Archived Events/ Autumn 2016

Action Hero


Wrecking Ball

Thu 29 Sep 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 15+

A male photographer is taking a photograph of a female celebrity. She wants to be reinvented.
She wants to be For Real. Wrecking Ball is about consent, power, authorship and putting words in other people’s mouths. It’s about the seductive power of make-believe. That’s not a real pineapple she’s holding, that’s not his real cooler full of beers, those aren’t her real thighs, those aren’t his real feelings. But does the real really matter?

In this funny, surreal and unsettling new play for 2 performers and an audience, “maverick company” (The Guardian) Action Hero ask who’s really in control and how subtle abuses of power shape our relationships –with art, language and with each other.

Commissioned by the Spring Festivals Commission 2015: Sprint, Watch Out, Mayfest, Pulse and Latitude Festival.
Seeded by greenhouse, A Farnham Maltings initiative, and developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio, The Point,
Eastleigh and The West End Centre.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

“Action Hero, who cleverly play on the act of theatre and its suspensions of disbelief, make us complicit in this cunningly constructed and entertaining show”
The Guardian

“They create and wreck imaginary worlds with an explosive force”