Made In China: Smithereens (work in progress)

Date:Sat 05 May
Time:3pm
Venue:J3
Price:Festival pass £25 (£10 con)

What is the difference between authoring violence as art and authoring art about violence?

A writer is doing a piece about bombs. A diverse bunch of citizens are trying to piece their lives back together after a traumatic event. A shiny new square in the heart of the city is about to be rocked by an explosion. The writer is wondering how to piece together his narrative strands into a convincing whole.

Smithereens is the explosive new in-development work from ‘murderously entertaining’ provocateurs Made In China. An innovative and arresting play about the theatricality of bombs, it illuminates the uneasy relationship between violence and imagination. What happens to clear oppositions between right/wrong, truth/fiction and creation/destruction, in a turbulent world grown used to gorging on apocalyptic spectacle?

‘intense and supremely smart… a masterclass in the pitfalls of language, a taut, funny but ultimately massively unsettling piece of work’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage (On Tim Cowbury’s The Claim)

‘A powerful and provocative play which is by turns exasperating and furiously funny… a remarkably tightly written piece’
Exeunt (On Tim Cowbury’s The Claim)

‘savage and tender…this is a show with an exterior that glistens and twinkles like a Faberge egg, but its insides are filled with a swirling molten pool of sadness and rage.'
★★★★ The Stage (On Made In China’s Super Duper Close Up)

'Slippery and teasing, murderously entertaining, and very, very uncomfortable to watch. Just as it is supposed to be.’
★★★★ The Guardian (On Made In China’s Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me, 2015)

Writer: Tim Cowbury | Director: Ben Kidd | Dramaturg: Jessica Latowicki | Supported by Cambridge Junction

Age: 14+ (some violent content/language)

Duration: 60 mins.

Box office and bar open from 11am.

All prices shown inlcude booking fees.