“Let me tell you about Foxwood. A place that my skipping voice would not get me thrown down stairs. Unlike other schools. It was very much like other schools.”

From 1998-2002, Neal Pike attended a special educational needs school in Nottinghamshire. Five Years is about trying to hold on to a sense of who you are during those messy, brutal and mundane years of adolescence. With warmth and humour that cuts to the bone, Neal Pike explores identity, community and the parts of him that were shaped by Foxwood.


Content warning: References to sexual abuse and bullying, occasional strong language  
Age guidance: 16+
Five Years is a Relaxed Show and BSL interpreted

About the Artists

Writer and performer - Neal Pike

Director - Matt Miller

Nottinghamshire-based poet, Neal Pike and poet and theatre maker from Gateshead, Matt Miller have teamed up to capture Neal’s experience of attending a special educational needs school in the 90’s.

Neal and Matt met as members of Nottingham based poetry collective the Mouthy Poets in 2012 and performed together several times as part of this collective, which toured in the UK and Germany. This is Neal and Matt’s first theatre project together.

Age Guidance: 16+