Mon 18 & Tue 19 May
Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things – cupcakes, action films, crap television, shitting, sex, buses and stalking. It is about alienation and being young.
Initially written as eight monologues by Lulu Raczka (winner of the Sunday Times Young Playwriting Award), Nothing attempts to ask questions about the nature of theatre itself as performers improvise a new cut with every performance, each starting the show without knowing which particular monologue they will be performing on that occasion. Nothing is a game for performer and audience and it is an interrogation of the structures within which we live.
A snapshot of a generation who feels that the future has very little to offer them, and who are appalled and fascinated by the violence they encounter in everyday life.
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Not since 2010 – Anya Reiss’s Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court, London – has a first-time play felt so certain in both voice and intent…
★★★★ Matt Trueman, Financial Times
A fiercely confrontational and intelligent piece, with a disarming truthfulness about the way we live today.
★★★★ Time Out
Barrel Organ is a UK-based touring company formed in the West Midlands. The company strives to create work that is inherently, self-consciously theatrical, drawing attention to the work that the context of ‘theatre’ is doing in order to highlight audience members’ relationship with their surroundings.