Theatre

THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER By Kate Summerscale Adapted by Alexandra Wood FRI 05 MAY 2023 - SAT 10 JUN 2023
Casting and Full Creative Team Announced For Mansfield Park | The full cast and creative team have been announced for The Watermill Theatre and Two Gents’ co-production of MANSFIELD PARK......
The Watermill Theatre and Two Gents Co-Production MANSFIELD PARK WED 28 JUN 2023 - SAT 08 JUL 2023
The Lord of The Rings is Here!
The Watermill Theatre, in association with Kevin Wallace for KWL & Middle-earth Enterprises present THE LORD OF THE RINGS Based upon the books by J.R.R. Tolkien Book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus Music by A.R. Rahman, Värttinä and Christopher Nightingale
THE WIZARD OF OZ Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum FRI 17 NOV 2023 - SUN 31 DEC 2023
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