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The Wellspring

Barney Norris

Home is a moment that’s quickly lost. Afterwards you can only sail through the ghost of it.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571377183
Date Published
17.03.2022
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Summary

Home is a moment that’s quickly lost. Afterwards you can only sail through the ghost of it.

The Wellspring explores the complex and shifting dynamic between a father and son, as the writer Barney Norris and the musician David Owen Norris overlay the palimpsests of their separate lives in a cycle of memories that gradually intertwine and become a concerted search for connection, belonging and home.

The Wellspring opens at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton, in March 2022.

Critic Reviews

David Owen Norris and his son Barney reflect on the slipperiness of history in a show that elegantly defies categorisation… that gently but deeply explores the percentage contributions of genes, parenting, luck and maybe fate to who we are… It’s partly a top-class concert, in which pianist David Owen Norris exquisitely samples Clementi, Grainger, Elgar and others. These recitals interleave and sometimes underscore monologues by the musician and his son Barney that are autobiographical and also geographical… The Wellspring is subtitled “a memory cycle” and the 70 elegant minutes … are structured around set-piece anecdotes… there is a universality in the Norrises’ reflections on the slipperiness of history (their memories of shared events can differ) and the sheer range of talents on display.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

A mesmerising, enchanting, entertaining and uncategorisable assemblage of ideas, motifs and metaphysical musings, framed notionally around their two life stories but encompassing a much broader canvas: this is an extraordinary elegy to fathers, families and the creative spirit… a brave and beautiful tribute to [the Norrises’] relationship… elegantly constructed and beautifully presented.

What'sOnStage
Critic Reviews

At once a celebration of [the Norris] family’s roots and a bittersweet acknowledgement of the transience of a community through generations.

The Stage
Critic Reviews

A quiet little piece, full of wistful wisdom: entirely beguiling.

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Barney Norris is a playwright and novelist. His work has received awards from the International Theatre Institute, the Critics’ Circle, the Evening Standard, the Society of Authors and the South Bank Sky Arts Times Breakthrough Awards, among others, and been translated into eight languages. His plays include Visitors, Nightfall and an acclaimed adaptation of Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day;…

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