The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Family

Thu 6th – Sun 30th Aug 2015


“Winner of the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award”







The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family (winner of the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award) a one-man show about love, loss and motorways. Join writer-performer and UK poetry slam champion Ben Norris as he battles the country’s most notorious service stations and the perils of lower-league football in search of his father’s story. Hilarious and moving, the show explores the relative merits of Travelodge while asking searching questions about identity.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family is about “my dad and me”, commented Ben “and the laughably little we have in common. We are such different men and the nature of our relationship (or lack thereof) has always fascinated me. So just over three years ago, on a train home from a spoken-word gig, I started writing. I wrote about the few things we do have in common, and the handful of times (at that point, specifically two) I’d felt really connected to him.” 

Ben’s father was born in London, moved to Welwyn Garden City, to Breachwood Green, to Langford, and finally to Nottingham - always moving north and always loosely in line with the M1. Ben’s hitchhike began in Nottingham (where his father still lives) and went south, stopping off at every place his dad had ever lived and speaking to everyone he had ever known (perhaps a bit ambitious!).

Admission: £11(£10)

Underbelly (Big Belly)

City map


Version 0.3.7a