Wrecking Ball

Action Hero

Wrecking Ball is a conversation about consent, power, authorship and putting words in other people’s mouths. It questions about how far we’ll go, how much we think we’re in control and how the world around us is shaped by images.

Wrecking Ball is about pacific atolls and women holding pineapples and Californian pools full of muddy water. It is about the bomb – the big ass bomb, with a picture of a woman painted on the side, and the woman looks familiar to you, horribly familiar. She looks like every woman on every chain and concrete sphere that comes swinging into the side of every building everywhere.

Wrecking Ball is about the seductive power of make-believe. That’s not his real cooler, those aren’t her real thighs, those aren’t his real feelings. But does the real really matter? Living through a time where the consumption of artifice is its own industry, we are being asked to dream, and we are being asked to buy the sunglasses the woman is wearing in the dream. But what kinds of dreams are we even still capable of dreaming?

Post-show discussion with Action Hero following performance on Saturday 21st.

 Action Hero, who cleverly play on the act of theatre and its suspensions of disbelief, make us complicit in this cunningly constructed and entertaining show.

✭✭✭✭ The Guardian

 They create and wreck imaginary worlds with an explosive force.


 Action Hero’s work to date has always been generous, accessible and wryly amusing

Time Out on Action Hero

see why this maverick company, with its engaging DIY aesthetic, is attracting so much attention

The Guardian on Action Hero

Commissioned by the Spring Festivals Commission 2015: Sprint, Watch Out, MAYK, Pulse and Latitude Festival. Seeded by greenhouse, A Farnham Maltings initiative, and developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio, The Point, Eastleigh and The West End Centre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Bristol Old Vic Studio
Start Date
May 21, 2016
End Date
May 22, 2016
Running Time
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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