Something (1) or Nothing (0)

A solo show about the nature of nothingness

Written by Time-Out Live Award winner and artistic associate with Improbable Theatre, Guy Dartnell.
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, London in 2007 and toured in 2008-9.

Dartnell definitely has something, and nothing is finer than an evening in his intriguing theatrical presence.

Simon Sladen, British Theatre Guide - Read full review →

A tender, witty, reflective and masterfully alluring performance.

Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre - Read full review →

‘Among the great things which are found among us, the existence of Nothing is the greatest. This dwells in time, and stretches its limbs into the past and future… Nothingness has no centre, and its boundaries are nothingness.’
From ‘Reflections on Life’ in The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.

Following the sell-out innovative show for infants, Oogly Boogly, and his coming of age adventures in Travels with my Virginity, Guy Dartnell presents an informal performance-lecture using body, words, blackboard and chalk. According to certain mystics, the reality of the self might best be expressed through the number ‘0’, since they say that the notion of the self as something or ‘1’ or ‘I’ is an illusion. With his trademark humour and disarming frankness, and with some gentle inspiration from philosopher, Douglas Harding’s On Having No Head, Dartnell explores the thorny question of whether we are indeed something or nothing.

Past touring

Oval House Theatre, London.
The Place Theatre, London.
Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, London.
Colchester Arts Centre.
Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham.
Merlin Theatre, Frome.

Cast and creative team

Conception and performance: Guy Dartnell
Direction and dramaturgy: Sinéad Rushe
Lighting design: Katharine Williams
Film: Paul Redman
Documentation: Julian Richards
Text: Douglas Harding

Funded by the Arts Council England.

Test - drawing on blackboard