Absolutely Nothing

Some areas of the world have unique cloud formations, caused by specific geographic/meteorological factors e.g. the Morning Glory, a series of rolling clouds that form over the Gulf of Carpentaria in North Australia, Brocken in the Alps etc. In 2012 a new cloud type Undulus Asperatus was defined, a type of ruffled, dramatic cloud.

Absolutely Nothing was inspired by the idea of a cloud/sky phenomenon visible over such a restricted area that only a handful of people ever see it; so dramatic and powerful that it triggers a conflict over the right to exploit it.

Billy is undergoing an early mid-life crisis and separated from his wife. When he learns that his father Jim may have seen something bizarre in the sky above his remote farm (after Jim makes an unexpected appearance at his local pub), Billy hurries to the farm, full of ideas about exploiting what may have happened.

The play – around 20 minutes in length – was workshopped by Kerry Irvine’s Theatre Lab at Bath Spa. It ends with Billy learning the truth about what his father has seen… and how infrequently the phenomenon occurs. I plan to continue the story, with more unexpected arrivals; friends of Billy’s girlfriend Suzie who has been less than discreet about the whole affair.

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