I wish I was lonely
I Wish I Was Lonely is a participatory show about contactability.
A show in which the audience commit to leaving their phones on.
A show investigating what it means to participate in communication – or not.
There will be poems, there will be stories and there will be conversation.
I Wish I Was Lonely is a new show from Fringe-First winners Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe
that asks how much of ourselves we’ve given up to the new God in our pocket.
The Guardian ****
“so cunningly and playfully constructed that it feels like a gift”
What’s On Stage ****
“It’s kind of horrific just how much we rely on our phones and how personal their contents are to us. I Wish…lands this realisation with a real thump.”
Time Out ****
“It’s an excellently crafted piece, both thoughtful and relevant, which challenges us to take a step back from our technology-obsessed lives”
The Scotsman ****
“These are warm, talented performers, who’ve got something important to say”
“I Wish I Was Lonely is a lovely piece of theatre. Simple, direct, encouraging, this is a call to action and an examination of self.”
A Younger Theatre
“There’s a cheeky playfulness to the work, but ultimately it helps us to really question and engage with those around us instead of those people we communicate with through small electrical devices”
Created and performed by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe
Produced by Ric Watts and Jenny Gaskell
Developed in collaboration with Matt Burman, Jason Crouch, Seda Ilter and Ross Sutherland.
Co-commissioned by ARC, Writers Centre Norwich and Norwich Arts Centre
Supported by Arts Council England and Escalator East to Edinburgh.
Developed at Cambridge Junction, Warwick Arts Centre, BIOS and Forest Fringe.
The oh fuck moment
You just fucked up. Now what?
Sometimes, fuck ups are so massive there’s no way back.
Poet Hannah Jane Walker and theatre maker Chris Thorpe
examine the poetic guts of mistakes in a bundle of words and strip lighting.
Fucking up is the truest, funniest, most terrifying moment you can experience.
The oh fuck moment is a conversation around a desk for brave souls to hold their hands up and admit they fucked up, or for people to laugh at us because we did.
You should probably see ‘The oh fuck moment’ if you’ve ever stood on a rake.
Or accidentally made party cocktails with bleach. Or locked yourself in a shed.
Or been caught cheating.
Or followed your inclination to experiment and ended up in A+E
with a traumatic wanking injury. Or crashed a plane.
Or been responsible for someone’s death.
Or watched someone die.
Or set fire to yourself. Or fallen awkwardly. Or fallen awkwardly on a rake.
Or fallen awkwardly while flying a plane.
Or while wanking.
Or put your tongue in the wrong person’s mouth. Or put your tongue in what you thought
was the right person’s mouth and it turned out to be the wrong person’s mouth.
Or got really angry because someone told you a story about a horse.
A Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner 2011
Edinburgh 2011 reviews: The Scotsman **** ‘A cleverly constructed piece of work’ Sally Stott
The Guardian **** ‘Brilliant celebration of our mistakes and evolutionary reflexes’ Lyn Gardner
Culture Wars, Carousel of Fantasies ’The Oh Fuck Moment drills a burr hole in each of us, releasing the build up of guilty pressure beneath the surface. By the end, you’ll wear your cock ups with pride: life’s little battle scars; badges of humanity. To err is indeed human, but Thorpe and Walker don’t put a foot wrong.’ Matt Trueman
Daily Telegraph **** ‘This remarkable piece of participatory theatre ranks as among the most absorbing and thought provoking’. The List **** ‘An uneasily entertaining afternoon of reflection on human frailty’
‘The oh fuck moment’ is currently touring both in the UK and internationally. If you are a promoter interested in booking the show, please contact our Producer, the lovely Ric Watts email@example.com
The oh fuck moment team
Collaborator – Chris is a writer and performer from Manchester. He writes plays for the stage and radio and occasionally screenplays. He is also a core member of Unlimited Theatre and an artistic associate of Third Angel. He works as a solo performer, and is making a cycle of solo pieces called Eating Wasps. He’s also in a band called Pig Village and continues to collaborate with companies like Slung Low, Forest Fringe RashDash and Soup Collective, with whom he wrote and recorded the piece The Bomb On Mutannabbi Street Is Still Exploding, which has been permanently installed at he Imperial War Museum North. Chris’s plays have been produced worldwide and he has toured with Unlimited and Third Angel in Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA.
Current projects include a new play Overdrama/Some People In A City for Portuguese company mala voadora, which opens in Lisbon in July, two new plays for BBC Radio, the first of which, Rio Story, which will be a Radio 4 Friday night play this Autumn, a new solo piece, There Has (Possibly) Been An Incident for the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and a modern version of Robin Hood in verse for the NSDF Ensemble/Latitude Festival. He is developing new work with Unlimited and Third Angel, and is touring in Third Angel’s show What I Heard About The World as well as devising/writing on the new Unlimited shows The Giant And The Bear, The Noise and North.
Visual Producer: Luke Emery
Produced by: Emily Coleman and Ric Watts and Jennifer Gaskell
Executive producer: Matt Burman
Funded with thanks to the Arts Council and the East to Edinburgh scheme.
The show was also developed and supported by the generosity, floor space and resources of The Nightingale Brighton,
The Junction Cambridge and Writers Centre Norwich. Thank you, you beauties.
This is just to say
Debuted at Forest Fringe 2010 and is currently touring.
Escalator video of This is just to say
This is just to say is about Britishness, politics, religion and family
This is just to say is a conversation about hope, love and winning
This is just to say is live art, performance poetry and extremely good company
An intimate audience piece for 12-15 people set around a table.
Devised with Chris Thorpe
Produced by Matt Burman
Set designed by Theodora Lecrinier
‘The show is confident, mature and smooth, the content endearing and engaging. The audience leave hyper-aware of when they say sorry’. Total Theatre
This is just to say can work both within a venue or off site.
This show has been developed and funded by an Arts Council England, East initiative run by The Junction in partnership with Colchester Arts Centre and Writers Centre Norwich