Website photos credited to Aenne Pallasca, Anthony Robling & Leeds Playhouse, Richard Davenport, Joe Twigg & Barrel Organ

nothing

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.

 

Barrel Organ's multi-award winning debut, Nothing, debuted at Warwick Arts Centre before success at the National Student Drama Festival. It then opened to great acclaim at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe before a short run at Camden People's Theatre. The piece has been performed across the UK at venues including Paines Plough Roundabout and The Lyric, Hammersmith.

Initially written as eight monologues by Lulu Raczka (winner of the Sunday Times Young Playwriting Award), Nothing asks 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 thus a game for both performer and audience, but it is also a serious interrogation of the structures within which we live.

written by

lulu raczka

directed by

ali pidsley

 

assistant director

jack perkins

co-made and performed by

joe boylan

bryony davies

rosie gray

dan hutton

euan kitson

kieran lucas

jack morning-newton

kate thorogood

The script for ‘Nothing’ can be bought from Oberon here.

“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