Club Encore In Conversation is currently taking place online and all information about how to take part will be emailed to bookers in advance of the sessions.

In addition to our usual in-person Club Encore sessions, these special online ‘In Conversation’ events will take place on Zoom and are a chance to meet members of the Nottingham Playhouse team, as well as fascinating industry professionals.

We believe that theatre should be for everyone and always ensure our building and sessions are accessible to all participants, removing any barriers to participation. Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here and please tell us if there is anything further we can do to ensure our sessions are accessible for you. You can get in touch at

Session Information

Tue 27 Apr – In Conversation With… Novelist Jim Green.

Jim Green was educated by the Vincentian Fathers at Bishop Ullathorne Grammar School, Coventry. He left school at 16 and, after working as coal miner, farm-worker, motorcycle courier and building labourer, he went to St. Mary’s College, Twickenham and qualified as a teacher.  In 1997 Jim left teaching to become a full-time writer and published magazine articles and books on travel. He then began writing the first of what was to become the Jimmy Costello series, Bad Catholics, which in 2009 was short-listed for a CWA Dagger. Over the years Jim has been the author of academic texts and reference works but now concentrates on adult novels and is currently writing the Freedom to Espionage series which chronicles through fiction, but based on actual historical events and characters, the rise of the American Intelligence Service culminating in the establishment in 1947 of the CIA.

Tue 25 May – In Conversation With… Opera Singer and Coach Helen Brackenbury

Helen is a freelance opera singer and singing teacher, originally from Nottingham.  She has sung roles for Opera Holland Park and Longborough Festival Opera. As a singing teacher, she coaches all genres of music offering sessions to individuals, choirs and specialised workshops.

Tue 22 Jun – In Conversation With… Performer and Facilitator Simon Sanchez

Simon is an experienced director, performer and theatre practitioner, with over 20 years experience specialising in theatre for young audiences.  He uses  clowning and physical theatre  to  create characters and  to tell stories.   He was also the undefeated champion of the sack race at Primary School!

Tue 27 Jul – In Conversation With…Writer and Participation Specialist Natalia Bruce

The wonderful world of words.  Explore creative writing and script building skills in this short online workshop exploring the story-teller within. Natalia will help you learn how writers find inspiration, how to get the most out of a text and how to bring ideas to life on the page.