Nothing to Perform is a theatre company who prioritises text-based theatre that engages with relevant issues. Most of their recent work has dealt with mental health issues, working class issues, and the #MeToo movement. More recently, the company have shortened their title to N2P, stating it “sounds a bit sexier”…
The company was formed in 2016 when Harriet and Scott met on an MA at RADA. The name for the company came later in 2017 and was inspired by the title of their first production Nothing to Perform, which was written by Scott and directed by Harriet and performed at the Camden Fringe.
The pair agree that they have a shared taste for abstract style and a goal to tackle hard-hitting themes in theatrical work. Finding traditional companies too limiting, N2P operates with an ‘open-door’ policy for collaborators, enabling them to create a collective network of talented peers.
As a company, N2P like being part of the political discourse and they don’t shy away from tough conversations, and this core concept is what has inspired their work so far.
Nothing to Perform was performed at the Camden Fringe in August 2017 and told the story of three caretakers from the north-east of England who wrote, rehearsed and produced a play which no one will ever see. It was described as:
a rare insight into the previously unexamined, with moments of startling honesty, reluctant hilarity and bursts of the unexpectedAlice Flynn at The Open Door
MEIWES/BRANDES was N2P’s next project which, in April 2018, was shared as part of the Actos Centre’s inaugural John Thaw initivative on Mental Health. The show was “a verbatim musical about German cannibals Armin Meiwes and Bernd Brandes, who gained international notoriety when they took their relationship to twisted new levels”. It was hailed:
incredibly visceral and powerful, evoking a genuine feeling of revulsion in the audienceThe Live Review
In August 2018, N2P were supported by The Cockpit Theatre for an R&D of Play Two: Script Diagnostic, which culminated in a sharing showcasing selected scenes, and in February 2019 the company sold out two nights presenting Play 2 as part of Actor Awareness’ Working-Class Stories season. Play 2 is a story of trauma, accusations, psychosis and suspicion.
Since then, the company have worked to update Play 2 and it is now playing at the Tristan Bates Theatre under the new title GRIP, and the show opened on 30 April, running to 4 May.
As well as producing work, N2P operates a monthly #networkshop, which is “a safe space where creatives of all disciplines can get together, engage in playful practice and then put our professional hats on and network”. Their most recent event had almost 30 participants working on LeCoq movement and character-building.
N2P say “we’re unique, just like everyone else”, but they truly believe that as a company, they are here for the long haul. They are adamant that being producers is about more than just having an Instagram and putting on one play. They’re turning their focus outward and dreaming big.
Quick Fire Questions
- In the theatre world, who inspires you? “Simon Stephens” and “I’m also obsessed with Marianne Elliott”
- What is your favourite show that you’ve seen? “we recently watched Come From Away and loved it!”
- What is your favourite genre of theatre? “Good theatre which transcends genre”
- What do you think we need more of in theatre? “representation…There are so many stories and perspectives…that aren’t making it to the mainstream” and “bravery”