If you’re looking for an excuse to put off your tax return for one more night, here it is.
After a five star season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Canadian performer Anthony Black is bringing his one-man show, Invisible Atom, to the Arts Centre from 4 – 12 February 2011. Winner of a Herald Angel Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Invisible Atom is an epic tale set in a precise moment in space and time.
Atom, played by Anthony Black, has everything. He’s a bright, up-and-coming stockbroker with a gorgeous girlfriend and a beautiful new baby. A real success story. However doubts about the ethics of his work have begun to plague him. And when he falls victim to a catastrophic reversal of his destiny, he finds himself suspended in a very precise moment in space and time – and this is where Atom tells his story.
Atom is a former Wall Street shark with a million-dollar home and all the self-satisfaction money can buy but hiw world has recently been blown to shreds by a terrorist attack that wiped out his colleagues, his livelihood, and his sense of purpose in one fell swoop. Shattered, he embarks on a quest in search of his birth parents, discovering in the process that he is descended from “a long line of bastards” that includes both Sir Isaac Newton and infamous predatory capitalist Adam Smith, the founding fathers of our present-day scientific/economic industrial complex.
Anthony Blackis a writer, director, actor, designer, teacher as well as a graduate of York University and the National Theatre School’s Directing Program. He has received awards or nominations for his work in direction, performance, writing, set, and sound design.
Black is also artistic co-director of 2b theatre company – that, according to their website, "strives to stimulate the mind and to awaken the spirit by producing theatre that is vital, innovative, and challenging."
Based in Nova Scotia, 2b theatre company was founded in 1999 by a group of then emerging artists. In its 10 year history, 2b has staged thirteen productions, including nine world premieres, had a raft of nominations and awards, and earned a reputation for work that is innovative and precise, intelligent, and moving. 2b is led by artistic co-directors Christian Barry and Anthony Black with producer Andria Wilson.
"We have been making theatre together with this company since 1999. We are spurred by common interests, a strong friendship, a healthy competitiveness, and a desire to make something special, something remarkable.
"As artists, we create works that explore the world around us, and our experience of what it means to be. Our work reflects the urban intellectual climate of our city, a city that boasts five universities. We commit substantial time and resources to the development of each project, but we also devote our spirits. We investigate. We obsess. Our work can be seen as a series of dialogues: with the subject matter, with the art-form, with the audience, and with ourselves. It is a search to understand and transcend. The projects we choose have substance and ideas that are important to the way we as people see and experience ourselves, and our place in the universe.
"We believe that at the core of the theatrical event is a unique and particular interaction between audience and performance. With each project, we re-examine and re-shape this relationship, creating a different spatial and metaphorical relationship between the audience and the stage. This investigation is central to our practice. Our designs often shape not only the stage, but also the theatre itself.
"2b audiences can expect unique and insightful interactions with stories woven from the fabric of our daily lives. The themes in our work range from economics to neuroscience to death and the immortal soul, all in the service of exploring life, and what it means to be."
Invisible Atom is a show about a man at an apex, the moment where up is about to become down and the beginning of the end of his world. Dealing with themes of economics and classical physics Invisible Atom is essentially a very human and affecting story of personal tragedy.
FULL TILT at the Arts Centre Fairfax Studio presents 2b theatre company’s Invisible Atom 4 – 12 February 2011. http://www.theartscentre.com.au