Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

Nicola Gunn’s theatre is tantalising, entertaining, ridiculous and often bewildering in the best possible way.
Herald Sun

Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster is the story of a man, a woman and a duck. It dissects the excruciating realms of human behaviour by calling into question our capacity to make moral judgements and relate to others in an ethical way.

The work is disarmingly simple – exploring in great depth the moral conundrum of what should one do if one comes across a person throwing stones at a duck – but gradually becomes mind-bogglingly complex. Threaded between observations and memories of this brief encounter with a stranger are philosophical musings about peace and conflict, moral relativism, the ethics of intervention and the very function of art. Each new complication is layered into the mix until the ability to maintain different ethical and conceptual paradigms within one’s mind at the same time exhausts itself.

Accompanying the text is a rhythmic sound composition and an unpredictable choreography that shifts from the unnecessary and incongruous to the strangely affecting. The effect is of a mental rhythm playing onto and against a highly impulsive conflation of physical rhythms. Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster slips across tempos, ideas and performance modes – from movement to dance to performance art and back again – to create something inescapably unique. The culmination of these multiple layers is a work in perpetual motion, full of wit, provocation and reflection.


Concept, Text, Direction & Performance
Nicola Gunn

Jo Lloyd

Sound Composition And Design
Kelly Ryall

Lighting Design
Niklas Pajanti

AV Design And Outside Eye
Martyn Coutts

Costume Design
Shio Otani

Script Dramaturg
Jon Haynes

Production Management
Emily O’Brien

Originally produced by Nicola Gunn & Performing Lines

Commissioned by Mobile States

Information for Presenters

This production is now managed by Nicola Gunn.

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Presentation History

COIL Festival, PS 122
New York, USA
Dance Massive, Malthouse Theatre
Melbourne, VIC
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Full Presentation History for Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

COIL Festival, PS 122
New York, USA
Dance Massive, Malthouse Theatre
Melbourne, VIC
Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane, QLD
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
Arts House
Melbourne, VIC
Adelaide, SA
Live Works Festival, Performance Space
Sydney, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Originally produced by Performing Lines for Mobile States, supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Besen Family Foundation, Punctum Inc. Seedpod program, the City of Melbourne through Arts House’s CultureLAB and Maximised by Chunky Move.

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