Near Gone

Katherina Radeva in Near Gone (photo by Tamsin Drury)

400 fresh flowers, two performers and one heart-wrenching story

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.

gorgeous and wild

Lyn Gardner, Guardian

a big, beautiful heart-thump of a show

critic Matt Trueman

Katherina Radeva in Near Gone (photo by Tamsin Drury)
Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva in Near Gone (photo by Tamsin Drury)

beautiful and somehow devastating


a reminder that even in our darkest times there is hope

audience member, Salisbury


The Scotsman







Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie in Near Gone (photo by Tamsin Drury)
Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie in Near Gone (photo by Tamsin Drury)
Katherina Radeva in Near Gone (photo by Tamsin Drury)
Katherina Radeva dances with flowers in the woods while Alister Lownie watches (photo by Alma Haser)


Devised and performed by Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie

Dramaturgy by Charlotte Vincent

Additional direction by Charlotte Vincent

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

performance history


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


201323rd October, Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500 9002nd November, Salisbury Arts Centre, 01722 321 7449th November, ICIA University of Bath, 01225 386 77715 November, Capstone Theatre (Liverpool), 0844 8000 4104 December, Theatre Royal Winchester, 01962 840 440
201415-16 January, Warwick Arts Centre, 024 7652 452422  January, South Street Reading, 0118 960 606028 February, Key Theatre Peterborough, 01733 207 2391 March, Brighton Dome, 01273 709 70921-22 March, Jacksons Lane (London), 020 8341 442127 March, Contact MCR (with Word of Warning), 0161 274 060030 May, New Wolsey Ipswich, 01473 295 90012 June, Performance Mix Festival, here, New York19 July, Derby Theatre1-23 August, Summerhall (Edinburgh)2 October, Lakeside Theatre, Colchester8 October, Pavilion Dance as part of Bournemouth Arts By the Sea Festival22 October, Derelict, Preston27 October, Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin20-21 November, Bush Theatre’s RADAR festival, London
2015Exeter Phoenix, 10th FebruaryPeninsula Arts, Plymouth, 11 FebruaryTolmen Centre, Constantine, 13 FebruaryThe Arts Centre, Ormskirk, 17 FebruaryThe ShowRoom, Chichester, 26 FebruaryEmbrace Arts, Leicester, 28 FebruaryThe Castle, Wellingborough, 6 MarchEden Court, Inverness, 11 Marchmac birmingham, 14 MarchTeatromania, Bytom, Poland, 27 MayJunction Festival, Clonmel, Ireland, 7-8 JulySummerhall, Edinburgh, 25-29 AugustKiev (Ukraine), 22 November
Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie embrace amongst branches (photo by Alma Haser)
2016The Albany, Deptford, 10-11 MayNewbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, 2 JuneHauser & Wirth Somerset, 11 SeptemberCameri Theatre, Tel Aviv, 14-15 December
2017Eastgate, Peebles, 17th MarchThe Old Market, Brighton, 29-31st MarchSquare Chapel, Halifax: 13th October
2018Teszt Festival, Romania, 25 May
2019Lenkerat International Theatre Festival, Azerbaijan, 1 June
2021HOME Manchester, 23-25 November