Working with Children looks at the problem of intimacy and exposure, and the curiosity of working with children in contemporary performance. In a work that is both funny and surprisingly affective, it is an attempt to perform a kind of radical vulnerability. Through an accumulation of seemingly unconnected anecdotes, the audience is invited to wonder about the effect of language on the body, playing with the idea that we can find a different way of behaving by finding a different way of inquiring and of listening.Concept, Text, Direction, Performance - Nicola Gunn Sound Composition and Design - Duane Morrison Lighting Design and Production Manager - Gwen Gilchrist. Working with Children is co-produced by Bit Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater and Carte Blanche, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. This project is supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Bergen Dansesenter. Working with Children was originally commissioned and produced by Melbourne Theatre Company.
‘Nicola Gunn is a singular voice in Australian theatre, her imaginative, absurdist work is witty, weird, conceptual and intellectually rigorous without being pretentious.’– performingartshub.au
When we saw this show in Sydney, Nicola had us hanging on every word – she is such a compelling performer. Expect a narrative style that seems closer to stand-up comedy than anything we’ve seen in the theatre. It’s madness she’s not performed in the UK before and we’re thrilled to correct this.