Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor from Nottingham. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, before which he studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. He was writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd earlier in 2017, and recently wrote his first commission for BBC Radio 4.
Ben was the 2013 UK All-Star Poetry Slam Champion and has since performed his spoken-word across the country, from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
His first poetry pamphlet was published in 2014 and his debut solo show, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK extensively in autumn 2016, including to the Nottingham Playhouse, and finishing with a sell-out run at Southbank Centre.
His debut short film was produced by Channel 4, for which Ben was nominated for Best New Talent at the 2016 Royal Television Society Awards.
As an actor he has worked with the National Theatre, Frantic Assembly, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, RSC, and National Theatre Wales, and his writing for the stage has been performed at Theatr Clwyd, Leicester Curve, and Theatre 503.
He hosts Cadence, a monthly poetry and music night in East London, and from March 2016 - March 2017 he produced PAW – recording and publishing a Poem-A-Week on Youtube for a year.
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