Near Gone

WINNER: Total Theatre Award 2014

WINNER: Pulse Suitcase Prize 2013

Near Gone is a heartfelt story about survival. Two performers have a  difficult story to tell. They come on stage and launch themselves into an hour long attempt to put into words the utterly unspeakable.

Delivered in English and Bulgarian, with fantastic gypsy-inspired music, this performance fills an empty space with two performers and 400 fresh flowers. It transforms you too, your sense of what it is to be a mother, a father, a child. And you’ll leave more fully alive than ever.

Near Gone won the inaugural Pulse Fringe Suitcase Prize on 31st May 2013. Read more about it here! It won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014.

Near Gone is a Colchester Arts Centre co-commission supported by Arts Council England and The Point, Eastleigh. New York visit supported by Caravan. Performances in Edinburgh supported by Arts Council England and escalator east to Edinburgh.


Devised and performed by Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie

Dramaturgy by Charlotte Vincent

Additional direction by Charlotte Vincent


“Gorgeous and wild”

—Lyn Gardner, Guardian top pick theatre 9th May 2016

“really the most moving performance I’ve seen!”
audience member, Salisbury

“unusual and impressive”, “beautiful and somehow devastating”

“a reminder that even in our darkest times there is hope”
audience member, Salisbury

“visceral, edgy and alive”
Leamington Spa Courier


“I found tonight’s show immensely powerful and life-enhancing. The way you interleaved humour with the trauma, and the way you used dance to express what words couldn’t, was really wonderful.”
audience member, Colchester

“kinda perfect”
audience member, Liverpool

“Two Destination Language weave layered storytelling with poetic image making to build their beguiling, non- linear and at times very funny story(that melts into fiery dance when words fail) making expert use of their delightfully ” opposites attract” characters, the duo gently contrasts very different European cultures without coming close to cliché. A human tale told with great passion, humour and delicacy. Their work appeals to theatre, dance, storytelling, and the visual arts dance alike. This couple on and off stage ignore the traditional boundaries, for they are skilled in many.”

Louise Moyes- Former Chair, Festival of New Dance, St.John’s Newfoundland, Canada and Director of Louise Moyes Docudance

Photo: Alma Haser

Performance History

We’re grateful to all the venues who have supported this work as it developed. There were in-progress showings at:

  • Emergency Accommodation, Manchester- October 2011
  • ChaChaCha, Chisenhale Dance Space- June 2012
  • Under Construction, The Basement, Brighton- October 2012
  • Under Construction, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury- November 2012
  • Pilot, Warwick Arts Centre- November 2012
  • The Works, Brighton Dome- April 2013
  • The Point Eastleigh – May 2013
  • Pulse Fringe, Ipswich – May 2013

and performances at:





  • The Albany, Deptford, 10-11 May
  • Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, 2 June
  • Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 11 September
  • Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv, 14-15 December


  • Eastgate, Peebles, 17th March
  • The Old Market, Brighton, 29-31st March
  • Square Chapel, Halifax: 13th October