A Girl and a Gun

Dates and Times

Wed 30 Sep, 2015 to Sat 3 Oct, 2015 at 7.30pm and 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / £10

Book Tickets

art of Calm Down, Dear : a festival of feminism

Check out the offers we’ve got running throughout the festival below. The discount will be automatically applied to your basket – just add the tickets in and we’ll do the rest.

DOUBLE BILL OFFER: Catch A Girl and a Gun in a double bill with Portrait (Thu 24 – Sat 26 Sep), The Oil and the Shard (Sat 26 Sep), 2:1 (Wed 30 Sep), and hoo:ha (Fri 2 Oct) for just £16.
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Presented by Louise Orwin

Full-hearted and full-throated, imaginative, generous… You come away awestruck. ★★★★★” – Plays to See

“A witty, sexy and sometimes sad dissection of screen sexuality” – Londonist

“Complex, witty and thought-provoking… A witty and mutil-layered show” – View From the Upper Circle

“Performed with real talent and conviction” – The Stage

“An extraordinary, magnetic performer… a spell-binder” – Reviews Gate

“All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun” Jean-Luc Godard

Last year, Louise started seeing girls and guns everywhere. She obsessed over them on YouTube, marvelled over them in music videos, felt a bit disgusted about them in video games, and tried not to see them in hardcore porn. She began to ponder what it was about that coupling that was so attractive. And she wondered whether Godard was right.

This is a show about girls and guns. It’s a show that asks two people to take to the stage and play out a film script in front of you. It wonders what the difference might be in watching something on screen and experiencing something live. It is a show that asks what it means to be a ‘hero’, what it means to be a plot device, and what it means to watch.

This show is a challenge to Godard, every other film which star girls and guns as plot devices, and the audiences that watch them. It is also an admission of ambiguity: Louise’s own confusion, as a woman, at being simultaneously repulsed and attracted to the kind of imagery and archetypes the show explores.

Expect gun-twirlin’, play-actin’ and Nancy-Sinatra-dancin’.  And me. And you.

About the artist

Louise Orwin is an artist-researcher working in performance, video and photography. Her work explores the notion of liveness, vulnerability and risk, and notions of femininity within popular culture. She has presented work in venues and performance festivals all over the UK, including the Basement, Contact Theatre, Buzzcut Festival, Forest Fringe and Lattitude Festival. Her previous show, the acclaimed Pretty Ugly (“demands and deserves to be seen” – 5*, Exeunt), headlined CPT’s first Calm Down, Dear festival in 2013.


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