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A One to One with non zero one...
non zero one are (left to right) John Hunter, Cat Harrison, Sarah Butcher, Alex Turner, Fran Miller and Ivan Gonzalez
This autumn season we are delighted to welcome non zero one back to The Junction with the time out a interactive theatre piece some readers may remember as a work in progress sharing at Junction Sampled Festival in May.
Voted "coolest company” by Elle Magazine (Sept 2011 Top 50 list) and described as hugely talented by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner it’s been a busy few months for the South East based ensemble - developing the full show at National Theatre Studio, performing at Latitude and Edinburgh's Forest Fringe and most recently working on this is where we got to when you came in a retrospective piece of work marking the recent move by London's Bush Theatre after forty years from Shepherd's Bush to Uxbridge Road.
Set in the changing room of a swimming pool, 9 minutes and 39 seconds before a water polo final. the time out looks at teams and what it means to be part of one. Using a combination of live sound mixing, projection, secret doors and a treadmill, the show is a conversation between live narrators and 12 potential team mates. You may enter the room as perfect strangers, but can you leave as a team?
In our latest blog post, company member Cat Harrison introduces us to the non zero one family and tells us more about the inspiration behind the show...
non zero one. We're a funny bunch really. We've been described by the people who collaborate with us as a family, and it's true. First and foremost the six of us were mates at university - I even used to live with two of them ("The Gingers") - and through various mysteries of the universe alongside a shared love of quality theatre, here we are still together. Still making theatre obviously (we perform our latest piece The Time Out at The Junction from 21-23 Nov) but also still friends. It sounds pretty cheesy, but when you're working all hours of the night on one particular project, trying to chase one of the gang who's forgotten to upload their script, whilst simultaneously trying to finish a section of a funding application that one of the non zero one team was putting together two days ago... Well all I'm saying is that sometimes when you're working together it can be difficult to remember they're your best friends as well as your extremely talented colleague who couldn't make a deadline if they got hit over the head by it. But you know what? Although we're still a young company, and things will inevitably change, I believe we will always be mates. It's the little things isn't it? No matter where we are in the country or how busy we are, we celebrate everyone's birthday. And every Christmas we do a secret Santa. This year all our presents have to be handmade, something I think my chosen giftee is going to regret pretty quickly...
The Time Out is about teamwork. When we first started work on the piece about a year ago, we were enthralled by questions like: what is it that makes a team? How long do you have to be with a group of people to feel they are your team? What is it you have to experience? How does a team survive? Although at the time it wasn’t something we'd reflected onto our own situation, now its easier to see it's something we hold very dear to our hearts.
For a taste of what’s in store browse photos of the time out at Junction Sampled below...
non zero one return to The Junction with the time out Mon 21 – Wed 23 Nov. Performances will take place in our J2 Theatre each evening at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm at the duration of one hour. For further show information visit www.junction.co.uk/artist/3687
Limited capacity show please contact Box Office on 01223 511 511 for availability and to book.