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Zero Hour (Stunde Null)

Brooks, Pete and Quick, Andrew, Imitating the Dog Theatre Company (2012) Zero Hour (Stunde Null). [Performance]

Type of Research: Performance
Creators: Brooks, Pete and Quick, Andrew
Group or Collective Creators: Imitating the Dog Theatre Company
Description:

Taking as its starting point the final moments of the Second World War in Berlin, The Zero Hour follows the stories of three couples living through three very different versions of the same historical events. In one version two Russian soldiers celebrate their survival amid the ruins of Berlin as, at the same time they prepare to say goodbye. In another, a British intelligence officer visits a Germany, allied with Britain, which has almost won the war against the Soviet Union, and where the Red army may have discovered a way to send messages through time. In a third a triumphant Soviet Union has occupied all of Europe except for Great Britain with whom an uneasy truce is maintained. Across these different histories the protagonists’ lives connect or fail to connect in ways which echo and resonate and gradually build a picture of human stoicism in the face of the wave of history. The Zero Hour asks difficult questions about how we understand ourselves in relation to the times and the universe in which we find ourselves. It is work which is overtly philosophical and we hope humane. It is also unapologetically romantic and shot through with the obsessions (sex, babies, death WW2 and time travel) which are the hall marks of ITD’s narrative inventions.

Other Contributors:
RoleName
Other (Soundtrack)Peyton Jones, Jeremy
Other (Video design)Wainwright, Simon
Other (Animation production)Gregory, Adam
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: January 2012
Related Websites: http://www.imitatingthedog.co.uk/projects/the-zero-hour/, http://vimeo.com/38947757
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Platform Theatre, London, UKJanuary 2012UNSPECIFIED
Live at LICA, Lancaster, UK30 January 201331 January 2013
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK14 February 201316 February 2013
Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick, UK8 February 20139 February 2013
Measurements or Duration of item: 90 minutes
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 17:32
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 13:45
Item ID: 5713
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5713

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