Neal Pike & Matt Miller presents Five Years*
When: Tuesday 13th - Saturday 17th November 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age recommendation: 16+
Running Time: approx. 60 mins
A show about school, escaping and a world that puts you into boxes
“Let me tell you about Foxwood... a place that my skipping voice would not get me thrown down stairs. Unlike other schools. It was very much like other schools.”
From 1998-2002, Neal Pike attended a special educational needs school in Nottinghamshire. Five Years is about trying to hold on to a sense of who you are during those messy, brutal and mundane years of adolescence. With warmth and humour that cuts to the bone, Neal Pike explores identity, community and the parts of him that were shaped by Foxwood.
*TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING: contains references to sexual abuse and bullying
“The exploration of youth, friendship, sexuality and loss will resonate with most as experiences we all have to come to terms with, as we grow up and grow older. However, the honesty of this, from the viewpoint of someone who due to circumstance and societal labels, gives a voice to those who do not always have the words to express themselves.” Left Lion
“endearing in that through Five Years (Neal) has become the narrator of his own story . . . His ability to set a scene with movements and tone is spot on" Hey What's On Notts?
About the artists
Neal and Matt met as members of Nottingham based poetry collective The Mouthy Poets in 2012 and performed together several times throughout the UK and in Germany.
Neal has since published his first poetry pamphlet Identity Bike Ride with Big White Shed, and has had poems published in various disability inclusion magazines, such as Inclusion Now. In 2018, he established the UK’s first disability writers collective, Tentacles, based in Nottingham.
Matt has been a writer in residence at Live Theatre and Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and performed his poetry on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Verb New Voices scheme. In 2016, he completed his first solo show Sticking which performed to sold out audiences at Alphabetti Theatre, as well as Contact Manchester, ARC Stockton and Gala Durham and received positive criticism.
This is Neal and Matt’s first theatre project together.