A Northamptonshire tale about the stories that shape us...

The Wellspring

Written by Barney Norris & David Owen Norris


A tale about the stories that shape us…

Directed by Jude Christian, this timely and intimate work from award-winning playwright Barney Norris (The Remains Of The Day) and his father, the internationally acclaimed pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, examines that age-old story of a boy and his dad, and how they can relate to one another, in every sense of the word. Their performances will be accompanied by both folk and classical music performed by David and Barney, creating a scrapbook-style collage of the pair's lives together.

The Wellspring explores family histories and the way they shape us. Barney Norris’ parents divorced when he was six and, growing up, he lived with his mother. The absent father is a vein running through Norris’ work, but now father and son will share a stage in this timely and intimate work, taking us inside the complex and shifting dynamic between father and son. 

Barney Norris: ‘When we sat down to workshop it, we realised my dad was exactly twice my age. We were quite struck by this lovely coincidence. It made us realise that there was a structure where if he was to start in 1953 and go forwards, and I started in 2019 and worked backwards, we would meet in West Sussex in 1987 when I was born, and it would be a pleasing way of exploring how one life gave way to another. Both of us are telling edited versions of our lives and as I tell mine backwards, I’m really the Ginger Rogers in the partnership. If I did it in high heels maybe it would be better.’ 

An extraordinary elegy to fathers, families and the creative spirit


Charming, thought-provoking, and immensely nostalgic

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Venue: Main House

Running Time: Approximately 70 minutes, with no interval.

Show Times

Tue 31 May - 7:30pm
Wed 1 Jun - 2:30pm & 7:30pm


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Advisory Info

Recommended for ages 14+.