Bolero in spotlight in new play

Bolero, written by Michael Pinchbeck, will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1.

In 1928, Maurice Ravel wrote his hugely popular piece of classical music Bolero in Paris.

In 1984, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean danced to it at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Eight years later the stadium where they won gold was bombed.

Working with the music as a bridge between these two stories, Nottingham writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck (The Ashes) takes a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914 to 1994, from the First World War to the Bosnian War.

Six performers from the UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany, and a local community cast of 30 weave together a devised biography of Bolero.

Bolero is a Making Tracks project developed by Theatre Writing Partnership.

Tickets to see Bolero at Nottingham Playhouse are £13 (£11 concessions) and are available by contacting the box office on 0115 9419419 or by going online to

n The Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse will be the setting for performances of Paradise by Nick Wood, on Thursday, June 19, and Friday, June 20, from 8pm.

It is being presented by The Playhouse Ensemble, Nottingham Playhouse’s Community Theatre Company.

In Paradise, the time is now, the place is everywhere.

A close community gets torn apart as civil war strikes, turning neighbour upon neighbour. Trust no-one.

Tickets to see this chillingly relevant play are £6.