Barney Norris, an award-winning playwright, poet and essayist, will be running 2 workshops at Forest Arts Centre in New Milton as part of the New Forest Film Festival. The workshops will be taking place on 14th June 2019 at 4pm and 6pm.


Barney grew up in Salisbury, Wiltshire and although now living in London has since toured his work back to where he grew up and the New Forest which he also holds very dear to him.

Barney founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms with Alice Hamilton which has written and produced Barney’s plays At First Sight (2011) Fear of Music (Up In Arms with Out of Joint, 2013), Visitors (2014), which won the Critics' Circle Award and the Offwestend Award for Most Promising Playwright, amongst others.  In addition to his plays, Barney’s writing has appeared in the Guardian and the Independent, as well as writing his first novel, Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain, which was a Times bestseller and his second novel. Barney has also been named as one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners by the Evening Standard. Barneys most recent venture was his first short film, Needletail, which premiered at Salisbury Arts Centre during Wiltshire Creative, in February 2019.

We are delighted to have Barney on board with the Film Festival and able to run these workshops. To learn more about Up In Arms Theatre Company and to support the work they do click here to visit their website. His workshops will be about writing short films and getting short films made, more information of which can be found below:

Writing Short Films (4pm) - Book

Barney Norris has won major awards for his work as a novelist and playwright. Last year, he began to explore working in film for the first time. In this practical workshop he will share the technical lessons that making his first short film offered him, and engage with students' ideas for stories and script, creating a space for a group of artists to collaboratively explore the stories they want to tell.

Getting Your Film Made (6pm) - Book

Barney Norris made his first short film last year, after a decade of working in theatre and fiction. In this workshop, he will talk about the challenges he faced in creating his film, and the process of bringing the story to production. A workshop for those who are beginning to explore the potential of film, and would like to understand more about the practical steps of getting a short together.

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