Rory Aaron: This Town

“This is for those from the far-off towns that nobody’s heard of. Who sit on busses rolling backwards out of cities and watch everything fall into silence.”

A man and woman sit on a fence in a field holding a cardboard sign reading THIS TOWN

This Town is a modern-day epic narrative poem, performed and written by exciting new talent Rory Aaron (BBC New Creatives, Southbank Poetry Collective).

An ode to home, This Town uses powerful spoken word to transport us to a post-industrialised landscape, weaving together stories of loss, PTSD, and friendship.

"This Town is not about a place at all but an affectionate tribute to the residents. Aaron shows insight into, and respect for, the characters making the play absorbing and moving"

British Theatre Guide

4 Stars

"A distressing, heart-thumpingly dynamic sequence... an unmissable hour of theatre"

Lost In Theatreland


Commissioned by Contact and Derby Theatre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Partners Kings College London Military Health Department.

Written and Performed by: Rory Aaron
Director: Cheryl Martin
Producer: Roxy Moores for Contact
Performer: Kate Ireland
Composer: Blythe Pepino
Movement Director: Chris Brown

Promotional photography by Audrey Albert.


Born in Derby but based in Manchester, Rory moves between the worlds of poetry, music and theatre. A former teacher and youth worker, Rory was a part of the BBC New Creatives scheme in 2020, and is currently part of Southbank’s 2022 New Poets Collective. Rory has published his first collection with Bearded Badger Press, and has a second coming out with Verve Press in April 2023. His first two-person show ‘This Town’ will be showcased at Contact & Derby Theatre in March 2023.

Learn more about Rory here.