This Town at Contact

This Town
22nd March 2023 – 30th March 2023

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Two people sat on a fence with a cardboard sign that reads 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.

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.

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 and Child Right’s International.

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