Casino Zero

Saturday 21 November, 21:21pm

Croupier needs to buy a caravan for her grandad. But the wage at Casino Zero is “as much use as a streak of piss”.

Faced with hounding punters and pressure-cooker colleagues, Croupier must navigate a place where moral compasses are skewed to the maximum. And things are a bit… off.

Addressing themes of addiction, loss, mental health and social responsibility, the performance uses monologue, poetry and loop-station antics to create a nightmarish and hilarious world of repetition.

To create this scratch performance, Bridie Squires worked with poet and playwright Deborah Stevenson, sound poet Hannah Silva, beatboxer and loop station don Motormouf, and absurdist theatre maker Hugh Dichmont. Based on Squires’ experiences working as a croupier in 2012, the one-woman show is an insight into the space where roulette wheels rule, and asks the question of whether anyone can find a heart in the belly of the casino.

Supported by Arts Council England’s Develop Your Creative Practice fund.

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