Bunny in association with Traverse Theatre today announces a UK tour of Still No Idea, following an acclaimed run at Royal Court Theatre in 2018 – Lee Simpson directs Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence. The production opens at The Bunker London on 1 August, and then tours to Unity Theatre Liverpool, SICK! Festival The Lowry, Farnham Maltings, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead, Stantonbury Theatre Milton Keynes, The North Wall Oxford, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, South Street Reading, The Quarterhouse Folkestone, Tobacco Factory Bristol, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, and Traverse Theatre, before completing its run at South Bank Centre on 12 November.
Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there's a problem: they don’t have any ideas.
So who do they turn to? The Great British Public of course!
They make a pact. They'll go onto the streets, interview people, and whatever story the public come up with – that will be the show. No backing out, no changing what they don’t like. Deal.
Still No Idea is Lisa and Rachael's quest: a mischievous look at two friends searching for drama, action, and a story to tell. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confession, part-comedy sketch show with a bit of singing and dancing thrown in. Turns out getting the public to write your story is quite an adventure.
Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence today said “We are both thrilled to announce that we will be taking our theatre show STILL NO IDEA back on the road! We are performing at some amazing theatres across the UK and we are so excited to be sharing our show with those lovely new audiences!”
Lisa Hammond is an actress, writer and theatre maker. Her previous theatre credits include Shoot Me in the Heart, A Little Fantasy, Beauty and the Beast, Too Clever By Half (Told by an Idiot), No Idea, The Hanging Man (Improbable). For television, her credits include EastEnders as series regular Donna Yates, Vera, Patricia, One Night, Psychoville, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, and Where The Heart Is.
Rachael Spence is an actress, writer and theatre maker. Her previous theatre credits include Locker Room Talk (Traverse), Handle With Care (UK tour), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night (RSC), Wolves in The Walls (National Theatre Scotland) Theatre of Blood, The House of Bernarda Alba (National Theatre), and The Hanging Man (Improbable). For television, her credits include The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Thirteen, EastEnders and The Best of Men; and for BBC Radio, Homefront, Pilgrim, and Filthy Rich.
Lee Simpson is an actor, comedian, and director. He is co-Artistic Director of Improbable, a member of the Comedy Store Players, and one of Paul Merton’s Impro Chums. As an actor, his television credits include Family Money, Drop The Dead Monkey, Terry and Julian, and Blackeyes. For film, his credits include Paper Mask, Nuns on the Run, and Queen of Hearts.
"We are Bunny. We are Lisa and Rachael. We have been writing, devising and performing together for the last ten years to create work that gets us talking. Bunny is short for ‘rabbit’ cockney rhyming slang for ‘Talk’, ‘Rabbit and Pork’, Talk. Our work is honest, at times brutal and always full of love and laughter."
Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence are the artistic partnership Bunny who work across television, theatre and community performance projects. Their joint credits include Still No Idea (with Improbable and Royal Court Theatre); Souled Out (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Lowdown (a Channel 4 comedy Blap with Retort); Old Street New Street (with Shoreditch Town Hall and Kunstraum gallery); Wolfgang and The Princess (Barbican Pit labs); Helena and Hermia (RSC studio) and No Idea (with Improbable at The Young Vic). They were both selected for the BAFTA Elevate initiative 2018.
Still No Idea Listings
On tour 1 August – 12 November
Running time – 80 minutes (no interval)
Age guidance – 14+
Each performance of Still No Idea will be performed in a relaxed environment, aiming to create a space for everyone, especially people who would benefit from a more informal experience. Some of the things that will be in place include:
A relaxed attitude to noise in the auditorium; you are welcome to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural
You can enter and exit the auditorium when needed
You will be helped in finding the best seats
A Sensory Synopsis and a Story Synopsis has been produced for anyone that may benefit from them.
The Bunker, London
1 – 2 August
Box Office: 0207 234 0486
Unity Theatre, Liverpool
13 – 14 September
Box Office: 0151 709 4988
SICK! Festival, The Lowry
20 – 21 September
Box Office: 0161 696 6410
Box Office: 0125 274 5444
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Box Office: 0162 878 8997
Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
Box Office: 0190 828 0800
The North Wall, Oxford
4 – 5 October
Box Office: 0186 531 9450
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Box Office: 0239 264 9000
South Street, Reading
Box Office: 0118 960 6060
The Quarterhouse, Folkestone
Box Office: 0130 376 0740
Tobacco Factory, Bristol
24 – 26 October
Box Office: 0117 902 0344
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
29 – 30 October
Box Office: 0122 778 7787
4 – 7 November
Box Office: 0131 228 1404
South Bank Centre
11 -12 November
Box Office: 0203 879 9555