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Something From Nothing: there's a story to every story

A UK-based theatre ­company is set to give theatre lovers in the Capital an unconventional story about storytelling itself.

art and culture Updated: Apr 11, 2014 19:53 IST
Shibani Bedi
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The art of telling a story is not the most daunting of tasks, but put in a few obstacles and narratives from unexpected places, and what you get is the plot of the play, Something From Nothing.

Two performers, one intruder, props found in the rehearsal space and the most basic of sound and lighting collide on stage, taking the audience on an unexpected journey of lies and truths, of fragments and beginnings.

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Set to open in the Capital today, the production has been created by UK-based theatre artists, Kat Redstone and Sandra Buch, and presented by Vacuum Theatre.

"Our goal has been to deal with the limitations and possibilities of theatre. We think storytelling is a ­powerful tool — one that we need to be aware of as ­existing everywhere. We wanted to explore this through our own very ­idiosyncratic style of ­theatre," says Kat.

The play is being performed outside UK for the first time.

"Something From Nothing is about the way we as a society engage with stories and how we tell them. It is also about the audience and their ­expectations. The play takes the audience on a journey where you are constantly on your toes as to what story is being told and by whom," she adds.

Quiz her on the process of making a play such as this and Kat says, "We spend a long time talking and ­thinking before we reach ­rehearsal. The text is written as we rehearse, and tailored always to our performers. We want to make work that not only entertains, but enables the audiences to keep thinking while they are watching."

Catch it live
WHAT: Something From Nothing — a play
WHEN: Today and Tomorrow
WHERE: Bakheda, Said-ul-Ajab, Saket
TIMINGS: 7.30pm onwards
NEAREST METRO STATION: Saket on the Yellow Line