No Idea

Created by Lisa Hammond, Rachael Spence and Lee Simpson
Young Vic, UK and international tour, 2010

Young Vic and UK tour, 2010The British public: they decide who’s got the X-Factor, who’s a Pop Idol, who’s Got Talent, and sometimes they even express an opinion about who should run the country. Coming up with an idea for a piece of theatre should be a doddle.

That’s what Rachael and Lisa thought as they went onto the streets to ask what their new show should be about.

What people said was funny, heartfelt and sometimes jaw-dropping. Asking the public to write their show seemed to be a great idea but slowly they realised that something was happening that neither of them could have predicted; something very strange indeed…

In 2010 following a national tour, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence brought their extraordinary show to the Young Vic before touring to the Middle East.

Created by Lisa Hammond, Rachael Spence and Lee Simpson
Performed by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence
Directed by Lee Simpson
Designed by Ben Stones
Lighting Design by Colin Grenfell
Sound Design by Gareth Fry
Projection Programming by Salvador Avila
Production Manager and Technician: Mishi Bekesi
Photographs by Keith Pattison
Produced by David Luff

“Pin-sharp, provocative and hugely entertaining”
★★★★ The Times

“A funny, honest, touching piece of theatre”
★★★★ Financial Times

“A genuinely engaging performance”
★★★★ Time Out – Critics Choice

“Wonderful to watch. Hilariously rude and naughty”
Daily Telegraph

“Beautifully written and performed … a joy to watch”
The Stage

History of the show:
No Idea developed out of workshops with Rachael and Lisa during late 2008 and 2009, before receiving a work-in-progress showing at the Lyric Hammersmith in May 2009 as one of their Lyric Firsts. In September 2009, Lisa and Rachael performed a version of No Idea at the Decibel Performing Arts Showcase, a fantastic event which helped the team put together a UK tour in Spring 2010.

The show toured to Manchester, Liverpool, Ludlow, Plymouth, Birmingham and Bristol before playing a run at the Young Vic in London in July 2010. No Idea continued in December 2010 on a British Council tour to Syria and Egypt, playing in Damascus and Cairo.

No Idea was the first ever Improbable Associate Artist Project, a new venture between Improbable and artists they’ve worked with regularly in the part, providing artistic and production mentoring support.

During 2010, David Luff produced the tour of No Idea which went to the following venues:
* artsdepot,London
* Royal Exchange, Manchester
* Unity Theatre, Liverpool
* Greenwich Theatre, London
* Ludlow Assembly Rooms
* Drum Theatre, Plymouth
* The Door, Birmingham Rep Theatre
* Mayfest, Bristol Old Vic Studio
* Young Vic, London
* Dar Al-Assad Centre for Arts and Culture, Damascus
* Sawy Culture Wheel, Cairo

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