NOTHING by BarrelOrgan
“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.
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.
“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.
“Deceptively simple, this sequence of raw and disturbing monologues disguises an elaborate set of rules ensuring no performance is ever the same” – Robert Hewison, The Sunday Times
“Nothing announces a serious new talent to British theatre… a clear literary successor to Simon Stephens, Sarah Kane and Chris Thorpe” – Andrew Haydon
After this performance of ‘Nothing’, Barrel Organ invite you to stick around as they share a scratch of their new show – ‘Some People Talk About Violence’ before it opens at the Edinburgh Festival in August. This is very much in development, so your thoughts and input would be very much appreciated!
A little bit about ‘Some People Talk About Violence’ to wet your appetites:
“There is no use in rage. There is no use in screaming. There is no use in crying out and screaming THIS IS UNFAIR just fucking wait ‘cause no one cares.”
In a world of globalisation and greed, of zero hour contracts and The Big Bang Theory, violence worms its way into every aspect of our lives. Barrel Organ present a show which asks what violence means and what it might look like. Expect people, or just ideas, in mindless frustration, on the edge of some kind of revolt.
There might even be dancing.
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Tickets will be “Pay What You Decide” which means you will pay the company AFTER the show.