Nothing: Barrel Organ Takeover

Dates and Times

Sat 05 to Sun 06 Dec 2015 at 5.30pm (55mins)

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Ticket information

£12 / 10

Book Tickets

Part of the Barrel Organ Takeover. Grab a Takeover Ticket for £21 and see Nothing, new Scratches and Some People Talk About Violence. Simply add the tickets to your basket and we’ll do the rest! 

Presented by Barrel Organ

Come and join us in an exploration of nothing; from stalkers to cupcakes, pooing to daydreaming, as we ask what constitutes nothing? And what constitutes something? A new partnership between CPT and the National Student Drama Festival brings Nothing by Barrel Organ to Camden. This innovative production won four awards at this year’s NSDF.

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 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.

“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 Gardnerthe Guardian. Read the review here

“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. Read the review here.

“A fiercely confrontational and intelligent piece, with a disarming truthfulness about the way we live today”. ★★★★ Time Out. Read the review here.

“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

“An unblinkingly bleak vision of contemporary Britain” – Catherine Love

Part of the Barrel Organ Takeover weekend.

For one weekend only, see Barrel Organ like you’ve never seen them before.

From the basement to the bar, CPT’s Associate Artists Barrel Organ will be taking over the venue with an array of performances, sketches and entertainment. As well as their breakout show Nothing and Some People Talk About Violence, the company will show a series of work-in-progress performances and some ideas which have been brewing over the past couple of years.

May include dancing, singing, microwaves, wigs, bubbles, sausages, Beach House, toilet humour, blanket forts and punch-bags.

Schedule of events:

  • Nothing, 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • On Sat 5 Dec: a talk on Barrel Organ’s work, hosted by a special guest TBC  // On Sun 6 Dec: Dialogue Theatre Club discussing Nothing and Some People Talk About Violence, hosted by Maddy Costa and Jake Orr
  • Two new scratch performances from members of Barrel Organ, 7.30pm-8.30pm
  • A Barrel Organ Book club plus a brand new audio piece from one of Barrel Organ (free to ticket holders)
  • Some People Talk About Violence, 9pm-10pm

About the company

Barrel Organ is a UK-based touring company formed in the West Midlands. We have all directed, produced and performed, but have never enjoyed working within the traditional hierarchies of theatre, which is why we decided to form a company which would work collaboratively and collectively to create politically engaged and formally experimental theatre.

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