Adam Barnard

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Plays by Adam Barnard

buckets

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Adam Barnard's buckets is a play about time, its impact on our lives, and how to address the fact that it always seems to be running out. It was first performed at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, on 28 May 2015.

The play comprises thirty-three interconnected scenes – some just a few lines, others mini-plays in their own right – reflecting on wide-ranging themes including sadness and happiness, illness and health, youth and experience, kissing and crying, singing and dying.

The playscript is intentionally open-ended, with unattributed lines of dialogue. According to a note on the text, the play 'can be performed by any number and composition of actors. Gender, where referenced in dialogue, can generally be switched... A new paragraph usually indicates a change of speaker. Everything’s an option'.

The premiere production was directed by Rania Jumaily and designed by James Turner. It was performed by Jon Foster, Tom Gill, Charlotte Josephine, Sarah Malin, Rona Morison and Sophie Steer, with the addition of a community ensemble.

Adam Barnard began his career as a theatre director and now increasingly writes.
His first full-length play, buckets, was produced by the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2015. Previous one-act plays include Closer Scrutiny (Orange Tree, 2014), I.S.S.(Y) (Wilderness Festival, 2013) and Too Small To Be A Planet (Company of Angels / Latitude, 2012). Invisible, a play for young performers, was produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2015.
As a director, he has worked extensively at the Orange Tree (starting as a trainee director, 2003-4), and at Trafalgar Studios, the Finborough, Arcola, King’s Head, Salisbury Playhouse, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Lichfield Garrick, Edinburgh Fringe, HighTide and in Copenhagen and Vienna.
Until 2013 he was joint director of Company of Angels, where he created the new writing programme The Commissioners and the digital theatre programme Virtual Empty Space, and wrote and directed four short films. Previously he was founding artistic director of Activated Image. He also works sporadically as a newspaper journalist.