Once a month on a Monday, The Orange Tree pub is taken over by a bunch of wordsmiths who’ve taken it upon themselves to create works that creatively explore issues that affect women. Be they men, women, poets, storytellers, singers, actors, or simply someone with summat to say, anyone can show up to the safe space environment. The Too Deep For A Monday squad are branching out, and now, every second Monday of the month, they’re gonna lead workshops based on what’s discussed during the ‘chatter’ sessions the week before. These sessions will explore different forms of creative writing, from poetry to blogging, article writing to interviews. If you can write it down, they’ll lead a workshop on it, basically. If you’ve been struggling to get your thoughts down on paper for a while now, it’s probably gonna be right up your road. Everyone is welcome, just turn up.
Monday 10 October, 7.15pm, £3, The Orange Tree
Back in the day, owd Robin Hood used to pride himself in robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, saving the good folk of Nottingham from the evil clutches of the Sheriff, and looking mighty fine in a pair of lime green tights. Now, like all good folk tales, myths and legends, we’ve bastardised him in an excuse to get thoroughly bladdered. All in his good name, of course. The annual CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) event up at the Castle is back this week, and you’ll have to move fast if you want to bag tickets for this one. There’s over 1,000 real ales and 200 ciders to sample – just make sure you pace yourself. And don’t forget to check out the musical treats on the old Victorian bandstand.
Wednesday 12 - Saturday 15 October, Nottingham Castle
If things that go bump in the night are your idea of a good time, then boy oh boy is this week gonna feel like all your Christmases come at once. Once again, Nottingham’s independent fireball of a picturehouse, Broadway Cinema, is home to the flick festival to end ‘em all. Yep, that’s right folks, Mayhem Film Festival is back with a bang, a scream, and a fair few ghosts and ghoulies to boot. Expect screenings of horror, science-fiction, and cult cinema, premieres, previews and masterclasses. Plus, a couple of international special guest speakers and a devilishly hard quiz. With flicks entitled The Greasy Strangler, The Devil’s Candy and I Am Not A Serial Killer, this one definitely isn’t for the faint hearted, and it’s one hundred percent not to be missed.
Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 October, various times and prices, Broadway Cinema
NG:She are a local community interest company who’ve been awarded funding from Notts County Council to offer women across the county a range of courses, with two free courses starting this month. You might have attended their Women into the Future course that started last week, but the next course up for grabs is the almighty Women into Film. The weekly course at Screen22 gives women the chance to meet other film lovers, and watch and discuss films directed by women with strong, interesting female leads. To secure a place, text your name, postcode and #WomenFilm to 07850 524 319, or just turn up on the day.
Weekly from Thursday 13 October, 10.30am, free, Screen 22
Roll up, roll up. You’ve been invited to join the movement, and we sincerely hope you take the Urban Circus Showcase up on their offer. This month, they’re bringing us a mammoth mashup of all things creative. Think culture clashes, audio-visual delights, spoken word artists, poets, musicians, filmmakers, artists, incredible performers and creativity bursting through the seams, and you might just be halfway to picturing the storm of greatness that’s about to come your way. With the likes of Mouthy Poets, Dream Nottingham Artists and the Revolution House ready and waiting to take the stage, alongside Crystalize, Ed Med and Challan Carmichael. There’s a little summat for everyone to sink their tegs into, and a whole weekend to do it in. There’s literally no excuse for staying at home.
Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 October, 7pm, £5, Nottingham Arts Theatre
One thing we just can’t seem to get enough of in Hoodtown is a double whammy. And by that, we mean an event that gives you a proper good day out with the good feels to boot. Following the mammoth success of this year’s Hockley Hustle, we’re at it again with another musical fundraiser, this time, taking over Beeston for Oxjam. Dig deep and raise money for Oxfam, the charity that’s out to end poverty through emergency response and development work. Naturally, there’s loads to be getting on with – namely, the best musicians this city’s got to offer, including Josh Kemp, Jasmin Isaaka and Megan Ashmore, to name but a few. There’s stuff cracking off in every nook and cranny of the town, so don’t be afraid to go searchin’. We’ll meet you there.
Saturday 15 October, all over Beeston
This month in the UK is Black History Month – a time when we come together to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people to our society. And what incredible achievements and contributions they are. In Nottingham, this week, the University of Nottingham BME Network and Nottingham Contemporary are hosting an incredible evening of talent as a celebration of culture. Head down to ‘Tempreh to catch some of the biggest names on the Notts music scene, Natalie Duncan, Yazmin Lacey and Raphael Blake, who are gonna raise the roof of the old shipping container from 8pm. It’s completely free to attend, but you will have to book a babysitter cos it’s only suitable for eighteen plus.
Saturday 15 October, 8pm, free, Nottingham Contemporary
Our Ben Norris is a poet and he knows it. But he’s also a pretty fine actor, too, and he’s proving it by bringing his Edinburgh Fringe smash to Nottingham Playhouse, this weekend. The show won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly award, and was showered with four and five star reviews during its Fringe run. The UK All-Star Poetry Slam champion is gearing up to take you on a journey to the furthest depths of our country, as he asks probing questions about his identity and the idea of modern masculinity. He’s probably also gonna talk about his experiences with service stations, which is bound to be well joke. The evening performance is sold out, so make sure you grab a ticket to the Saturday matinee. Now who’s the poet, eh.
Saturday 15 October, 4pm, £9/£11, Nottingham Playhouse
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