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A Town Cry for Today - Saturday 17th July

Posted On: 15 Jul 2021 by Keith Butler

As Arthur Johnson's, we've been at the heart of the local community for generations, so we were delighted when New Perspectives approached us as part of their 'Festival of Small Things'. Find out more here...

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The Festival of Small Things is a celebration of true encounters, intimate exchanges and the joy of things you can hold.

Taking place all around Nottingham, and in homes around the country, New Perspectives open up the notion of 'theatre' to encompass every live experience that unearths a quiet sense drama. Their theatre now takes place in a market place, under a tree, over a cup of tea with a friend and within the spools of a cassette player. This is a festival of the unexpected, of the unshowy, of the quiet experience.

With 'A Town Cry For Today' Real life town crier Karen Crown collaborates with playwright Naomi Obeng to offer communities a cry for the new age. 

This new work by Nottingham playwright Naomi Obeng, performed by town crier Karen Crown, is a town cry in four chapters drawing from the past, from the present and from the future. As is traditional, it heralds news of changes that the people should hear, inviting passers by to consider their relationship to change – the small, the huge and its absence.

Karen will visit the Cattle Market on Saturday 17th July, and perform the cry from 9am. Our market will be open as usual, so come along and enjoy something truly unique.