Something Or Nothing (1 or 0)


This is my fifth solo show. We first started making it in 2007, but it’s only recently that we’ve been able to finish it. Inspired by the teachings of Krishnamurti it’s essentially a personal meditation on the notion of there being no “self” explored through a patchwork of different theatrical means - text, movement, chalk images and video projection.

It’s an expansion on the mini lecture I gave on “enlightenment” at the end of my Time Out Award winning Would Say Something.

I wanted to tackle a subject, that I think is often dealt with badly - either through over reverence or with complete cynicism. I also think the link between personal and collective identity as a subject is really pertinent to the issues attendant in the international split between religion and secularism.

2011-12 Tour Dates

22nd-26th February - Oval House, London

1st March - Axis Arts Centre, Crewe

3rd May - Exeter Phoenix

5th & 6th May - Warwick Arts Centre

10th & 11th May - Bristol Old Vic / Mayfest

16th June - The Place, London

9th February 2012 - York St John University

DirectorSinéad Rushe

Lighting DesignKatharine  Williams

VideoNic Sandiland

SoundBob Karper

Poster, Leaflet & Programme Design

Natasha Davis

Photos Sinéad Rushe

ProducerNatasha Davis

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Commissioned in 2011 by Axis Arts Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Mayfest Bristol and Oval House Theatre. Supported by Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment and Arts Council England.

Commissioned in 2007 by Lilian Baylis Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, Merlin Theatre Frome and Supported by Arts Council England

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"Something or Nothing was the most satisfying evening I've had in the theatre for a long, long time.  Guy Dartnell moves between dance, video and visual art with huge skill.  To say that at the heart of his show there's a real warmth, that remains with me, is an understatement."

Francis Alexander, Artistic Director Chelsea Theatre, London.

“Something or Nothing somehow leads a path through the spiritual to The Big Question without falling into creepy-earnestness or oh-so-clever irony. Dartnell’s fluid performance draws you past its skill into a warm and witty conversation, then past that conversation to large ideas. Its structure and direction hide their own cleverness to deliver a stage-essay that has generous and handwritten simplicity. Here is an authentic and anecdotal audience with Nothingness - an engaging evening to take your thoughts and beliefs out to.”

Graeme Miller, Theatre Maker, Composer and Artist.