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A life of fascination, obsession and deep scientific curiosity.William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck is an eccentric Nottinghamshire aristocrat whose imagination and curiosity know no bounds. This deceptively simple man struggles to come to terms with a world that is teeming with new knowledge, ill-founded opinion and gossip. Why does he hide himself away? What is his fascination with tunnels? Will he ever unearth the secrets hidden in his memory?In a sequence of events that are often curious and frequently hilarious he reveals moments of surprising perception and wisdom.Nottingham Playhouse and ajtc have combined their talents to co-produce Nick Wood's stage adaptation of Mick Jackson's Booker Prize shortlisted novel. The result is a free-flowing, innovative performance which features live music and a specially commissioned score.The Underground Man is a delectable blend of fact and fiction in which the intriguing details of a complex life are richly explored through the vibrant imagination of a gentle soul.
Nick Wood was an actor, a freelance journalist, and a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. Commissions include: Radio 4, Derby Theatre, Eastern Angles, Thalia Theatre Hamburg, Action Transport, The Drum, Plymouth, Theatr Iolo, Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, Jumped Up Theatre, and Nottingham Playhouse. Plays include: Warrior Square, Mia, A Dream of White Horses, My Name is Stephen Luckwell, The Children of the Crown, and About A Band. His plays have been translated into several languages and performed in France, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Denmark, Montenegro, Russia, Switzerland, and South Korea. With Andrew Breakwell he started New Theatre Nottingham and recently returned to acting touring his new one man play A Girl With A Book. Currently there are twelve productions of A Girl With A Book by companies in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In June Eastern Angles revived their production of his adaptation of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea and in September his adaptation of Mick Jackson's The Underground Man opens at Nottingham Playhouse before a UK tour, and also in the autumn Getting Better Slowly, a play involving dance and verbatim theatre about Guillaine Barre Syndrome will open its tour at the Lincoln Drill Hall. Aurora Metro Books also publishes A Girl With a Book and Other Plays (A Girl With a Book, A Dream of White Horses, Birdboy, Mia), Warrior Square ('Best Play' in Aurora Metro's 50 Best Plays for Young Audiences), and his adaptation of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea.