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Graduates′ talent to shine at Barbican

Posted on 04/12/2009

Performances of Would like to Meet will take place at the Barbican Centre

Talented graduates from Royal Holloway, University of London have secured a 48-performance, 3-week run of their debut piece, ‘Would Like to Meet’, at the Barbican Centre, London, from 28 April – 16 May 2010.

The group, Non Zero One – who were formed as part of the Drama and Theatre course at Royal Holloway and graduated from the College last summer – have established themselves as a working theatre company touring new work to various theatres and festivals.

‘Would Like to Meet’ is an intimate, individual journey in which participants explore a series of environments in the Barbican Centre. Led by a voice heard through headphones, participants witness a story unfold shaped by their own participation. At times, participants may be asked to play a part, or simply sit and listen. ‘Would Like to Meet’ is an exciting participatory performance that puts the audience at the heart of the action and asks the question: can you miss someone you′ve never met?

Once participants put on their headphones, each plays a part in an experience which is revealed to them second by second – some may encounter each other in fleeting moments, some may come to depend on each other, and some may come into contact without even realising.

The Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre, Dr Gilli Bush-Bailey, comments, “As one of several new companies to emerge from the department who have received funding from the College to develop their work, Non Zero One’s ‘Would Like to Meet’ is an invitation to anyone looking for a dynamic performance experience - make sure you don’t miss the moment.”

Non Zero One explores ideas of audience responsibility and the role of the actor in live performance and collaborates to develop innovative devices to immerse audiences. The group’s work encompasses different disciplines including performance, installation and visual art taking inspiration from companies such as Blast Theory, Rotozaza and Gob Squad whose multimedia and participatory theatre allows audiences to play a greater role in their own theatre-going experience. ‘Would Like To Meet’ was originally seen at the Southwark Playhouse in June 2009.

Royal Holloway’s Department of Drama and Theatre is one of the leading theatre departments in the country. For further information, see: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Drama/

For performance times of 'Would like to Meet' and further information visit: http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?id=9959

Barbican box office: 0845 120 7550; Monday – Saturday, 9.00am – 8.00pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11.00am – 8.00pm


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