Written and performed by Ben Moor
Brewery Theatre, Bristol
December 4 to 7 – 8.15pm
0117 902 034
A businessman falls for the quietest woman in the world. An encounter at a party makes him question his character. A group of collectors show him how and why his story will end. Funny and romantic, cryptic and surreal, poetic and uplifting; in a mixed-up world, populated by self-conscious bees and cigregrettes (the anti-smoking aide which replaces nicotine with the feeling of tension of a visit to one’s family), how can you stop yourself creating a social catastrophe of your own life?
EACH OF US is a brand-new solo comedy about love, friendship and human connection in times where the main certainty seems to be uncertainty. The piece is separated into three sections; as the narrator character tries to find moments of meaning through family, through love and through friendship, his grasp on what is real and worthwhile begins to slip. Moments where the beautiful and the bizarre merge. We’re all made of stories, but which do each of us value the most?
EACH OF US is directed by Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC. The original music is by Simon Oakes of Suns of the Tundra. The lighting design is by Malcolm Rippeth. The work of artist Kerry Brewer will feature on stage.
REVIEWS FOR EACH OF US FROM ITS EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2013 RUN:
“The intricate, delicate world of love, relationships and the fantastical are beautifully crafted… Each of Us is so bathed in literary and comic riches and gentle truths that there are moments of sigh-out loud recognition which will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost” – ★★★★★ Daily Express
“Moor’s protagonist tells of small-scale yet extraordinary love affairs and friendships, and arrives almost inadvertently at a philosophy for life… A guaranteed cure for all forms of disillusionment” – ★★★★ Financial Times
“Each of Us promises a welcome return to Ben Moor’s unique brand of clever, surreal, inventive monologue. In an hour of some of the most stylish writing I’ve seen so far this year, he mixes merciless humour and madcap ideas with moments of heart-warming pathos”– ★★★★ The Scotsman
“It is a moving satire on the arbitrariness of the every day, rivalling the best of Douglas Adams”– The Guardian
“His astonishingly elaborate use of language pastes layer-upon-layer over the scaffolding of his story… The pictures painted are remarkably vivid, but the real delight is in the words Moor uses to conjure them up. The smooth delivery seems so effortless that it could be hours before you catch up with some of the dense metaphors. Like your ‘treasures,’ this is a show that keeps on giving”– The Stage
★★★★ British Theatre Guide ★★★★ What’s On Stage ★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine
BEN MOOR has become one of the country’s most respected writer-performers, having created strikingly original work for the stage, and acted in numerous screen projects. His ‘stand-up theatre’ pieces place universal themes in surreal and funny landscapes, his writing having been compared to authors as diverse as Lewis Carroll, Thomas Pynchon and Douglas Adams.
In August 2008, his ninth solo stage show Not Everything is Significant received widespread acclaim: The Observer called it ‘Suspenseful,’ and ‘Beautifully performed;’ Metro described it as ‘Bewilderingly brilliant;’ it was ‘Irreverent, inventive and hauntingly beautiful,’ according to The Guardian. Along with 2005’s Herald Angel winning Coelacanth and A Supercollider for the Family from 1997, in 2009 it was re-written as a short story and published by Portobello Books as the collection More Trees to Climb.
In 2006 he appeared in Casanova, alongside Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. Recently he was Medvedenko in Anya Reiss’s acclaimed modern version of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse. TV appearances include The IT Crowd, Knowing Me, Knowing You and Count Arthur Strong. Among numerous radio credits, he wrote and acted in three series of the sci-fi comedy Undone for BBC Radio 4Extra.