Empty

A Spoken Word Show

An hour-long spoken-word / gig-theatre show, created for Hidden Door Festival in collaboration with the band Acolyte. Empty is set in the locked bathroom of a house party that has got out of hand.

"When you are young you are constantly discovering and rediscovering selves, trying on different hats, road testing the future you. A party is a place where these performances can be tried out, within a concentration of space and time. This is the heart of the show. However, it is beating in amongst the loud music and inebriation of a house party that is spinning out of control. Everyone there has a shared sense of impending doom. Self-discovery is happening against a backdrop of world tensions, political and social uncertainties, great change, an unsure sense of future and a coming climate crisis. We are fiddling while Rome burns. The arc of a party reflects the ups and downs of these themes: from elation through hedonism to earnest debate; from nihilistic euphoria to panic and hangover. Empty is to be a celebration of youth in all its messiness, the power and beauty of language and the hope we can find in connection." 

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Promo photograph by Finnian Croy 

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Performance photographs by Keir Eunson. Set design by Helen Stephenson.