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Barney Norris

Oberon Books

“An elegant and moving piece of writing, well-crafted, subtle and layered…A play full of ache.” —The Stage


“Barney Norris is a rare and precious talent, a writer-chronicler to be cherished.” —Evening Standard


“Norris strikes gold again. Like a diligent bartender, Norris has a talent for polishing the ordinary, buffing it up with a damp cloth until it shines and sings.” —Time Out London


A love song, an elegy, a celebration: Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing. John is a landlord forced to sell up; Liz is a church organist who can't get a gig; Mark takes what work he can just to pay the rent. Their tales unfold around the back of a pub hidden deep in the heart of the Hampshire countryside—a heart that doesn't seem to be beating any more. 

Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. Upon leaving university he founded the touring theatre company Up In Arms with Alice Hamilton. He won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and the Offie Award for Most Promising Playwright for Visitors (Up In Arms, Arcola Theatre, Bush Theatre). His books include To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill. His first novel, Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain, was published by Doubleday in 2016.

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