Sometimes there is a work that is so refreshingly provoking that it leaves you in a state of euphoria.” - Aussie Theatre

“A couple of years ago I got into a fight with a stranger because he was throwing stones at a sitting duck. She was protecting her eggs. The man’s children were collecting stones for him to throw. I asked him if he could please stop because it was ‘unnecessary.’ He told me to mind my own business, or words to that effect. I was in a foreign country and we did not speak each other’s language. What ensued was an angry, abusive and physical confrontation that achieved nothing: he continued to throw stones at the duck and I walked home to write about it on Facebook.“ - Nicola Gunn

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is a confrontational muse on peace and conflict, moral relativism and the very function of art, inspired by an incident that actually happened. A woman saw a man throwing stones at a sitting duck and she yelled at him.

What follows is a brilliantly funny dissection of the excruciating realms of human behaviour and a navigation of the moral and ethical complexities of intervention. Littered with anecdotes and digressions, critical and philosophical theory, the text is  accompanied by a rhythmic electronic soundscape and a non-stop, athletic choreography that shifts from the unnecessary and incongruous to the comic and strangely affecting. These multiple layers form a work in perpetual motion, “a moral and physical workout, witty, outright funny, deeply intelligent and, as intended, morally perplexing…” RealTime

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster slips across tempos, ideas and performance modes - from theatre to dance to performance art and back again - to challenge how we see art, the world, violence, and each other.

“NICOLA Gunn’s theatre is tantalising, entertaining, ridiculous and often bewildering in the best possible way. This marvellously eccentric, charming and mischievous performer has created yet another stylish, inventive and startling work…mesmerising and unforgettable.” Herald Sun

“Mordantly witty, and wittily digressive.” Daily Review


Concept, Text, Direction and Performance Nicola Gunn
Choreography Jo Lloyd
Music Kelly Ryall
Lighting Design Niklas Pajanti
Sound Operator Nick Roux
AV Design and Outside Eye Martyn Coutts
Costume Design Shio Otani
Script Dramaturg Jon Haynes
Promotional Photography Sarah Walker
Production Photography Gregory Lorenzutti
Produced by Performing Lines & Nicola Gunn


15 - 26 March 2017 | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
Part of Dance Massive | Tickets/info>>


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Nicola Gunn | [email protected]


Melbourne | Malthouse Theatre for Dance Massive
New York | La MaMa for PS122's COIL Festival

Queensland | World Theatre Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane
Western Australia | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth

South Australia | Vitalstatistix, Port Adelaide
Victoria | Arts House, Melbourne
New South Wales | Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney

Comic genius…Gunn’s text is intricate and often brilliant, full of unpredictable digressions and curious factoids. It’s the verbal equivalent of skimming stones over water.
— The Age