The Party Somewhere Else Festivals

After the huge success of our first festival at Nottingham Playhouse in 2018, we presented another celebratory week of world-class theatre, dance, poetry, workshops, comedy and cabaret in 2019.

Our stages and spaces will be exploding with excitement, energy and equality - fuelled by the power of story, theatre, art and debate.

The Party Somewhere Else Festival 2019

In 2019 - our festival was bigger, better and bolder than our first -

with more shows and ​more visitors who were new to theatre. We brought brilliant shows, new writing and work in progress to Nottingham and opened our doors as part of the Festival Open House - so that audiences could see extracts of work and discuss issues that arose with the artists.

And as ever - our After Party brought the house down! 

Vulvarine: A New Musical
by Fat Rascal Theatre
by Hanna Moisala
Blood Sweat and Vaginas
by Paula David
by Sadie Clark
Sexy Lamp
by Katie Arnstein
Adventures in Menstruating!
by Chella Quint
Kill The Princess
by Bait
Refuge Woman
by Cash Carraway
Work-Life Balance with Clara Wilcox
with Clara Wilcox
Sing Me A Story
by Mama Sings
by Anonymous is a Woman
by The Pappy Show
by The Thelmas
DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior
by Notnow Collective
Free Open House Event
with Madeline Gould, Happenchance Theatre, The SPYCE Collective and Oyinkansola Adebayo
Island Home
by Katarina Caková
Margo and Mr Whatsit
by PaddleBoat Theatre CIC
Camilla, Cat and Jules
by Shelley Draper
The Question
by Pippa Evans
After Party!
With dancing, glitter and some amazing pop-up cabaret performances around the bar...
Feminists Don't Wear Pink
Curated by journalist and activist, Scarlett Curtis
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2018 Festival

Drawing on autobiographical experience, Lost in Labour wryly explores the relationship between the rhythms of work, labour and leisure and the indelible effect on identity and the physical self. 

One show. Two moms on stage. Three kids in the dressing room. With no bedtime routine, yet the show must go on. Or must it?

A chance to see new work, give feedback and shape the future of theatre -

with 1623 theatre company, Philippa Mannion, Miranda Porter and Purple Theatre, Michelle Vacciana and BAIT Theatre 

Johnny is a man. Johnny is a white, 20 something, spoken word poet. Johnny is dealing with his urges and his wants. Johnny is media saturated. Johnny is in a certain grief. Johnny hopes you’ll have a great time tonight, though he will of course act like he doesn’t give a flying f***

Filled with humour, heart and hard facts, ‘Temporary’ explores the social and political reasons for the surge in households in temporary accommodation. What does it mean to be housed in temporary accommodation? How do you end up there? And once you’re there, how ‘temporary’ is it really?

SEXY uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.

A call-to-action workshop that weaves the story of the suffragettes, with contemporary voting matters. Your vote is powerful and fragile, because too many of us choose not to use it. Learn why women like Emily Wilding Davison campaigned so hard for us to be able to have our say at the ballot box.

Words emerge and stories unfold through layers of intricate movement, crumpling paper and failed attempts.

Inky Matter is a solo performance inspired by letters – the ones we have written and received, but also those that remain unwritten. Those letters that we can’t, won’t or never quite get round to writing…what happens to them?

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to fall in love? 

Movement improvisation, visual imagery, garbage film and devised text, creates a contemporary adaptation that dives into female sexuality, queer identity and homophobia.

“Where’s my home? Is it where I am? Is it where I end? Is it where I began?”

From wombs to graves, motherlands to Trini dads, Mellow Baku delivers a potent, captivating performance, inviting the audience to explore what home means. Influenced by African and Caribbean ancestry, Soon Come [. . .] Home is inspired by migration toward and away from what we call ‘Home’.


a free event to meet, mingle, listen, talk, laugh, and cry (if you want to), while we discuss, create and wrestle with some key questions about what is important in getting diverse female stories on stage.

Featuring guest speakers

Jessica Fostekew, Ioney Smallhorne and Michele Taylor

“I have always loved fairytales. My favourite film ever was Beauty and the Beast until we learnt about Stockholm Syndrome in PSHE”.

Combining comedy, storytelling and original songs, Katie wants to talk about why feminism is discovered so much later in life than misogyny and how she/you/we might change that.

Rose needs to tell you her story but she’s worried you won’t believe her.

A cautionary tale set at sea. Or for the better part, underneath it. This is a fast paced adventure story for grown-ups.


Warning: beware of your luggage.

Roll Up, Roll Up!


Join hosts Maria and her assistant Brannie in their chaotic attempt to pay homage to the Bronte family!


Combining comedy, storytelling, music, and games, this show of wuthering delights is a delight for literature aficionados, theatre fans – and of course every devoted Brontëphile!

Every Party needs an AFTER PARTY!
And this one is open to all - so 
dust off your sparkly light up shoes,and dance along to the amazing Fan Club ladies playing the best party tunes till the early hours of the morning!

In March 2018 we celebrated with six days of awesome artists and companies offering performances, workshops, discussions, a scratch night (showcasing new work in development), and a late night afterparty hosted by Nottingham’s finest: Fan Club!  

We took over Nottingham Playhouse, and filled every nook with laughter, maybe some tears (we’ll cry if we want to), world-class theatre, comedy and cabaret!

We will be back May 14 - 18 2019 with another amazing week of world-class theatre, dance, poetry, workshops, comedy and cabaret.

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