Nicola Gunn

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster
Feb 14 - 16, 2019

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Thu, Feb 14, 8 pm
Fri, Feb 15, 8 pm
Sat, Feb 16, 3 pm
Sat, Feb 16, 8 pm

Capacity: 300

Performance contains lasers and haze


Special Two-for-One Package
$45 when you buy advance tickets to both Gunn performances

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General admission
$26 advance
$30 week of
$70 covers the average, per-ticket cost of staging a production at On the Boards

Discounted tickets
Under 25: $12 advance or $15 week of 
Seniors 65+: $23 advance or $25 week of 
TeenTix member: $5 

Sliding Scale Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on a sliding scale ($10-$70) for the Sat, Feb 16, 3 pm show. 

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A couple of years ago I got into a fight with a stranger because he was throwing stones at a sitting duck. She was protecting her eggs. The man’s children were collecting stones for him to throw. I told him what he was doing was unnecessary and could he please stop. He told me to mind my own business, or words to that effect. I was in a foreign country and we did not speak each other’s language. What ensued was an angry, abusive and physical confrontation that achieved nothing: he continued to throw stones at the duck and I walked home to write about it on Facebook. 
Nicola Gunn

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster combines text and choreography to interrogate a 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 judgments and relate to others in an ethical way. The work is disarmingly simple but gradually becomes mind-bogglingly complex. It slips across tempos, ideas, and performance modes to create something inescapably unique full of wit, provocation, and reflection.


“A moral and physical workout, witty, outright funny, deeply intelligent and, as intended, morally perplexing.”
— Keith Gallasch, RealTime


"Nicola Gunn’s theatre is tantalising, entertaining, ridiculous and often bewildering in the best possible way. This marvellously eccentric, charming and mischievous performer has created yet another stylish, inventive and startling work…mesmerising and unforgettable."
— Kate Herbert, Herald Sun


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Nicola Gunn: Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster


Related Programs

Thu, Feb 14: Studio Supper
Our Studio Suppers series brings art lovers together for a fantastic family-style, pre-show dinner prepared by one of Seattle's finest chefs. Learn more

Fri, Feb 15: Post-Show Discussion with the Artist
Join us immediately after the 8 pm performance for a Q&A with artist Nicola Gunn. 

Sat, Feb 16, 3 pm: Childcare available for this performance
No babysitter? No problem! Sweet Pea Cottage School of the Arts will lead an arts workshop in our Studio Theater just for kids ages 2-10. Learn more

Sat, Feb 16, 4:15 pm: Coffee & Conversation hosted by Washington Ensemble Theatre
Join us in the lobby immediately after the 3 pm show for Coffee & Conversation about Nicola Gunn's work, hosted by Washington Ensemble Theatre's Resident Sound Designer, Erin Bednarz. (With free coffee of course!) Please note that we will clear the lobby promptly at 5:30 pm in preparation for the evening's performance. Learn more 


About the Artist

Nicola Gunn is a Melbourne-based performer, writer, director and dramaturge. Since 2002, she has been making works that blend performance, art, and anthropology to explore the fragility of the human condition with subversive humor. Her artistic practice is committed to institutional critique, social engagement, and generating works that activate the public sphere by questioning old ways of being or proposing new ones. She uses performance to reflect critically on its place in theatres, to examine power relations in existing organizations, and to consider the relevance and social function of art itself. The starting process is often a written text or idea imagined responding to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. She draws mainly from her experience to create autobiographical fiction. Nicola’s work has been presented widely in Australia and has toured to Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States. 



Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is supported the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster was developed with the support of the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, Mobile States, the Besen Family Foundation, Punctum Inc. Seedpod program, the City of Melbourne through Arts House’s CultureLAB, and Maximised by Chunky Move.

Sponsors for Nicola Gunn