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“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.”
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.
Please note, there will be a post-show discussion with the creative team and cast after the performance on Friday 24th of March.
About Rory Aaron
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.
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
Photography by Audrey Albert.
- The show contains swearing, use of homophobic language, references to violence, drug use, and depiction of PTSD.
In the show, there are references to:
- Mental health
- Veteran experience (including a depiction of PTSD)
- Coming out (LGBTQ+ story)
- The loss of a family member
Captioning available during the performance on 29th March 2023.
There will be a BSL-interpreted show on Thurs 30th of March, interpreted by Jude Mahon.
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Show contains references to PTSD related to military service.
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