‘Naylor writes with a poet’s ear for rhythm and timing, and delivers with a stand-up’s comic timing’ – Irish Times

‘Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing’ - The Guardian


One day, a magpie comes into a little girl’s house by mistake. It decides it likes her. She spends the next twenty-five years trying to get away from it.

Stop Trying to be Fantastic is a story about suffering, saviour-complex, self-acceptance, and a magpie who refuses to quit.

From award-winning writer/performer Molly Naylor (Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You, Sky One’s After Hours) comes this lyrical and funny spoken-word show that explores what we owe to each other and what we owe to ourselves.

It’s an anti self-help show... that might actually help.


Produced in association with Inn Crowd

Co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre

Supported with funding from Arts Council England

Sound/lighting design and direction: Tom Clutterbuck

Set/costume: Betty Atkins

Running Time

1 hour.

Standard Pricing
Fri 28 Jan 7.45pm £10.00
Access Membership Companion seats 75% discount at all performances
Groups 10+ £2.00 off. 
Schools/Young People's Group 10+ £5.00 off. 
Under 26 £5.00 off. 

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Molly Naylor is an award-winning performer, scriptwriter, poet and director. Her stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and she has performed at festivals and events all over the world. 

She has published two poetry collections and her third will be published by Bad Betty in spring 2022. She is the co-creator and writer of Sky One comedy After Hours. She wrote and performed the acclaimed solo spoken-word shows Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You and My Robot Heart. Her 2018 play Lights, Planets, People won a Norfolk Arts Award for theatre. Her first graphic novel was published in September 2021 by Avery Hill.