Common Lot

Our shows are for, with and about the people of Norfolk.

To those who live here “Come Yew In!” is a familiar Norfolk way of expressing welcome. When, in the 1970’s, the National Front called Norwich “The last bastion of white hope” they showed a distinct blindness to the fact that Norwich is a city whose long prosperity, culture and identity has been based on large scale migrations. We may not be the most obviously multi-cultural of places but we do have a vital and important history of welcome.

Come Yew In! was a free, outdoor, city wide, trans-historical variety show that highlighted a selection of stories about incomers and invigorated a sense of pride on our tolerant, internationalist city.

Come Yew In! involved two months of citizen research, five weeks of intensive writing and creative responses, and three months of committed rehearsal with an army of Common Lot volunteers: 24 cast, five musicians, ten back stage team, 12 researchers and a professional production team of five.

We did ten shows in magnificent weather, touring to open spaces across the city.

In the process of the show’s making, we also enlisted the support of five primary schools who each contributed a short sketch or song, taking part in two shows each.

Current Projects

Anglia Square 3rd March 1989

Anglia Square: A Love Story

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Past Projects

All Mouth, No Trousers: Norwich’s Radical Women

All Mouth, No Trousers: Norfolk’s Radical Women

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Boudicca: The Pantomime

Boudicca: The Pantomime

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1549 Ketts

1549: The Story of Kett’s Rebellion

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Come Yew In

Come Yew In! A Proud History of Strangers in Norwich

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Punk Carols

Punk Carols

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Ayesha Dharker as Titania and Owen Evans as Bottom - hi-res (Credit Topher McGrillis)

Dream 16 with the Royal Shakespeare Company

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Spooky Ushers

Spooky City

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Lights up little theatre

Lights Up in Sheringham

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Our Partners

Stuff & Things Crude Apache New Routes Tin House: Bespoke Arts Solutions Mind The Gap Norwich Arts Centre The Bo Nanafana Social Club Wireloose Pix The Voice Project Norwich City Council