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
beautiful and somehow devastating
a reminder that even in our darkest times there is hope
audience member, Salisbury
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 visit supported by Caravan. Performances in Edinburgh supported by Arts Council England and escalator east to Edinburgh.
Development: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
Performances201323rd 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
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